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Whimsical Jars ~ Yellow and Black Bike

Written By: eyedrawit - Oct• 17•14
Picture of glass jar with yellow lid and yellow and black bike


I love to create stuff. Sometimes I create to solve a problem or fill a need. Sometimes I just create. Today…. I let my creativity lead me.

My daughter found me these great jars with colorful metal lids. The glass is thick and has an old look to it. As soon as I saw them, I knew I could make something fun out of them with a little vinyl. Here is one I completed today to add to my Esty store. The bike is my design which… of course …I created in Inkscape.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy drawing.


How to Add a Drop Shadow in Inkscape

Written By: eyedrawit - Oct• 08•14


Infograph ~ How to Create a Drop Shadow in Inkscape

Inkscape ~ Create a Drop Shadow-

I hope you find my little Infograph on “How to Create a Drop Shadow” helpful. The intent here is to get you started. There is a lot more you can do with this idea, including adding a little blur to it. Have some fun with it and see what you can come up with.

Happy drawing.



Red Cabin Studio, Eye Draw It, and Facebook

Written By: eyedrawit - Aug• 22•14

I can’t seem to find time to get posts done lately. But, if you’d like to see what I’ve been doing with Inkscape lately, take a look at my online store here, or my Facebook pages here and here. If you like what I have to share, please “Like” my Facebook pages.

Happy drawing!


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

Written By: eyedrawit - Jun• 25•14

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 cleversomeday.wordpress.com 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!


Inkscape Techniques ~ Make Simple Changes to Your Drawing

Written By: eyedrawit - May• 18•14

Here is an infograph showing various ways to use the same basic illustration. The intent here is not to instruct in the various techniques, but rather to help you brainstorm some ideas.

None of the illustrations here have been drawn or cut out at this time so it is possible they need a little editing. However, I wanted to give you some suggestions that you can build on.  For those of you that have less experience with Inkscape, I hope to add more tutorials in the future that give additional information about how to accomplish these results.


elephant 4 techniques

Happy drawing!