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Fabric Design Contest: Vote for ME!

July 6, 2014

I have submitted a design in Spoonflower’s “Fishing Lures” fabric design contest. The winning designs will be printed as designer fabric on a variety of fabric types! Too cool!

Fly Fishing Fabric DesignI created this design this summer. I was inspired by my father’s recent success fly fishing this summer, catching several large trout this season. I would love to use this fabric to make aprons or hot pads (for the cabin!)

If you like my design, please vote for it! Here’s how:

1. Go to Spoonflower’s Fishing Lures contest page.

2. Click on the vote icon next to my design.

3. Press the submit button to place your vote.

 

I believe that only one vote per person is counted, but please feel free to share the information if you like my design or others. Thank you!

 

 

The Process of Screen Printing

June 10, 2014

I’ve been printing a lot of new tote bags lately! They are currently available for purchase in my Etsy Shop! I thought it would be interesting to share some of my process photographs with you. It is important to show the polished final product. But with something as hands-on as screen printing, I think it is important to show the process as well!

 

It’s important to have your inks mixed before you start printing. You can either buy ready-made ink colors or mix your own! This red-orange ink was made from a pre-mixed orange and process red. I’m using my smallest squeegee to make sure I get the right coverage and pressure with each print.


Screen printing process: tote bag Carefully pulling the ink through the screen, making sure to cover the fabric evenly. 

All that careful work paid off! Look at that beautiful print! Since I am only printing with one screen today, the printed bags can be hung up to dry right away. On to the next bag!

Screen printing process: tote bag The finished print. Looking good!

When it’s time to change a color you need to wash the screen out completely and let it dry. There is a chance that some of the ink from the first color would pass through with the new ink color if you are not careful.  Between colors (multitasking while waiting for the screen to finish drying) I heat-pressed the first set of bags so that the colors will not run if the bag gets wet!

Screen printing process: tote bag  Back in black! The black ink is a little thicker than the orange ink, so it takes a little more ink to print the same design in black.

Some of my new tote bags are made from brilliant colors of cotton canvas. Black looks best on them, so I changed ink colors to black.

Screen printing process: tote bag Carefully lifting the screen away from the bag. This is why they call it “pulling” a print!

Screen printing process: tote bag Go Green! This bright green canvas is one of my new favorites!

More colors of tote bags coming soon. I am in the process of MAKING MY OWN TOTE BAGS out of 100% cotton canvas made in the USA to ensure the quality and colors are up to my high standards! New colors include yellow, natural canvas, and avocado.

Screen printing process: tote bag I am even offering small purse-size (or kid-size) tote bags! They are 9 x 12 inches and are a really great size!

 

All of these amazing tote bags are available in my Etsy Shop!

 

For the Love of Buttons

June 2, 2014

You all know by now that I love pin-back buttons, right? I’ve been designing a zillion more 1-inch pin-back buttons for sale online in my Etsy Shop and for retailers that carry my Pink Toe Press items. I’ve been making most designs available as individual buttons and in fun designer packs. The packs are the best way to go because they group like buttons together. There are a bunch of new button packs available in my Etsy Shop! Check them out!

 

 

New Button AssortmentAssorted 1-inch pin-back buttons. Great new designs!!!

New Button AssortmentA close-up of the buttons.

Stay tuned for more info on button packs and some NEW TOTE BAGS that I now have available!!! *Pink Toe Press logo buttons (bottom right corner) come free with any tote bag purchase in my Etsy Shop!

Revenge of the 5th!

May 5, 2014

Today is May Fifth! Now I know some of you are celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but I am also celebrating…

Star Wars Buttons: Empire

the Revenge of the Fifth!!!

Star Wars: Empire Buttons are available in my Etsy Shop!!! Celebrate your dark side with a button featuring everyone’s favorite Sith Lord, Darth Vader.

May The Fourth Be With You!

May 4, 2014

Today is the 4th of May. You know what that means, don’t you?

Star Wars Buttons: RebelStar Wars Buttons are available in my Etsy Shop!!!

May the Fourth be with you…

New Project: Magazine Layout Thumbnails

April 26, 2014

Sketchbook Page: Magazine Design

 

Magazine page thumbnails for data-heavy article

I’ve been spending a lot of time working on the computer for design projects. While I do a lot of hand-drawn illustration and design for work, most of my work at home is on the computer. Sometimes it is easiest to sketch digitally, while other times it is most helpful to draw with pen and paper. The other day, I put together a variety of thumbnails and ideas for magazine page layouts.

 

Sketchbook Page: Magazine Design

 

Magazine page thumbnails for personality features

These drawings are helpful because they were relatively quick to put together and will be helpful when I work digitally to piece the actual pages together. Like any artistic exercise, this was a fun way to work through an insy-bitsy bit of artists’ block while spending too much time on the computer! :-)

 

Sketchbook Page: Magazine DesignDetail.

Not all of the pages correlate with each other (except for the 2-page spreads and the numbered pages), but many are supposed to be part of a hypothetical sequence. This was a fun exercise and I will be sure to share more like it!

 

New Graphic Design Project

April 18, 2014

I am someone who always seems to be creating and working on one project or another; I always try to keep busy and improve upon my skills. I thought it would be fun to challenge myself and try to design something new. I’ve been working on new greeting card and print ideas lately, but I thought it would be nice to get a change of pace. As I have moved recently, I thought it was time for me to update my resume in a creative way.  I had two conditions to meet as part of my challenge:

 

1: To showcase my design skills along with my employment history in one document? I already have a “standard” resume with all the information needed, How hard could it be?

2: Could I create this project using more than one software, perhaps one that I feel I should use more frequently?

 

The results:

Designed Resume

 

This is what I came up with: an cool updated resume!

 

I created this project using Adobe Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator. The assorted clip art is sourced from vintage royalty-free printed materials. I’ve blurred out some personal information, but you can see that (even without that information) the piece is clear, concise, and informative. I job well done, if I do say so myself!

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