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My First #Inktober – Reflection

My first #Inktober was a great experience. I was approaching from an illustration point of view – hoping to illustrate concepts and ideas from my head – getting them into paper.

I experimented with different ink products at the beginning but settled into the wonderful humble bic biro.

In the course of the month my practice developed into a process for approaching the daily prompt words – brainstorming the word, considering which nterpretation/ meaning fit best with my intentions to inspire and motivate people. I created rough sketches, then developed one of these and often the third drawing would become the final detailed drawing.

I had a ‘no tracing’, and ‘only original work’, principle for #Inktober as I wanted to create solely from my mind. Through the daily practice I started to feel I could represent the image in my head more effectively, felt that the pen sat in my hand as a multi mark tool that could be used for line, shading and definition and could see improvement in my pen control and precision through the month.

The daily practice and seeing the benefit has been inspiring for other areas of my life and I’ll be applying that daily practice principle for improvement in other areas.

Thanks for the inspiring prompt words, to the great global #Inktober artists, it’s been wonderful.

Here are my favourite #Inktober drawings…

Here are related posts:

#Inktober Highlights

#Inktober Week 4

#Inktober Week 3

#Inktober Week 2

#Inktober Week 1

Inspired Bags

Following on from the successful bespoke charger bags that I created 

My custom charger/ make-up bags

And the handbag that accompanied the Inspire by Kim dress

The bag I created as the accessory for the dress

I decided to develop a beauty bags concept. I first create a boxed unlined beauty bag from a repeat pattern fabric that I had created. 


I then decided to take my Ice Cream Paper Picture and heat press it onto satin to make panels for a bag. 

My Ice Cream paper-cut picture
I machine embroidered a wadding backed printed satin panel

I decided that a main panel on the front with a repeat pattern design on the back panel might work nicely. So I made the pattern elements and then created the pattern digitally in my favourite app Pixelmator. As learned in Jessica Swift’s online  course Pattern Camp

I printed out the designs onto heat fuseable paper then ironed them onto fabric and sewed a fully lined (invisible seam) bag on my fabulous Bernina machine. 

And finally, for now, I made a bag from satin featuring a design I created in printmaking and digitally. The bag is also  fully lined with hidden seams and is machine embroidered. 

This one feels quality and I’m proud of it. The colours and design work well. 

I adapted two online instructions from a website and YouTube tutorial to make the bag. 

The shiny satin completed bag
Finishing touch – matching zip pull.
The bags are a key part of the final major project for my art Foundation course, and I have my first ‘selling to the public’ event next month. 

Thanks so much for viewing this feature, you’re invited to stay a while and take a look around. I hope you enjoy your ‘Inspire’ time.

Here are related posts:

The Inspire by Kim bear
My Life In Paper…
Sewing into art
Animated Paper Pictures