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Creative Apps, Tools and Tips

I thought it may be helpful to share some creative apps, favourite tools and tips for use in visual arts and design.

CamScanner App

A great convenient, ‘on the go’ tool for scanning using your phone and the CamScanner app. You can either take a scan/picture using the app or can import an image to convert that into a scan. The app locates the boundaries of your image and adjusts the light so you can even scan in low light. It’s a huge time saver and has a good memory capacity before it requires any payment. You don’t get bugged by ads. CamScanner is 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 in my opinion.

CamScanner App screen grab
Screen grab of my CamScanner latest work

iPhone XS

My phone is a key tool in my work, for photographing, drawing, editing. The camera on this phone model takes beautiful images and the ‘portrait’ mode is a useful feature for product shots and photographing work. I like the ‘pano’ feature for creative shots. Couldn’t function without this. Great size, weight and stable when used with a tripod. iPhone XS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Screen grab of my photo album.
I take a LOT of photos and create new designs on my iPhone

Pixelmator App

How I love Pixelmator. I can’t say how much I use it as it’s seamless in my work. I’m probably across in the app 5 times a day. Layering images, drawing, adding text, creating social media ads, resizing, mocking up ideas, creating repeat patterns. The app is intuitive, making it easy to learn and to use. This is a corker of a creative tool 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Pixelmator App Screen Grab Showing Layers of a Design.
Pixelmator App Screen Grab Showing Layers of a Design.

Bernina Sewing Machine

I would never have thought that I could love a sewing machine as much as I do my Bernina. It’s reliable, compact, and with the digital display I know what the machine settings are at a glance. I want to make the marks myself so I’m not interested in sewing machines that take over and do the sewing themselves. Swiss engineering is renowned and my Bernina is a fabulous example of this that runs like clockwork. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Bernina B215 Sewing Machine sewing an ice cream themed fabric that I designed

Bernina B215 Sewing Machine sewing an ice cream themed fabric that I designed.

YouTube

A learning gateway for everything you might ever want to learn about, where someone always seems to have the answer for using a new product, or technique. I’m going to give YouTube 🌟🌟🌟🌟 as the ads can be annoying, but then again it’s ‘free’. YouTube is about the people who take the time to share their experiences and knowledge. Of course it’s best to watch a few videos for any given subject to be able to gather a few perspectives/ methods.

I’ve always enjoyed making films so I love that I can share my movies and reach people through YouTube. Here’s a link to go to my channel.

Inspire by Kim YouTube Channel screen grab
Inspire by Kim YouTube Channel screen grab

50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life

This book is like a hug of a drawing course. The creators of Flow magazine have done something magical by bringing together exercises from their illustrators to make this big beautiful collection of inspiring, drawing skills inducing delight. Love it with some good TV and a pencil or fine liner. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Flow Magazine.

Collage of the cover and pages of my drawings in the book.
Collage of the cover and pages of my drawings in the book.

Instagram

The place to see image based posts, as opposed to more wordy content. A window on creative studios, processes and what everyone is working on, it’s such a creative time that we live in. Instagram makes the world shrink to the size of the app and I love how we can connect with kindred creatives and find people with shared interests. And there’s always someone somewhere on Instagram, even in the middle of my night – when the darkness becomes a blank creative canvas for new idea seeds to germinate in my mind. Hoping the ads, which have increased in frequency, don’t takeover, like they appear to have on sister site Facebook 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Inspire by Kim Instagram Screen GrabInspire by Kim Instagram Screen Grab

Also I have to mention PicCollage, which now allows a mix of still images and videos in collages, and WordPress for my blog.

I hope this proves helpful. Wanted to share these findings and also this is a way of expressing gratitude for this tremendous tech and fabulous phone based functions which are my fundamental tools.

Please stay and see some more posts here.

If you’d like a street these are my favourite ones.

Fabric Design Doll

Fabric Birds

Workshop – Testimonials

Reflecting on 4 Colour Full Years

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Workshop – Final Places Available

Make a fabric bird, or two, or something else that makes your heart sing at the fabric design. workshop on 2nd June. Book now with Sue of Stitched Up and Fleeced, Sheffield’s leafing textile studio.

For more details about the workshop click here . To see inspiration for what you might like to make visit this link. There really is no limit to what you can design and make.

Here are some examples of workshop attendees designs.

Hope to see you on 2nd June. If you’re too far away let me know where you are and how you like to learn and we can find a solution for you to try these techniques.

Book the workshop and enquire now by contacting Sue at Stitched Up and Fleeced using this contact form.

