• Fashion,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Repeating Pattern for Spoonflower

    Creating a repeating pattern that doesn’t look obvious may seem like an arduous task, but it is not as complicated as it looks. With Photoshop and a little patience, you can turn a drawing into a repeating pattern to turn into a fabric on Spoonflower or even a website repeating background image. What you need: Drawing Photoshop Scanner Creativity Remember to save your progress often! First, you’ll need to create a base drawing for your repeating background. I drew these little pink squids for my fabric design. The key is to make sure that nothing touches the edge of the paper. I’m not great at colouring on paper, so I…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    Using Illustrator’s Live Trace to Create B+W Screen Printable Images

    When creating images that will be exposed for screen printing, it’s best to create a high contrast black and white image to print onto your transparency. Anything black will be the areas where you’d want ink. I love to use my own photographs as screen printing inspiration. Using Photoshop and Illustrator, you can create high contrast black and white images in no time. Illustrator’s Live Trace function will be our best friend in this tutorial. First, pick a photograph of an object you’d like to convert. Here is a very unartsy snapshot of a friend’s telephone that I thought looked pretty cool and would look nifty on a shirt or…

  • Home Decor,  Projects

    Budget-Friendly “Framed” Poster Prints

    When my fiancé and I moved into our first apartment together earlier this year, we debated how to decorate our informal dining room. We wanted it to be a fun, casual space, so we decided to print out a collection of movie posters. I worried that it would look like a college dorm room, but once posters are framed, they look more mature. Our tiny decorating budget did not include framing, so we faked it by printing the frames directly on the prints. In my university years, I lived in many dorms and apartments with different ladies, and we all had different tastes in art and posters. This led to…

  • Events,  Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Stamp-Shaped Thank You Tags

    For a housewarming party, my friend wanted to create a special dessert as a thank you favour for each guest. She asked me to create little tags for each dessert. This tutorial will show you how to create your own thank you tags from scratch using Photoshop. This tutorial assumes that you have basic knowledge of Photoshop. What you will need: Computer with Photoshop or equivalent software Printer and ink Plain cardstock paper, white or light-coloured (8.5×11 or 12×12, depending on what size your printer prints). Paper cutter or scissors Fiskars Square-A-Licious squeeze punch, 1.5″ size Creating a Printable Sheet of Your Tag’s Design using Photoshop Open Photoshop and create…