Freebie: Pattern with christmas stockings

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The last few days I have repeatedly drawn christmas stockings to provide a new freebie for you guys. From a lot of christmas stockings I now made a pattern that you can download, print and use as wrapping paper.

Of course you can do much more with the pattern. You can make small bags, envelopes, cards or use it as a cover for a booklet. You also can use it as a coloring page or a mood tracker. Or you cut out the single chistmas stockings and make a garland out of them to decorate a table in your home.In addition to a neutral black version of the pattern – which is particularly suitable for a coloring page – there are different single- and multicolored versions of the pattern available. I already used my first prints as wrapping paper for small gifts.

Have fun printing and coming up with your own ideas on how to use the pattern. And I hope some of you will show your creations on instagram or elsewhere.

Love

-Ema-

New autumn rubberstamps

Posted on in All, Art, Graphic Design, Illustrations, Rubberstamps, Stationery.

Autumn is fast approaching and this year I’m prepared! At least as far as for having autumn-like rubberstamps for decorating my snailmail. For some time mushroom illustrations have been increasing in my sketchbooks. Some of them are now available as rubberstamps, so you can celebrate autumn with your snailmail friends as well.In total, there are eight new mushroom rubberstamps. All created from my own illustrations. What I’m doing with the rest of the illustrations or if I’m even doing anything with them is not decided yet. Ofen I draw simply because of drawing and not for developing a product out of my illustrations.However, I can imagine making a whole mushroom stationery set with them. Containing rubberstamps, notepads, stationery paper, envelopes, wrapping paper, stickers, banderoles and more. Until I put this idea into concrete terms, I play around with the new rubberstamps for a little while.

 

Love

-Ema-

DIY: Journal with small stitching

Posted on in Bookbinding, DIY, Rubberstamps, Stationery, Work in progress.

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In this DIY tutorial I will show you how you can make your own journal with small stitching. It is similar to the exercise book binding.

You will need:

  • cardstock for the cover
  • paper for the journal, 15 sheets
  • scissors
  • two needles
  • a piece of cardstock
  • pen
  • ruler
  • awl
  • bone folder
  • thread
  • beeswax
  • a small weight
  • cutter
  • self-healing mat
  1. Make one section out of the 15 sheets and fold it in half by hand. Fold the cardstock in half with the help of the bone folder.
  2. The piece of cardstock should have the same height as the cover. With pen and ruler mark the positions where you want the holes to be.
  3. Put the cardstock with the marks into the middle of the section and with the awl make your holes. Repeat with the cover.
  4. The thread must be three times the height of the cover. Wax the thread with some beeswax and put a needle on every end of the thread.
  5. Put the cover around the section, lining up the holes. With the section openend up in the middle, put the small weight on one side so your journal won’t slip while you’re working. (The foldback clip is just for making it easier to photograph the tutorial.)
  6. Put one of the needles through the first hole. The thread should have an equal length on both sides.
  7. Put the second needle through the second hole.
  8. Pull all the thread from the inside of the journal through the second hole. Both needles should be on the outside now.
  9. Put the first needle through the second hole from the outside to the inside and make sure the thread is tight. Pay attention to not pierce the thread that is already laying in the whole with yur needle. Otherwise you won’t be able to tighten your thread when needed.
  10. The whole binding is made this way. One needle goes from the inside to the outside and the other through the same hole from the outside to the inside and then pull the thread tight. Repeat ’til only two holes are left.
  11. When you have two holes left you will only need the needle on the outside for the rest of the binding. If you want to you could finish the binding with the same method but I like to change it here because the knot and both ends of the thread won’t be that near to the edge of the finished journal.
  12. With the needle from the outside you have to go through the second to last hole to the inside and from there through the last hole out again.
  13. From the outside go through the second to last hole again. Now you won’t need the needles any more so you can put them away.
  14. Pull the thread tight and make a square knot.
  15. With the scissors cut the ends of the thread, leaving half of an inch to secure it won’t come undone. Here you can see why I don’t like to make the knot at the last hole: the ends of the thread would stick out of the bottom of the journal.
  16. Optional: You can cut the three open edges of your journal with cutter and a metal ruler if you want to. I also rounded the edges of my journal.
  17. Optional as well: I decorated my cover with different elements. With a sheet of this notepad, some pieces of old books, rubber stamps, an old stamp, some bakers-twine and sealing wax.

Have fun making your own journals!

 

Love

-Ema-

My new book “Meine neue Buchbinderei” (my new bookbindery)

Posted on in Bookbinding, Freebies, Pattern, Stationery.

meine neue buchbinderei www.emadam.de

Since last thursday, the 16th of March 2017, my new book “Meine neue Buchbinderei/My new bookbindery” about bookbinding is available. Unfortunately it’s only available in german. But if you know an american publisher who could like the concept let me know and my german publisher can reach out to them.

Like my first book “Meine Buchbinderei/My bookbindery” this book is filled with step-by-step tutorials for several bookbinding projects. Starting with easy projects like the swiss brochure, to medium projects like building a slipcase and ending with challenging projects like the coptic stitch. There is much to try!

Beside the tutorials for making books there are also three tutorials for making boxes. One of them you can see at the cover of the book.

