Corey I. Lindner, Youthlink Writer
The summer went by quickly, didn't it? As you prepare for back to school, if money is scarce and won't necessarily stretch towards the purchase of a new school bag, why fret when you can use the old to bring about a new? With the help of illustrator and designer Kori Thompson, here's how to upgrade your old school bag to remain trendy and ahead of your class!
- HB2 pencil
- Fabric ink/acrylic paint
- Carbon paper
- Paint brushes
- Ballpoint pen
CONCEPTUALIZE A DESIGN
Remember, the bag will be paraded in an academic setting so the design needs to be one that is appropriate. One of the easiest, safest and most acceptable things to designs is your name.
APPLICATION OF DESIGN
Place an object with a hard and smooth surface beneath the area on which you'll be applying the design. This is in an effort to minimize the chances of mistakes that will result in shabby-looking artwork. If you doubt your abilities to replicate the design, or if it is very intricate and detailed, then use carbon paper to transfer it on to the bag.
Apply the ink/paint to your design as neatly and as meticulously as possible. Apply it lightly at first and then do a second coating to make colours brighter and louder.
By the time you're through filling the design, the ink should be dry, but wait at least five minutes after you are finished just to be sure. Choose the colour of your preference and outline the design to make it 'pop' or stand out using a Number 2 paintbrush.
Using a Sharpie marker, you can add some more clarity and edge to your design. Intelligently outline key areas of the entire design that will make you achieve these things.
This is the final stage where you'll add detail to the previously filled in area. Be free to express some individuality and creativity - you'll be the carrier of it after all.
If you want to transform your old school bag to celebrate the new school year, give graphic artist Kori Thompson a call at 417-4792!
To view more of Kori's work, visit his Facebook page KDOT Designs (http://tiny.cc/q3jwiw) or follow him on twitter @kdot876.
Kori Thompson poses with an old school bag that had stains which were later covered with his clean-edged design. All the work was completed in less than 30 minutes.