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!

Laurianne

9 Easy Steps to Embellishing Fonts in Inkscape ~ with swirls, curls, and flourishes

Info graph ~ how to embellish fonts
Embellishing Fonts in Inkscape…. with Swirls, Curls, and, Flourishes

I see a lot of people asking questions on various forums regarding how to embellish fonts.  Here is an infograph showing how I use Inkscape to get the effects I want. If you follow these 9 easy steps you’ll end up with a font you can use for a multitude of purposes, but what I usually am looking for is a font I can cut out of vinyl and this method works great for me!

I hope you enjoy my infograph. Please share with others and/or leave me a comment if you find it helpful.

Happy Drawing.

Laurianne

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 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!

Laurianne

Inkscape Techniques ~ Make Simple Changes to Your Drawing

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!

Laurianne