I'm excited to debut this new surface pattern collection! Inspired by the french riviera here is my Sea Stripes collection:
New pattern collection now available, Honest Marks:
I'm delighted to announce that I have been shortlisted into the top 8 of the Printsouce Competition! The winner will receive a free booth at the Printsouce show in August 2017 to debut their patterns in New York. I would like to thank Rachael Taylor and the Make It In Design team for giving me an extra push with this amazing online course, The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. I've really learned a lot and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about surface pattern design industry!
Here are the patterns that I entered:
May has been one of the busiest months ever! I've completed a lot of client projects and also a lot of class assignments! I've been taking The Ultimate Portfolio Builder with Rachael Taylor. It's a great class packed full of information. It really pushed me to keep on making new work! Here are some new designs I've made for this class:
In addition to Rachael's class, I've also been taking Make Art That Sells Home Decor with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau. It's another great class packed with info! I'm having a lot of fun with it and am enjoying exploring paintings for products. Here are my recent boards:
This is my second time taking the home decor class and I'm really glad I took it again. I'm finding it easier the second time around while still learning a lot. It's quite addictive once you start adding your designs to products! I really like the endless possibilities I see in this market. So much fun!
Last week I had a really fun day in Santa Barbara and snapped this shot of my husband wading in the ocean. It's also the final week of the Make It In Design Pattern Bombing challenge so... I pattern bombed the ocean with my watercolor seaweed design. I hope you like it!
I've had a very exciting past two weeks taking a class called Creating Collections for Home Decor. I have really learned so much from Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau of Make Art That Sells. I have always dreamed of designing for home decor so this course has been amazing for me. Week 2 was all about techniques for printing on fabric and Week 3 was all about glass. I especially enjoyed learning about glass. It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of patterns on different substrates. Here are some photos from my process for weeks 2&3:
I tend to work in watercolor and acrylic inks a lot, but after exploring a lot of patterns in these medium, I decided to try out my acrylics for some fresh, new birds. I was so happy with the results! I have never painted on cardboard or chipboard before but it was very fun to paint on. Here are some of my birds:
After a lot of scanning and color adjustments, I put together some ideas for my collections. I just love the idea of scale and texture involved with home decor. It's so exciting to think about products of all sizes and dimensions. Here is what I came up with for Week 2 working with fabric:
For Week 3 working in glass, I wanted to do a set of bird plates and really got carried away with lots of additional ideas! I was really happy with the way my watercolor mosaic turned out and could see it as a large piece of wall art with some metal type to ground it. I would also love to have a set of the gold patterned wine glasses!
I am super excited for the release of my fabric collection Sunnyside for Windham Fabrics and to celebrate, I'd love to show you how to make your own fabric sun with it! This is a really fun project to try on the weekend if you want something eye-catching for your wall! This would also look great in a nursery, making a perfect baby shower gift.
What you'll need:
- Sunnyside Fabric from Windham
- 12 inch ruler
- Mod Podge Matte Glue
- 20 in. x 20 in. Canvas
- Blue acrylic paint
- White acrylic paint
- 1 flat paint scraper or a piece of cardboard
- 1 white square of felt
- 1 Paintbrush
- 1 Small Foam Brush
- Spray bottle
- Paper Plate or other surface for gluing
- Drop cloth to protect the floor
Place your canvas on a drop cloth and begin creating your sky background by adding some blue paint. Pour the paint directly onto your canvas, then smooth it out with a scraper tool, piece of cardboard or a plastic knife. Spread the paint around adding texture. Using some water and a foam brush continue spreading the paint around on the canvas until you have covered the entire canvas. If you want, spray a bit of water on it when you are done and let the water soak into the paint, leaving splatter marks for added interest. Let it dry.
While your blue background is drying, take your fabric and flip it over. On the back side of the fabric, take a 12 inch rule and draw two straight lines angling out slightly to create your first sun ray. Cut them out one by one into about 12 inch strips. Feel free to vary the widths of the rays for added interest.
Optional: Take a break from cutting your sun rays to add a layer of white paint over your blue background after it's dry. Pour some white paint directly onto the canvas. Spread the white paint with your scraper vertically and horizontally to create a cloud texture over the blue sky. Spray some more water to give it texture. Let this dry and continue cutting out your sun rays.
