One of our neighbors, and one of my son’s little buddies, is turning seven soon. She to celebrate with a Fairy Garden Party and needed invitations. Her Mom asked if I could help make the invitation and I quickly agreed. My only stipulation was that Tatum should create the artwork, because kid art is amazing. Tatum loves to draw, and I love to encourage this desire, especially since my children are pretty much just interested in Legos.
Fairy Garden Party Art
I asked Tatum to create a series of drawings for me and then scanned them into the computer. I traced over her art with my Wacom tablet, since that was the easiest way to isolate her artwork. You can read about other ways to clean up art here. I did my best to follow her lines and used the colors she picked to draw with.
You can see how the traced version is more solid, and I gave her fairies a little fuller hair. Both of these tweaks will help with printability while maintaining her artistic style. I loved the little ruffles she put on the bottom of her dresses.
Here’s another little kid created fairy
For the main artwork of the invitation, Tatum made a little fairy sitting under a toadstool by a tree stump. I traced each piece separately and moved the pieces around on the actual invitation.
I added in some of her flowers once everything else was in place.
Adding some texture
If you look carefully you can see that in addition to the “painted” background, the artwork itself has a painted texture. I actually made two of the paint layers and placed one on top of the artwork with an overlay effect.
Since I lost most of you with that written explanation, here it is in visual form…
This is the painted texture, all by itself in it’s own layer (created using this free Photoshop brush):
I copied this layer and dragged it on top of Tatum’s artwork layer. If you look you can see the layer appear twice in the layers panel. Most importantly, for the top paint layer (yellow box) I selected “overlay” for the blending mode (the bottom/”layer 3 copy” is set to normal). You can read more about blending modes here.
This little bit of added texture makes the painted graphic blend and meld with Tatum’s art and makes the invitation much more interesting.
Adding the text
Because I am a graphic designer by day, I have a ridiculous number of fonts on my computer. I perused through my font library and ended up using Freeland. If you’re not sure how to load and use fonts, check out this YouTube video.
I obviously changed some details in the invitation…
I love kid art; it makes me happy. I had so much fun making this for Tatum and encourage you to find creative uses for your own kids art. I scan or photograph my kids’ art and regularly use their pictures in our family albums. Hopefully sometime this year my son is working on illustrations for a Birds of Prey book, because science is how I can get him to draw.
If you lack graphics skills, feel free to contact me about prepping your kids artwork for a project they are working on. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel and check out my many free tutorials.