I belong to several Facebook groups that are connected to Silhouette Cameo and it’s software Silhouette Studio. I am asked sometimes how to do things. I don’t profess to be an expert in this program but it does help that I am a designer for Silhouette and can find my way around the software fairly quickly because I use other vector applications such as Illustrator which I use on a daily basis, it’s my first love and I’m very familiar with it. Inkscape I use occasionally and drop in and out of as I find that both programs are better at some things than the others. Today I have made a new video on how to erase in both Illustrator and Inkscape as that was a question asked of me. Below is the tutorial.
I have made two new videos for Silhouette Studio.
The first is how to make a swirl/spiral and then use that to make a filigree component which can then be used for pattern repeat or adding as an embellishment to card making or any other mixed media project.
The second is how to turn that filigree component and make a repeat pattern then add it to an oval frame.
Over the past couple of days I have been making walnut ink. Why? I hear you ask (or not). I have taken up interest in Calligraphy again and whilst searching the web for online courses I came across a recipe for homemade walnut ink. Since I have an abundance of walnuts, courtesy of the neighbours tree over hanging our garden, I thought I’d give it a go. The recipe didn’t look too hard to follow. Just a bit long winded in making the stuff. My walnuts are English walnuts and not black walnuts as the recipe calls for. Here is the link for the recipe. http://www.marktablerart.com/5.html and here are my results.
From this large pan of liquid I acquired just over a litre of ink.
After several hours of boiling I did reduce the strained liquid in my cast iron pan so that the ink darkened further. I didn’t take a photo of that.
The writing results, not bad (still need a lot of practice on my calligraphy).
This stuff costs £8.36 for a 2.6oz bottle on Amazon UK and $7.99 in the USA. Why is it that you guys get cheaper stuff than we do. Huff! not fair.