Fabric Design Steps

This image shows the three key stages of fabric design that I’ll be demonstrating and sharing at my workshop on Sunday 2nd June in Sheffield.

Step One is a design worked out on paper.

Step Two is to create the design in heat sensitive dyes on paper.

You can apply the dyes to paper using paint brushes, or you can collage painted papers or you can stamp the dyes onto paper. No drawing skills are required but some thoughts on composition are worthwhile.

The colours in this stage of the process are very different from the final outcome, as demonstrated in this short colour sample video.

 

Like any art work you can spend as much or as little time on your design as you wish. You can print your design and then move the design and over print if you like.

You can print a number of times from the dyes, although each later print will be slightly unique from the previous one, but we experiment with time and colour during the workshop.

Step Three is to press the paper with the heat sensitive dyes together with your desired fabric at high heat for a few seconds. This will activate the dyes and make them turn into gas, to wrap around the fabrics fibres and thus transferring them.

In seconds you’ve got your designed fabric and it can become whatever your imagination will allow.

If you’d rather watch than read – See this process in less than 40 seconds in this video. https://youtu.be/xnt9NKFmhKo

A second example

As a recap on the process here’s an alternative design, a small coastal landscape design made by collaging torn papers which had been painted with transfers dyes.

Step One: I had a seaside composition in mind to fit into a greeting card window.

Step Two: I collaged torn paper to compose the picture. Note I have not drawn anything in this piece. For many people drawing skills, of their perception of their skills can be a barrier to them enjoying art. That’s a shame as there are many other ways to make marks and create. This is just one suggestion.

Step Three – I heat pressed the design onto one, then another piece of fabric.

I’ll be sewing into the design next before mounting it in into the greeting card for a unique, handmade, frameable gift.

If you’d like to try these techniques for yourself you can book at the Stitched Up and Fleeced website. Stitched Up and Fleeced is a lovely studio with great facilities which are ideal for our workshop.

The workshop will be from 10am to 4pm giving chance to learn techniques and enjoy exploring them and developing your ideas using these new possibilities.

Whether your a textile artist, crafter, designer, or just fancy trying something new you’ll be creating in no time and will have a number of fabric designs by the end of the day. Your fabric designs could be framed, appliqued, made into accessories such as zip bags, glasses cases, cushions, home decor, gifts and so on.

You can see more details of the workshop day at this post. When you’re ready to book you can do that here.

See more fabric design ideas to spark ideas of what you might like to create:

Fabric Design Highlights

Heat Press Inspiration

Don’t just take my word for it, want to hear how other people found my live workshop:

Workshop – Testimonials

And something cute to complete this post:

Fabric Design Doll

Hope to see you on 2nd June.

Bye for now x

#fabricdesign #sheffieldartist #surfacepatterndesign #textileart

Heat Press Workshop

Hi, I’m running a half day Heat Press workshop in Sheffield on 9th March. Posting the details incase this may be of interest.

‘Heat press Workshop’ 10-12.30 Saturday 9th March £30

This is an opportunity to create your own unique design and transfer it onto fabric. During the workshop you will be guided through steps to create a bespoke design and transfer it onto a fabric of your choice for use in whatever textile, sewing or craft project you wish. You will learn about products, techniques and equipment, how different fabrics respond to the process and how best to prepare them. You will be inspired by what your designs could become. This workshop is supported by ‘Colourcraft’.

The workshop can be booked through the venue website at 

http://www.stitchedupandfleeced.com/workshops

If you need any further details please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can see my work at https://www.instagram.com/inspirebykim/

Best regards and many thanks

Kim

Passion for Textile Flowers

Everlasting passionflower lovingly crafted from textiles.
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The satin cheese plant I made led to my decision to make a textile passion flower….
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I studied the beautiful flowers that I have been growing in garden for 15 years.
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Some all-white varieties surprised me in the garden this year.
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Passionflower study in coloured pencils
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Monochrome study aiming to simplify the forms.
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Watercolour study of passiflora.
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I then took the designs into stitch. This was the first iteration of the passion flower with a little fused Angelina fibre panel for the centre.
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Free motion embroidery and ribbon couching to create the second flower design.
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After considering different fabrics I decided to use satin with scrim behind for the third flower experiment.
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It was important that I create depth for the flower’s corona filaments, anthers and stigmas. I used felt, a bead and embroidery silks.
My intention whilst working at Chelsea College of Arts at the start of the month was to create screen printed designs that I could later add 3D passionflowers to. 
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A passionflower couldn’t exist without its leaves. I created this one using satin that I have designed and printed using Colourcraft products, with felt behind/underside made at Stitched Up and Fleeced in Sheffield.

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The final addition was the tendrils shaped with a little love as inspiration. Photographed in the sun, which is what prompts the passionflowers to reveal their striking beauty.

Thanks so much for reading to the end. I’m delighted with this work and will be looking at the display of it. So watch this space by popping your email address in the box at the top of the page to follow my blog. Normally a maximum of one post per week, a little bright creativity into your inbox

Here is the work that led to the passion flower creation.

Bird and Flowers Design

Satin Cheese Plant

Textile Print Design at Chelsea

And finally here are flowers I painted in pomegranate juice (and a little green watercolour). The juice was a stunning pink so I could resist making art with it. The work is inspired by a great book I’m reading The Joy of Watercolour by Emma Block.

Additional inspiration from the Botanica book by Uppercase magazine. A delightful treat of a book.

Puppet – Paper Art Design

As a gift for a delightful three year old little girl I designed and made a glove puppet.

A new creative experience, using paper art techniques learned in my paper artworks and textiles and sewing techniques learned in beauty bag creating, the development of the toy is shown in pictures here.

I chose bold colours, cute icons – bluebird, butterflies, flowers and tried to use elements in threes (such as buttons) for counting practice as it was a 3rd birthday gift. 🎁

Completed paper design ready for scanning. I then printed the scan onto special paper using special inks that transferred the fabric design onto the satin fabric when I placed them together in the heat press.

Added a fleecy wadding behind and then stitched into the two layers to accentuate elements of the design with a quilting effect that has a lovely feel and makes the light bounce of the shiny satin. Some hand sewing of some embellishments too.

< img src=”https://52artchallenges.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/img_0789.jpg&#8221; class=”size-medium wp-image-4234″ height=”2150″ width=”1612″>The design trimmed down to a seam allowance and then piped the opening with contrasting ribbon next – lush colour.

All sewn, personalised and with a care label inside, ready to be posted to spread a little happiness for Chloe’s 3rd Birthday.

I’m pleased sed with the design – the colours, the vibrancy, the face – I realised that cute is not easy and I’ve learning to do there. I was less happy with the structure, my husband likened it to an oven glove 🤣, but my sewing skills developed as a result of the project, and achieved what I set out to do and from design creation to posting in just 10 days (in a busy December period).

I hope little Chloe will enjoy the puppet and feel inspired by something uniquely made for her. I suggested to her mummy that when not being played with the puppet could be popped on a plastic bottle for display.

This project came out of my previous work in paper and fabric design, here are posts showing this work…

My Life In PaperInspired Bags Many thanks to Sheffield College, Make Art That Sells and Pattern Camp for their teaching and the facilities that made this project possible.

😊

#Inktober Week 4 – The Finale

What an experience Inktober has been. An ink drawing a day for 31 days. This was my first #Inktober.

Week One, Week Two, and my favourite week Week Three, drawings are at these clicks. Interesting to feel the progression and development of daily practice has had on my drawing skills, I feel that I use and hold the pen differently and can mark the paper more accurately. My typography and lettering is much more how I’d like it to look as I try to convey different energy in the words. 

It’s been great to part of something global and see what different responses have been created to the prompt words (pictured). The challenge was to draw and instagram a drawing each day for 31 days.

‘Juice’ was Day 23’s prompt word. As I’m working on ‘series’ of illustrations I created series of fruity characters. #inktober2017 #inktober #illustration #illustrator #sheffieldartist #fruit #juice #lemon #orange #lime #grapefruit #pendrawings #strawberry #sun #eshortcourses #characters
#inktober ‘Juice’ character drawing developed further. They’re a cheery, happy, ‘look on the bright side’ kind of bunch. #inktober2017 #sheffieldartist #illustrator #illustration #juice #fruit #characterart #citrusfruit #lemon #orange #strawberry #lime #happy #uplift #motivation #positivity #eshortcourses
Day 24’s prompt word is ‘Blind’. Rightly or wrongly this is what came to mind.
After a muddy walk it was wash and hairdryer time. #inktober2017 #illustration #dog #ink #illustrator #dogsofinstagram #lhasaapsosofinstagram #inktober #poochpal
‘Ship’ - Day 25 of #Inktober was an enjoyable half hour. I always enjoy drawing sea creatures, waves and weather.  #inktober2017 #sheffieldartist #illustrator #illustration #ink #biro #bic #pendrawing #kim #ship #sea #mermaid #fish #dolphin #turtles #waves #ocean #sun #clouds #hope #inspiration #inspirebykim #positivity #filligree #rococo
‘Ship’ – Day 25 of #Inktober was an enjoyable half hour. I always enjoy drawing sea creatures, waves and weather. #inktober2017
Day 26 - ‘Squeak’ made me think of how we try to make our voice heard through such a crowd of communication. I wanted to practice drawing faces.  #inktober2017 #inktober #illustration #illustrator #portraits #sheffieldartist #ink #drawing
Day 26 – ‘Squeak’ made me think of how we try to make our voice heard through such a crowd of communication. I wanted to practice drawing faces. #inktober2017 #inktober #illustration #illustrator #portraits #sheffieldartist #ink #drawing
#inktober motivation
This #inktober motivation for the final days was rousing.
 

