When it comes to scanned traditional artworks, the most time consuming thing to do is probably refining the scanned image (removing the dust/debris that got caught during scanning process, bumping up the hues/contrast, etc.). For me here, it is removing the white background from my watercolor succulents O0O''
Many times I manually use the eraser tool to erase the white, which of course takes forever. I've also tried selecting a large white area then hit the delete button, or use the magic eraser tool- but often times I always had to go back to refine the edges because some of them get deleted in the process.
We always run a few test prints of our stickers before the final printing. What to do with those extra stickers? Some have defects such as ink bleeds, incorrect colors, and blurriness, naturally we won't put them up in our shop for sale. So with a bunch of leftover stickers in our tool box, we decided to make use of them! :)
Weekends are probably the only time I have to create personal art. After spending a few years of primarily learning digital art, I've decided to come back to traditional art once again- which is what I like to do best!
The subjects this time are cats and succulents, also a little bit of ice cream on the side :p I did quite a few experiments when it comes to mixing greens: green-blue, yellow-green, greenish-brown, etc.
For the cats, I didn't want to go too detail and paint out every single fur, whiskers, reflection in the eyes, just about everything else when it comes to painting something realistic. Thus a more simplistic approach is the way to go.
Once the paintings are finished, I ran a scan of each at high resolution, then began to clean up the rough edges, dust & debris that accumulated during the scanning process:
These cat silhouette designs are then made into digital clipart, which can be found in my Etsy shop: https://t.co/Dt8WO7RMCI
Now to work on the cactus batch next... But that will be for another blog update! Stay tuned!
It's finally here! So happy to see the designs produced 😊 These are clear cut acrylic pins & keychains, also available as dust plugs for your phone/tablet, as well as phone straps. In the end I got the mermaid design made into a pin while the alpaca into a key chain, because I simply can't choose which designs I like better 😆
Took around two weeks to have the designs processed and into the printing service, but it was well with the wait! The colors are so nice and bright, I adore them all 💖
Illustration themselves were all drawn in Photoshop. Afterwards the images were flattened to reduce their size upon saving as a PSD file. Borders were then added as well as placement for the pin & circular hole for keychain.
So... admittedly we've been neglecting our weebly website for awhile :'D For the past five months we've tested out so many different site hosting company to make our website, searching for 'the one' that have all the features we need in order to make our site super duper awesome! But in the end we still weren't able to find 'the one'... until we returned to weebly and found that it's features are the easiest when it comes to edit/adding photos, texts, etc. (we're not super computer & html techie).
Anyway, back to what this blog is about: aside from finding a website we've also been doing extended testing on our stickers. Before we only printed non-waterproof matte stickers, but waterproof decals seem to have more appeal with customers so we had some designs printed & tested:
These are just a couple of designs printed in either matte or glossy waterproof finish :) We'll be sticking them on phone/tablets/laptop surfaces, as well as helmets for further testing!
We're always making changes to improve our packaging. Packing and presenting our keychains is probably the most challenging of all available products in our shop- from measuring to folding, cutting and finding the right plastic sleeve to insert the keychains in, it's a constant trial and error x)
Washi tape order has finally arrived! Took several hours unpacking, sorting, and taking photographs of each design. Here are a few snapshots:
Everyday is full of surprises! This blog will feature behind the scenes (and work-in-progress) of our artwork and products :)
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