I had a lot of fun making all the projects for the new book. Not at least because it gives me the possibility to give the joy of learning a trade to other people. The trade of bookbinding is near to my heart and is a part of my work as a designer and artist. For giving some more of this passion to you, I made some printable pattern and labels for you. There is a pattern of brushstrokes, a folklore pattern, a fresh heart pattern, a pattern made of mosaic windows, a geometric pattern and a hearty fall pattern. You can use the pattern for covering your books, making envelopes or using them for covering your boxes with it. Whatever floats your boot! The labels can be print too. Put them on your works for making it easier to remember whats in the book or box.

I really hope you like my book and the pattern. Have fun with it!

-Ema-

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Weekly pattern

Posted on in All, Art, Freebies, Illustrations, Pattern, Stationery, Work in progress.

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I made a seamless vectorbased pattern out of my blue brushstroke pattern from last week. With the vectorization I reduced the colors to six colors only. So there are six shades of blue in the pattern. On the one hand I liked the effect the reduction has but on the other hand I had to reduce the colors because with to many colors the number of anchorpoints can really go out of control if you don’t do that. You don’t always have to use just six colors. It really depends on your pattern and of course the performance of your computer.

I made a new arrangment with the strokes. This a little bit uncontrolled than it was in the original. And because there are never enough free patterns out there I made four versions for you to download. The blue and rose pattern are landscape format and the green and grey are portrait format. They are all made for a A3 print. Bind some books with them, wrap gifts or make other cool stuff with it!

Of course you can print the pattern in any size you want. Just choose your favorite format in the printer dialogue. If you resize the pattern with your paper format the printer will make the pattern smaller so it fits on your format. If you want the pattern to have the original size, you have to check or uncheck the box for that option in your printer dialogue.

Please resepct that every pattern is just for personal use only. Have fun and you’re welcome to share your creations by making a comment, write a message on facebook or link me at instagram.

 

Love,

-Ema-

Weekly pattern

Posted on in Art, Graphic Design, Pattern, Wallpaper, Work in progress.

This week my marks got wider. I used the same color for every strokes anyway every is different. Once darker the next one is lighter, with dark borders or stripes.

Due to the curved paper the strokes look like a small croft.Another army of watercolor-strokes. These are smaller but they would be perfect for a watercolor seamless pattern. I will do that alter this week.Fountain pen curls made it also into my sketchbook. The whole page is just one stroke. Beginning at the top left and curling it’s way from side to side to the bottom of the page. It just got disconnected when the ink wasn’t flowing fast enough.When you are making marks like these it’s easy to get lost in the motion of your arm and hand and just sit there and watch it happen.My last experiment for making marks was a little wet paperball I soaked with watercolor and rolled it over my sketchbook page. Maybe this one could be a interesting seamless pattern, too.

 

Love,

-Ema-

Weekly pattern

Posted on in Art, Graphic Design, Pattern, Work in progress.

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I combined the marks from last week with some colors, other strokes and marks and areas of color.

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Various directions, frequency and length of the strokes. And tiny triangles of ink coming through the paper.20161012_165540kThe strokes get wider. Due to ink and paintbrush. While the slim strokes of the rapidograph seem to be a unity, the brush-strokes look like single ones. Every one on his own.20161012_165546kAnd the decreasing amount of ink brings in some variety with gaps, stripes and marks in every mark.20161012_165555k20161012_165630kAnother experiment made with a plastic lid and some ink. The way I put on the ink on the lid was directly printed to the paper and is clearly visible.20161012_165623kThe ink was drying out really fast so I couldn’t print the whole lid in every try.20161012_165640kA small collection of plastic lid prints.20161012_165947kSome pages of my sketchbook were filled with simple marks.20161012_170023k20161012_165931k20161012_165957kSomehow the oval was my favorite. That’s the reason you can find it on multiple pages in the sketchbook. In different styles. There are patterns where the oval is made in just one drive and patterns with ovals where I layed multiple ovals over the first.

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At least I made a bigger version of the oval pattern on a 50 x 70 cm watercolor-paper.20161012_171142kEvery one looking a little bit different than the next one.20161012_171153kNot a single one is perfect.

 

Love,

-Ema-

Weekly pattern

Posted on in Art, DIY, Graphic Design, Pattern, Textiles.

“Mark making” is the pattern theme for this month over by Frau Müller. A theme that has a special meaning for me because it´s a big part of my work as an artist.

With a vocabulary of different strokes, techniques and marks a unique artwork comes together. It’s a play with layers that interact with each other and one mark leads to another.

For this weekly pattern I decided to stay with just one stroke. In my usual artwork I often make this kind of stroke in pencil. Sometimes I change to nib and ink or fountain pens.

The black ink really shows the intensity of the strokes. The layering of the strokes is clearly visible. In the mood of some experimental playtime I scanned, digitally repeated and layered the strokes. One time with a white background and the second one has a light moos-green background.I’m loving the pattern with the white background. I can imagine it as a fabric for pillows or curtains. And I like the intense contrast. Besides I had the idea that it would be possible to individualize the fabric with colorful extra layers.

 

Love

-Ema-