Saturday, January 25, 2014

Repurposing a Journal Page

I'm having a lot of fun using older experimental pieces of artwork to create new designs with for licensing.  I absolutely love how my two art worlds continue to feed off of one another this way and you know I'm all about pushing and maximizing my personal imagery.  You may remember this journal page:

At one point, I separate the blue flowers by making a color copy of the journal page and then scanned them separately.  That way I was able to use them digitally and recolor them and placed them on this digital journal layout.

I love how the images have maintained their hand-painted look and I will be working with more of this same look feel for future designs.  Well, I used these same flowers again in one of my repeat patterns below and that isn't even the best one yet!  I'm not ready to share the one I love the most as it might be used for upcoming marketing materials for another on-line webinar that I am creating for Quilting Arts!  Woohoo!!!  Stay Tuned!!!

You can see how my philosophy for repurposing your artwork plays out here from one media to the next.  This is one of my favorite designs in that it looks like a batik fabric!  I was so excited with the results from all the play.  In Adobe Illustrator, you can separate the colored sections from the outline sections and further manipulate the image pieces that you can go back and apply in Photoshop.  This version actually has 3 pieces that make up each bunch of flowers.  There is a solid version of the entire overall shape of the flower bunch, another layer that applies the painted interior of the flowers that I transformed to a textured brush and then the top layer is the sketchy outlines of the image.  Everyday is a learning process with these awesome digital tools!

Stay tuned for new Live Webinar information from Quilting Daily and mark your calendar for February 13th!!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

YES, I'M BACK and Save the Date!!

Well, yes, I am back!  If you are still here with me, then FABULOUS!  There was so much that I was leaving behind here that it's been really getting to me so I needed to renew my presence as the original ScrapWisdomCollage girl!

I have been working really hard on surface pattern designs as I will be exhibiting at SURTEX May 18, 19, and 20, 2014!  It's hard to believe that it is already 2014 and in 5 months, I will be in NYC presenting my artwork to the world!  With still so much to do in order to prepare, I will be fairly quiet here but will jump in every chance I get.

I thought I would share a couple of designs that I have been working on.  I'm really excited about how much fun I had creating the feathers for this design!  I have been having to push myself  to draw more and what I discovered is that if you push one design, you can create additional depth and interest by also creating layers that will interact with one another.  My feathers started with a solid background image that I used as a guide to sketch the inner details with that would lay on top of the solid design.  Then I created a third layer for my image by separating my scanned image in Illustrator.  

Now I know not everyone has Illustrator but this design process can work even without it.  All you need is your drawing paper, a couple of pieces of tracing paper and a black marker.

I'm sure you can see what I am talking about here.  So I challenge you to take any image and think about it in layers.  These could be 3 stamps you carve or even hand-cut stencils!  Feel free to share them if you would like me to put them up on my blog!

The design below was created by layering simple line drawings.  I'm trying to stylize more and step back from realistic forms as I find I spend too much time trying to make them perfect.  I'm trying to stay loose, open-minded and focused!  We'll see how that works :)


I can't share everything right now, but stay tuned and circle the date on your calendar for February 13, 2014!  If you liked my live webinar in February last year, you will love what's coming up soon!  I will share more details as soon as I have them!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!