Hey, I like your pillows...
How did you do it?
I just had to put my beloved cat to sleep on Friday...
and I miss her soooooo much...
did not have a good Friday.
I did what was right for her.
but I missed her on my bed with me the last couple nites...
pics of feather kitty here:kitkabbit.livejournal.com
I don't have that many pictures of her =(
but I'd love to make something with her picture on it that I could see all the time.
would you mind tellling me what technique you used?
i'm sorry, that really sucks, i've had two cats who had to be put to sleep, one was like 18 years old so it wasn't so bad but one got hit by a car and had a million problems for like a year
that's a really good idea though, having a pillow you can keep in your bed just like the original-so here goes:
i silkscreened both of these pillows. doing the design itself was the tricky part, since it was so intricate. what i did was take a photo of my cat and open it with a free trial download of photoshop you can get from like, adobe.com or something. if you want to try this method, which i found extremely helpful for isolating two colors to make screens of, do this:
-open one of your photos in photoshop
-open up the filters menu
-select 'cutout' (i want to say it's under "artistic")
-when you apply 'cutout' you can change how many layers you want it to show, i did two, because i wanted this to be a two color screen. you may also have to fiddle with the brightness a little bit to get it how you want.
-once you get it down to two or three layers you want, depending on how many screens/colors you want to do, save the file (kitty).
-now, using the paintbucket function in the toolbar on the left, fill in everything except for one color white. in effect, you'll have one layer isolated, or one screen. save that file as something else now (kitty2).
-open up the original file, and repeat with another color, save that one (kitty3) and repeat the process with as many remaining colors as you have.
-now you have a couple options. if you want the pillow to be under standard paper size, 8.5"x11", then you can print each layer right on your home printer. however, if you want it bigger, which i did, you'll have to save the files on a flash drive, floppy disk, cd, et cetera and go to kinko's or another print shop and have them print out big sheets of your layers. you can also, if you're familiar with photo emulsion, have kinko's print it onto transparencies- only problem is they can only print 8.5"x11" transparencies and if you wanted them bigger than that you'd end up having to split the image on multiple transparencies which can be a pain.
-now that you have the printouts of the layers, trace each one onto a screen and print away! i'm assuming that you're familiar with printing; if not there's about a million tutorials in the screenprinting section of the forum-but if you can't find any let me know, i'd be happy to explain.
well there you go, if you have any questions about the process let me know, i'd be happy to put up some pictures of the different stages. if you print one, put up some pictures! good luck with your memorial pillow!