Friday, December 14, 2018

Scandinavian Design

This week on Spoonflower, the design challenge is Scandinavian Design. My submission is in blue, orange, yellow and green with stylized birds and flowers. I drew the shapes in pen and ink, scanned them to the computer and completed the repeat pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Scandinavian inspired birds and flowers
You can vote here for your favorite Scandinavian inspired design until December 18.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Holiday Packaging

Cost Plus World Market is one of those stores that I can spend hours in, wandering around and finding nifty things that I just HAVE to have. Today, I saw super cute soap packaging for holiday gifts made by addison & gates and Castelbel.
I couldn't decide which to get so I guess I'll have to go back. 😊

love the velvet ribbon
how cute is that pom pom!
 a jingle bell to top it off
beautiful watercolor

Saturday, November 24, 2018

New Collage

I took a selection of my Asian papers - Chinese and Japanese and combined them with a vintage ticket from China and I stamped some Chinese characters on top. It's done on a heavy, handmade French paper.


Friday, November 16, 2018

Holiday Treats on Spoonflower

This week's challenge on Spoonflower was "Holidays around the World".  I chose Holiday Treats - mugs of hot cocoa (or hot toddy?) candy canes, and gingerbread cookies because nothing says the holidays like lots of yummy food! You can vote for this week's challenge here.

hand painted in gouache on bristol
the final repeat design
Since Spoonflower not only prints fabric but also gift wrap, I ordered some for the holidays.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Fair Isle Fashion

This week, the challenge on Spoonflower is "Fair Isle".

Growing up, back in the day, I had Fair Isle sweaters in every color. Some were purchased in Scotland with beautiful patterns, some were cardigans, some pullovers. These were the inspiration for my pattern. And who better to model the sweaters than a family of bears!

You can vote for your favorite Fair Isle design on the Spoonflower website, here.

Bears in sweaters drawn on smooth Bristol board
painted with gouache
a cozy cardigan
the final repeat pattern

Thursday, November 1, 2018

All the tea in China

With extra free time, I've been working on my design skills by doing some challenges from Spoonflower.

Spoonflower is a print-on-demand fabric company and every week, they have themed challenges. The submitted designs are voted on by your peers. I managed to make the top 25 on the last challenge but it's tough because there are some pretty awesome fabric designers out there.

This week's theme is "Chinoiserie". I submitted a tea-themed design. I watercolored my tea cups and teapots, scanned the illustration, and then designed my repeat fabric on the computer. This was quite a challenge for me because I figured out the repeat for the cups and pots first, and then had to make sure the background pattern also repeated. To set off the blue and white teacups and teapots, I used a dark peach background. And then I tried it with a blue background. Now I can't decide which I like best.

You can vote for your favorite Chinoiserie design on the Spoonflower website, here.

I drew my images in pencil on bristol.
added some shading with watercolor paint...
added the detail.
Option 1 - Peach background
Option 2 - Blue background
The designs on the tea pots and cups were inspired by Chinese batik designs
from a book my sister gave me.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

It's Calendar Time!

Finished my 2019 calendar a few weeks ago. This is is the 10th year I've been doing the letterpress calendars printed from my linoleum blocks so, I decided to do a special edition with 2 colors for most designs. It was definitely more of a challenge to design and print - twice as many blocks and registration on press. Available now in my Etsy shop.

Birds inspired by Aldo Londi's Bitossi birds
National Pig Day is March 1
Nothing says summer like an Adirondack chair
Mid century inspired candles
Twice the carving, twice the fun
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