November 29, 2010

Some Books In The Shop

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.


November 26, 2010

Grad Invitations

These invitations were commissioned from a friend. I promised I'd post up a work in progress and here it is. :3

Epic workplace of epic mess. Epic.

Templates. The paper one died not long after the first 10 or so, so I moved onto a cardboard one.

After drawing in the tempate I added all the necessary measurement marks and scored the fold lines with a semi-dulled awl, then got to cutting the sleeves out.

Cutting. More cutting. o_O

One change of blade-tip later and all sleeves are done. :)

I have scraps coming out of my ears! Time to wash hands of green before starting on the next step. But first...


All set and ready to assemble. The text part of the invitations themselves were designed, printed, sealed, cut and assembled by me earlier.

Envelopes were designed, cut and scored out of lovely metallic, patterned paper which I turned the pattern to the inside. The corresponding designs go on the outside to match up with the invites.

Envelopes where then separated into their designs, then matched up with their invites all ready and folded up.

DONE! Added some matching sticker seals made with my trusty sticker maker and packed them up neatly ready to be mailed. :D


November 18, 2010

Some Cards Nov 2010

A few things I worked on over the course of last week and have now been put up for sale at the local chocolate shop I work at on weekends :3

Pamphlet bound square card with satin ribbon embelishment. The panel is handstamped with chalk inks.

Pamphlet stitched Christmas card with stickers and gold paper. Part of a matching set with a pamphlet stitched booklet (below).

All made with DCWV cardstock and bit's of lovely papers from my scraps boxes. A few stickers, stamps and even a bit of book binding thrown in for good measure. :)


November 5, 2010

Whatchadoin? Vectors??

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.

Erm... tangent.

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.


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