Rebekah Melchert

Illustrator + Paper Whore

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The Girls

I made these clothespin dolls as Christmas ornaments and created DIY kits that I sold on Etsy. I decided they would be my inspiration for this class. I love that they can wear whatever I want them too (even if it doesn't match) and their hair can be any color--even polka dotted. :) 

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As a part of my process, I like to sketch everything that comes to my mind in regards to an assignment. Some really awful, some ok, some didn't make the cut. I just try to get all the ideas out. From this "paper brainstorming", I pick the ones I like the best. I had 8 pages of sketches to chose from .

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I used tracing paper (and a black liner) to isolate my favorite doodles from the not so favorite. 

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I then scanned my "tracing paper winners" and printed them out on cardstock. 8 pages of pencil drawings, to ONE 8.5" x 11" piece of paper. I find that the "tooth" of watercolor paper is cumbersome to scan (for me) so I usually paint on cardstock. (Which, yes, does wrinkle sometimes.)

The colored motiffs:

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The finished patterns:

The randomly placed hodgepodge:

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Or the more linear version: Which looked really cute as wrapping paper.

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But, I'm a huge sucker for patterned pajama pants. :)

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