July 9, 2010

Step by step

Yesterday I made a banner for my Etsy store. I took a couple pictures along the way so that you can have a sneak peek into my process.

The first thing I did was to get the proportions of the banner on paper, Etsy suggests 760 pixels wide by 100 pixels high. Long and narrow. Then I did a quick drawing of a Moka on the left, and decided to use some of my triangles pattern in the background. I usually design on tracing paper and I transfer my finish idea to watercolor paper.

Then, it was color time. Mixing and balancing different colors

And color some more

Almost done.  Then I worked all the details with ink.

When all the details were finished (I forgot to take a pic of this step,) I scanned the image, cropped it to size and then I added the name in photoshop. This is the final product. Click to enlarge, or better yet, go visit my store to see it in place :)



anno said...

These insights into process always catch my interest. I'm curious, though: I think of tracing paper as something used to copy a a design. How do you use it to transfer a design onto watercolor paper?

Beatriz Macias said...

Anne, I still think like a printmaker, in layers. I like using tracing paper to work out my designs because I can move things around until completely satisfied. Once I have a finished design, I just rub graphite on the back of the design, and retrace it to transfer it to paper (In printmaking I would do this to reverse the drawing.) You can see the sketch in one of the pics and see what I am talking about. Thanks for your interest.