Doesn’t everybody love butterflies?! They don’t fly in straight lines but oodle-doodle about enjoying the sunshine. They are so pretty. Talking of pretty… Have you seen The Non-Dairy Diary blog of Delphine Doreau? Her blog is so sweet, so colourful, so utterly charming! Her illustrations inspired me to have a go at some of her birdie ‘How To Draw’ tutorials and try out a different style in PS so a big thank you to her from me for the inspiration.
I have been making a host of butterflies of different sizes and designs to make a mobile with them and am giving away the template so you can make some yourself.
Thank you to Yasny Chan for the brushes!
I am sharing one with you and an ABR brush of the same design to go with it and hope you have fun with them.
I’m very out of touch with file formats for the CR /Silhouette these days but seem to get the impression that SVG is a common format so maybe I don’t need to… let me know.
This is a quick tutorial on how to create a design in Illustrator, paste it into Photoshop (I do it a lot because I have a large number of patterns and brushes set up for design work – many more than I do for Illustrator), apply a pattern and then paste back into Illustrator to output as a cutting file to the Craft Robo Pro.
I never print the cut or fold lines and take them out in PS. We all have our preferred ways of doing things, this just happens to be the one I use so I can apply my own graphics. I have posted the tutorial should you want to use the same method.
There is a German word ‘Sitzfleisch’ that describes the ability to endure or persist in a task (literally translates to ‘sits flesh’ meaning the ability to sit at something for lengthy periods). I could think of no better word to describe the persistence and endurance of somebody I recently witnessed trying to rotate a triangle so that it would sit squarely on a box.
I had, coincidentally, created a little box that had the same issue in its design but took moments to resolve. It is based upon mathematical principles but involves no actual maths – just circles. Don’t be put off by the use of a few mathematical terms – they’re easy ones – just radius and diameter and I use no math, as such (ok, I multiply something by 2 but how hard is that?!). Once you get the principles you’ll find angles present no greater problems than working out what to have with your mid-morning coffee which you will have more time for because you won’t be trying every which way to rotate your angles any more.
Here’s a quick tutorial – takes more words to explain than to actually do it.
I liked the squirly tree that I created for the Fairy House graphic so much I made a brush out of it. I loved the little squiggles, snargles and twiggly bits in it and want to use it for other things and am sharing it with you.
I also realised that there is a certain squirly curl that I like to do a lot – you’ll see it in the wire-work smoke from the fairy house chimney pot in the last post and in a water colour I did recently:
About Me and the Tree
I’m delighted you’ve tripped over my blog. Have a sit down and a good mooch.
It’s not as organised as it could be. I forget to tag categories and too busy to amend when I think about them. I’ve also had the site hacked a couple of times and had to do a lot of work to find every entry point where corrupting code had been injected to redirect the site to ‘other places’. I try to keep the blog tidy but it can take a lot of time and energy to maintain it perfectly. It’s good enough though, eh?! Lol.
You’ll find Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials, sewing templates for stuffies and such like, embroidery, crochet, baking, salt dough recipes, SVG cutting files, papercuts (more on my Etsy shop (Paper Pictures by EllieEmyn) and lots of chat.
Most of the templates you’ll find are free though there are a few I’ve put up for sale. Anything else is for inspiration and enjoyment.
A little about me
I love doing and making things. Lots of things in lots of ways.
I love animals, especially cats. We had our lovely old ginger tom from kitten to elderly gent (20 +) when he died.
It took a few years before we were able to accept new kitties into our lives but have two now. Jess, a rescue cat who was about 5 when we got her, and Gracie, a kitten foundling.
I don’t say too much about any of us though (Mr T, our two great boys, all grown up now and doing really well) as I like to retain some privacy. I know you’re a good soul but the internet has its share of trolls, hackers and down right nasty knickers that make sharing too much information dangerous.
So, enjoy a good mooch and have fun.
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