Category Archives: Tutorials

My drawing process

Making of pirate cat - Doodlecats

I get asked lots of questions about how I make my pictures so I thought I’d show you a glimpse of the process I go through.

All my drawings start out as a pencil sketch. This often takes the longest as I draw a few versions, work out how I want things and usually get a lot wrong before I get it right.

Next, I ink my work, for this one I used an Edding 1800 profipen 0.3. Once the ink is done I scan or photo the image and if necessary tidy up my ink work in Photoshop.

Next I import the drawing into Adobe Illustrator and get to work on the lines and shading. I like shading first as it brings the drawing to life. Finally the colours is added. There are lots of tutorials on using Illustrator out there if you want to learn.

Here’s the final image.
Pirate Cat - Doodlecats

Digital Artist Tutorial

When I don’t feel well, I find it difficult to be creative. I still feel the need to draw though and often get frustrated. I solved the problem by following a tutorial in Digital Artist Collection so that I didn’t have to think about what I was doing and could just play around.

From Digital Artist Collection

The perfectionist in my is freaking about all the randomness and messy bits but I still had fun and it’s totally different to my usual style. I think it’s good to break out of comfort zones sometimes.

Crazy Colourful

Cat hood

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I thought I’d do some sewing today :) I made a cat hood out of really soft leopard print fabric.
I won’t be making this to sell – my sewing machine did not cope with sewing this fabric very well at all!

The scarf part has pockets in the ends to put my hands when they’re cold.

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If you want to have a go at making one yourself, I’ve made a pdf how-to :)
Cat Hood PDF

Chair Makeover

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You will have seen yesterday that the chair in my office is really boring. It’s the cheapest office chair Ikea do and is a very dull grey colour. I can’t really complain seeing as it was only £12.99.

The back rest has two main pieces that are just pushed together so it’s easy to open it up to reveal how the fabric is fastened on. It’s just a flat piece of fabric with a string around the edge that has been tied tight to hold it in place.
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I took the fabric off, flattened it out and used it as a template to cut out cat fabric. I simply stitched the cat fabric onto the original chair fabric, making sure to not go too close to the edge to interfere with the draw string.
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Then I just put the fabric back onto the plastic and foam back-rest and tied it back up.
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The back of the back-rest just pops back in with a bit of pressure and seals in the edges of the fabric.
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It’s that simple, it took about ten minutes.
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The seat of the chair is covered in much the same way so once I’ve got some more fabric I’ll cover that too. A once boring grey chair is now a cool cat chair.

Cat Ears Tutorial

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I made these cat ears to wear whilst I’m working on my stall, the kids love them (which gets the parents and their money over to my stall :D)

You’ll need fur fabric, felt, a hair band, glue and a needle and thread.
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Cut two triangles of fur fabric for each ear, about half an inch bigger than you want the ears. Make sure the pile on the fur is going downwards towards the base of the ears.
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Cat Hair Band Tutorial

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You will need: Felt (two colours), paper, thread, a hair band and some glue.
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Create a cat head template with paper and then use it to cut out two pieces of felt. Cut two triangles out of the other colour felt for the tabby markings.
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Stitch the triangles on to one of the cat head shapes and then add a nose and mouth.
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Take the other cat head shape and glue it onto the underside of the hair band. I used a hot glue gun but I’m sure other glues would work.
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Using blanket stitch, sew the piece with the face on, onto the felt with the hairband in between.
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Voila!
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If you try this, I’d love to see your results.

Cat Pouch Tutorial

Cat Pouch Tutorial
This pouch is so simple to make and looks really great. You can make it in whatever size you like, even adding straps to turn it into a bag :)

What you’ll need
Fabric, lining fabric, facing and a magnet clasp.
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Decided how big you want the pouch to be a cut a piece of the main fabric, adding half an inch all round for the seams. Then cut another piece the same width but about 50% longer as pictured. Round off the corners (only the two lower ones on the smaller piece). Cut the same pieces from lining fabric and facing.
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Business Card Holder Tutorial

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I am always forgetting to take my business cards out with me. If I get comments on the necklace or badge I’m wearing I feel stupid when I can’t give them a card so I’ve made a case for them. Now they’re in my bag, protected in a nice case so they don’t get tatty, I’ve no excuses!

 

You’ll need fabric, a hair elastic and a button.  Make sure to have some cards to hand so you get the sizing right.
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Lay the cards on the fabric you’ve chosen for the outside of the case. You need to leave a gap between them for the fold. Cut the fabric, leaving a gap of 1/2 an inch around the cards, cut two. Cut two pieces of the pocket fabric the same height but an inch or so shorter, as pictured.
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Fold the pocket pieces in half and iron. You can also stitch along the fold for a nice neat look. Place an outer piece right side up, then place the pocket pieces on each end with a gap between them in the middle. Place the hair elastic on one side and then lastly place the last piece of outer fabric right side down on top.
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Sew around the edges, leaving a gap to turn it the right way out. Trim edges and cut off corners.
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Turn right side out. Poke something like a knitting needle into the corners to make them pointy. Iron.
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Stitch around the edges and along the middle. Make sure you leave enough space for the cards to fit in the pockets when you’re going around the edge!
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Sew a button onto the front to hold it closed.
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Now you can put your cards in :)
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If you make a case I’d love to see it!