Saturday, October 20, 2007

Falling leaves

I thought since I had griped about it in my last entry I would post pictures of the finished piece.




In the end I'm happy with how it turned out, and I got second place in the design challenge, but I'm still frustrated with the failed resist. I guess I'm going to have to do some test pieces so I can figure out what went wrong.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Gah!

I am in the midst of working on a journal cover for the autumn design challenge that is being put on by one of the teams I am part of on Etsy. Things were going well, I had a great design of falling leaves, the tooling turned out great and I had colored the leaves by applying layers of dye creating a realistic look. The plan was to apply resist to the leaves to protect the color and then antique the piece. Unfortunately it didn't work that way, for what ever reason the finish I applies as the resist failed and everything antiqued. This means that I went from this:


To this:


A little bit of the dye shows through the antique, but I'm not really thrilled with the effect because it makes the leaves look muddy (and diseased for the ones with a lot of green) rather than realistic so I was forced to back up and come up with a new plan. Luckily my old standby of copper paint seems to have worked well, but I'm still disappointed. For one I wanted to do realistic leaves and two I don't want to end up using the copper and brown combination too much.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

MOO cards!

I got my new MOO mini cards in the mail over the weekend and I am very excited. For those who might not be familiar with them MOO mini cards are smaller than a standard business cards and you can put your own pictures on them. People trade them, use them as calling cards , use them as business cards, and a million other things. I had gotten some a while ago and had used them as business cards for a while, and hadn't really thought about MOO cards until they came up on the Etsy forums. I went to the MOO site and started looking at the setup for the cards again and realized that they could solve one of the problems I had run into because there was the option to do free text and to have no icons or the flickr logo on them. What I did was to make MOO mini cards with pictures of my work on one side and leather and suede care instructions on the other.




They turned out to be perfect, they are uniquely mine because of the pictures, the printed care instructions are easy to read and professional looking, and most importantly I don't have to write the care instructions out on paper tags by hand. This will be a huge time saver for me.

For more information on MOO mini cards, plus their other cool products, stop by MOO.com.