Playing With Vector Art

I've been playing around with vector art! Lots of fun...after scanning drawings from my sketchbook, I use Image Trace in Illustrator. At that point I can individually select and colorize the lines, fills, and background. Also, easy to play with color schemes. In Kuler I create color palettes by pulling from photos or artwork. The palettes automatically load into Illustrator where I can pick and choose. The  colors in the floral were not as tacky looking when I was working on it, I swear! They were mellow and muted, so just try to picture it, please.

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Night Bird & Sketches

A couple pages from my sketchbook cleaned up in Illustrator. The first sketch is part of an ABC project I have been playing with which I call "Small Wonders". The second sketch of dreidels and menorahs I'd like to work into a repeat for Chanukah gift wrap.

 

The idea here is from a story I wrote some years back called "Night Bird". It's about a bird that visits a boy's window every night until he agrees to fly with him. However, the bird is not your typical nocturnal, which is meant to give it's visits a little air of mystery... Below are two different pattern designs I worked on this week with the Night Bird in mind. Something irked me about the pointed stars in the first, so I redid it with rounds stars. The last is a work in progress. Next week I'd like to develop several more designs to create a collection around the Night Bird theme.

Portrait Quilt

I did a portrait quilt project with my son's class. It will hang in the auditorium with the past years' wall hangings. Each child, 50 in all, used fabric markers to draw on the piece of 8"x8" white cotton fabric that I gave them. They came up with the descriptive words that border the portraits and I wrote them with the fabric markers and then colored in the background black. Sewing the squares together and ironing down the seams took many hours longer than I had predicted. I used basting spray and then safety pins to hold the three layers together while I quilted up and down the seams. I saved a bunch of time by buying the binding at Joannes. Lastly I sewed on the loops to hold the dowels at the top and bottom, the top for hanging from, and the bottom to weight it down. It will be hung up for class night in June. Here's a sneak peak...

 

 Detail.

Detail.

 I've used the blanket stitch on my machine before, but this is my first time trying it by hand. Can you tell?

I've used the blanket stitch on my machine before, but this is my first time trying it by hand. Can you tell?

 I like the back, pure color. Too bad it will never be seen once it's hanging on the wall!

I like the back, pure color. Too bad it will never be seen once it's hanging on the wall!