Once you are done cutting your sun rays, take a CD and draw a circle around the yellow fabric for the sun center. Take a white piece of felt and draw a circle around that too. Cut out your sun centers.
Once your canvas is dry, take your sun rays and begin to place them on the canvas. Arrange them however you like. I like to alternate warm and cool colors to give it variety. Once you're happy with the layout, remove the sun and set it aside for later.
Using Mod Podge Matte glue, an old paintbrush and a tray or paper plate, begin to glue the rays one by one. Lift up one ray at a time. Add some glue to the canvas and place the ray onto the glue. Add some glue over the top of the ray and smooth out the fabric with your brush. Repeat for each ray all the way around your canvas.
Once all of your rays have dried, add the white felt circle to the center of your canvas. Add glue beneath it, place the felt onto the glue then add more glue over the top. Now add your fabric sun center to the top of the glued felt. Once dry, add more glue to the top of the sun center. Now your canvas is almost ready!
Continue glueing the rays around the edges of the canvas to the back of the canvas. Once it's all dry, your sun is ready to hang! Don't forget to sign and date it on the back.
I spent this weekend fully emerged in Pattern Camp with Jessica Swift and I'm SO glad I did! Since it was also my birthday weekend, I was not sure if I wanted to spend it working or not, but I decided to take the plunge anyways. Learning about patterns is just too fun to pass up! I have taken pattern classes before, so I was not a total newbie, but I really enjoyed her approach. I absolutely loved it!
Warning: This class is EXTREMELY fun!
Jessica broke it all down into manageable bite size chunks. I cannot recommend this class enough if you are interesting in learning how to make patterns. At first I was worried that I wouldn't be able to keep up with a class in such a short time frame, but I really liked working this way!
I was so inspired, learned more about Illustrator and started a new collection of patterns called Charmed Lace. I created a mood board and made new drawings for the collection. I also used some of my ink drawings from Inktober. You might recognize my women's shoes drawings here. I even made a repeat out of one of my abstract watercolors!
I've made some color updates to my Sip & Savor collection. I'm especially excited about this pattern design I had on hand called the utensils toss. It's fun to see what a new background can do for a design. All it needed was a burst of color! I've also added a wine repeat design with some very rich berry reds and pinks. I also have updated my tea time design which is now available in two more color schemes, soothing blue and canary yellow. Happy Friday everyone!
I've finished my first assignment for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers. Hooray! The theme was based on cuckoo clocks and we were told to design them for an iphone case. I was really excited with the theme as it reminded me of my trip to Germany many moons ago! I remember being fascinating by a specialty store filled to the brim with these cute little clocks. All of the different clocks were cuckooing out of sync in a haphazard but charming way. As I started sketching, it started to sink in just how much detail there is in one single cuckoo clock. Oh my! I sketched my way through several cuckoo clocks. There were many directions to go in! At first I was drawn to the bavarian folksy dancers, and then I turned my attention back to the birds. I wanted to put a more modern twist on the house, but keep the sense of nature and whimsy that naturally comes with clock.
This was a good but tough and challenging assignment. I enjoyed playing with my textures and layers but really tried to push myself with the colors. Also I am a "put a bird on it" kind of girl, so it was a natural progression to really emphasize the birds. I think this assignment challenged me to refine my process and keep a really close eye on color. You can see here my first colors were softer and more pink, then I explored a much warmer palette which I really liked.
One small breakthrough I had was in the way that I combined the watercolor elements with bits of flat color to give it more contrast. I really like the way it gave the birds more "pop". I am still refining my process, and I definitely would like to work on my presentation more. It's even more challenging seeing so much amazing artwork roll in on Facebook. I love to see how everyone has such a different style even when the same subject matter is presented. I'm looking forward to the next months assignment and would like to keep developing my process and my style. Here is the final case that I submitted:
Once I was happy with a case design, I had some more time to work on coordinating patterns. Yippy!! I really loved making the bird pattern, and had fun playing with elements such as the musical notes (reminiscent of my visit to the cuckoo clock store). I also really liked exploring the clocks repeating on a dark background. I really had a blast working on these coordinates!
I've had a busy month prepping my new website, working on my portfolio and finishing up my work over at The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design, Module 3. I can hardly believe class is over! I've learned so much this year with all the classes I've taken and have enjoyed the process along the way.
Here is some of my most recent work: