Laurie Nash is a "semi-retired" Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is also a wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of arts, crafts, and design. She uses Inkscape for designing vinyl decals and prints, and her KNK Zing and Silhouette Cameo keep her busy cutting.
Here is an infograph showing how to create a vector drop shadow using Inkscape.
Using a drop shadow in your illustrations can have a pretty dramatic effect for very little extra effort. I find them fun…. and super simple to create.
You can also add a little “blur” to your shadow if you like. Also… play around with color and opacity for the effect you are after.
I hope you find my little Infograph showing you how to “create a vector drop shadow” helpful. The intent here is to get you started. There is a lot more you can do with this idea,. Have some fun and see what you can come up with.
Since The Red Cabin Studio is located in beautiful northern Michigan, I thought I should sneak in a little brag blog about our beautiful state once in awhile. So today, I’ll start with my series of “Michigan Mondays” and let you know a little bit about the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival .
Lilacs happen to be my favorite flower, and Mackinac Island is in no short supply! Walking the streets when the lilacs are in bloom will be a “party for your senses”.
This year’s festival is June 3 – 12th, and is the 68th annual Mackinac Island Lilac Festival! There is no charge for the event, but you will need to take a ferry from St. Ignace or Mackinaw City to get to the island. Round trip tickets for adults run between $18.00 and $24.00, and for children you can expect to pay between $9.00 and $14.00. You can take your bikes to the island, but there is an extra charge to transport them. Be sure to check online for multi-day, group, and other specials.
For more ferry schedules and pricing look here, here, and here.
If you’ve been to Mackinac Island, you know what a fantastic place it is. Walking off the ferry onto the island is like taking a step back in time. Cars are not allowed, and horse-drawn carriages or bikes are the main way to see the island. Of course you can walk, but I can tell you from experience, you better have comfortable shoes if you plan to really experience what the island has to offer.
For us creative types, there is so much to take in! So you might want to…
Use your best camera to capture the sights.
Create a sketch of lilacs in all their wonderful hues.
Or just take a walk and enjoy the Lilacs, and the relaxed pace of days gone by.
Of course, there are lots of scheduled events too, which you can find here.
Daily walking tour with Lilac expert. Check for times.
Saturday, June 4th, 1 – 3 p.m: Artist signing at the Island Breeze. Local Michigan Artist will be signing her artwork.
Sunday, June 5th, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m: Join the artists who submitted work for the 2016 festival poster. Enjoy light snacks and beverages. Event is free and takes place at the Stone Church.
Monday, June 6th, 10 a.m – 12 p.m: Outdoor photography with Steven Blair. Bring your camera for this 2 hour class. Meet outside the Mackinac Island Tourism Building. Cost is only $15.
Tuesday, June 7th:
10 a.m. – 12 p.m: Hiking photography with Steven Blair. Hike up the East Bluff with your camera and learn more about this side of the island. Cost is $35.
1 – 3 p.m: Artist signing at the Island Breeze. Local Michigan artist will be signing her work and answering questions.
5 – 7 p.m: Outdoor photography with Steven Blair. Meet outside the Mackinac Island Tourism Building. Cost is $15.
Friday, June 10th, 12 – 2 p.m: Local watercolor artist, Mary Lou Peters will be painting and displaying her work at Little Luxuries. ( This place is ADORABLE)
Saturday, June 11th, 1 – 3 p.m: Artist Signing at Island Breeze. Local Michigan Karen Alley Williams will be signing her artwork and answering questions.
Of course, the Mackinac Island Lilac Festival is not the only time to visit Mackinac. There is tons to do and see any time, so if you can’t make it during the festival, plan to get there another time. You will be glad you did!
There are so many uses for etched glass designs, and I really love the look. So when I wanted to do something extra special on a transom window in our house, I opted for faux etched vinyl to illustrate a memory from my childhood.
Do you have a KNK Zing, Silhouette Cameo, or another electronic cutter that can cut SVGs? If so, you can create an original, beautiful “etched glass” scene. If you don’t already have a design software that you are accustomed to, I highly recommend that you download Inkscape, a free, Open Source software.
If you are new to digital design, and specifically Inkscape, you’ll want to follow some tutorials as you learn. There are tutorials here on my site, as well as lots of other places on the internet. Just search “Inkscape tutorials”.
