Sunday, September 1, 2013

Swirl Fish Maui T-shirt

Sometimes I don't know where I am going until I get there and today was one of those days.

It started when I watched a video on making Swirls...I think I have watched it before but today it worked!  The narrator is very good, goes slow but often he "shows" you the command icon to click on so I have to have both my Inkscape open and his tut side-by-side so I can switch back and forth doing each step with him.

He uses gradients and blur and that was interesting to work with, I've never gotten the hang of gradients.  the shading around the word Maui is a "cloud" image, blurred so I got some of the same effect.

Link to the tutorial:  tutor4you

When  I finished the tutorial my shape looked like a "fish" which reminded me
that I hadn't made my Hawaii t-shirt for our trip later in the month.  The rest was an hour or so of playing and I have a design.

I have a photo printer with 8 cartridges so I got a really nice print, with all my shades of blue. Your results may vary.

I will share the svg file if you want to play.  The elements are all in separate layers so you could print all the background and just cut the fish....I didn't try it!  I did remove the fish and did a bitmap copy of the rest and placed it in eCAL and it looked OK for print2cut....didn't do that either.

Download from MediaFire
Swirl FishPS svg
Swirl FishPS jpg

After looking at the design for a day I decided to try a variation.  I think I like this one better.

Swirl Fish1PS svg
Swirl Fish1 PS jpg

I always do my t-shirts with Avery Transfers  for Inkjet printers, without any problem. 

My Design System

  • Macintosh with Mt. Lion (10.8)
  • Inkscape 0.048
  • eCAL with Sizzix eClips
Have fun and Aloha.