Blue Screens, Business, and Buzzing… and a Tutorial for Creating a Vellum Overlay in Inkscape

Inkscape sketch of little girl with flowersEdited 10-22-2014 Today is a wonderfully dreary, rainy, autumn day; it’s another guilt-free craft room day. I intended to sit here and do some blogging. Actually, I wanted to write a tutorial for some of the ideas I’ve been playing around with  Inkscape. However, nothing seems to be coming together for me. My PC has locked up a couple of times … oh the dreaded “blue screen”, I am getting interruptions from hubby who needs to talk over some business with me, and my iPhone is buzzing with incoming texts keeping me abreast of workplace “drama”. On top of that, I just can’t seem to focus. So instead of writing a new tutorial, I thought I’d tweak one that I have previously posted on the Inkscape Cutting Design forum. I ended up making some changes to the original tutorial. I had originally used Inkscape’s Clip Feature to eliminate the background from the photo. This is the method I used in my tutorial titled “Using Inkscape’s Clip Feature to Edit a Photo”. Click here if you’d like to look at that tutorial. I decided to use an alternative method this time which I think works a little better. The picture you see here is from a photo of my precious “princess #1” that was taken a couple of years ago. I used Inkscape to change it to a sketch, then added a drop shadow (for more on creating drop shadows, check out Papasue’s tutorial or my infograph ) and my Black-eyed Susans for color. In addition to learning how to eliminate the background, you’ll have a chance to practice using Filters and ExtensionsTake a look; I think you’ll find it interesting. Keep drawing! Laurianne

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