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Spring Garden Flag Tutorial

Hippity hop! Spring is right around the corner!

ScanNCut Bunny Flag Title 2
 

I'm so glad I'm sharing this cute garden flag with you, because to create it you need to do a couple of ScanNCut techniques that I get emailed the most about: importing SVG files and cutting burlap. So if you're curious on how to do those things and how to make this flag then check out this video or follow along with the instructions below.

 

 

 Supplies Needed:

 

 

Instructions:

Step 1 – Importing .svg files

Open ScanNCutCanvas and then click on the SVG button.

  Screenshot 1

Choose your .svg file, and then click “ok”.

  Screenshot 2

 

And there's your bunny! 

Screenshot 3

 

Now just like other shapes you can resizes her by first selecting her, and then dragging out the handles. If you hold down the “shift” key while you drag it it will keep the same aspect ratio, and if you don't then when you drag it you can distort the ratio. So get your bunny resized how you like it...mine is about 8” wide by 10” tall.

  Screenshot 4

 

Step 2 – Saving the .fcm file

Type in a name for your file and then click the “download” button, then click on the name...in this case “bunny.fcm” and then direct it where to save the file (I recommend you save it to your flash drive so you can pop it into your ScanNCut and get cutting). And then click “close”.

  Screenshot 5

 

Step 3 – Cutting out burlap bunny

(settings: blade depth 7, cut speed 3, and cut pressure 9. Use the standard mat and place the burlap face up on the mat (fusible back down). Always perform a test cut. -My settings may vary from yours)

 

If you plan on ironing on your bunny onto your placemat then prepare your burlap by cutting it to size and then ironing on you iron-on fabric applique sheet and then smoothing it onto the standard mat.

ScanNCut Bunny - Burlap on Mat

Insert your flash drive into the ScanNCut, choose “patterns,” then “saved data,” then pick the USB symbol and scroll through the designs you have stored on your flash drive until you find the one you just created, click on it, and there you go!

  ScanNCut Bunny - SNC

You can now cut it out...click “ok,” then press “cut” and then “start”.

 

Step 4 – Removing the burlap bunny from the mat

You can now carefully remove the burlap bunny off of the mat. Because of the inconsistencies with burlap fabric you may come across a knot in the fabric that doesn't cut through all the way. If any points stick apply gentle pressure to separate it or use your scissors to trim it.

  ScanNCut Bunny - Remove from Mat

 

AsteriskTIP: Now your mat is probably really hairy! Remember to take an alcohol free baby wipe to it later to remove all that fuzz.

 

Step 5 - Creating fabric flowers

ScanNCut rip fabric

I like to rip fabric, there's something therapeutic in doing it! Take a strip of fabric about 1” - 2” wide and tie a knot in one end. Now place the short tail of the knot in your non-dominant hand and then start to twist and wrap the fabric around the knot using your glue to adhere it into place. Keep going around and around the flower allowing whatever side and edge of the fabric you want to show until your flower gets to be about the size you want and then snip off the end of the fabric. You can just glue the little remainder under the flower.

ScanNCut Bunny - flowers making1

  ScanNCut Bunny - flowers making

Now that it's done you can also glue down the tail now if you desire.

 

Step 6 – Ironing on & placing pieces onto the flag

Next you'll want to figure out where to place everything on your flag so you can iron it on. When I iron my bunny onto it I'm also going to iron down the top edge about an inch so I can create a sleeve for my garden flag holder to slide into.

Now as I was figuring out where I was putting everything I realized that I wanted a bit of green leaves on there too...so I cut out this design on some green fabric backed with a iron-on fabric applique sheet, it's a great design since I can just snip it in half and have two branches of leaves.

ScanNCut Bunny -Leaves

After I cut that out, I then ironed the bunny and the leaves onto the placemat. I also ironed that top edge under about an inch. Glue down just the edge of it so it forms that little sleeve for the garden flag holder to slip into.

