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.
I 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.
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!
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.
Do you have dining room chairs that need to be updated? How about trying some DIY stenciled chair seats.
Last spring we purchased our “Little House” to stay in while I work my winter job…. and enjoy some sunshine and warm temperatures. We were fortunate to have it come partially furnished, including a new dinette set. But…. I decided I wanted something with a little more character and found what I was looking for at a local antique shop. Thankfully, a couple in our RV park was happy to purchase the other set from us.
Although I loved the table and chairs, the seat covers needed to be updated. We are using gray in our color scheme, and hubby helped me pick out the perfect dark gray fabric. I wanted to do something to personalize them and decided to make stencils and use fabric paint on them.
I used Inkscape to design the stencils and cut them with my Silhouette Cameo. I wanted to stick with the bicycle theme we are using in our house and I had a little fun playing around with some ideas. My intent was to integrate the look of an old stamp while using meaningful family names and dates. I varied the names, dates, and layout for each chair.
I tried cutting one of my stencils from Contact Paper. I have included the picture here because it shows up much better than the clear Stencil Vinyl. However, I found that the Contact Paper didn’t really work all that well, at least for the amount of detail I had. It didn’t stick well enough to stay in place while I painted. So I would definitely recommend the Silhouette Stencil Vinyl for a project such as this. However, it was not too much of a problem since I wanted the them to look a bit worn.
I applied the stencils to the fabric using the transfer paper that comes with the stencil vinyl. I had to remove the transfer paper very carefully and used an Xacto knife at times to separate the smaller pieces of the stencil and help them adhere to the fabric.
After the transfer paper was removed, I pressed down firmly on all parts of the stencil to make sure it was stuck down as well as possible. Next I painted the design using the Silhouette Fabric Paint.
I was pretty happy with how the seats turned out. The only thing I think I should have done differently is to orient them to be right side up when looking at them from the front of the chairs. But all in all, I am satisfied, and they look pretty cute in our Little House.