I actually finished my Granville but I haven’t gotten any pictures yet. I could have gotten some yesterday, I guess, but we have workers working on our (one and only) bathroom and I had a stomach bug. (And that combination is a special kind of awful right there.) Pictures next week.
Otherwise, I’ve been trying to get back to drawing and painting. And also Illustrator. I used to be pretty happy with my drawing skills but I haven’t been practicing and it shows. I wasn’t exactly successful at first but then, Spoonflower came up with a challenge. Everyday for 15 days, they give a design prompt. Then, you’re supposed to create a fabric from that. I’ve been working on that everyday. I haven’t been able to create a full design everyday but that little bit that I do is something, right? I need to remember that when I can’t get my hand to draw how I want. And I need to remember it when I struggle with Gimp and Illustrator. A little bit everyday, right?
So here’s what I did everyday.
Day 1: Pencil drawing. I did draw but it was frustrating. I didn’t manage anything I liked.
Day 2: Watercolor. Now, that was fun! I made this thinking that stripes would be easier to arrange in a repeat. When I finally get this uploaded, I’ll “only” have to work on getting the stripes to blend together vertically.
Day 3: Abstract. I doodled! I used to do these when I was bored in class. They’re very realxing.
Day 4: Block prints. I didn’t have the supplies and didn’t want to use a potato. Eraser to the rescue! And the girls’ inkpads. And that’s another one that I want to get uploaded to
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Day 5: Pen and ink. That one was just as frustrating as day 1. I worked on it a few times during the day but it just wouldn’t come together.
Day 6: Geometric. This is the one that had me struggling with Illustrator. All I wanted was a grid of equilateral triangles to color in. I spent 2 hours to get this (the missing lines on the left side shouldn’t cause a problem once the whole thing is repeated). Originally, I was going to use a picture to decide on a color palette but it took me so long to just get the grid done that I had to stop there.
Day 7: Vector. I didn’t have enough time to really work on this one but I messed around with Illustrator so it counts, right?
Day 8: Photographic. I so wanted to do something like the examples in the prompt! I wanted to play with that picture of the tree from Monday. The one with the beautiful light. I couldn’t figure out anything with Gimp and ended up working on this macro knit picture instead. It’s seamless at least? (That’s a handy feature in Gimp. It won’t always give the kind of results I want but here, it did a decent enough job.)
Day 9: Open Source. That was yesterday and I had finished the blouse so I took all morning to work on this one. I used Canva and chose this 9 dot layout where you can add pictures. There were some stock images available for free but I ended up uploading my own.
I’m looking forward to completing the rest of the challenge and hopefully keeping it up afterwards. I want to get better and that means practice, right. Also looking forward to kicking the stomach bug and having a fully functional bathroom again…