  ScanNCut Bunny - fold placemat

 

Step 7 - Glue on the flowers!

Figure out where you want your flowers and then glue them on.

ScanNCut Bunny - flowers on

AsteriskA handy tip if you're using a crocheted placemat like mine is to place the paper backing from the iron-on fabric applique sheet under your design so the glue won't stick to your table top.

 

ScanNCut Bunny Flowers - Close Up

ScanNCut Bunny Flowers - Close Up

 

Now just slip your flag onto to your flag holder and you're done!  

ScanNCut Bunny Flowers - Close Up

 

 

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product.

Affiliate Links - Some of the links in the posts are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission...and it won't cost you a penny more. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Thanks for purchasing through these links, it keeps this blog up and running!

 

 

ERIN Sig


Artsy Book Reviews

I love a good book, especially art books!  Here's some great ones that I've had the pleasure of reading through recently. 

Just Add WatercolorJust Add Watercolor

by Helen Birch

This book is only around 5" x 7", but don't let it's cute small size fool you, this book is packed full of inspiration & painting techniques from contemporary artists. It covers everything from traditional watercolor, gouache, digital, mixed media, other water-based media, and non-paper media and contains material needed, tips, instructions, and a super handy visual index that I've used to find paintings I was interested in when first reading through it.

The author, Helen Birch is a prolific artist based in the UK.  She is also the author of the highly popular blog drawdrawdraw.  Her previous book is Freehand:Sketching Tips and Tricks Drawn from Art. Birch teaches courses in art and design, fine art, and illustration at Bradford School of Arts and Media.

 

 

Daily Painting - Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Succesful Artist by Carol MarineDaily Painting - Paint Small and Often to Become a More Creative, Productive, and Succesful Artist

by Carol Marine

Confession: this book came at the perfect time for me. I have been stuck in a creative rut, only making time for the creative work that I have to do and not doing any of the ones that I really want to do & that feed my creative soul.  I'm working on applying a lot that I've read in this book, so stay tuned for an upcoming article on that.  (<--- HERE'S my article)

Author Carol Marine, who blogs at Painting a Day (or Almost)  was herself suffering from painter's block - until she discovered the now wildly popular method of "daily painting." The idea is simple: do art (usually small) often (how often is up to the individual). It's such a great discipline to establish for yourself!

In the book she offers a unique system for jump-starting artistic creativity, encouraging experimentation and growth, and increasing productivity for artists of all levels. In addition to some basic lessons on composition, color, and supplies, Marine provides advice on the benefits of having a daily painting practice and offers tips on setting up a routine, taking the pressure off & the ego out of creating art, fitting art into a busy life, ways to combat artist's block, learning the rules and then breaking them.

 

 

Sketch - The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life

Sketch - The Non-Artist's Guide to Inspiration, Technique, and Drawing Daily Life

by France Belleville-Van Stone

Urban sketching, the process of sketching on the go as a regular practice, is a hot trend! Author, France Belleville-Van Stone, a self-taught French artist who now lives and teaches in New Jersey, encourages readers to craft a sketching ritual of their own and devote more time to art, even if it's just 10 minutes a day. She offers motivation to move beyond the comfort zone, as well as instruction on turning rough sketches into finished work. 

Besides all the great illustrations and techniques, the author includes a list of daily sketch prompts, tips , ideas on how to draw when time & resources are limited, and going digital with your work. By sharing her own creative process, Belleville-Van Stone inspires you to rethink your daily practice and to sketch for the pure joy of it and to document your life and the world around you.

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So, if you're in a place in your life like I am where you need to find new ways to relight the creative flame or get practical advice on how to apply skills then these books are worth looking into!  All of them are available at Amazon and other fine book sellers.

 

 

 Disclosure: 

 Book Review - I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Affiliate Links - Some of the links in the posts are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission...and it won't cost you a penny more. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. Thanks for purchasing through these links, it keeps this blog up and running!

 

 
 

ERIN Sig