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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Wild Wild World Of Hominy!

Last month, the assignment for the Lilla Rogers Bootcamp was to make an editorial illustration based on an article about beginning a meditation practice. I loved it. Editorial Illustration is a field I'd love to expand into. So, my plan is to work at building that sector of my portfolio. I found an article on Huffington Post about hominy. I have never had it, and really knew nothing about it. So, it was a fun, educational project for me. I came up with some imagery based on the article, as well as a few things I read about hominy. Who knew it was in so many foods that I love!? You can see the article here. Above is my illustration. You can watch the animated version below. Enjoy! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Animated GIF of Nautical Design

Yesterday, I had so much fun playing with the latest theme from the Lilla Rogers Bootcamp that I am currently enrolled in. I finished this little design at the end of the day and was just thrilled with the way it came out. I was even able to plug in my little anchors pattern that I made a while back into the background to finish it off. Yippee!

Well, I got carried away with trying to make a GIF of the image this morning. I always feel the giddy enthusiasm of a child when I work with animation. There's just such joy in bringing things to life in an animation that I just can't get enough of. Whether it's making an apple just move across the table in a stop-motion or doing something like this, it just makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy too! :) 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ink-O-Dye Experiment

I can finally post about this without fear that the recipient of the gift will see the post. :) It was a Christmas gift for my 10 year old niece, K. 

K is awesome. She is funny, horribly creative, a talented singer, and lots of fun to be around.
Like a lot of 10 year old girls, she loves to post pics of herself on Instagram. I decided to make her a fun gift, including fabric that featured a few of her "selfies" from Instagram. I downloaded them to my computer and did a little editing in Photoshop to prepare them for the photo exposure process. I used a blue Ink-O-Dye kit that I got at our local Dick Blick. It took a little trial and error, but it eventually came out great. When back home in Louisiana over the holidays, I was able to give it to her. She really loved her unique gift. 

I took a few pictures of my process that you can see below. The first round of sun exposure was a total flop, resulting in some lovely blue fabric with no images at all on it. The second round was much better. The second time, I did two things differently. I ran the Ink-O-Dye transparencies through the printer twice, leading to a denser application of the black ink. I also weighted the transparencies down with a heavy piece of glass. (Although, I'm sure plexi would work too) I just found that the transparencies alone, tacked down at the edges like the instructions suggest, were allowing too much light underneath the film. I know from my silkscreening trials that this is a potential problem area. 

I used some of my own pattern designs....basically, just add some coordinating fabrics to the mix. Overall, it really came out exactly how I had imagined. 

Here is a link to the Ink O Dye site if you want to check it out.

The exposure process---transparencies placed under glass with fabric wet with InkODye solution
The beginnings of my piecing

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