It’s still crazy-hot here (and probably where you are too) which disinclined me to go outside and saw, sand and paint.
But that has given me time to focus on new designs for Halloween and Midsummer Scream.
I was, pleasantly, thrown last year when several people came by the booth looking “this year’s” coaster to add to their collection.
I didn’t know that was a thing.
I’m a collectible!!!!! Step aside Beanie Babies!
OK, so these designs have always been a fun collaboration between Geralyn and I (me? myself?). We brainstorm, kick around ideas and then I work out the designs and there is more kibitzing. Lather, rinse, repeat. You get the idea.
And I thought maybe you might find seeing the evolution of an idea interesting.
(Or not. I could see “not” too so if your first thought was “no I won’t” this probably isn’t the post for you.)
Also, I feel compelled to say, up front, that I am not a graphic designer. I have zero training and this is not a tutorial. If any of you ARE graphic designers and I’m giving you hives with my font and layout choices I apologize.
I’ve never been fully satisfied with any of the previous Frankenstein designs. This year I started off trying to do a new one until we veered off into ideas that seemed a bit more Bride of Frankenstein and that kinda clicked!
I wanted it to look like an old add and I needed a “bride” image.
The hunt for Public Domain images lead me down some internet rabbit holes but I ended up narrowing in on Antique Brassiere Advertisements.
(which must have really messed with those Google tracking bots that are supposed to match you up with advertisements you might respond to).
Google Bot 1: OK, he’s into women’s antique underwear……
Google Bot 2: Got it! I’ll alert the police and you send him ads for Queen Victoria’s Secret to keep him distracted.
I liked how the woman’s hair in the Debevoise and Reduso ads kind of looked like the Bride of Frankenstein and I liked the layout of the “pretty girls” ad.
and laid in some of the phrases Geralyn and I had played with
A little boring.
….More brainstorming with Geralyn.
Needed a bit more space and some balance at the bottom. Move the “try” to gain some space and add a black bar.
But still not right. It needed more bells and whistles.
I went on over to The Graphics Fairy -an AMAZING resource if you don’t know about it – and grabbed a few banners to try out and changed the text a bit.
Oh, and maybe it would be better if she looked a different way? So I flipped the bride (sounds like a euphemism) – seemed like it made her more involved or something.
Cool. Better. The “friends” text wasn’t really doing it for me and it was all a bit squished.
Also, she needed a little more hair (I can sympathize)
And it needed something more dynamic up top.
Pretty good! The blacks give some dimension and moving the text at the bottom around allowed me to make it a bit larger.
Almost there……juuuuust need to correct the spelling of “Elixir” (thanks Julie!)
A border, some antiquing texture and “dirt” (hard to see – sorry) it’s looking pretty good!
It needs a few more tweaks but what do you think? Do I have “this year’s” coaster or should I work up something else?
We’d toyed around with Frankenstein’s Salvage Yard or Igor’s Yoga and Pilates Studio (the latter mostly because I wanted to use the phrase “NamaSlay”)
Tomorrow I really do have to go outside. Wish me luck!