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I love to see the Creative Process of handmade items so I thought I would share mine. This is my 2013 Doodle Birds Mini Calendar available in my Shop.
I started by sketching a rough draft each bird on a piece of scratch paper, normally I would use my sketch book but I only had My Man’s work paper when the idea popped in my head. After I was done, I started to outline november with a pen but then decided against it. I’m glad I did because I love to see the original sketches when a project is finished.
Â After the roughs were done, I sketched each one out and painted them on one piece of watercolor paper with my trusty watercolors. I don’t know why but I always draw and paint really small, I wouldn’t be good at large pieces of art at all. Once it was dry, I scanned, cleaned and adjusted colors with Photoshop…another favorite program.
Then I opened Adobe Illustrator to design a mini calendar template and placed all the paintings in the right months and went looking for the perfect typeface. This took me a while! I love so many typefaces so it was a hard decision. I finally decided on this one, I’m very happy with it. Â Then I printed each page out on normal print paper and folded them to see if the margins were right. After 3 times (thank goodness I used the little printer for that) it looked good so I printed using The Printer, Epson Stylus Photo R3000. Yeehaw! We have a pretty mini calendar.
I love the way it turned out!!Â I’d love to show you the whole thing butâ€¦after printing one page to make sure it was good, I got side-tracked and updated my Mac, now I can’t print wirelessly at all. I have to buy a cord until I get the wireless figured out. Bummer!
What do you think about seeing the creative process? Do you love it too?
OH WOW! LOVE IT!
Yes…love seeing your creative process. I’d love to know what sort of paper you printed your finished calendar on. It looks like it has a nice texture to it.