3 Videos – Week 5 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – How to create a sparkle (shiny) sequins brush with pixels (scanned or photographic details)

During this week’s tutorial(s), I hope that everyone walks away with something they have not tried before. We are going to have 3 videos covering the basic flat sequins brush creation, then step it up by dividing the different segments to create a dull sparkle and then in the advanced video we are going to create a brush that uses real images and change the pattern brushes’ color right inside of Illustrator. You can watch the video on our blog below or on our youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here). 

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Video Week 4 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series -How to use gradients, ombre or dip dye effect inside of fashion flat sketch detail

Tada Week 4 is here of our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here).  Week 4 free fashion flat sketch ombre sweater gradient Continue reading
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Book & Art – Focusing on simple things like gratitude – Simple Abundace: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

While in a thrift store, the pattern of the cover and the longer shape of the book pulled me in. Once I read a bit, I did not want to leave it behind and since then I’ve liked this book so much, that I gave it as a gift to my sister and two very good friends that were not really taking care of themselves. This past holiday season it has helped me keep my sanity and not feel guilty about simplifying the festivities and on more than 2 occasions I have come across some friends that when I saw how stressed they were, I thought they needed this book. But since I am practicing not being “too lecturing” these thoughts remained in my head. This book makes my daily life a little more calm and centers my thinking and doing a lot more in the finer details of life. This little Gem of a book that I am now re- reading is called Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy (affiliate link).
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Video Week 3 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – Dress fashion flat sketch cascading ruffle details – Rotate print inside of flat sketch detail

Week 3 is here of our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here).  52 weeks fashion flat sketching Continue reading

Video Week 2 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – Dress fashion flat sketch tiny triangles details

Week 2 is here of our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here).  52 weeks fashion flat sketching Continue reading

Book & Art – Relearning to trust myself this year – Women who run with wolves

Today I am attempting my first book recommendation and talk about how the books that I read usually inspire art. The book that I started to read last year (2015) is called Women Who Run with the Wolves (affiliate link). I came across this book during an online discussion with fellow female artist while sharing about difficult times that we went through and what books or movies have brought us strength, hope and courage. I specifically asked for recommendations in the women as their own rescuer category. 52 weeks fashion flat sketching The book itself has a very unique voice that spoke to me as if I had an older friend, or grandmother relate old mystical truths to me. While reading the beginning chapters I felt multiple shivers running through my body. Awareness growing as the pages kept turning which made me determined to trust myself more. The first artwork that came out of this book is the water color painting. It is called “Wisdom necklace – I trust myself”. women who run with the wolves Continue reading

Video Week 1 – 52 weeks Adobe Illustrator for fashion design series – Coat fashion flat sketch details

Today we are starting our 52 week series of Illustrator tips for fashion design. Join in anytime. Watch the videos on our blog below/ youtube channel. The files  that I am using in the video are available for download and for taking apart in the Free Member area (click here).  52 weeks fashion flat sketching Continue reading

Happy New Year – We’ve been hacked, we are fixing and improving.

Happy new year for fashion design flat sketchers   Hello members and visitors, What a chaotic year 2015 has been for us. Thank you for trusting us with your Computer aided design needs. So, there is a lot going on behind the scenes of FashionChalkboard and 2016 promises to be a great new year of inspiration and learning. We are so relieved that we are never storing our customers credit card information and grateful to Paypal to have them process our Payments. Continue reading

Tropical Fusion BlogHop 2014

Hello and thank you for visiting, whether you came directly hopping over from some pretty patterns from Anna Hokerberg over at http://designannaberger.wordpress.com/ or just stumbled across this page you landed on our blog hop. For those of you that do not know what a blog hop is, its a collaboration of bloggers (and designers in our case) that blog about the same topic and create a loop that you can follow. This blog hop is a group of 40 international designers and spread out over 4 days. You can follow along on our design and thought process  journey and see how the same color and inspiration will result in many completely different designs.

At the bottom of this post is the link to hop to the next designer’s entry, or if you would like to start at the beginning of the blog hop you can click here and visit surface designer Mary Tanana’s blog 

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3d printed fashion design victoria's secret 2013

3-d fashion goes mainstream with Victoria’s Secret Lingerie

Images of the recorded 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion show are already circulating on the internet. To me as a lingerie designer it’s a yearly must see event even if it is just in pictures. This year a white corset worn by the famous snow angels caught my eye and I started investigating. This is a 3d printed corset that has a very unique collaboration between Victoria’s Secret, Bradley Rothenberg, Shapeways factory in NYC and of course the final touches of thousands of Swarovski crystals. You can read an interview on Shapeways website. Continue reading
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