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green screen printed constellation purses

Last year, I made these zodiac constellation purses for my handmade shop.

They were popular but I encountered a problem in the demand-supply department. While a lot of people were quite smitten with the constellation concept, the fact that they were somewhat personalized (zodiac and all that) was not good for sales. I had more than a dozen inquiries about a Taurus design but I managed to make only two.

Segue: At the risk of sounding positively loony, I was wondering if people of certain star signs attract other people sharing said star sign. I am Taurus and well, like I said, I had a good number of inquiries from people born under the bull sign. So, er… Taureans UNITE! Heh. Just a thought.

So anyway, for this year, I wanted to continue the constellation idea but I had to do away with the limiting zodiac concept. And so I went with the general starry sky look. 

The zodiac constellation purses have sewn details. This new version are screen printed.

Alas, I managed to make only six because I am still trying to figure out green film screen printing. Cutting out the design is the easiest part. Adhering said design to the screen is another matter altogether. My first attempt went stellar; the succeeding ones, not so much.

In other words, the new constellation purses ended up being as limited edition as last year’s zodiac ones. Life is funny that way.

I listed some of the zodiac purses for sale on the online shop, THIMBLECAP.

The rest will be available this weekend at the CIS Christmas Bazaar at Marco Polo Cebu (Nov. 29 – 30).

rubber to purse: DIY rose stamp

Step 1: Draw a rose on the eraser. Use dark pencil. Keep your lines consistent.

Step 2: Start carving the outer outline.

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Step 3: After carving the outer areas, carve around the inner lines.

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Step 4: Trim around the drawing. Practice stamp to see if your lines are consistent.

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Step 5: Practice stamp some more. Cat approval optional. 
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Step 6: Handstamp on fabric using textile paint. Let dry for five minutes. Iron to cure.

And here is the handstamped rose canvas in purse form:

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These purses are quite large, measuring 9 x 6.5 x 2.5 inches. I made several of this rose stamped design for the upcoming CIS Christmas Bazaar over at Marco Polo Cebu. It’s on the 29th and 30th of November.

I will also be posting one of the rose purses and some of the designs below over at the SHOP.

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the 2015 adventures of thimblecap girl

For Christmas last year, the boyfriend gave me everything I needed to start watercolor painting. I started painting forms right away but I stopped after several tries. I was using the wrong kind of paper, I realized half a year later.

Half a year later, I picked up my brushes again and let my inner rude lady out. I used good paper this time and eventually, proceeded to giving forms another chance. The best subject, I realized was Thimblecap Girl. Thimblecap Girl is the “mascot” of my handmade brand. She is a little lady who has a thimble for a cap. She has a cat named Lint. She lives in a house shaped like a sewing machine. She loves to garden and sew. She loves baked goods and books. She is whimsey personified (er… mini-personified?).

So I painted and painted until I had enough pieces for a collection. Well, a calender-size collection, that is.

This 2015 Thimblecap Girl Watercolor Calendar comes with 4″ x 7″ pages. They are printed on beautiful matte board 275 gsm thick.

The art for each month showcases a glimpse into Thimblecap Girl’s life.

January – her favorite tea set on a bottle cap tray | February – her downstairs desk | March – drying flowers

April – watering can on a die chair | May – sewing | June – zipper slider hook

July – her bedroom | August – gardening boots on a scrabble tile step | September – Lint playing with a ribbon

October – favorite satchel | November – radio and cactus on tea tin box table | December – buying bread

She has the sillies ideas, I tell you.

And she would love to bring a smile to your 2015 by letting her adventures and favorite things grace your wall (or desk or craft nook or bedside table).

The calendar set is available for purchase on my shop:

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Each set is priced at P300 (+minimal shipping fee within The Philippines). I will accept international orders but the transaction must be done via email {handmadewhimsy@gmail.com}. 

THANK YOU!