Somewhat Uninspired Inkscape Vector Art

Sometimes I get stuck… in a rut … totally uninspired. I used to think I was the only creative person that felt this way. When it happens, I feel like my ability to create in any aspect of my life is on hold. Oh how I hate when that happens. I find great joy in creating and so the inability to do so makes me feel…. well….. stuck.

Guess what! I have learned that it’s normal to feel this way, and may actually be part of the creative process. It seems that all artist types go through periods of “stuckness”. 🙂 I am so encouraged to discover this. Beyond this discovery, I think I’ve found something that may help me pull myself through these periods of creative drought.

Julia Cameron poses an interesting question. “Are you willing to make bad art?” Strange question? It’s not really so strange if you think about it. If I am “willing to make bad art”, I will learn, grow, and perhaps surprise myself with a great piece of work. Instead of waiting to feel inspired I now have a new mantra…. “Be brave enough to make bad art”!

While practicing my new mantra the past couple days, I came up with a little fun art for our home. I used some of my older Inkscape vectors that I had filed away. If you’d like to have a free SVG of a Vintage Fishing Lure, help yourself. A link to my Scarecrow SVG can be found here.

Happy drawing.


Busyness, Balance, and Blogging

I have a wonderful job. Actually, I have many “jobs”, but I am referring to the one that pays the bills. I’m an Occupational Therapy Assistant and I work in a rehab facility with a geriatric population. I have the privilege of helping people get back to doing the ordinary things of life which they are not able to accomplish due to injury or illness. It is a field often misunderstood… no it is not the “Physical Therapy for the arms”…. but so important to helping people maintain or regain their independence and sense of self-worth.

As much as I love my job, it sometimes gets in the way of the rest of my life.  Busy work days, long commutes, and sleepless nights are not conducive to the growth of the “creative me”. Seeing the date on my last blog post reinforces this fact. I think it is time for the “therapist me” to have a talk with the “artist me” about the balance of work, leisure, and rest. Keeping life in balance helps me be the best I can be in all my “occupations”…. even blogging!!

Happy drawing!


Gradients, Alignment, and cool stuff like that… More Keys to using Inkscape

One of the keys to making things look a little more realistic when drawing in Inkscape is using Gradients. Gradients add dimension to your drawing and the appearance of more natural lighting. (I have much to learn when it comes to using this function effectively, and I plan to explore it further… so stay tuned!)  I use simple Gradients frequently in my drawings to “spruce them up” a bit. Take a look at the image below and you’ll see that I’ve added a Gradient layer to each of the keys.

illustration of keys hanging on hook

Click here to see my latest tutorial. It will take you step by step through the process of drawing an image of a key. In addition to applying Gradients, you’ll practice using the Alignment feature, which is something I use A LOT!

Happy drawing!


Wall Vinyl and a “Tug-O-War”

It’s been a “Tug-O-War” all afternoon between wanting to be outside in the beautiful weather, and also wanting to get started cutting vinyl for my wall. I’m afraid the warm, sunny day won out.  The summers are just too short here to let a day like this pass without at least getting outside for part of the day.

paper template taped to wallI did spend some time working on my project.  I finished cleaning up some nodes in Inkscape and then used my Craft Robo to do a practice cut on paper.  I was really tempted to skip this step, but I knew better and I’m glad I took the time to do it.  I then taped the paper template to the wall. You can see by the picture that it still needs some work.

I’ll make the stems a little thinner and add some more text.  I might also change the vase to make it taller and thinner.  Hmmm, I think I’ll have to “sleep on that”.

I’m excited about getting this done.  The wall has needed something and I think this is going to work out great. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Happy drawing!


Vinyl Wall Art…. I Hope…

photo of flowers against the ocean

I recently took this picture while traveling along the Pacific coast. I like the color of the water and the way the dried flowers are silhouetted against it. I love stuff like that! Anyway, it inspired me to try something I’ve been wanting to do for a while but haven’t gotten around to.

Today I’m designing some wall art by tracing the flowers in the picture using the Inkscape pen tool.  I’ll have to modify it some because the flowers are too dainty for cutting. I’m not sure how thin I can cut the vinyl with my Craft Robo without it tearing or stretching when I apply it to the wall. I’ve posted this question on the Inscape Cutting Design forum. I’ll bet someone there will be able to give me some tips as I go along with the project.

I can’t wait to see how this turns out!

Oh… by the way… for those of you that have personal cutting machines, La.La.Studio has some really nice free downloads right now.  You might want to take a look.

Happy drawing!