Inkscape Paint Bucket

I’ve been playing around with Inkscape’s paint bucket tool and I am so excited! Here is my Vintage Bride again but this time with some extra effects created with the paint bucket. I don’t have a tutorial for you… yet, but Kay over at Clever Someday has some wonderful tips her informative video. Take a look and be amazed at what you can do!

Happy drawing!


Mid Summer Musings

Summer is now upon us and in fact is almost half over. Oh… this is the season that goes by way too fast. But we are enjoying every minute of it and I trust that you and your loved ones are as well.

I was looking over some of my previous posts and drawings and decided to play some more with this one I created with Inkscape back in April, when summer was still a dream. I love the hymn titled “It is Well With my Soul” , written by Horatio Spafford, and so I added the title to this peaceful scene.

Happy drawing!


Super Simple Etching and a Free Vector

As promised, here is my finished glass etching project. I think it turned out pretty cute for my first try.

This project was super simple. First I drew up the pattern in Inkscape. (I won’t include the pattern here because it is very similar to the pattern on the dishes I purchased and I don’t want to take a chance of copyright infringement.) I then imported the pattern into my Silhouette software and traced it. Next, I used my little Craft Robo to make a stencil out of vinyl. I used Cricut wall vinyl but I’m sure contact paper would work as well.

I attended a class for this project but already had the vinyl placed on the dish before arriving at the class. So all I had to do was apply the etching cream. The other people attending the class were painstakingly cutting their patterns out with X-acto knives! Wow, that looked like a big job to me! The instructor had us use rubber gloves so that we just applied the cream with our fingers. I left the etching cream on for about 5 minutes and then rinsed it off. Then I simply peeled off the vinyl to reveal the etching. That’s all there is too it!

I had intended to take my camera to the class so I could take pictures of the project. However, I was running late and forgot to take it. But honestly, this project was so easy that I don’t think the pictures are necessary.

Just for fun, I drew up a box of  little glass dessert dishes. If you’d like the vector, help yourself. You can do what you want with it…. with the exception of course, of selling the file. Happy drawing!


Tip Junkie handmade projects

For the Love of Learning… Inkscape Tutorials

Inkscape illustration of scarecrow with hat blowing in the windI love to learn. This is especially true when it comes to programs like Inkscape, and I’m so thankful for all the wonderful people out there providing Inkscape tutorials. I gain so much from others and appreciate the time they put into sharing their expertise with the rest of us. And the more I learn, the more I realize how much more there is to learn.

One of the places I go for Inkscape tutorials is a site called Very Simple Designs. Dakka, Syllie, and Brodie do a great job there and have some very helpful tutorials suitable for both the novice and experienced Inkscape user. After scouting around the website, I came across a tutorial for Spiro Swirls. Although I need to practice this new skill a bit, I was able to use it to create the idea of wind blowing around my scarecrow. I also found a tutorial showing how to use the Hatch function in the Path Effect Editor box. Although this drawing doesn’t really do justice to this feature, if you zoom up on the it you’ll see the hatch marks in the center of the flower. (If you’d like a free SVG of my Windy Scarecrow, just leave a comment letting me know and I’d be glad to share.)

I am so excited about these new things I’m learning and I can think of tons of ideas I could use them for. Who knows, I might even write a tutorial… just for the love of learning.

Happy drawing.



Inkscape into Autumn … Free SVG plus a “Mini Tute” for Drawing Triangles

Now that Labor Day is over, my thoughts turn to autumn. I love this time of year in the “north country”. The days are usually nice and the evenings are cool. Days are also getting shorter and soon we will have fires in the fireplaces to take off the night chill. Shorter days mean longer evenings and time to snuggle up with a good book… (or more likely, my laptop).

Autumn is also a great time to think about doing a little crafting. Holidays are coming, school is starting, and there are plenty of reasons to have some fun with clipart… or SVGs for cutting. Owls often seem to show up in fall crafts so I had some fun and drew this cute little guy standing on a branch. If you’d like to download an SVG of the tree branch , click here.  If you want an SVG of the owl, please leave me a comment indicating this and I’ll send you a link.

illustration of whimsical owl on a tree branhI’ve also added a new mini tutorial titled, “A Simple Method for Drawing Triangles in Inkscape”.  If you’re like me and you’ve struggled with finding the best way to draw a triangle in Inkscape, take a look.

Happy drawing and happy autumn!