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Paper Marbling with shaving cream….

This method is awesome! so cheap and effective! yet another way to do some DIY-ing for my Psychedelic project. Enjoy 🙂

Print making with a rolling pin <3

So im going ham on the diy printmaking techniques today… and another i’ve found is to use a rolling-pin! I originally researched this idea by seeing a children’s craft page of printing using empty plastic bottles, then that led to me look up using a rolling-pin! the results are great and create simple repeat designs effortlessly! I have even been thinking of combining the foam plate method with this to create more intricate designs, I will give it a go and put the results up here! For now here is the link to the page with the how to 🙂

If it’s good for kids it’s good for me!

I’ve been looking for different ways to hand print, but wanting to stray away from original methods… I’ve just found a quick and easy way using foam plates and a pasta maker! I’ll be looking into other ways to print using a pasta maker, as I have one at home! check this out it’s really simple (I mean it IS for 3-5 year olds…) and im thinking I can create quite intricate designs! If any of you give this a go, please let a girl know how it went!

Relief Printing

Something i really want to get into this term is relief printing. I have looked into many different techniques from classic such as lino prining to more diy prints at home. I have recently bought a lino print starter kit, which im looking forward to playing with! I have also looked into another way of printing and its using a hot glue gun, tracing over your design with the hot glue, rolling ink over it and printing as you would lino. Im also thinking potato prints, and old gem!

I found a fab website which allows you to download these techniques in an easy to follow pdf, give it a look 🙂

Cloth Paper Scissors

Psychedelic thoughts

when trying to decide what theme to go for i went through various different stages and ideas, I knew I wanted a fun, bright colour palette, oranges, pinks, purples, dark blues, so I wanted to choose something that fit the palette. The palette I choose from WGSN is forecast for S/S 17 and is called Encounter Culture, I am going to remove and add a few colours to create my own original palette. My initial idea was to some sort of fashion sub genre, I looked at alternative fashion and was interested in the shapes and colours of the clothing, getting ideas to lino print some crazy shaped clothes.

I then went to other cultures and fashion styles, looking particularly at Harajuku, I really liked the use of colour, but decided they were more pastel than I’d like to use.

After researching more i then looked into eras instead, browsing over the 90s, but I do tend to get inspiration straight from the 90s so tried to look for something a bit different. I browsed the 80s and was tempted, but then I stumbles upon some pictures from Woodstock 1969…. wow! I knew i was onto something, even though the pictures were mainly black and white, I loves the shapes, prints and patterns of the clothes, even the vans!


I am absolutely blown away with the late 60s early 70s flower power scene, but really wanted to get more colour in there, so I then started to research psychedelic 70s….

After this what im left with is a floral, psychedelic, 60/70s theme, name TBC

Trip to International Greetings

Bit of an early start but all for a good cause, today we went to International Greetings to see how they, what their processes are and hopefully get some inspiration!

At arrival we were taken for a short talk about the company, the type of clients they have and the standards which they work too. There were plenty of mood boards and prototype boards displayed everywhere which got my creative juices flowing, and the room we had the introduction in were filled with colour schemes!

We were taken on a tour of the building, shown where the designers work and got a general feel of the way the company works. They deal primarily with Christmas, and had some fantastic displays.

I had a much better understanding of what is expected of this project after today. I now know that i am to design for either their high end market, Tom Smith, which is a very classy, elegant range, or their high street brand Giftmaker. unfortunately i am not allowed to put pictures up of what i seen but after our visit i am fairly sure that my personal style of design will fit well with Giftmaker. My use on frisky, bright colour and often abstract style can shine through Giftmaker, and i have an idea of my Theme, but thats for another time!