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Monthly Makers Fabric / Midnight


I was going to make something that wasn’t digital this time… I was going to paint, on an actual (fabric) canvas and try something new. And I did try it! It went horribly. Nothing turned out like I wanted it to and I left the paints so frustrated and mad that I actually decided to never paint again. Well, I might actually paint again. That was a bit of a heat of the moment-thing. But still, I needed some time to cool down so I wasn’t really going to pick up the brush again this month.

So I returned to my trusted computer, and started to brainstorm ideas on how to interpret the word “fabric” digitally. It wasn’t really obvious to me, but in a moment of utter hubris I decided I was going to draw flowing fabrics in Illustrator. As if I would’ve been able to do that…….. But I never got that far, because while I was looking for advice on how to draw fabric I came across this tutorial on how to make a satin texture in Photoshop. And it worked! I had to tweak the method a little bit as it didn’t really work on larger files and ended up with these weird lines and slight choppyness that I didn’t like. But I applied a few different kinds of blurs and stuff and it worked. I actually only generated this one piece of “satin” and used different parts of it for the finished images!
I applied some color to it and didn’t really know what to do with it at this point. (I think the image above is before I blurred it too because it looks a bit choppy still!) But I didn’t feel like it was a finished artwork yet! And then I remembered I had been meaning to draw different crystals for a while, and that they would look cool against the satin! So that’s what I did! The crystals are made in Illustrator with the pen tool and then just gradients added to each side! Pretty simple but still cool.

Added them to the satin and edited the images a little bit more (added noise and stuff like that) and then they were done! The Midnight Trio.


Midnight I. Midnight II. 
Midnight III.

And that was it for this time! I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else has created on the theme “FABRIC”.


Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative. During 2017 we’ll be launching twelve themes – one for every month – to inspire and challenge you. For February the theme is FABRIC and Wilda is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/5 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers.

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monthly makers animals / halcyon

Hey!!! So today it’s time to show you what I’ve made for Monthly Makers this month! Here’s the sneak peek I published on Instagram a few days ago: 
If you didn’t know, Monthly Makers is a creative challenge
me and eleven other blogger arrange where we issue a prompt/challenge each month to inspire people to create! This month the prompt was “Animals”, and while I’ve created quite a lot of animals in clay and felt and just anything through my days, it’s pretty far away from what I’m creating currently.

Which is why my first attempt was something that actually is pretty far away from what I spend most of my time creating right now! I tried to create a collage with public domain-resources and make something with a deer and flowers. But the process was boring and the result was messy and I didn’t even finish it.

So I went on to trying to make something using my images from the aquarium in Valencia, specifically the jellyfish. I just love pictures of jellyfish?!?! So pretty.
I tried displacing them a lil bit to create something funky, but meh. Idk.
Oceanogràfic Jessica Andersdotter
Then I remembered that there were also these jellyfishlike creatures in the aquarium! They were bioluminescent and twinkled and whirled around in the water and I remember being really inspired by their colours and shapes when I saw them. This time they made me think of a tutorial for creating this in After Effects that I’d seen, so I tried it. I think the light feeling to it and the flow made me connect the two, so I felt like it’d be a good tribute to my the little creatures. But I mean, I didn’t figure out how to control the colours for this effect and I couldn’t make it as big as I want it because it all crashed then haha so I kind of left it.

But I wasn’t giving up my jellyfish tribute just like that! Nah, I used my extensive Adobe-skills and thought “what the hell, I should be able to do this in Illustrator”. I have like 0.5 experience in Illustrator, but I googled “Illustrator tutorial abstract lines” or something like that and found a tutorial. Turns out it was really easy!!!!!!! (Here’s a link to the tutorial I used, it’s not perfect but it’s was enough to get me started!)

And here’s what I ended up with:

They look like some kind of ethereal underwater veils or something!!! Haha using the word veil just made me think of Sirius’ death and I got sad. :( Anyway, I added some blurry particles in the “background” of these to add some kind of depth and also think I may have added some glow to the first two. Ya know, bioluminescence!!

In general I think I liked them more right after I made them though haha? :( Feel a bit lame now. I might give them another week or so to stew before I decide if I like them or not!


Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative. During 2017 we’ll be launching twelve themes – one for every month – to inspire and challenge you. For February the theme is ANIMALS and Mikaela is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/4 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers. 

