Look into my Sketches: Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt Edition

Look into my Sketches: Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt Edition

This quilt has created more doodles, sketches, plans, and ideas than anything else I’ve done before. So many that it deserved a devoted sketch post instead of getting wrapped in with other projects. The first sketch I’ll show you is the “planning” sketch. I drew this out at the very beginning. As the project went on, I made changes for one reason or another and just kept drawing over the original sketch. Some things stayed, some were added, and some dropped completely. I had pretty good reasons for dropping at lot of the things that were edited out. The only one I regret is Peeve’s bow tie. Maybe next time. ha! Here are the other sketches that weren’t lost to my bad habit of drawing on any paper like objects within my reach. They will show up in random order each time you see view the page. If you would like an idea of how I used the sketches check out my post on my digitizing process. You may notice that the sketches are really really sketchy. It is so useful to me to do this exercise and get and idea of size, shape, and spacing before spending lots of time fine detailing. Here’s a great article on Thumbnailing. It is intended for web design, but really applies to all sorts of design projects. I’m surely going to try the ’25 rule’ on my next project.   Want to see everything Harry Potter? Check out this index of posts. Have something to say? I want to hear it! email me at...
Free Pattern: Octopus Cross Stitch ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Free Pattern: Octopus Cross Stitch ATC (Artist Trading Card)

Meet The Happy Octopus!   As part of an Instagram crossstitch swap, I made this happy little Octopus. She’s super friendly and oh so fun to look at. To keep it within the ATC size, she is stitched on 18ct aida. If you stitched to the edges rather than fraying them, you may be able to get by with 16ct. If you’d like to make one for yourself or a friend, feel free to download the pattern!   Questions? Comments? Email me anytime at...
ArtSpark at Raleigh SPARKcon 2015

ArtSpark at Raleigh SPARKcon 2015

Another year, another street painting event for Emily and me at VAE’s SPARKcon in downtown Raleigh. Y’all – we have so much fun with this and really truly look forward to it every year. This year we weren’t sure who would be coming and going to paint with us so we grabbed two squares and waited right up until the night before to decide what to do with them. It ended up being just her and I doing all the painting, but we had some most excellent friends and family come down to cheer us on and support our efforts. We love you guys – thanks so much for coming!! Bob, Bob, Bob, and Billy Over the years we’ve participated, we always seem to do something alien. Emily is all about the emojis so we thought this pop art-esque style of alien emojis would be a fun mash up of lots of little personal details. Turns out it was! You may notice the background has pinwheel quilt blocks, the alien color choices are all Emily and the title is a little bit of an inside joke that we think is painfully funny. We did start with a few lines measured in but for the most part these guys are hand doodled so they are not all quite the same. Because I love process so much, I’ll show you a few pictures of it coming together. And this picture – isn’t it so cool?? Bob in Space In our second square, Emily was patient with me and let me get this stupid astronaut and his moon balloon out of my...