‘Today’s #inktober prompt word ‘Climb’ set me thinking about climbing over adversity aiming for a good life, our efforts supported by love, inspiration and experience - weighed down by fear, held back by negativity but helped along by resilience, determination and by those who believe in us.  I’m really pleased with this piece as it’s very aligned with the values that underpin my work. Just 4 more #inktober days left!  #illustration #illustrator #positivity #sheffieldartist #triumphoveradversity #kimk #love #ink #motivationalimages #inspirebykim #eshortcourses #artist #inspiration #pain #tragedy #hurt #keepgoing #selfbelief #hotairballoon #climbing #climber
‘Today’s #inktober prompt word ‘Climb’ set me thinking about climbing over adversity aiming for a good life, our efforts supported by love, inspiration and experience – weighed down by fear, held back by negativity but helped along by resilience, determination and by those who believe in us. I’m really pleased with this piece as it’s very aligned with the values that underpin my work.
Clocks ‘fall’ back tonight - #inktober day 28.  #inktober2017 #clocksfallback #leaves #fall #clocks #illustration #illustrator #seasons #autumn #ink #pendrawing #inspirebykim #clockschange
Clocks ‘fall’ back tonight – #inktober day 28.
United by Inktober - Pens for Peace. Day 29 of #Inktober - ‘United’ - it’s been great being part of a unifying global challenge in ink.  #inktober2017 #peace #pensforpeace #inspirebykim #worldpeace #ink #illustrator #illustration #sheffieldartist #typography #globe #world #pen #brush #bicbiro #united #unitedbyinktober #globalchallenge #map
United by Inktober – Pens for Peace. Day 29 of #Inktober – ‘United’ – it’s been great being part of a unifying global challenge in ink.
#Inktober Day 30 - ‘Found’ - Magic to be found within, my penultimate drawing of the 31 day #inktober2017 challenge.  #illustration #motivation #determination #sheffieldartist #artofsheffield #illustrator #resilience #joy #innerstrength #love #faith #woman #magic #ink #pendrawing #bicbiro #hope #selfbelief #peace #inspirebykim
#Inktober Day 30 – ‘Found’ – Magic to be found within, my penultimate drawing of the 31 day #inktober2017 challenge.
#inktober2017 Day 31 - And that’s a wrap.  Don’t ‘mask’ your light.  Relieved and pleased to have completed the challenge of the 31 drawings from the official prompts. 😀👍✅ #inktober #illustration #illustrator #sheffieldartist #authenticity #true #beyou #light #showyourlight #bethelight #original #real #mask #sun
#inktober2017 Day 31 – And that’s a wrap. Don’t ‘mask’ your light. Relieved and pleased to have completed the challenge of the 31 drawings from the official prompts. 😀👍✅
Feels great to see this😀

You can see my #Inktober drawings here:

Week One – My first #Inktober

Week Two – My drawings

Week Three – Past the midpoint

There’s  more from me at my Facebook page and Instagram feed and oodles of art experimentation and art challenges here to explore.

I’m looking for live illustration briefs to get stuck into so if you have one please give me a shout. I’ll be developing these drawings further under the guidance of your illustration tutorworking on sewn art and ski fitness for November too.  

Thanks for popping by😊. Happy November. 

Inktober Week 3 – Past The Mid Point! 

I feel like week three has been a turning point and I can start to see dividend in the daily practice of creating an ink drawing a day for 31 days. 

Here are my #inktober drawings from the third week of the challenge, they are to fit the #Inktober2017 prompt words but also are created to fit the briefs of the eshortcourse in Illustration I am studying with Bill Wright, tutor at Central St Martins. 

