Before Bed doodle
Gumball just blew a dude in a bathroom
I failed so many tests forgot to hand in so many hw/labs. My grades dropped so much kill me.
also THERE’S MORE BUT it’s in japanese
I know a ton of you have been waiting for this one. Teaching you to make your own plastic keychains!
To start off, I think the biggest question everyone has is what I use to make them. I work with shrink film. You might be familiar with Shinky Dink brand shrink film as a kid. I use Grafix brand white inkjet shrink film. The inkjet kind is relatively pricey compared to the regular kind. If you’re using regular, I don’t recommend you stick it in your printer. Sharpie markers would be good for that.
Alright, now open up the file with the images that you’re working with. Make sure your images are a lot bigger than you want your finished product to be since they shrink significantly.
You’ll also want to lighten the opacity to about half. I go somewhere between 50-60%.
Now print your image out! I’ve found that it works best for me when I have it at the plain paper setting, and standard print quality.
Holepunch with a 1/4” holepuncher BEFORE you shrink them. It’s so much more work to have to punch holes when your plastic is thick!
Cut out your design, leaving the amount of border you want.
Set them on a tray for convenience. An aluminum foil sheet works too, but I recommend cookie trays because they are easier and quicker to get out of the oven.
Preset heat. Your shrink film package will tell you what temperature to set it at, but I find that it isn’t always accurate for me. I generally set temperature to 350 degrees or so.
Put them in the oven. Remember to keep track of time! I leave them in for about a minute and a half.
After time is up they should be super small! Magic!
If your charms are not flat, put something heavy on it right out of the oven when they are still hot and malleable.
If you’d like to, you can seal them now. In my last two batches, I used clear topcoat nail polish. The problem with that is that I need between 3-5 coats of it, and it takes a while to dry. I’ve been experimenting with modpodge.
For lariats, you can use jump rings or lobster clasps.
Here is one that I made that wasn’t sealed. The finished texture after shrinking is a little bit rough. There’s nothing wrong with leaving them unsealed, but because they are inkjet printed, the colors wash right of without protection.
This is one that was sealed with modpodge. The colors become a little more vibrant and smooth and water resistant. Things often get stuck on when applying or drying so be careful.
These ones down here were sealed with clear nail polish. They come out shiny if you put enough coats, but the grainy texture will still be there.
Well, there ya go! Have fun making your own keychains!
Alright, here’s a quick tutorial about color I promised to a friend. It’s not definitive but this is pretty much what I know of color , basic stuffand tips, so hope it can help some of you folks.
So like first of all you gotta know your color wheel, which is essentially the main colors of the visible spectrum to the human eye. It’s divided intro three primary colors and three secondary colors.
You get the secondary colors from mixing the colors in between the primary colors, and they are usually arranged in a Y manner. It’s the basics, red and yellow makes orange, red and blue makes purple, blue and yellow makes green. This is something we call Hue. You also get your color schemes with some basic arrangements such as mono (using the same color with different tones),complement (using a color and its opposite), triad (three colors arranged from each other in a triangle form), tetrad (arranged in an X or cross form), analogic (a main color and two nearby colors), and accented analogic (an analogic scheme with the main color’s complement)
(image from http://colorschemedesigner.com/ )
Along with that we have two other things we call Chroma and Value. If you use a drawing program you pretty much know about it.
Chroma is how much saturation your color has ( or, how close to white it is) while value is how much of light your color has or rather, how intense your color is (or, how close to black it is). These two are pretty much the secret to cool drawings: the value of your colors in greyscale. Having them distinguishable with your values in greyscale is the key to make anything look good no matter what crazy colors you use. Value helps distinguish an object from another and makes things easily recognizable.
You can barely distinguish the foreground from the background, you can barely tell there’s a temple on the background. No matter how different your colors look, the key is to make sure the greyscale looks distinguishable.
That’s…better but it could still use some improvement.
Ah, much better! You don’t force your eye to distinguish things and it really helps in the composition.
So yeah you can also use colors too to help the ambiance, or rather harmony. The mood of the drawing should influence all other colors so that they unify and create an impact on your drawing.
In here it’s, well, boring and jarring. the brown feels it contrast too much with the greens and feels like a kindergarden painting. But if you modifiy the values and chromas so that they harmonize it will end up looking much better.
Now, the following isn’t obligatory, but it is something that can really help boost your grasp of color and make for some interesting drawingA very good tip is to choose a color in general and stick with it, making other colors work with the main one. how?
Let’s say you choose red as the main color and you fi canvas with it. Starting from that point, you should use a defined percentage of the value and chroma of other colors according to the distance said color is from the main one. Like this.
Hope it’s clear. No matter if you use a red as a main color and you have to end up using a washed blue that’s almost grey, because it is surrounded by that color the human eye will perceive that greyish color as the opposite color and make it work. Try it for yourself!
From here you can take out pretty much your colors for your drawings. Always remember too that a primary color is the complement of the secondary color opposite to it in a color wheel. A complement is a color which makes the other pop out from itself, useful for compositions.
Like this, for example. If you have a drawing in which its main color is purple and you want to make a character or object the center of attention, making it its complement will make the eye focus on it because it looks intense and the eye will be drawn to it. alternatively you can always use other matching colors to help you, like these for example
From here on, the colors you use for a drawing and how they match really depends on what you want your drawing to communicate, and you can use color meanings for that. For example, red means vigor, energy and love or being alert. green means life, renewal, nature, lush, serenity, etc. purple means mystery, contemplation, thoughtfulness etc. There are many things one can portray with color but that’s a whole different subject really. Many books about color or even google can help you develop and understand the meaning of colors, and help you create a better grasp of message conveyance in a drawing just by color itself. (like for example, green and purple can help denote something unnatural and mysterious adrift, blue and brown can help convey a message of something classy, solid and elegant, pink and orange can help show something rather exotic and vibrant)
Investigate many books on the subject, analyze other artist’s drawings, but most important of all, EXPERIMENT! it does not matter if you fail, you learn from those mistakes, so try many different colors and see what comes out. play with the grayscale, the color wheel tool, blending, the hue & saturation tools, etc. hope this helps! if I missed something or have any question about this, let me know!