I didn’t really feel like cutting a larger linoblock. I felt more like experimenting and I think the faces work really well as a pattern.
Another face, more abstraction. I love how each print turns out different. In the beginning, I was aiming for a well saturated print to make everything more uniform.
Now I think it’s far more interesting to see how the same motif can become something new with each print just by varying pressure and/or amount of color.
My sketch, for comparison.
For a long time my go-to motive was lettering. Then I discovered faces. I did one or two portrait classes and even bought the odd book on the subject. My accordeon teacher way back when used to tell me “If you want to dance, you’ll have to learn to walk first”. I hated that. I’d rather draw ten faces with awful proportions then spend even ten minutes on messing about with guidelines. Sure I did that too in portrait class and my pieces even turned out adequate enough, but having to concentrate too much on not messing up the rules my perfectionism will sooner rather then later kill my spirit and my expression. Also I stop feeling it pretty quick. If I’m not in the right state of mind I can’t create. So I draw faces disregarding proportion or variations in perspective or trying to achieve a good linkness with a subject.
After my motivational slump last week, I went back to faces and decided to try something different from my usual pen drawings, with lino printing in mind. I love how similar yet different the painted and the printed version look.
More large blooms in today’s print. I like the color combination, the grey though needed to be a little more visible. Mixing color is a whole new ballgame is what I’m learning right now.
I feel like week 18 has me reaching the inevitable motivational low point. I have started making plans for new projects, that’s a sure sign of motivation burn out. Maybe it’s time to try something new again and give the patterns a rest for a while. But I don’t even feel like looking at inspirational pictures. I’m guessing a little break is in order, that’s often the best way to go.
I still very much have Marimekko on my mind. The graphic flowers must be my all time favorite Marimekko design. I’m hoping for that one idea for a piece of clothing that will warrant that investment. If you’re that much in love with something, I think you’re allowed at least one copy. After all imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
I finally got around to cut myself a name stamp. I’m not sure thought if I want to have to roll out some black for every print run. But it sure looks nicer than a digital watermark, doesn’t it?
It’s the season of rainboots and umbrellas. Stoff’n asked for rain related patterns for their October pattern challenge. I called my little collection of raindrops I’m singing in the Regen. (You guessed it ‘Regen’ is the German word for ‘rain’.)
Can you make your own umbrella? I keep wondering where you would want to see the little yellow boots pattern and then I thought an umbrella, that one would look really nice on an umbrella.
One of my biggest pattern design idols definitely is Marimekko, including every designer ever working for them. So you will find a lot of Marimekko on my inspirational pattern pinboard.
When I started on the circle repeat I actually was still very much with Lisa Congdon’s line circles, after filling my first page, it just felt like it wanted some black and some Marimekko vibes.
I’m realizing that I generally like working with the negative space, or rather with eliminating as much negative space as possible, so that a white piece of fabric can be transformed into something colorful.
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To celebrate the launch of Makerist Magazin, the lovely people of Makerist (a German online learning plattform for all things crafty) supplied a group of bloggers with some awesome cork fabric. I was lucky enough to be part of that group (how cool is that?!). I made a quick and easy case for my sunglasses using a leather handstitch. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at something like that and since cork fabric was created to work as a cruelty free leather alternative, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to have a go.
With the same material and technique you could also make a wallet or a case for your tablet or ebook reader, the possibilities are endless.
– cork fabric
– sturdy yarn
– two medium sized sewing needles
– one bigger needle (optional)
– scissors, clips, paper
First you’ll need to construct a pattern that will fit comfortably around your sunglasses. It’s basically as simple as folding a piece of paper around your glasses and cutting it to size. (You can also download my template here.)
Trace around your pattern, cut it out and secure with clips.
When working with leather it is important to punch the holes you’ll be sewing through beforehand to make thicker material more easily workable. This is not necessary for cork, as a regular sewing needle will go through it without having to use much force. It’s nice though to have the holes as a guideline to help keep the stitches more even, you could just as well make some marks with a thin felt-tip (I’m guessing that would be a lot more visible then the holes). I made myself a template 0,5cm wide (pictured at the bottom of the image) and if you decide to punch your holes, putting some fabric or a paper towel underneath will help.
Now for the sewing. Despite the fact that cork fabric can easily be sewn with a sewing machine, I quite liked sewing this project by hand. It’s actually a lot faster then you’d think and it even get’s kind of relaxing. And I like my handmade things to look handmade, some imperfections add to that nicely in my opinion.
You’ll need two medium sized sewing needles, a length of yarn, not too long or you will constantly struggle with tangling and not too short, or you’ll have to knot off and start again somewhere in the middle. Threat needle No. 1 and pull half of the yarn through the first hole. Threat needle No. 2, leave a long enough end for each needle so you won’t have to re-threat. Now you basically sew each stitch twice. You’ll push needle 1 from front to back, and bring needle 2 through the same hole from back to front. Pull yarn tight and repeat until you finish the last stitch.
To secure everything I backstitched once, but with each needle I only went through one layer of the cork. You should now have both ends of the yarn on the inside of your case. Pull them tight one last time and knot off with a double knot, cut off excess and you’re done.
Thank you so much lovely people of Makerist for the awesome cork fabric and in particular for giving me the scoop on your new amazing project!
These blocks were made a while ago to become a nice botanical pattern, something with a slight Skandinavian vibe. Well in it’s entirety it never quite worked for me. But I liked the round piece so much, that I thought I might just give it a go on it’s own. Turns out, that one I like a lot. Especially in an all-over print and with the slight changes in color intensity.
I decided to just run with it and give every little element its own pattern. I think their similarity in form together with all of them being printed in the same color makes for a nice little pattern collection.