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« on: December 07, 2013 02:07:17 PM »

I've been absent a lot here....trying to play catch-up with all the projects that piled up while I was finishing up grad school.  However, I just had to share my latest LOVE!  I just recently started making custom repeatable patterns of family pets.  I thought I would make these as something that can be used for fabric, wrapping paper or even wallpaper.  

Here was my first attempt....from some awful photos that I had to piece together I order to even figure out what the markings were on these pets.  There are some areas of the pattern I believe could use a LOT of improvement, but I thought it worked out well.  This was drawn by hand (ink on paper) then scanned and color added.

This is the second color palette.  However, I like best (a lot of people prefer the other).  The cool thing is that once I get them into Photoshop I can quickly revise the pattern palette:

And the first color version:

Some of the items I made using the pattern (printed on heavy paper & fabric).....I think I could REALLY like doing these!

And closer shots of the individual items.....

The box (paper spray-glued onto colored Canson paper & cut using an altered box template found online):

The card/ID wallet (pattern printed onto printable fabric sheets.  Template idea from a similar wallet I was given, but I made alterations in the design:

The bag (pattern printed onto printable fabric sheets.  Matching scrap fabric & rawhide laces pulled from my stash used.  I didn't have a template for this......I just made it so the sketchbook would fit in it):

And the sketchbook (again, pattern printed onto printable fabric sheets.  A purchased sketchbook was deconstructed and re-covered):

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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2013 02:25:04 PM »

Oh Wow - these are so cool! I like the first version but I love the second version. That little bag in particular is just lovely.

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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2013 04:38:33 PM »

I also LOVE the second version!  and I really love the idea of making such cool things out of your original pattern, especially the sketchbook bag.

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014 04:39:20 PM »

You sew, too?  You're amazing! 

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2014 07:20:09 AM »

Of course I sew too..I just wish I had more time for it!  I am a bit of a jack-of-all-trades.   Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2014 11:07:14 AM »

Oh wow! I LOVE this! I think I prefer the top color version however. I think the softer palate will go with more things. Also, how did you print this on fabric? Did you do that at home or have it professionally printed somewhere? Just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2014 01:08:00 PM »

I bought printable fabric sheets and printed them on my inkjet printer.  The fabric sheets probably are not ideal for all applications as they feel a bit stiff (more like "book cover fabric" than fabric-fabric), but it worked for what I needed it to do.  I also discovered that my printer does a better job of printing on these sheets than it does on paper!

If it were more of a general pattern or if I needed a larger piece of fabric I probably would have uploaded the pattern and ordered fabric from spoonflower.

« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2014 07:47:27 PM »

love this!  After you got the basic pattern did you use a program to duplicate it over the whole area?  I've been wanting to try this but I have no idea where to start!

Btw, Love the lighter design more.  The color palette makes it seem like you could add more too it...especially if used as a wallpaper...Hanging art on that palette seems to make more sense to me.
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« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2014 07:29:02 AM »

Yes.  The drawing was scanned in and cleaned up using Photoshop.  The lines were separated from the background so they could be colored something other than the black I used to ink them.  and once everything was cleaned up and colored I used Photoshop to replicate the pattern.

I'll post progress shots on the next one I do, this one was a pretty quick one so I didn't have much extra time for documentation.

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