#inktober2017 #illustration #inktober2017 #ink #mystery #mask #masquerade #disguise #mystery #candle #masqueradeball #chalice #serpent #bicbiro  #sheffieldartist #mysterious
‘Mysterious’ in Bic biro. ‘Mysterious’ #Inktober Day 15. I tried to capture elements that connote mystery and bring them together in a composition.
I really wrestled with how to illustrate #fat for #inktober2017. With Sweet fatty foods coming at her our girl is running away from fat by working out at the gym, as fat chases on.
#inktober2017 #lovedance #graceful #dance #joy #inspirebykim #kim #ink #map #Scotland #ballet #enpointe #isleofmull
Graceful #Inktober Day 17. I love the feeling of dance, the physical celebration of being. Ink and brush on an old roadmap of Scotland.
Wear Your Wings
Have a fabulous day! So nice to be using the ink bottle again. Here’s one of my #inktober responses to ‘graceful’.
  #inktober2017 #pixelmator #Mexico #inflightphoto #beach #holiday #vacation #sun #sunset #sea #ocean #girl #wings #Woman #illustration #illustrator #sheffieldartist #cancun #turquoise #travel #beyoutothefull
Have a be you to the full day! Played with my Mexico photos to add colour to my ink line work in my favourite app Pixelmator
  #inktober #illustration #illustrator #ink #dog #dogsofinstagram #lhasaapsosofinstagram #eshortcourses #sheffieldartist #kim #dogwalking
A Good Walk – #inktober2017 – Day 18’s prompt word is ‘Filthy’ so I chose to create a series of illustrations as a reportage. The drawings follow…

Clouds Ink Drawing
‘Cloud’ – Keeping it simple for Day 19. I love clouds, do t always want to see them but they can be canvases for the most beautiful colours at this time of year.
‘Deep’ made me think of navel gazing introspection.
‘Furious’ was my hurry to collect my train tickets for London, with two minutes to spare.
Bell Pepper Allergy Illustration to show to restaurant staff when ordering.
Ashalak boots made in Ibiza, from Las Dalias market
Day 21 was ‘Trail’, which made me think of exploting the streets of London with my family. I love these Ashalak boots, they were made in Ibiza. I found them at Las Dalias market.

Into the home straight now – here are the prompt words to come. 

Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words
Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words

You can look out for next week’s instalment or see updates at my Facebook page and Instagram feed. 

If you’ve not seen them here are the Week One and Week Two drawings. 

Thanks for being here, keep drawing. 😊

#Inktober Week 2 – My Drawings

I’m enjoying Inktober – it’s challenging and is stretching me. 
Here are the second week drawings for the prompt words.

Crooked – I struggled with this and it prompted lots of though of the representation of women as witches.
‘Screech’ made me think of a car
‘Screech’ Inktober Prompt Word
Gigantic made me think of the huge cumulus clouds as we arrived into the Mexican airspace on the Thomson Boeing Dreamliner
Run made me think of the atmospheric rain at Chichen Itza
‘Shattered’ explored illustrating the ‘glass ceiling’ to reach the boardroom
Day 13 – ‘Teeming’ With Life – my favourite drawing so far. #Inktober Day 13 – Teeming With Life – I wished to have a positive response to today’s prompt word so am representing life – influenced by Egypt, Mexico and a whale from New Zealand. I finished the artwork then an iguana appeared by the path and stayed still, enabling me to study his shape – almost like he wanted me to add him to my drawing… so I did.
Be Fierce To Face Your Fears – #inktober2017 Day 14 – for today’s prompt word ‘Fierce’.
If you missed the first week’s drawings then click here

Thanks to Tutor Bill on the eshortcourses for the drawing advice. And to bic for its fabulous timeless biro pen. 

Pop back in a week for Week 3 round up or follow the challenge on my Facebook or Instagram

Thanks for being here – enjoy something that you love today x

Ladies’ Loungewear Design Concepts

As part of my design project I explored options for placing my design on looking bye and sleepwear items.

I mocked up in Pixelmator app how the designs might look on a sweatshirt cotton or satin fabric.

The design itself was created using dry point printing in single colours, then layering the three colours digitally. 

My dry point printed and digital design
I love how ththe design looks on this off the shoulder sweatshirt. Comfy and uplifting.
The design would look and feel great for a satin gown/ cover up
My design on a slipper
A lovely design for an eye mask – so the wearer can rest and recharge.
I realised that scaling of a design is important – would love this two set in the design on a light catching satin fabric
I love the design as the colours really resonate with me because of their sunny day associations. I used the design to make covered buttons and a beauty/ tablet bag. 


My online study with Pattern Camp and Make Art That Sells really complemented the practical learning on my UAL Foundation Studies course, which this work was part of. 

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