happy holidays

I’ve been learning how to turn my water color sketches into patterns. I talked about it last week here. This week I wanted to share with you my first water color placement pattern. My next goal is to create a hand drawn and a water colored font. FUN!

2015 Xmas Card

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happy turkey day

Happy Turkey Day weekend from North Lake Tahoe!

Photo taken by Piet Canin

I’ve been working on creating repeats with water colors. I’m loving this technique. I take an original water color and scan it into Photoshop; clean it up and then import into Adobe Illustrator, where I make it into a vector and create a pattern. Here is a peak at some of my simple watercolor motifs.

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Below is the Illustrator half drop repeat. I’m loving the half drops as they hide the pattern better.

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k

crushing on dottie angel and color

I LOVE me some color!

Here are some new colors I’m crushing on at the moment and want to use in my next crafty art project or pattern. The dresses are from dottie angel.  I whole heartedly admit that I have a HUGE crush on her. Love her blog, her style and her sense of ease. Sadly, she no longer blogs and has temporarily shut down her etsy site, where she sold these gorgeous smocks. Maybe some day, I’ll get to meet her in person.

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I just bought the smock pattern and am going to attempt to sew my first smock. You can buy the pattern here. What I love most about dottie’s smocks the upcycled fabrics and of course the inspiration for this post, the COLOR.

Simplicity Pattern

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k

tea towels, pink stuff and pierogis

My latest project has been so fun thanks to Spoonflower. My Aunt sent me two of my Nan’s recipes and I had them printed on linen-cotton and sewed them into tea towels for her birthday. Here are the recipes that are in my Nan’s handwriting. I scanned them and uploaded into Spoonflower.

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I had them printed on linen-cotton fabric. A fat quarter was just the perfect tea towel size. Spoonflower is currently running a special 2 for 1 fat quarters, if you are interested in making these.

Printed Fabric

Before I sewed them, I washed and ironed the fabric. I created neat, mitered corners. Never knew that there was such a thing as a mitered corner.

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I then sewed them up on my mom’s sewing machine that she just gave me! I love the machine. Just got it all oiled and it is humming nicely.

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And viola, tea towels.

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I got the idea for this project from Spoonflower’s new Handbook. It has lots of wonderful projects to try. If you would like to buy these recipes on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap, Check out my store front at Spoonflower.

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sketching characters

Last week I started the last module of pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor. This module is called The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. The first week has been all about drawing. We’ve gotten lots of great prompts that are completely out of my comfort zone like: people, animals, robots, lions and aliens. It’s been fun to draw. Below is a peek at my sketches throughout the week.

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summer and design competitions

It’s SUMMER! That usually means fog here in Santa Cruz.

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So, I’ve been looking for fun things to cheer myself up and I found two design competitions that may be of interest to fellow designers.

The first pattern contest is with TigerPrint. They were formed in 1996 with ten people that worked out of a small office in Brighouse, West Yorkshire designing cutting edge card and wrap designs. They now have over 200 employees and offices in Bradford, London and Hong Kong.

TigerPrint has a monthly brief and this month it is called Characters Everyday. The competition is all about designing characters for Tigerprint’s Everyday range. Think male, female and love. Characters could be people or animals or objects brought to life. Check out the link for the brief. The deadline for patterns is June 15.

The second set of contests is with Spoonflower. They have a weekly contest and have two great briefs called Lemonade and Llamas in June.

Lemonade – Fresh lemon juice, water, and sugar come together to make this very delicious, very thirst-quenching summer drink. Do you like it sour or sweet? Deadline for entry is Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, June 25th, 2015.

 Llamas – It’s time to travel to the South American Andes mountains to show your llama love! Give a go at creating a lovable llama themed design. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, July 2nd, 2015.
Check them all out and have fun!
k

spring/summer 2016 colors

I just completed the third pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This module is Monetizing Your Designs. We’ve been learning about freelancing, licensing, and manufacturing. Lots of GREAT information and I highly recommend all three modules.

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As part of the this module we got access to WGSN, trend forecasting services. The website is packed with tons of information such as image libraries, design libraries, clip art, forecasting, color tools, image library, design tools, market intelligence, and MORE! I highly recommend check it out.

Here is a sneak peak at the spring/summer 2016 colors.

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I like them muted and soft. I’ll have to put together a pattern with these colors.

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surtex

This week Surtex is happening in NYC.  Surtex is the premier event for selling and licensing original art and design. This year it is on May 17-19 at the Jacob K. Javits convention center. They are anticipating having over 6,000 attendees from all over the world. Some day I would love to have my artwork there, being represented by an agent. Here are a couple of the artists that are being shown there that caught my eye when I was browsing the participants from my warm bed in Santa Cruz.

Jenn Ski’s beautiful collection called Tiki Tok. She has such a wonderful mid century feel to all of her designs. Check out her website.

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Irene Chan’s super cute children’s designs is below. Her designs are fun and playful. Check out her website Eneri, which is Irene spelled backwards.

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Below is an illustration from Helen Dardik’s. Her blog is called Orange you Lucky. Super cute with tons of bright colors. Here is her website.

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monetizing your designs

We’re in the second week of the third pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This module is Monetizing Your Designs. We’ve been learning about freelancing, licensing, and manufacturing. Lots of GREAT information and I highly recommend all three modules.

The 2016/2017 Autumn/Winter trend report at PatternBank is out and available. 2017 is looking like there will be lots of lovely colors and I love the patchwork patterns. You can buy a copy of the report on their website.

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Been working on a pattern for Pattern Mash and was featured on their website along with other designers. Here is the pattern, which I would love to make into a tea towel.

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Does anyone have any recommendations on manufacturers for tea towels in the US?

What have you been up to this week?

Kyrrha