Colour my world happy

Hello Happy Peeples!

Have had a busy weekend and am starting to think ‘garden’ again. Bought a big dark grey/black planter and a tin of cream Rustoleum…. made a stencil on the Pro… you can guess where this is going! Am just waiting for the paint to dry to peel off the stencil (just sticky vinyl) and the surrounding masking tape. IF it has turned out ok I will take a pic and show you. If it looks awful and has bled under the stencil I won’t! But I will turn the pot around (it’s square) and try again on a different side…

In the meantime, have been playing in Illustrator. The letterform above has been filled and stroked and coloured in to create a carnival effect and it’s very easy to do.


1. Type a letter in the font of your choice

2. Using the Selection Tool, select it and then go to Type>Create Outlines

3. With it still selected, go to Object>Ungroup and repeat this action until the Ungroup option is greyed out, ie, all the grouped elements are free.

4. Then simply select individual elements and fill with colours and gradients to your heart’s content.

5.  In the above case, the H, the outer stroke is one continous line with two ‘inner islands’ contained within. I selected and cut these three elements, created a new layer and pasted them (using CTRL F to paste in the exact position they were cut from).  I then grouped the two inner bits.

Finally, I selected all three and used the Pathfinder>Subtract action to cut the inner bits from the outer shape. It looks exactly the same but created one continous shape that could then be filled with a pattern, solid colour, gradient etc.

I also selected the outline and went to Object>Path>Offset Path and entered -1 as the value to offset by. This gave me a second ‘outline’ just inside the outer to which I applied a different colour and stroke weight to. I repeated this again and gave it a third inner ‘outline’ and gave it a dotty stroke.

That’s all there is to it. Easy and quick, though it’s up to you how many colour variations and tiny bits there are to colour in but you can always speed things up by selecting bits (several bits if you hold down the Shift key while selecting)  and then using the Colour Dropper tool to pick the fill and stroke colours from bits you’ve already done and apply them to your selected elements.

Hope you give it a try and enjoy.


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