We used a Crayon SVG file from Creative Fabrica as our base. We only used the tip and the crayon stick from the file. We wanted to have some fun with the rest. Our details were created using the SCAL Library shapes and a few designing commands in the program. So fun to create and cut. And we're looking forward to having some fun with the grands this weekend helping them create their own personal version of FrankenCrayon or Bride of FrankenCrayon. Some of the pieces are small and will take a little adult help to assemble, but it should be fun. And maybe a few of the adults will also join in and make their own too!
The character FrankenCrayon comes from a book written by Michael Hall and is available on Amazon in print, audio or kindle versions.
I've always wanted to create my own background papers, but found it quite frustrating when trying to create seamless backgrounds. Creative Fabrica has a set of AI tools on their site that you can access with a subscription. Thanks to Creative Fabrica's generous gift of 1 month's access, I was able to create a collection of images to use in a playful Pinterest inspired Paper Quilt.
While I didn't use all the images I created, it was fun to see what the tools would come up with using prompts and then tweaking the prompts for other images that could be used. Some editing was done in Photoshop Elements and Affinity Designer. I'm still a dabbler with Affinity, but I did learn quite a bit through this experience as well.
One of the images I created but didn't use in the project is this one.
It only had one line of flowers at the bottom of the image and I wanted flowers throughout on the stripes. So I downloaded and saved the file to my computer and put it in a folder shared with my iPad. Opened Affinity and played, creating a new image and incorporating the stripes and flowers into one new image.
It was a fun experiment -- I'm not sure I would use the tools often enough with my current library of digital prints to warrant the extra subscription, but in a crunch if I needed something I didn't have, I might use the tools again.
Here's a link to the completed PAPER QUILT project I completed using the SPARK tools on The Artistry. I used SCAL 6 Pro and the Skycut to make all the shapes and to save on ink -- you can use the pattern fill command and only fill the shapes with the desired digital patterns you create in SPARK.
If you give SPARK a whirl, I'd love to hear about it! Leave a comment!
Carve out some creative time over the weekend if you can. Enjoy your play!