♥ Welcome to the World of Magnifica ♥
Just like the real world, Magnifica is part information (the blog), part expression (the project galleries), part communication (your feedback here in the comments, or on Facebook or Pinterest).
Over time I hope to expand the blog and projects into a collection of designs and patterns which celebrates our cultural diversity and innate creativity, and also the artists – you, designers, colourists and crafters – who express their creator self through drawing, colouring, or textile, paper or other crafts.
With few exceptions like templates, all final designs are entirely freehand drawings, without using rulers or repeating patterns with a computer program, and many of them are original size. They may not be as “perfect” as computerized drawings, and often they don’t turn out mathematically exact, but it gives them the feel of an original. It also makes it easier for you to add lines, patterns and ornaments of your own before you start colouring in.
I’m rather tempted to fill my more spacious designs with details like doodles and tangles, but I also want to encourage you to change things, not to take them as they are. So before you lay aside a design as “too boring” or “too simple”, why not try this:
Take a black pen or fineliner and add something of yourself to the design.
- Double up some lines or reinforce them.
- Add ornaments and embellishments
- Fill shapes with patterns or mini doodles.
- Draw a fancy frame around them.
- Tile them and connect them by drawing some “grouting” between them.
- Add shading and shadows.
There are zillions of possibilities, even before you start colouring in!
And if you’re into tangles, use the lines as starters or strings.
Need inspiration? Have a look at my Pinterest board Ideas for Doodles, Tangles & Mini Patterns.
Or take a design and turn it into something else, like an embroidery pattern, a quilt, a stained glass window, a rug, a jumper, a mosaic… If you’re into certain crafts, you’ll recognise those designs because they will “talk” to you.
Talking of talking…
Just like the real world, Magnifica is whatever its population – that is you – makes it. Communication is not a one way street; it’s your contributions that will help me shape and grow Magnifica into a world you’d like to
I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Maria Hoffmeister ♥