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Fast, Easy Artist Postcard

November 4, 2016 Leave a comment

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I’ve had almost no time for art with learning computer programming, so making an artist postcard (APC) was a good quick project. For this postcard, I cut Thai mulberry bark paper to a postcard size then did the drawing with a Japanese brush pen and colored pencils. I used an ordinary glue stick to paste the art onto chipboard (a recycled cereal box) so it was sturdy. A computer print out postcard back was glued to the opposite side. I pre-cut a few pieces of paper to postcard size to carry around so if I get a little time, I can make more art for postcard fronts.

Categories: Artist Tips, Uncategorized

When worlds collide…

November 1, 2016 Leave a comment

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I could see Arya Stark and Kylo Ren being pals. They kind of deserve each other, don’t they? Killing a lot of people might be a bit of setback to meeting new friends.

Categories: Cartoons & Comics

Speedy Web Graphics

September 19, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m in a Javascript class, which has been fun fun good times, and I needed some visuals for simple web design. The homework assignment is for a fake t-shirt company. I did not want to use photography or clip art, so I did a few quick sketches and inked them with a Japanese drawing brush, then used the black outlines method for a fast color job in Photoshop.

They’re unique drawings and won’t get me in any trouble because my university is hardcore on copyright enforcement. If you have any doubts about the parameters of Fair Use law for part of your design, just make the asserts yourself. Better to use the cartoons you made and own that to anger another creator when they find their material in your student project.

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Make an Urban Mailbox Flag

August 22, 2016 Leave a comment

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Folks in the country have it so easy. They put up the flag up on their mailbox and the postal carrier takes their mail. In the city, you have to drop your mail in a corner box (which sits out on the street in the snow and rain, and the occasional evil soul uses for a trash bin) or you need to transport your mail to the post office itself.

I came up with an easy life hack by making a little tag asking my letter carrier to take my mail. It can be flipped in and out of the apartment lock box. I used ribbons threaded through the tag holder opening and made sure the tag hangs higher than the bottom of the box.

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How to Wrap a Wedding Gift: Make a Tower

August 20, 2016 1 comment

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I had a mix of items for a friend’s wedding gift and put them together in a tall wedding gift tower. This took me about 90 minutes to create and had a big visual impact! It was not hard to do, so here are my tips:

  • Buy a mix of wrapping papers and variety of ribbons to make it more interesting. You can make it all match or monotone if you want. I enjoyed the look of the mixed papers and ribbons.
  • I put the ribbons around the boxes so it was secured on all four sides and tied them down very tight. This tower was so snug, I was able to tip it sideways to fit it in a car and it stayed together.
  • Put items in sturdy boxes with the larger boxes on the bottom and the smaller boxes on top.
  • Use plenty of tissue paper and bubble wrap for delicate items.
  • Secure the card well so it does not get separated from your gift.
  • Decorate the top of your tower with something lovely. I used artificial flowers and butterflies. Try to do something different than a bow on top at it add a lot of beauty.

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  • If something will not fit within the tower structure or is too fragile to add, just wrap it in matching papers and ribbons. Make sure it has its own card to make it easy for the the recipients to know whom sent the gift.

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Nothing says “I love you on your special, important day with these awesome gifts and I hope you own a box cutter or at least a sturdy pair of scissors” like a giant wedding tower. Opening the whole thing will keep them busy for a half an hour or possibly more on their honeymoon. I like to think of it as free entertainment for the happy couple, but less cruel than the time I gave my cousin a gold ring inside five individually wrapped boxes of decreasing size one year for Christmas. WP-White-Bar-550x10

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Categories: Fun Stuff, Uncategorized

Game of Pokémon

August 19, 2016 Leave a comment

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Winter is coming, and I am hoping my Pokémon can last more than five minutes in a gym when the outside temperature is well below freezing.

Artist Tip: Watercolor pencil drawing for a watercolor painting

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If you want the lines of your under drawing to disappear when you make a watercolor painting, draw with a watercolor pencil in a lighter hue that will blend in with the final painting. These orchids were bright orange, yellow and red, so I used a yellow ochre pencil for the drawing. Watercolor purists never erase their graphite pencil lines and leave the drawing as a part of the final work, or they work totally with paints and brushes with no pencil drawing at all. This watercolor pencil drawing trick gives you a solution somewhere between the two traditional methods where the under drawing vanishes and you will not have to rub an eraser over your painting.

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