Create Sketches With Inkscape

How to Create Sketches with Inkscape
Pumpkin Sketch

I love to create sketches with Inkscape. Sketches are simple to draw and have a kind of vintage appeal. It’s fun to import them into my cutter program and draw them out using my KNK Zing or Silhouette Cameo.

Sketches are easy to create using Inkscape, once you get the hang of a couple simple tools. Of course, the detail can be tricky using a traditional mouse. I have a Wacom Intuos tablet and pen which I use for drawings such as this. But, having said that, it still is possible with a mouse or touch pad. If you know how to draw lines using the freehand tool, or the bezier/straight line tool, you can sketch. If you need a little help getting started with lines and curves, look here for some simple tips.

When creating sketches, experiment using little lines and shapes for shading. Think about how the light would naturally hit the objects in your illustration. Make little hash lines where you want shadows, decreasing the lines and making them farther apart where the shadows decrease. This will help your drawing have some depth and shape.

Have some fun with this. Don’t take it too seriously. I love experimenting with different techniques to see what I can create.

If you’d like a copy of my free SVG, help yourself.

Happy Drawing!



Free SVG for Autumn

Happy October! If you’ve followed my blog for long, you know I love this time of year. The crisp air, the pumpkins, the smell of the leaves, the beautiful colors…. it’s just all so energizing! I LOVE it!

It can be difficut to get people to visit us way up here in the north country. That is especially true in the winter time…. which can make for a lonely Christmas. And when no one is going to visit…. well, it’s just not as much fun to decorate. But, we do sometimes get visitors in the fall, so last year I put a little effort into creating some fall-friendly pieces.

Up-Cycled Window for Autumn
Autumn Window

I wanted to do something different with the fireplace mantle. I used an old window that I’ve had sitting around and added some vinyl and some mini canvas pennants.

A Little Subway for Fall
A Little Subway for Fall

I needed to decorate the porch as well so I made this Fall Subway Art to use out there.

If you’d like a free SVG for Autumn, just leave a comment and I’ll send you a link to my “Subway for Fall” SVG. If you want to take a look at more of my recent work, check out my Facebook pages here and here. And please “Like” my page while you’re there.

Oh… and by the way, if you are like me and thinking about Christmas already, you can check out my floating ornaments here.

Happy drawing.


Vinyl Decal on Framed Prints

vinyl decal on glass close upI am honored to have been asked by Team KNK to join the group of awesome designers on their blog. Check out my latest Team KNK post and see how to make a framed print “pop” by adding a vinyl decal to the glass.

To see some of my other Inkscape Projects, look here. All of my designing is done in Inkscape.

Happy drawing!


Vintage Gas Pump Vinyl Decal

Picture of Shell Brand Vintage Gas Pump Vinyl Decal
Vintage Red Gas Pump Vinyl Decal

Here’s my latest project designed in Inkscape. My husband has been wanting a vintage gas pump decal on the door that leads from his garage to the house. He did a great job with the house side of the door, constructing a wood skin to make it match the doors in the house. You can take a look here. However the back side was looking less than attractive.

I used both my Silhouette Cameo and my KNK  Zing to cut the decal out of Oracal 651. Because of its size, I had to piece the  main portion of the decal. It looks great, but if I was doing this for a customer, I would probably outsource this portion so as to keep it one piece.

Hubby is very happy with the results…. and if he’s happy, so am I!

Happy drawing!


Tips for Sketching with KNK Zing, Silhouette Cameo, or Any Cutter/Plotter

I’ve been having fun trying out some sketches on fabric using a pen in my KNK Zing.  I have learned that drawing to make things look good is one thing, but drawing to make them sketch out correctly (or cut )….. is quite another. I have taken some of my previous designs and re-worked them for this purpose. It has been a bit of trial and error, but I think I am getting the hang of it.

When I first tried this, I sent a PNG to my software and traced it. Look closely at the image of the Fan Club bag I made. I think it turned out pretty cute, but you can see that the image was traced. See all the double lines?

Picture of Handmade Bag ~ Sketch of Fan with text "Brevort Lake Fan Club"
Fan Club

I have since learned that I can send my SVG directly to MTC, or save it as a DXF and send to Silhouette. Now what was I thinking! This makes so much more sense and produces a  much better result! But…. I have to make sure things are drawn correctly….. no crossing lines, etc.

Another problem I had sketching on fabric was getting the fabric to adhere to the mat and stay put during the sketching process. However, Kay Hall at created a great tutorial and suggested using freezer paper on the back of the fabric for stability. With this method there is no need to use a mat.

Here are a couple of projects I worked on today. Not perfection….. but I like them much better!

Image of boat sketched on piece of canvas with black pen
Mackinac Ferry Sketched on Canvas
Image of Pillow with Sketch of Brevort Lake Map
Sketch Pen Pillow

Happy drawing!