Playing with my old spirograph

While I went into vacation mode during August (urgently needed) I tried to stay away from the computer. But those who know me also know I just can’t stop fiddling and playing. So I took the time to find my old spirograph set from the attic.

I stumbled over it through Inkscape, which has a spirograph function and I just didn’t understand what it does and how it works.
So now I searched for the box with numerous plastic rings and wheels and I remembered how it worked very quickly even if it was ages ago.
Two parts are missing, but I am glad it’s only two you don’t necessarily need and it still works well.
Until the new colored ball point pens arrived I did a lot of tests with all the wheels with simple blue pens.

It was hard to find beautiful pens, but I got 2 different types from Staedtler with different line thicknesses. They have to dry fast, because the wheels cross the lines over and over again while drawing.

Impatient me often slipped from turning too quick, ruining the whole drawing, so this is really something to do accurate and slow.
After all it was a lot of fun. Lets see what I can do with all the lovely circles and shapes I made. I already scanned them for further use.

And now I understand the digital version, too, yeah! It is all about mathematics 🙂
Anyway I find the real drawings very charming with the dots and spots and irregular lines.

If you want to learn more about spirograph I found some great infos here:
http://spirographicart.com/

Have fun and if you stumble over one of those sets by chance, try it !

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making endless damask paper rollers for gelli printing

I recently ordered 2 sets of damask embossing folders from Sizzix with having wall paper like prints in mind. The little size does not cover a letter size sheet though, so I tried to make endless rollers.
I found a matching roll within my fabric stock and cut it in pieces, also the embossed papers and fixed them around the rolls.You need to have very good double sided tape for this to get a clear endless pattern.

I used the rollers with the gelli plate and it was such a sticky, messy and intricate action, that I totally forgot to make pics. I was not happy with the results anyway. But with a couple of days rest in between, then scanning some of the best sheets, recoloring them on the computer and printing the new colors I found them usable.

I cut tags, ran them through the Big Shot again embossing them with the same patterns. I brushed distressed ink pads over it softly to get more contrasts and then covered them with embellishments. At the end I love them and I will bore you even more with tags 🙂

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Printable papers for crafting, die cutting, card making and mixed media

Last week I’ve been desperately searching for attractive paper/ card stock for die cutting. It was so disappointing. All the big artist supplies shops in our city are closed and the one I found had unpayable prices. So I just got some solid color flat heavy paper and used the (again rainy) weekend for scanning, designing and assembling, digital stamping, embossing and this is what I came up with. Not all sets (8) are uploaded to Etsy yet, but coming within the next days. Papers are 8.5 x 11′ pdfs, just right to be printed. This link leads you to the papers category:

Printable papers

printable papers 8.5 x 11

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