Could you please point me to some Autistic owned stim stores? Thanks!
Sure! Please note, though, that unless otherwise specified, these stores are based in the US. For those willing to shop from neurodivergent-owned businesses (as distinct from specifically autistic) there’s a little more choice. If you’re not in the US, you’re very likely going to have to pay extra in conversion and shipping costs (which is why I don’t use ND-owned as a basis for what content goes on this blog, as cool as it is to support fellow autistic and ND creators).
If you’re an autistic crafter and you’re not on this list, it’s either because I haven’t yet heard of you, I’ve committed the terrible crime of forgetting you or I’m unsure if you’re autistic (as per the brief). Please comment; I will add your name and details!
I’m pretty sure most folks have heard of Stimtastic by now (@stimtastic), but on the off chance someone hasn’t, I’ll mention it! I don’t believe anyone has had any negative experiences with their order; the linked Tumblr is packed full of happy customers saying great things. There’s everything from fidget toys to chewables! I love my braid pendant, scented vial necklace and - while I didn’t buy it from Stimtastic because I found it here in Australia - crocheted stress balls. @werevampiwolf makes their bead rings!
@yuuriandviktorkatsuki runs UK-based Etsy store Chloe G Crafts, where she currently stocks handmade bead bracelets and soft crochet bracelets, and will stock fidgety things made from split rings.
If you know more autistic-owned places to buy great toys, please let us know by commenting on this post or sending in an ask. Tumblr has stopped showing the notes in all reblogs, and we now get traffic enough that I (mod K.A.) don’t have the spoons to click on every reblog to see if there’s been an addition. We can’t miss comments, so you’ll help us a lot by commenting. Thank you!
totally diggin’ the style of these stickers and patches by asildastore — the color schemes, the fonts, the retro illustrations, the outdoor-lovin’ themes, even the surrounding product photography is RIGHT ON. i know kaia would love these too!
Also I can do wire bound notebooks now, currently I only have one type of wire though so if anyone would like a larger A4 size for any of the printed notebooks I offer (like the vocab or genkouyoushi books) I can do custom orders! I hope to also add plain A5 wire bound notebooks soon!
hey I loved your kirby adventure art and I was wondering if you could make a lil tutorial for drawing in that style/ which brushes/ what software you used. thks! ⭐
Sure! I actually have some process work from these, so I can share a little bit about how they were made! :) Fair warning - it’s going to be less “tutorial” and more “here’s a look into how this happened”.
I started off with some super tiny super rough thumbnails, after researching old timey travel posters and the intro animations. For reference, each of these thumbnails is about an inch wide, maybe? and also all of them were drawn on a train so they’re EVEN MESSIER than usual, lol
Those turned into these rough sketches, where I tried to hammer out
compositions and focal points and (vaguely) value contrasts…
…which then I painted on top of in Photoshop using Kyle’s Ultimate Pastel Palooza brush. I usually go with the Fat Fun Spongy or the Ultimate Oil Lush, but those are good for blending colors and for this set I wanted things more opaque and distinct so as not to muddy up those gorgeous NES palettes~
Here’s an example of what a half-finished painting might look like, and the guidelines and layer conventions I was using.
Anyway, hopefully that’s at least a little bit helpful! Good luck with your own art-making endeavors!
Inked Adventures Fold-Away RPG Grid Pocket-sized dry-erase battle mat for 1 inch scale roleplaying. One side depicts flagstone flooring - originally hand-drawn line-art, and the other is a useful standard grid. It all packs away in a playing card sized clear plastic box. Hand made for the Inked Adventures Etsy store: