In the previous post you saw the photos from the “banana-themed” wedding style shoot that I designed the invitation suite for. I have been asked how I created the texture on the leaves and thought it would be a great tutorial to show you. You can create these leaves by taking your scanned drawings into Illustrator and Photoshop and applying a few tricks.
- click on the scan
- click on the “image trace” button at the top in the menu
- click on “black and white logo”
- click “expand”
Sometimes I use different settings in live trace but because these are simple black and white drawings the special settings aren’t necessary.
Once you have it expanded you now have vectorized art to work with. Your drawings are now digitized and can be manipulated. Here I recolored them and positioned them on top of one another.The texture is cool but I wanted to do more with it. I copied and pasted the leaves into a Photoshop document (set to the card size at 300 DPI). When I paste them in I paste them in as a “Vector Smart Object” so I keep the leaf in vector. Here I painted different green paint colors on watercolor paper with a palette knife. Nothing fancy here either. Just creating texture I can drop into my leaves.Using the lasso tool I selected a section of the paint texture that will fit over this particular leaf and dragged it onto the page. I named that layer “texture”. I applied the texture to the leaf shown here:
- hold option key between the “texture” layer (what I named the paint layer) and “Vector smart object (leaf layer).
- Once you see an arrow come up click. The texture will go into the shape of the leaf!I selected different sections of the painting and applied it to several random leaves. Lessen the opacity to bring out the green of the leaves and voila!I added a linen texture I made (drawing random horizontal and vertical lines in Illustrator), lettering and type to complete the invitation suite. Here’s the final. Pretty cool huh?
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What a fun shoot to be a part of! The genius of event planner, Andrea, of Party Task Force was evident in this “Bananas-themed” wedding style shoot. Not only was I asked to design the invitations, letter the placecards AND real bananas but I was a model!
If you check out the post on Grey Likes there is one shot with me in it (sigh) but here I included some of the photos that didn’t make the post! Take a look below to see how this off-beat concept was beautifully executed. (Oh – that’s my hand above!)
Here are the placecards (cut with a Cricut machine) and lettered by me! I love how the vibrant colors look against the white wall with the texture of the yellow wire circles. Such a clever idea for a placecards display.
Here are some photos that you didn’t see!
The talented team: Photographer: MEGAN TSANG STUDIO // Event Planner, Styling & Props: PARTY TASK FORCE // Co-Producer, Location Rentals: PREMIERE EVENTS // Florals: VELVETLEAF STUDIO // Invitation & Menu Design, Calligraphy: JEANETTA GONZALES // Hair: KRYSTAL HARRIS // Make-up: RISA RODRIGUEZ // Bride: DESIRÉE ANDERSON // Groom: Richie Chance // Groom’s Suit: THE BLACK TUX // Bridesmaid:JEANETTA GONZALES // Swizzle sticks: THE ROC SHOP // Venue: LOT 613Leave a Comment
You may know that this week is New York Fashion Week. I love seeing the photos of the runways on social media. I am not a big fashionista but find these shows to be inspirational eye candy, bubbling over with creativity, color palettes, texture and of course celebs galore. In honor of the event, here is a smattering of some fashion illustrations that I am drooling over. (top image: the amazing Cecilia Lungren)
OMG. What technique in this mixed media piece from Lola Donoghue! Her hair looks like cotton candy!Illustrator, Jessica Durant, has a way of capturing a mood with her gestural strokes. These ladies look like they are feeling the moment.
Industry vet, David Downton, has an expressionistic style that lights me up. I would love to learn to make marks with paint this intentional and accurate. Look at the loose strokes!Loving Kelly Smith’s soft and feminine style. Her rendering work with pencil is very impressive. I love love love Meagan Morrison’s use of color and movement. The women in her drawing look like they are sacheting right in front of you. A beautiful demonstration of watercolor technique. Regina Yazdi is a master at it.One of my all-time favorite artists, Stina Persson, does wonders with cut paper and watercolor! *Sigh. SO good.Megan Hess has such a poppy, fun style. Look at this incredible scarf! You can purchase them on her site here!Did you know that fashion designer, Christian Siriano, sells his artwork on his website? Go here to see his fabulous store!
Hope you found these as inspiring as I did! What do you think?
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I have some techniques to get my creativity flowing, especially on Monday mornings when I am SLLLUGGGISH. I developed a practice of getting loose with paint and art supplies where I experiment with techiques and just let it flow. I find it really helps me get inspired to do some creative work – even the work I don’t feel like doing. Here is what I did this past Monday…I gathered a bunch of supplies I thought would be fun to work with: watercolor pencils, soft pastel pencils, gouache, liquid acrylic and ink, different brushes, acrylic paint, large sheets of Canson watercolor paper cut down into small pieces. Taking a sheet of paper I began streaking on acrylic paint, dabbing on liquid arylics and letting them run and bleed.
I love this rich blue color. I continued to dab, drip and even used these water-soluble wax pastels to draw on the painting. Another fave of mine are watercolor pencils. They work so well on top of the paint. You can use them as a pencil or add water to get a watery effect.I started a new painting and used splatting, dabbling and adding in other media and colors.
- continue to work on them, adding more colors, draw over them or paint over to change them up a bit more
- scan them in and create repeat patterns to use to make fabric or other print-on-demand products
- scan them and use as backgrounds on your website, social media posts, graphic design projects
- scan them, clean up in Photoshop and turn into prints to sell
I turned one of the paintings into this month’s new desktop wallpaper! Go to the post below to download for your computer and mobile devices. Enjoy!
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Hello September! I can’t believe how quickly this year is going by! Here is a new desktop wallpaper to start off this new season. Check back TOMORROW for a DIY post on how it was made! Download at the link below and let me know if there’s a format you need that’s not here!Leave a Comment
This should be every creative person’s mantra, right? I heard this statement recently on an online class (thanks Tiffany Han on Creativelive.com‘s “The Easy Yes” class) and it made me really think. YES! I should be bringing it – daily! We all have days where we aren’t inspired but why not create that joyful feeling that comes from inspiration no matter what you are doing? Hearing this statement really made me dig deeper and think about how I can be a “Creative Bad Ass” daily. I made the realization that every morning I am going to wake up and ask, “How can I feel inspired and joyfully creative today?”, then I will be looking for the joy, inspiration and beauty in my day and act on it (if needed). I am going to bring this attitude to my work too! It’s a great reminder. I think we can all do this and it will for sure bring good vibes to your day! Have a great weekend and bring it!
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