This is a step-by-step of how I created Kari’s Christmas gift. I have to say I am very pleased with how this one turned out. 🙂
(If you want to see a more detailed step-by-step of this process, I really explained it in depth in the blog about Ashleigh’s gift.)
Like Ashleigh’s, this gift was inspired by my admiration for the family unit that is Kari’s. I do so admire them! I love how seriously they take their family. They teach their kids at a very young age “family first”. They teach them integrity, honesty, work ethic, and even manners! But simultaneously they also have fun together as a family, and they spend as much of their free time as possible being creative! Steve makes amazing custom knives (LoboStyle Blades), and I envy Kari’s always beautiful and creative up-cycling ideas. Their kids are both brilliant, and hands down some of the best mannered children I have ever had the pleasure of teaching. So these were the thoughts I was pondering as I was creating this gift for Kari and her awesome family!
This was the computer print-out I designed in Photoshop. Printed and FrogTaped to my drawing board
I didn’t take photos of every step, but after I taped down the computer printout I taped a piece of 100% Rag Translucent Marker paper by Bienfang and drew some different designs with with my Staedler mechanical pencil. I was especially excited about an idea I had to try and form the “K” on Kari’s name into a ribbon! I feel that ribbons are synonymous with elegance and Kari is definitely that! I also wanted to create a “knife edge” effect, or a chisel effect with the fonts for Steve and Titan’s names to represent the knife work that Steve does. After several attempts (and I do mean several!!) I finally got something going that I liked.
After that I really contemplated what to do with the background. It took several days of trying different things before I accidentally sketched a “heart-knot”. I was so excited with the sketch that I ran to my seven-year-old daughter in true role reversal and said “Look at this! Look at this! Isn’t this cool?” and she looked at my drawing of the knot on the little piece of scrap paper, and then she looked at me skeptically and said “Ummm…sure?” Haha…well I liked it. I still like it! So I drew heart knots.
After all that I started tracing with my Staedler Pigment liner. That took a couple of tries, too. (This is why I use this method of multiple copies and so many different stages, because I have a tendency to make mistakes!)
I had asked Kari earlier what her favorite colors were, and she came up with burgundy and shades of gold. Hmmm…that took a lot of contemplation and experimentation. Finally, after making several laser copies onto Canson Watercolor paper, and lots of different experiments, I used a combination of Tombow Markers, Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, and TEKwriter Premium Gel Pens to do the final coloring of this drawing. And, like I mentioned, I am pleased with the end result!
Here are some detail views:
Please comment! Have you ever done anything similar? Any ideas or inspirations you want to share? What would you do differently? Any ideas new to you? Did you find anything on this post helpful? What else might you want to see on a post like this? Any suggestions at all would be welcome! Please share, too!
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