Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Four Minimalist Movie Posters

4 movie posters arachnophobia teen wolf slither mimic
March will be full of creatures at my blog 365 Projects and I've been scheduling posts in advance so I'm not tied to the computer on weekends.

Yesterday I made the following 4 monster movie posters.

Teen Wolf. There's a bad moon on the rise.
Arachnophobia. Yeah, that's right... I'm bad.
Slither. Let the hunt begin
Mimic. Funny Shoes.

It's a blast to distill a movie into a simple image. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Learning From Experience Poster

wagon falling down a hill about to strike a bump

Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes of bad judgement. You may run into  problems but the journey is always interesting.

Wagon plummeting down a hill poster about good and bad judgement.

I did this design for a class where the goal was to utilize simple shapes to show movement while using the golden mean.

Available on Etsy

Monday, February 11, 2013

Rube Goldberg Salad Making Machine Poster Print

fruits and vegetables interacting to make a salad

I heard a stick of butter fall off a shelf inside the frig and ricochet downward. I thought, wouldn't it be great if your food could prepare itself. The salad making machine is a bit more work than the traditional method but would be a lot more entertaining.

 Available on Etsy

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Your Purpose In Life Poster Print

circles barely balanced with funny motivational text
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as warning to others. It's good to give people a heads up.

I particularly like the dynamics of the large circle teetering off the edge while the smaller circle strives to keep everything balanced.

 Available on Etsy

Friday, February 8, 2013

If At First You Don't Succeed Skydiving Is Not For You Poster Print

Upside down triangle shape filled with cloud photo. funny text on side
I fight the impulse to do stupid things. Sometimes I give in but so far I've manged to stay in one piece.

Every once in a while you get lucky and fly through gorgeous clouds. This was a good day.

Available on Etsy

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Statue of Liberty Silhouette Poster

white shape of statue of liberty with a red and blue background
I did this illustration as artwork for an  announcement for someone who just became a United States citizen. I left the text out for this posting.

Available on Etsy

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

What Happens Around the Campfire Stays At The Campfire Poster Print

vintage illustration of girls playing by a camp fire

I adore this sweet vintage illustration and the rustic wood branch font is so much fun.

The illustration was from a 1920's songbook and the girls clothing resembles 1920s era Girl Scout uniforms.

Available on Etsy

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Vacation In A Can

a carton of 3 round metal containers with clear lids

I've admired these magnetic metal spice containers at Ikea but have been stumped for a use.

round beach image with vintage style text

I made a fake vintage postcard using two of my photos. The tins allow for an image 3.5 inches in diameter. We collect sand everywhere we travel so I had some available to insert in the tin.

The depth was a bit more than I wanted so I put 2 layers of corrugated cardboard behind the printed image.

round tin with hawaian image and sand displayed inside

The photo came out very blue because every time I got near a light source the plastic lid had reflected images. My inner 12 year old goes Blue Hawaii and giggles. The tin insert actually looks like the image above but with sand.

Monday, February 4, 2013

How To Make Mini Saddle Stitched Notebooks Made From Comic Books

paper cutter, stapler, comic books, ruler, paper, staple remover

Somehow my kids keep ending up with free comic books which they don't read.   I wanted to do something with them other than the recycling bin so I started making mini notebooks that I enclose with my Stray Squirrels Etsy items.

Remove the staples from your comic book.

Tear the double pages into single pages and choose the best looking side to be the front side of the cover.

I made these booklets with 3 sheets of white paper which makes a 6 page booklet.
stapler with tape mark guide

Determine how wide your cover will be and put a tape mark on the stapler so you know how far in to staple. My finished booklets are 3 1/8" x 5". Each page will make two booklets so you need to do 2 sets of staples. I just eyeball it but you can measure if you prefer the spacing to be exact.

comic book page stapled to paper

The cover now has 4 staples. The paper I happen to be using is tabloid size but regular copy paper works better.

back side of stapled pages

I use a bone folder to press down the staples if they aren't laying nicely. This is an excellent stapler so it isn't an issue, but some of my other staplers don't work as well.

comic book page folded along staples

Fold the spine along the staple line using your hands. Use the bone folder to make a crisper fold along the spine.

book being trimmed on paper cutter

Cut the long edge of the booklet. Again, mine is 3 1/8 inches wide. Turn the book so the spine is along the top edge of the cutter and trim one end. Trim the other end so the booklet is 10 inches long. Cut the booklet in half so you have two, 5 inch long pieces.

book with ruler showing width

book with ruler showing height

completed notebook

inside of completed book

front and back of completed book

white dog

Buffy hopped up on the table to supervise and became a little jealous when she wasn't in the photos.