Now there's something I never expected to get! lol
This image got a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt. Came as a complete surprise as I certainly didn't see that particularly image as something deserving ^_^'
Freaked me out the first time I logged back into my DA account to find more than the handful of comments this time, I wasn't sure what was happening! lol (still kind of freaky watching the numbers change real time O_o)
Anyway, just thought I'd share since this made me ludicrously happy :3
It's funny, I was on my old DA account for over 8 years and never had a single DD, then 7 months into my new account with a completely different style and there you go. Not sure whether that annoys me or not yet lol.
Still, I'm grateful to the people that suggested and featured it for a DD, it brightened an otherwise pretty crappy Saturday.
I recently put these little books up for purchase at the place I work on weekends.
It's a lovely little chocolate shop (Mayfield Chocolates, Tamborine) so they make nice gifts for the gifts display section and my boss is nice enough to let me put them there :D
Case bound book with purple washi spine and purple mulberry paper covers. The signatures are varying colours (greens and pinks and purples). My fav of the three. :3
Pamphlet bound book with hot pink and yellow paisley style covers. The paper is a gorgeous metallic, smooth stock. Unfortunately, the colour doesn't show up as nicely in the photos. Signatures are blank white.
This one sold recently :3
Soft cover blank book with cream indian handmade paper, screened in gold for the covers. Purple stitching and a little gold bead decoration. Pages are shades of yellow.
I was about to say, "not much" but in reality, I've been doing a fair bit of art things lately.
Unfortunately, I don't have very much to show for it as most things end up scrappy and/or permanent works in progress.
However, I've been going back to quite a few of those older WIP's from my failed days of "365" and finishing some of them up.
I've also been very interested in participating in competitions and such, I'd love to maybe get some of my work published some day, especially now that i'm starting to feel a little more comfortable in my chosen style... whether I continue in this new style or not is to be seen, but for the time being, I'm just going to go with it.
ANYways, I'm aiming to get some work published (already have been accepted for a book coming out in 2011 some time), unfortunately, the software I am using may or may not be commercially legit (I may or may not have only the student version from uni), and thus I am having a crisis of conscience right there; I want to participate in published and commercial work etc but I need legit software.
Illustrator, the one I'm playing with at the moment, is out of the question. $2000+ dollars for the standalone program or $3000+ for the package. Yeah. Let me just pull that amount out of my richly bejewelled @$$.
So, I've had to leave Illustrator aside for now
*sob* when it comes to commercial work, and I've started experimenting with freeware and more wallet friendly programs.
So far, I've only found one I've felt relatively comfortable with and that allows me to create in a similar way than in Illustrator: Xara.
I like it enough to take the time to learn it so here's hoping I'm not so pigheaded as to be unable to adapt.
This is what I've managed so far, it's taken me probably 3 times as long to get to this point in the drawing but it's a start. :3
Sorry, it's only a scrap and blogger compression is evil on vector images.
Have successfully moved into a new place off Tamborine Mountain (thankGOD for that!). This is, however, only a temporary move as I shall be moving into the city in early January-ish with the fantabulous Dr Nayu. I'm highly looking forward to moving to the big smoke! :D
We're currently in the middle of a major renovation of our current home while looking for a new place to live. My life is currently a mess of rather large proportions with packing, painting, house hunting and constant CONSTANT driving which is, frankly, driving me a little nuts!
I thought, with the untimely demise of my day job, I'd have more time to pursue my creative passions... this is infuriatingly not so :(
Ah well, I'm still managing to chip away at a few current art and binding projects, here's a peek.
(vector work for now, as I only had photoshop open and it doesn't open painter files :/ )
Recently it was N's mother's birthday and, for the occasion, I made her a gift:
The paper is a lovely pearlescent cream colour. The images are hand stamped with chalk inks. All the elements were cut to size, folded and glued by hand. My hand does not thank me for this lol. I punched a few little blue stickers as envelope seals then added some pretty ribbon to finish it off. :) The final size of the little note-papers is 12.3 x 10.5cm The envelopes are 9 x 6cm I've been on a crafting binge since my job finished last week. :)
Almost two months since my last post here... I am ashamed. :(
I made this for a friend's birthday recently. The cover is a vintage silk obi, the signatures sewn into the fabric with waxed thread. Red silk ribbon around it and two types of paper for the signatures; a delicate, mottled parchment paper and a lovely smooth, cream, 160gsm, archival paper. She loved it :)
I've got a few of these made in various sizes and fabrics and am still making more, the problem is, sewing the signatures into the silk is a time consuming process as I don't want to leave any marks on the silk (so no pen/pencil marks), just the pages and the thick, sturdy silk obi. I use a small template for each one, but it still becomes a somewhat trial and error to get the needle through in the right spot, sort of thing. Maybe one day, i'll come up with an easier, faster way. ^_^ I'm planning on selling these on either Etsy or Artfire in the near future (or when I have more stock).