Transforming the Past: Spoonflower Design Challenge Entry

In the latest patchwork-themed Spoonflower design challenge, I chose to showcase my recent two-tone geometric designs. At first, I thought of a simple square layout, but then became interested in something more complex. After drawing out a few layout ideas, I came upon an old drawing of mine, circa 10 to 30 years ago, andContinue reading “Transforming the Past: Spoonflower Design Challenge Entry”

Contest Entry: “Small-Scaled Geometric” Design Challenge

Back after a long break with my entry for the latest design challenge at Spoonflower. For this design, I started with the beautiful colorway mentioned in Spoonflower’s Winter 2021 Trend Report blog post and added several tonal variations. Simple rectangular shapes were made interesting with overlays of tiny-scale plaid and stripe patterns. The result isContinue reading “Contest Entry: “Small-Scaled Geometric” Design Challenge”

New for Sale! Lacy Designs

These two-tone lace effect designs have a similar aesthetic to the paper cutout ones posted previously. However, these are more symmetrical as they are based on a mirror repeat. A modern take on traditional lace and also part of the “Spring is Weird” Colors Collection. Because of the two way symmetry (looks the same fromContinue reading “New for Sale! Lacy Designs”

Contest Entry: “Climbing Vines Wallpaper” design challenge

This design. There are things I really like about it and things I don’t. I’ll just leave it at that. I learned A LOT in the process, that’s for sure. Apologies for not posting on Friday. My mind was elsewhere on some personal things, and I totally forgot! Then I got drawn into the completionContinue reading “Contest Entry: “Climbing Vines Wallpaper” design challenge”

Challenge Entry: “Mushrooms” design challenge

Departing from the “New for Sale” posts today to show my latest design challenge entry, “the world is a magical place”. For this one, I channeled the mushroom drawing child of my 1970s youth, added a couple cats, quirky butterfly, and fun flowers. It fell flat until the extensive shading was added – quite aContinue reading “Challenge Entry: “Mushrooms” design challenge”

New for Sale! Minimalist Waves

I’ve got mushrooms on the brain. The next design challenge has a mushroom theme, and after a slow start, I’m really getting into creating my entry. More on that soon; in the meantime, here are two more new designs recently put for sale. Today, I’ve chosen showcase my two “Minimalist Waves” designs. The first, choppyContinue reading “New for Sale! Minimalist Waves”

New for Sale! Retro Laminate Tabletop Wannabe

This design, my entry for the Pastel CafĂ© contest a while back, was inspired by the old school Formica laminates of the 60s/70s. In our house, I recall a Formica bathroom countertop in pinks and also barely remember an older kitchen table, possibly in silver on white. To make this design unique, I’ve used differentContinue reading “New for Sale! Retro Laminate Tabletop Wannabe”

New for Sale! Paper Cutout Style Designs

Lots of new and lovely designs are being made available for sale in my Spoonflower shop! It’s a slow process, as I’m trying to balance much in my design life. For now, I’ll be adding blog updates on Tuesdays and Fridays. Most of the first set are in a paper cutout style. All are partContinue reading “New for Sale! Paper Cutout Style Designs”

30 Day Design Experiment, 16 of 30

Pineapples! A while back I did a “Happy Drawing” a day and posted them here. Most would not be easily translated into repeating fabric designs, but these pineapples seemed doable, and they turned out pretty cute. Adding texture and shadows made a big difference. I admit, they look more like paper cutout versions of pineapplesContinue reading “30 Day Design Experiment, 16 of 30”

30 Day Design Experiment, 15 of 30

Here’s the second version of the Whimsical Jungle design, differing from the first because it’s been rotated by 45 degrees. This one is also my entry for the Tropical Surrealism Wallpaper design challenge at Spoonflower. Voting for that contest will start Thursday. First, fat quarter, test swatch and yard views: Now, the mock-ups. Wallpaper today,Continue reading “30 Day Design Experiment, 15 of 30”

30 Day Design Experiment, 14 of 30

Today’s design, “Whimsical Jungle,” has two versions, this one, and another rotated to be on the diagonal, which I plan to post tomorrow. Because this one was complicated and time consuming, I’m counting it as two “experiments,” even though it’s really variations of one design. Here’s how it looks on fabric – fat quarter, testContinue reading “30 Day Design Experiment, 14 of 30”

30 Day Design Experiment, 12 and 13 of 30

Yesterday, I spent most of the day working on a somewhat complicated design for the Tropical Surrealism Wallpaper challenge at Spoonflower. I’ll post that one in the next few days. In the meantime, I’m back with two new shaped flower pillow designs. First, here are Mod Flower Shaped Pillow 4 and Mod Flower Pillow shapedContinue reading “30 Day Design Experiment, 12 and 13 of 30”