Tuesday, February 21, 2017

You're Just My Type

This evening I got to work on my third Valentine's Day card idea. This one is unfortunately being made late because I've been busy working on other things.
"You're Just My Type", a remark that's been made elsewhere in a similar fashion, but I wanted a card of my own style for this play on words. It's a basic love letter that's been typed down on paper.
I've created a version with a background, and one without, to keep it simple. The typewriter is an actual photo I found on google images of a vintage pink typewriter from the company, "Royal".
I played around with the poster edge filter, added a shadow, pasted in some paper, and wrote love in red, then applied it to a heart shape with the main sentiment in black placed at the very center.
I also made a second version of the image, just flipped the other way. In either respect, I feel like the message isn't quite noticeable enough, but maybe it doesn't need to be. 
More accurately speaking, the blank background version of the image (right) is closer to what the first concept looked like in my mind.

Friday, February 17, 2017


This evening while in the bath, I found myself seeking for amusement during a boring 30 minute soak. I took with me an odd hair thing which has always reminded me of a leeches mouth, somewhat spiky and made from plastic. As I sat there, I played around with my dark blue wash cloth, bunching the one end and clasping the hair thing to it.
As I moved my rag around in the water, holding it by the plastic hair device, it reminded me of some sort of living creature, like a leech with a very large, beta fish sort of tail. During this moment an idea formed, what would this creature look like and be like, based off my crude bath toy?
Suddenly the idea was planted in my mind, and I immediately got to work on designing it after retiring from my bath. What is it?  A fish, a leech, a fancy fish leech? I decided to call this creature a fleech, which is kind of like a leech, only they have an eye inside their mouth, spikes on their body, a set of gills, and serrated fins. The barbs on their fancy, black seaweed like tails are sharp enough to cut one who grabs them, but the spikes on their body fins serve a different purpose. 
They use the fin spikes to cling onto a meal before biting their prey and feeding on the blood. 
I made a main illustration to display two fleeches in a scene, since I had created two sketches of the creature and decided to just put them together.

Here are the fleeches by themselves. I experimented with color and lighting for the heck of it, had a little fun.
The main fleech was sketched out on paper, something I did to preserve the idea while it was still fresh in mind. The PSE program wasn't opening, and I didn't feel like completing my first sketch in a different program. The second fleech was actually my first sketch that I worked out in Firealpaca. 
I decided to keep both sketches and include them in one illustration as a way to add depth.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Love Molly

My mood for creating art with hearts didn't end. I recalled how when I was very young I had created collage pictures using nothing but heart shapes cut from construction paper. Mom had introduced it to me, and I remember making a cat and butterfly.

To this day I find that technique charming, and set out to try it again on the computer. The main thing that came to mind was to create a vintage lady using nothing but heart shapes selected from multiple textures.
My results gave me Molly, the first of a possible series of paper dolls created from heart shapes. Molly has a nude form, as shown on the right, so I can create different clothes for her. But of course she was added to a card as well, wearing her exotic heart curve outfit for Valentine's Day.

You Melt My Heart

Since today is Valentine's Day, I directed my attention to a side project other than those having to do with a load of recipe files I need to print.
You Melt My Heart has been an idea on the list which I almost forgot about during last year. It was an idea that came with a cluster of other Valentine's Day card ideas I had thought of one day, and it partly came to mind through nerdy imagination of what a fire element being would give as a Valentine (just a joke).
I went through several phases in the card process, one with both backgrounds combined, and then two with the elements on their own.
Inside I would add a sentiment like, "And make me warm, because you're just so hot".
I played around with multiple things to get a sort of slowly melting rock heart look, mainly with the smudge tool and some glowing edges.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Bead My Valentine

I had stopped to take a picture of spilled beads in a bin, the colors perfect for Valentine's Day. They had accidentally been spilled, and a better container was found to hold them. I took a turn of sorting the seed beads into separate containers, stopping briefly to get a picture of the perfect color assortment.
The main photo is shown on the right. It's not till tonight that I played around with editing and created a Valentine's Day card with a fun pun for crafty types, "Bead My Valentine".
Imagine this being used as an advertising ploy. Boxes of light pink and deep red, with gold lettering that shines in the light just as sparkling beads in the shades of Valentine's Day shine through the heart shaped window of the packaging. "Bead My Valentine" would be the sentiment, and like a box of chocolates it could be given as a gift to someone who likes beading.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

World Travel Journals- TJ Max Find

I have a fetish for blank journals, it's true. Any book that's empty excites me, and every so often I add to my collection of journals in my book case.

During a visit to TJ Max this evening, there were multiple journals that caught my eye, each of them world and travel based. Two were sets, and one was by itself. That made it six books in total....which I will now have to find space on my shelf for.
These two little pocket sized books (Eccolo- World Traveler) were once part of a set, but their third partner I believe was stolen from its package, so these were sold at $1. 50 each.
The insides are medium spaced blue lines on cream paper (left). I plan on keeping these minis in my purse for basic notes.
To the right is the spine of the largest journal which also has to do with travel, but is from a different company called Punch Studio.
The book is kind of like an Indian travels book. Its centerpiece is of an elephant with the word Explore on it, and the rest is accented with metallic gold designs. The paper of the cover is kind of a nice faux canvas in texture; I like it when paper feels like canvas while still being paper.
Inside of the cover and front page are patterned, but the fun doesn't end there. The main reason the book caught my eye isn't so much for its cover, but rather its decorated insides.
There are four different designs throughout the book in repeating order. The theme of travel and the muted colors of the pages make me feel at ease, a good thing for writing out ideas and stories.
Lastly came the three pack set of thin notebooks wrapped nicely with a metallic gold burlap ribbon that includes a colorful tag with more gold designs. This kit, like the Explore journal, is from Punch Studio.
Each book has its own design and sentiment. "There is still so much to see", "Adventure Awaits", and "To travel is to live". I love the colors and shine of these thin note books, which may also be destined for my purse during travels.
The insides of the books are small spaced blue striped white paper (left). The weight of the paper in these books is thin though in comparison to the Explore journal.
Guess it's obvious what my heart is in the mood for. Travel. To discover, to dream, to see, to live.
Thankfully TJ Max is a discount store, so the price for the books was decent enough. Having these new books only makes me feel more determined to try and fill them along with the others I have on my shelf.
I do write a lot, but where I'm not writing in ink, I'm writing with text. Sadly, typing is faster than hand writing cursive messages on a paper, especially when you want to get the words out as quickly as possible while they're fresh in the mind.