December 27, 2018

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

So, there we go! After 10 months of re-fighting illness, moving to a new house and changing my job, I finally find the time and motivation for miniatures again. Since my last post in February, I did not touch any miniatures, but "the best way out" of this vicious circle was "always through" and what needed to be done is finally done. I missed blogging so much and I missed you my friends!

First of all, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!

I hope you had a great time this Christmas. Having moved to a bigger place than before, I and my husband were able to invite over my family for the first time ever for Christmas and we spent a couple of unforgettable days together - lots of laughs, good food and cookies - too many cookies! 

I do not have anything to show you yet, but I'm starting over with the Tattoo Parlor idea. I did not participate to the Creatin' Contest this year after all, (also the kit was too expensive to ship to Europe this year because of the weight) so I'm working on designing the base at this moment. Once I put some walls together, I will post some updates. Until then, enjoy the holidays!!!

- Susi

February 10, 2018

Initial drawings of the tattoo parlor

Each time I start a new project, one of the first things I do is to draw what I have in mind for the final project. This allows me to better focus on what needs to be done and I can decide from the start on what materials I will need. The easiest way to do this for me is to take the initial picture of the kit I'm going to work on and then to draw the basic outline in Inkscape on top of the picture. Once I'm done, I delete the original picture so that the outline remains. If I'm not going to use a kit, then I directly draw the project according to the measurements I chose.

At this point I'm ready to go. I often surf trough the web to get some ideas, such as what kind of door to create, or what the windows should look like and I collect all these little ideas by drawing them directly into the basic outline. I change the outline as needed while I draw. For this project, I decided not to change the kit much. I'm just going to add some pieces on the outside and merge the windows on the left side to allow a better view into the shop:

This is where you can be really creative, below is what I came up with. It's not yet there but it allows me to see what steps to take next. Generally, once I start working on the kit some of the initial ideas get replaced with others, but at least, this allows you a quick start.


Once I receive the kit (not yet in stock for international orders), I will also have a similar approach for the interior of the tattoo parlor. I will draw the ground 1:1 on a sheet so that I can decide about where to put which furniture. But more on that on another post. 

In the meantime, I received some awesome news and I can finally share it! My 2017 Creatin' Contest entry the "Writer's Retreat" has won an Honorable Mention! YAAAY! To be honest, this year, I was not expecting to win anything, as I was not 100% happy with my project. I wanted to do much more and did not have the time for it - this is also another reason why this year I will not change the new kit much; "more detail than size" is my motto this time. Nevertheless I'm extremely happy for the recognition and this is a great motivation to keep doing what I love the most. 

A Writer's Retreat - 1:12

Although only the honorable mentions are announced yet, it looks like a lot of great projects have been submitted again this year and I can't wait to see all the other entries! You can find them here.

Have a great weekend!

January 29, 2018

Tattoos everywhere!

I think I might have found a way around to turn the new kit into a tattoo studio. I just can't shake this tattoo parlor idea out of my head and keep coming back to it. Given that I work full time, spending the rest of my remaining free time on two separate projects (tattoo shop + contest kit) will be almost impossible, I think I will have to combine these two and make at least this one project work... On the other hand, I decided to share my progress on the contest kit with all of you this year, so I hope that this blog will finally see some more entries on a more regular basis and that I can get some helpful feedback from all of you!

I'm still trying to put the approximate visual of the final building on paper - not many changes to the basic kit to be honest, but in the meantime, I am pretty happy with the color scheme I chose after trying lots of different options:

To these colors, you will need to add some brown leather chairs, a blue/gray/brown rug, black preferably metal cabinets, a white ceiling, good lighting, and the gold poster frames...

In this tattoo studio, the artists mainly design old school tattoos and the decoration will be a mixture of old school and modern. Despite the sterile environment, it will be also a cool place to hang out and to get inspired for the next tattoo.

In the meantime I ordered some led strip light in red from AliExpress, to create the "Tattoo" sign outside of the store. I never used such a strip before and don't know if it will do what I expect it to do, but this is also the the most fitting material compared to what I had in mind in order to create the "Tattoo" sign with red light outside of the store. According to what I read, these strips can be cut and bent, so it should fulfill it's objective. But more on this later.

That's it for today, have a great start into the week!

Hugs, Susi