Even if you are not yet a designer, you can import lots of free clip art right from Inkscape. File > Import Clip Art
There are many sources for good etched glass vinyl. I have purchased from here and here to use for my glass etched designs.
You’ll also need transfer paper which is available from many companies, including the two I linked to above.
A little squeegee is helpful, but a credit card or the edge of a wooden craft stick will work as well.
Cut your vinyl and weed out the extra. If you have never cut vinyl before, I suggest you do a little research online.
I have also posted on this project on the Team KNK website, so if you own a KNK Zing, you’ll find the settings I used here. Or check out another project I posted here.
Carefully apply your transfer tape and burnish carefully with squeegee.
Peel back the vinyl backing and carefully apply to glass. Burnish.
Peel off transfer tape …. and be amazed at the beauty you have created!
Thanks for visiting Eye Draw It at The Red Cabin Studio.
Here in northern Michigan, summer is right around the corner! It’s the long-awaited time of year when families get together to enjoy each other… and (weather permitting) the outdoors. This “togetherness” sometimes includes a family reunion. Tons of work goes into planning an event like this, and it can be hard to know where to start.
A unique family reunion logo design will give you direction as you decide on an invitation style, yard decorations, welcome banner, tee shirts, and anything else you can think of to make the event extra special.
Is your event casual or formal? This is important when you are thinking about a logo. You don’t want a casual image to represent your more formal event… or the other way around.
Once you’ve decided whether the event is casual or formal, think about a theme. The location may help you with this. Is it near water? …the theme might be nautical; at a park? …. how about a tree, or even playground equipment; at a family home? …. you could use an image of the house. You get the idea.
Step 3 is helpful… but not crucial if you already have a pretty good idea what you want.
If you still need to do a little brainstorming, you can search Google, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Just type something like, “tree invitation”, “nautical design”, “casual family reunion design”. It may be a little more tricky to find what you like if you want a more formal feel to your logo. If so, try looking at other kinds of invitations, such as a wedding or anniversary.
Maybe as you complete this process you’ll find the perfect logo you can purchase online, and this will free you up to move on to other things. There are lots of designers out there! But if not, keep reading and I’ll show you how to use your idea and some free design software to make your own.
By the way… I have to say it… PLEASE don’t copy and paste someone else’s logo. Designs take hours… often days to complete. It’s simply wrong to steal a design from someone else… unless of course it as offered for free.
To create your family reunion logo, you will need to download a drawing program called Inkscape. Inkscape is a free,” open source” design software program, and you can download the latest version here.
Okay… so here’s the fun part. Open the file you downloaded. It should look something like this. The font used here is “Elephant”. If you don’t have that font, yours will look different, but it really doesn’t matter. You can use whatever font your want.
Make sure the Select and Transform arrow is clicked, and then click on “JONES”. Now find Text in the menu bar. Text > Text and Font.
You will see the Text and Font box. Make sure the Text tab is selected. This is where you can change the text from JONES to your family name…. unless of course your last name is JONES!
You can select the Font tab to change your font. You can also make other font adjustments here, including font size. But don’t worry too much about size, because you can also adjust the size of the entire text. Just make sure it is selected on your page and drag the corner arrows.
Use the same process to change the other text. Text can also be moved by dragging while it is selected on your page.
Now you need to select and delete the anchor that I used for a sample, unless of course you want to use it in your family reunion logo design. After you delete the anchor design, go to File > Import Clipart.
Here you can search for free clipart for your logo design. When you find what you want, just click Import. You can now re-size and move the clipart as needed.
If you don’t find what you want, you can always look for an image to purchase. Images can be purchased on sites such as Etsy, and are usually inexpensive.
Most raster file formats can be imported to Inkscape, but keep in mind that if you import a raster image it may distort some as you re-size it. For best results, use an SVG file.
Drag around your entire design so that all parts are selected. Object > Group. To keep the aspect ratio as you re-size, make sure the Lock icon on your Menu Bar is selected. You can also choose your unit of measurement on the Menu Bar. I usually set mine to “inches”. Now drag to re-size.
Now you can export your design as a PNG. This will allow you to print it out.
If you plan to print out your design in more than one size, I suggest you re-size as needed for each application before you export. The reason for this is that the Inkscape design is a vector image. Once it is exported as a PNG, it will be a raster image. Vector designs can be re-sized without any distortion. Re-sizing after exporting as a raster image may cause some pixelation.
Now you have a family reunion logo design you can use to design some awesome items! Get creative!