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!


  1. Congrats on the honorable mention, you deserve ît.

  2. Thank you Keli, you also deserve it! Congrats on the honorable mention! http://www.iseecerulean.com/photos/sanhl/index.html

  3. Hi Susi, first off a big congratulations on your honourable mention! :) Honestly I was so surprised some of those entries didn't place even higher, yours included! Everyone I've shown just ohhs and ahhs over your bookcases!
    I really love your plans for the tattoo parlour. The drawing looks fab! So much detail too. I personally have yet to be inspired by that kit but your idea looks like a lot of fun to execute. I have to agree that maybe focusing on the details and making the footprint work is better than getting caught up expanding. It's such a short amount of time!
    Can't wait to see it come together! :)

  4. Congrats on the mention! Your build was beautiful.

    I’m excited to see this new build. Your eye for detail is amazing!

  5. Honorable shout-out-loud! Congratulations and looking forward.

  6. My Congratulations to you Susi! Your Writer's Retreat is Awesome and I know that your Tattoo Parlor is going to be another Smashing Success as well!

  7. Congrats Susi, I really think that this is more than deserved.. :-)

  8. Congratulations! I am going to try and enter the contest this year. My kit has been on backorder for a month. I called and the shipment is hung up in customs here in the US. Hopefully miniatures.com will get it soon so they can ship them out.

  9. Hello :-). Congratulations! Your entry is beautiful. It looks like a peaceful and inspiring place.
    A tattoo parlor in miniature is an awesome idea, and you already made great things for it, like the ink bottles. I look forward to following your progress!

  10. Felicidades!!! Yo también creo que esa mención es más que merecida. Y estoy deseando que tu nuevo proyecto empiece a tomar forma porque me parece una idea maravillosa :)

  11. I'm so happy for you. Congratulations.

    I love your ideas for the tattoo parlor and can't wait to see your work on it.

  12. Felicidades!!!
    Tu nuevo proyecto me parece muy interesabte.

  13. Congratulations! Fully deserved! I am very interested in following your progress with the tattoo project.
    Hugs, Drora

  14. Congratulations Susi, that is so awesome!
    Thanks for sharing how you go about starting a new project... I might just try getting all my hand scribbles onto the screen it makes perfect sense to finalise it that way.
    Thanks Anna