Gouache Painting No.1

based on photo by jez timms via unsplash.com

Bah, what better way than painting everyday to pick up a new skill? I am usually not hot on daily art challenges that last long but when it gets to painting, I’ve had this little fantasy of painting tiny each day in a given medium for…some time now so…I thought I’d give the daily thing a try again. Mind you, there will be days I won’t be able to deliver when life gets hectic but in the main, I’m going to try to sit down for a good 45 mns to do a little painting in gouache each day. More like learning and getting a clue 😍

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New to Gouache

For those of you who don’t follow me on instagram, I recently decided to take some time off what I was doing creatively to explore more and pick up some new skills along the way. Trying out new media was top of my list. So, I thought I’d give gouache a go and ordered myself my first set of paint. Because I don’t roll on gold, I decided to keep it simple and get the primary colors only at this stage.

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Good Bye Image Trace

photo by Steve Huntington via unplash.com

My adventures in pattern design and being a pod designer continue. This week’s pains and joys? Illustrator’s Image Trace and using the cheap Wacom tablet.

Image Trace

Yesterday I made a major discovery that’s reshaping my creative life to some extent: Illustrator’s Image Trace functionality cannot be trusted to digitize drawings well for pattern design, at least the botanical pattern design I was setting myself up for. I admit, having invested much time and effort in rebranding my shops, starting a brand new instagram feed, learning, etc, towards botanical pattern design, this came as a major blow to my plan.

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