Adobe Illustrator Homework

This semester, I decided to take an Adobe Illustrator eCourse through a local college in Sacramento.  So glad I did, here are a couple of samples of my homework projects.

First project was to take a TV or video remote and recreate it to be as realistic as possible.  I did show it early in the semester, but I like what I created:

rasterized AI file for class

rasterized AI file for class

Next project was to take an interior image from a magazine and recreate it using certain color pathways and lighting.  Here is what I turned in:

class project by Carola Barrett

class project by Carla Barrett

The most recent project is a package redesign- where we had to search for a grocery store product in need of a design overhaul.  Here is my label for this beef product:


Personally, I like the white/blue ribbon in the product logo I made.  The cow art is also mine; here is a close up of this white-faced hereford:

AI art by Carla Barrett

AI art by Carla Barrett

Taking a class like this is great!  It stretches your skills, challenges you to try something new, plus I love to design.

Of course, if it were up to me, I love the first cow I drew for this project  (see below), then decided it was too un-sophisicated for a product design.  Still, it would make a terrific Carla quilting design:

Copyright design by Carla Barrett

Copyright design by Carla Barrett

Can you say Moo?


Metal Play Day

Who says you can’t combine metal and quilting??  Yesterday, I trekked over to Faith’s house in Lodi, CA (remember the song about Lodi? LOL!) where Faith kindly shared with me how to etch metal.  It was FUN!!  I am hooked on etching now.  Here’s my first attempts:

Sorry for the blurry image, but this next one was handwritten quotes, then dipped in liver of sulphur for a nice patina:

The last 3 photos relate to my patina experiments:

Last up is a necklace in progress… I need to wax it, then assemble the necklace pieces together:

I hope you enjoyed the show… I am now loving this class since I have gotten over my hesitation of the new medium.

Last reminder….  I am currently offering a fiber art freeform scarf in my Fall blog giveaway.  Click on the link to win this:

Regards, Carla

Shopping Therapy

With my Metal Arts class this semester, I have a good reason to engage in some shopping therapy- all in the name of education!! Today, I visited a lapidary store and picked up a flex shaft set to use on my metal homework.  A flex shaft is basically like a Dremel tool, only on steroids.  It has a foot control like a sewing machine too.

I also bought a sheet of 24 gauge silver and this terrific book:

Never thought I would get so excited about buying sheets of metal.  I will eventually turn the silver into jewelry…well eventually.  I’m still learning all the tools and techniques right now.  I’ll show you more homework one of these days.

DD Amy, the artist, needed a mom taxi to the doctor today, so I was a nice mum and drove her about.  Thank god for cell phones, I could drop her off, then run across the street to the quilt store and visit with friends there before receiving the phone call to come pick her up.  This is the way the world should work, I’ve decided.

Tomorrow, I have got to work on the bargello quilt,  I still need to finalize my quilting plan.  It seems I get side tracked by real life.  Hugs, Carla