No matter if it’s a small or a big package – sealing them with wax is so much fun! In this video I packed up a notecard set in a semi-transparent paperbag, decorated it with a piece of an old bookpage, some rubber stamps and a red/white twine and sealed it with a black wax seal were I put a small flake of roségolden metal on.
Because of the roségolden metal flake some of the details of the seal get a little bit lost but I don’t think it derogates it.
I made a timelapse video of a small tassel illustration. Unfortunately the end of the video is missing because I was so concentrated on drawing that my smartphone slipped out of my hand. But I think you get a small glance at how my illustration work looks like.
Later I scanned the illustration in high-resolution and made a stamp out of it.
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.
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.
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.
I combined the marks from last week with some colors, other strokes and marks and areas of color.
Various directions, frequency and length of the strokes. And tiny triangles of ink coming through the paper.The 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.And the decreasing amount of ink brings in some variety with gaps, stripes and marks in every mark.Another 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.The ink was drying out really fast so I couldn’t print the whole lid in every try.A small collection of plastic lid prints.Some pages of my sketchbook were filled with simple marks.Somehow 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.
At least I made a bigger version of the oval pattern on a 50 x 70 cm watercolor-paper.Every one looking a little bit different than the next one.Not a single one is perfect.
“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.
In our home it´s a tradition to make a little gift at St. Nicholas Day and I would like to incooperate this tradition into my blog. Because of that you will get a hand-illustrated pattern as a freebie today.
To match the season it is a pattern of little christmas tree branches in different sizes and colors. You can use the pattern for little christmas gifts, making envelopes or little (flat)bags or use the pattern as a background in other projects like your scrapbooking album. Please respect that the pattern are made for personal use only.
If you aren´t afraid of printing with some more ink onto your paper, then there are also some more variations. These colors have white branches and a colored background. You can have Old rose, Sand, Black und Grey. And of course there is also a option with another pattern size for Old rose, Sand, Black, and Grey.
I hope you have a great St. Nicholas Day and have fun with the pattern! And it would be awesome if you would link to my blog if you made something with the pattern.
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