Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009.... I hate to say I am not sorry to see you go. I am however looking forward to 2010. I have many goals I would like to achieve in this coming year. And of course... any reason for me to design a list... I am all for it, so I designed this 2010 goal list sheet, to fill out, hang up and remind myself of what I want to accomplish. I read a great list of resoultions for designers: A Designers List of New Years Resolutions from If you are a designer like me.... you should check it out, I thought it was totally worth reading :)
If you would like to download this list... I have made multiple colors. You can download a pdf by clicking here. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year. Since once of my goals is to blog more in 2010... you will hear from me soon :)

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas and Yudu

So... I was so excited when I saw that Jo-Ann's had the Yudu on sale for Black Friday. I actually got up and waited in line at 6am. Of course, they also had the Cricut on sale...and so every crazy crafty scrapbooker was in line for that. Better for me... :)

I decided I was going to make some Christmas presents. Before I even took anything out of the box... I jumped onto the internet and starting googling Yudu tutorials, tips and tricks, etc etc. I found some of them very helpful, some of them not so much, and some just out-right annoying videos. Once I thought I knew what I was doing, I opened the box.

It was fun, like Christmas come early. I love new toys. And I really have to say, I love my Yudu. With that said, it wasn't out-of-the-box easy... and in fact I am still learning.

I took some screen printing classes in college, and thought it would all come back to me easily... not so much. Basic principles... I remember, technique... needs a little work. First of all couple things I learned....

  1. My Yudu DID NOT come with the manual it claims was in the box on the instructional DVD. I had to download it from their website.
  2. The emulsion sheets, that come in the box... are awful. I had read that they were not cost effective (and this is correct....), and that most people screwed up applying their first sheet. And so did I. Not only did I screw up the first one, but the second one as well. This is when I decided to take a trip to the Art store and apply the emulsion the old fashion way.
  3. I bought liquid emulsion. It works great in terms of burning the screen.... applying the emulsion is where I am still out of practice. For some reason, I remember it being easy in college... pull the emulsion up the screen with a scoop-coater and you get a nice even coat of emulsion. Right now I cant seem to get the nice even coat. I'm slightly drippy. Every screen I coat gets better... so I am thinking I am out of practice.
  4. Using inks other than Yudu brand ink... I had read that it was fine to use other inks. This is technically true... however, I did find that the Yudu ink because of its thickness- was much less runny and produced a crisper result. The other brand I found to work well was the Jacquard inks found in AC Moore or Jo-Anns.
For Christmas, I made aprons for my mother, and a set of dish towel/pot holders for D's mom. I thought I was just going to print directly onto each thing... but when I printed the first pot-holder wrong (completely off center).... I decided to go in a different direction. I printed my design onto a piece of fabric, then sewed everything. together. The final result looked great.

I printed two designs directly onto aprons for my mother, and then did 1 the way I did the pot-holders/ and towels above. The extra fabric makes the aprons look cute, but I like both ways. She loved them all.

Next Yudu project is T-shirts for the Band... stay tuned for the outcome :)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Trees for Tree

So... it has been a while since i have painted anything. Teresa (my boyfriends sister) had been playing with the idea of painting birch trees on her wall... an idea we had seen first via the design*sponge blog. This room came out awesome. And if you have not checked out design*sponge before, you simply must. There is a wide range of creative ideas that always get me thinking. There was multiple posts of birch tress on walls, this just happened to be my favorite :)

Seemed easy enough, Teresa's room is completely purple... My head started filling with ideas of how to do this, when to do it, could I do it for Christmas? Once the ideas were there, I simply could not wait to actually paint. So... I bought 3 large canvases.... and set up the dining room for a day of painting. After 2 trips to the store for more paint, and covering myself in purple (I accidentally sacrificed a new pair of jeans to art) I had something worth looking at. A row of trees spanning across 3 canvases. Perfect. Not exactly what we saw, something different and original for her room.

Once she hangs them... I will post a better picture... but for now, here's the idea. Also- I'm saving for a new camera, so don't judge the pictures just yet, I am aware they aren't the greatest.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Yudu Experence Coming Soon

So... remember back in 2008 when i said i was going to start blogging? Yea... its now almost 2010 and this is post number 2. I bought a yudu, and since my experiences was greatly influenced by all the blog posts i have read about it before i used it... i thought i would write a post about my experiences. So far... i have made some Christmas presents (pictures to come soon) and soon to make some tshirts for my boyfriends band. You can expect a full post in the near future. this time i actually mean it :)