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Community Stuff => How Do You Use Inkscape? => Topic started by: brynn on December 03, 2018, 11:36:02 PM

Title: coloring pages, quilt designs
Post by: brynn on December 03, 2018, 11:36:02 PM
Hi Friends,
Maybe I'll just get the ball rolling by posting how I've been using Inkscape lately.  I just use Inkscape as a hobby.  I'm not really much of an artist, but I enjoy the creative process, and it's just fun for me.

I have this idea of producing coloring books, just like what you can buy for children in the grocery store (or other stores) which are usually line drawings of cartoon characters.  But what I'm doing would be more for adults.  And since I haven't figured out how to publish a book yet, they are just coloring pages, which I've uploaded to our gallery, and which people can download and print out, if they like.  Here they are:

Mostly I've just made geometric designs, because I'm not a sketch artist, and I can't just draw things freehand.  But hopefully I'll eventually find people who want to contribute, who can do that kind of drawing.  Then I'll get serious about publishing a book, and learn how, and the profits can be put back into Inkscape.

Also, there's a subset of the geometric designs I've made, which are quilting patterns.  I'm not a quilter, so I'm not sure how real quilters handle this.  But if I were going to do it, I would want to practice which patterns I want to make, and what kind of color scheme.  And it makes sense to me that it would be easier to print out pages and color them, than to actually buy fabric and cut it out, to decide what kind of finished result I want.  Or on the other hand, these quilt patterns also are geometric designs which could be fun to color in different ways.

It's interesting as I research these old quilt patterns.  Often I find myself thinking about pioneer woman, or other women even before American pioneers.  I think how they must have passed their precious paper templates of their favorite patterns, down through generations, from mother to daugher and aunt to niece.  How could they have ever imagined computers or computer software?  Or even mechanical sewing machines, much less computer driven quilting machines that they have now!

If you'd like to write up something more like a story or article, there's an effort to start a new feature on the Inkscape website for this.  We can put you in touch with the right people.  Just let us know.  Otherwise, please feel free to post about it here, whether you use Inkscape professionally or as a hobby.
Title: Re: coloring pages, quilt designs
Post by: Goldy on May 13, 2019, 12:49:28 AM
Coloring pages, how many years back... searching and printing for my kids... I like your commitment to your goal!
Could you give some more informations on the last topic, as for writting an article or what for Inkscapes wesite?
Title: Re: coloring pages, quilt designs
Post by: brynn on May 13, 2019, 05:20:00 PM
We don't really have a system set up for it yet. 

I think the general idea is that Inkscape users who want to share about their project would write up a short article about it, showing how Inkscape is used, and showing images of the results.  I mean, I can see where you might not want to show your personal scrapbooking pages, but you could make up an example.  The main point is to show all the many ways that Inkscape can be used.

Then someone would review the article.  You know, make sure everything is understandable or something doesn't need further explanation.  Or I guess it could be done like an interview, if you didn't want to write it yourself.  We really haven't nailed down the system yet.  Although we probably would not turn anyone down, if they wanted to share their experience.

Moini might know more about it than I do?