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Process: Advent Calendar Noel Image

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Hello! I just wanted to introduce myself in case you hadn't met me before.  I'm Adriana Hernandez-Bergstrom!  I go by Adriprints on my work, and  you can find me really easily with that moniker.  I'm the founder of the Finch & Foxglove art collective, and I did the first illustration on our digital Advent Calendar. I am a really process-oriented person and I love learning how others get to the images they do.  I hope you can learn a little bit from my process too! The "Noel Peppermint Bark" illustration started off as a doodle that I did in August...

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MATS A, Week 2: Home Decor

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Review of Week 2, MATS Part A which focused on Home Decor. We started the week with Monday's Mini Assignment which was "go crazy with paisley!"  And I did! I went ahead and went crazy doing different graphite illustrations on wacky paisley motifs thinking we were going to do bedding or bathroom textiles, maybe even upholstery or a room.  I imagined paisley swamps and bogs and that's where my head was when I started illustrating for this project... some kind of paisley pond world. And then we got the main assignment: plates.  One of the worksheets that came with this...

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Picante Dirndl

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When I was a kid, I loved comics.  I was a big fan of the "what-if" and alternate reality issues that comics would sometimes print.  This idea of "what if's" popped into my head as I posted about this past week's MATS Bolt Fabric Assignment, and it wouldn't let go. What if... I did make a dirndl out of my own fabric? I imagine it looking like this!  I used Burda's Dirndl Pattern 8448 as the basis for this visual mock-up. I think that would be really unique to wear to Oktoberfest 2015! Please note that I do not have any...

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Two-Part Nappies Revisited: Part 2

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A quick tutorial on how to make your own diaper inserts using my pattern (or your own drafted pattern). These diaper inserts require an outer waterproof cover of some kind, and will fit from newborn to 6kg+ (at least they're still working for us!). the absorbent inserts inner flannel / outer terry cloth Materials Absorbent fabric (German term in parentheses) such as flannel (Flanell/Molton), terry cloth (Frottier), hemp fleece (Henf), or jersey, etc...  Feel free to recycle materials you already have; like an old flannel blanket, an old sweatshirt, or a towel.  I use terry-cloth on one side because I like to...

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Two-Part Nappies Revisited: Part 1

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This post covers lessons learned in making diaper covers at home.  In cloth diapering, the outer cover is a waterproof barrier that prevents leakage.  These can also be used over regular disposables to prevent leaks, or just because they're really cute. After a few mishaps and lots of leaks, re-purposing PUL, and studying more cloth diapers, I think I've found a few types of cloth diaper systems that work for the little dude.  This particular diaper cover is a homemade version of Motherease's diaper cover the Air Flow.  It works really well with the diaper inserts I make at home...

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