 

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inspiration for Monthly Makers: Animals

So yeah! The cat’s out of the bag (hehehehe) – the theme for Monthly Makers this month is Animals. I thought I’d show you a few things I’ve made previously that are inspired by animals! A lot of it is pretty old so it’ll be a fun little throwback!I made antler brooches a few years ago! Still love these, although I currently have no idea where they are. :) And then last year I found a dragon in a bonfire!!!The human species is a kind of animal, so portraits work too! Here’s a self portrait/double exposure!Uh is jellyfish an animal…………………………. Whatever, they look good in pictures! I might actually take some pictures of my Lumos for this theme.Or some other cat! This picture is from almost ten years ago. This is our neighbours cat Sigge.  Birds work too! Speaking of birds – here’s a raven in paper and an embroidery space dove! A few years ago I spent a looooooot of time making these felted animals! Still cute.Most importantly though, this is the perfect theme to embrace the cute little beans on a kittypaw. Maybe with a camera, or with a scanner like here.

Also, I just kept thinking about Miike Snow’s song Animal while writing this post, so I decided I’d make a playlist with animal related songs/bands/artists. Maybe it’ll inspire someone!

For those of you who didn’t know, this month is also National Poetry Writing Month, and you’re meant to write a poem a day but I think we could all embrace it by writing poems about animals this month! Well at least I wanted to make you all aware that it’s a perfect opportunity to try out poetry! Animals can be so symbolic in poems, so I’d say it’s a perfect opportunity.

I don’t have much experience with poetry, but find it easier when I have some rules to follow and if what I’m writing has to be short. A good example of this is a haiku but I would also like to recommend Wirrow’s challenge for 3×4 poetry on Hitrecord. Blackout poetry is great too.

 

(Secret links to other great animal things:

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers. 

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Monthly Makers Geometry / Celestial

So the theme for Monthly Makers this month is GEOMETRY. A lot of fun, but also pretty simple for me as most of what I make is about shapes. HOWEVER, I decided I wanted to challenge myself a little bit and go for more of a classic geometric style! I’ve also explored and experimented with a new software (C4D) and some new techniques, and I’ve had so much fun! I’ve been super busy with it, and I haven’t been producing as many “finished” art pieces as I usually do, as I haven’t succeeded in doing what I’ve wanted to do. Heh.

I keep noticing I’m expecting to find this new software as easy as I find Photoshop, but it’s kind of unfair really. How many years have I been playing around in Photoshop? Almost ten, probably. I don’t even know. So yeah. I have a few years until I’ll be as relaxed in 3D-softwares as I am in Photoshop, but at least I’m working on it now!

Aaanyway, here’s what I created:

The bottom part is made with a pretty simple technique in Cinema 4D, and I’m not completely happy with the “finish” of it but it’s gonna have to do. The rest of the image is made in good ol’ Photoshop.I started with a blank canvas and created this space-y image using some brushes I’ve bought. It’s a bit too simple really… The tricky part is converting the image into a 3D-result or whatever you’re gonna make of it later in your mind. You’re not after creating something pretty in this process (like, I don’t like the image above), it’s just supposed to look cool in the next stage!
I just made a plane in the 3D-software and then I displaced + “coloured” it using the image I just showed you. Looks very different depending on the angle. (Like things in 3D tend to do.)

I exported it from this angle. It’s kind of frustrating to go 3D as exporting takes SO LONG compared to the 5 minutes it has taken with my previous creations. After that I went into Photoshop and added a gradient to fade the image into white = give me a clean area to place some SHAPES.

Made a few triangles and made this pretty shape by mistake as I was moving the layers around. :))))  Haha. I accidentally had them pasted “on top” of the other triangles, meaning they would only show on top of them and not outside of the bottom triangles. Anyway, it’s my new favourite feature in Photoshop! I’ve needed it so many times through the years but haven’t known how to do it. Or that you even could. Just hold Alt while you click the line between two layers and the top one will only affect the lower one. Goes for adjustment layers and everything!!!!!!!!! Amazing. I used to flatten stuff?!? I mean that’s just the worst because then you can’t change the curve layer again if you change your mind!
I had almost decided I was done with the image when I had made the version before this, but then I realised the plain triangles were a bit lame. So I inverted them, made them dark blue and added some dusty scratchy stuff on them. Oh and I also lowered the opacity of the white gradient on top of the background!

And then I copied the process but with another base image to put into C4D, and with another geometric shape on top! Built something with squares that time.

So that’s it! My contribution to Monthly Makers this month! I really like this duo, and I had a lot of fun creating them! Hope you liked my little run through of the process, and I’ll see you around!


Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative. During 2017 we’ll be launching twelve themes – one for every month – to inspire and challenge you. For February the theme is GEOMETRY and Fredrika is hosting. Comment on her post here with a link to your creation before 28/2 to be a part of the compilation. More inspiration can be found over on Pinterest.

The people behind Monthly Makers 2017 are Alicia, Beatrice, Elsa, Emilia, Fredrika, Johanna, Julia, Mikaela, Ruth, StinaWilda and me. Be inspired, create and challenge yourself all through the year.

Follow us on Facebook to keep up with everything and be even more inspired. You can also follow us on Instagram, Pinterest, our website and in the inspirational group We Are Monthly Makers.