Posts Tagged ‘doodle’

Hand Drawn Vector Doodle Set

| Crafts & DIY, Design & Technology, Printables

Free Hand Drawn Doodle Design Elements

Free Hand Drawn Doodle Design Elements

 

By now you all know that I love to doodle, it’s a bit like therapy for me. Recently I created this cute little collection and thought it would be fun to share. These high quality hand drawn vector design elements can be used for stationery (tags, packaging, invites, cards, labels), digital or paper scrapbooking, embellishments, as photo elements, in web design, logos, and in lots of fun DIY projects. The sky’s the limit with these designs! Use them in whatever project you want.

This hand drawn vector doodle set comes in pdf, ai and png format.

Download your free hand drawn doodle clipart here.

Feel free to use the graphics for whatever you like….just please don’t use them for any type of digital download, free or otherwise and not for resale. Thank you!

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Blank Faces Drawing Page – Free Printable

| Kids Fun, Printables

Kids will love drawing in the faces with their own designs.

Kids will love drawing in the faces with their own designs.

Blank Faces Drawing Page – My daughter loves to draw (I wonder where she gets that from). Most of the time she just draws from her imagination but sometimes she asks for pages to colour. She really enjoys drawing faces and experimenting with different styles of eyes, noses and smiles, so I created a page full of various blank faces for her to practice her facial features and expressions on.

Noelle can’t be the only little person out there who loves to draw, so I’m passing this colouring page on so that other kids can share their creative genius too. Have fun!

Blank Faces-download here.

UPDATE: To get the 2nd edition of my blank faces coloring page go to my post here.

Keep the kids entertained with this blank face printable.

Keep the kids entertained with this blank face printable.

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Turn Your Sketches & Doodles Into Vector Art – Tutorial

| Design & Technology

Turn your sketches into digital vector images.

Turn your sketches into digital vector images.

Turn Your Sketches & Doodles Into Vector Art – I love to doodle and honestly, I don’t do it enough.  On the list of everything I have to do in my life, doodling ranks pretty low (shocking, I know) but there’s something about doodling… it helps me relax, focus and just be in the moment. Fortunately, from time to time in my job,  I need to draw something and turn it into a vector image.  I wanted to share this technique with you so that you can turn your works of art into amazing vector graphics too. This tutorial requires a scanner, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator (I use CS6).

  1. Create the sketches that you’d like to convert into digital vector art.  I like to use Pigma Micron pens because they come in various thicknesses, are a rich black colour and they write beautifully but use whatever you prefer. I also like to use tracing paper to sketch on – it’s cheap and there’s a smooth quality to the paper that’s really nice.
  2. Scan your sketches with a flatbed scanner.  Scan at a high resolution of at least 400 dpi while using the greyscale setting.
  3. Open your scanned sketch into Photoshop and make sure your file is in the RGB colour mode.
  4. Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > SELECTIVE COLOUR. Toggle the colour to WHITE and using the slider, move to -100% black with the ABSOLUTE radio button clicked on.  Then toggle to BLACK and using the slider, mover to 100% black.screen2screen3
  5. Go to IMAGE > ADJUSTMENTS > CURVES. Grab the tiny black square at the top right of the graph and slide it over slightly towards the left (not down at all) and then grab the tiny black square at the bottom left of the graph and move it slightly to the right. You’ll have to eyeball this a bit and see what looks best. The goal here is to make the white as white as possible without washing out any black while making the black very dark without turning any of the white to grey. There are many ways of adjusting colours in Photoshop besides SELECTIVE COLOUR and CURVES.  You can also use BRIGHTNESS/SHADOWS as well as LEVELS to achieve your desired outcome.  Feel free to use what you’re comfortable with.screen5b
  6. Once you’re satisfied with the colour settings, crop your page to select the part of the image you want for your design.  You may also bring in the entire page into Illustrator if you have multiple sketches, convert them all together and then just pick out the selections you’re after… whatever works best for you. Save your image.
  7. Select the entire image and copy or use CTRL+C and then open a new page in Illustrator and paste in your sketch onto the canvas. Feel free to enlarge the sketch slightly (remember to hold SHIFT + ALT to constrain the proportions).
  8. Select your image using the SELECTION tool (black arrow) and you’ll notice that in the properties bar at the top, a LIVE TRACE  button will appear (or IMAGE TRACE depending on which version you have). Click on the LIVE TRACE or IMAGE TRACE button. (If you’re not super happy with the results, you can click on the white arrow to the left of the IMAGE TRACE button and play around with the various settings – I find the Black and White Logo setting can work well too). Once you’ve clicked the  LIVE TRACE or IMAGE TRACE button you’ll notice that it now says EXPAND.  With your image still selected, click on the EXPAND button. screen7
  9. With the image selected, right click your mouse and toggle down to UNGROUP and click on it. Now, click on a white area of the drawing so that it’s selected and then go to SELECT > SAME > FILL COLOUR and all the white in your image will be selected, hit the DELETE button. You want to get rid of all the white sections of your image.screen9screen10
  10. Select all the black items on the canvas, right click your mouse and toggle down and click on group. Now your sketch is all grouped together. (Don’t bother with this step if you’d like to move the various elements of the image around on the page or modify them individually).
  11. At this point you can get creative, add colour and use the vector on top of backgrounds, photos, etc. Use your vector to create or enhance your very own work or art.screen11
    Free printable

    Free printable

    Feel free to download this printable here. Enjoy!

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Doodle Easter Eggs

| Crafts & DIY, Design & Technology, For the Home, Kids Fun

Doodled Easter Eggs

Doodled Easter Eggs

What fond memories I have of Easter from my childhood.  My parents always made a big thing of it as they did most holidays.  Every single year up until I was a teenager, maybe even a young adult (sad to say), we dyed eggs.  My brother and I used to see who could make the best design and yes, I won every time (in my opinion anyway).  To this day my parents still talk about the mornings of the Easter egg hunt and how I would find all the eggs and there wouldn’t be any left for my little brother. When we (I) was done, my Mom and Dad would have to divide everything in half so my brother got his share. Poor Marc, he never stood a chance against me.

Luckily for my daughter, she’s an only child and doesn’t have to worry about sibling competition. For the past few years we’ve dyed eggs with Noelle but this year I thought we’d doodle instead.  I boiled up eight eggs, let them cool and then brought out the sharpies. I just did a really quick search in google images for some bunny ideas and then started doodling away. Yet again, my daughter completed all five of her eggs and was ready to move on to the next project while I was just starting egg number two – she hasn’t quite learned to savour the experience yet. Sometimes my husband ask me “is this project for you or Noelle”.  I genuinely had noble intentions with this one and it was all about Noelle but as soon as I started getting into it, well… dinner was late again.

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