How I designed the Anne & Diana enamel pins!

Hello, friends!
Today I'm launching my first-ever set of hard enamel pins on Kickstarter!
You can get all the details here.

Designing the Anne & Diana Enamel Pins

The design process for these pins started with some tiny, 1" scribble-sketches in the back of my one-year project planner.

(Side note: this planner has become an inspiration/idea catch-all in addition to weekly project to-do lists and I'm really loving it!)

Next, I opened Clip Studio Paint and sketched the idea again digitally. The finished pins will be about 1.25" tall, so I scaled my sketch accordingly!

I used a black brush to draw my final line art over the blue sketch. The black lines are on a new layer so I can easily hide the sketch when I'm finished.

And here are the lines without the sketch behind them! The lines show the part of the pin where the metal will show.

Now the fun part--color! I chose the colors from a Pantone color chart to help make sure the actual pins are more-or-less the colors you see here!

Since using more colors = more $$$ for manufacturing, I tried to limit my palette and reuse colors as much as possible (green eyes and green leaves, blue flowers and dress on Anne; pink bow, dress, & lips on Diana).

To give you a better idea of the finished pins, I changed the color of the lines to silver or gold and added a hint of shine, then put a drop shadow behind to give a bit of depth.

I'm super excited to share this design with you, and if you're an L.M. Montgomery fan or an enamel pin fan (or both!) I hope you'll check out the project and share it with your friends!

Thank you so much for following me on this new adventure into pin-making--I'm excited to see where it will lead me, and I'm so glad to have you along!


P.S. Remember that Imaginarium is now on Amazon--or you can read it online!