This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Australian Flora". Being Canadian, I wasn't that familiar with Aussie flowers (although I did visit there and stayed for quite awhile many years ago), but when I did some research of Aussie plants, I just loved the flowers of the eucalyptus. So I designed my stylized "Eucalyptus" pattern and tried it out in several different colour ways. I love all the colours, but finally decided to enter the orange/pink/green one into the challenge. Did I choose the right one? What do you think? Check out the Voting Page to see all the other designs and vote your faves! Voting ends April 23 at 3:00 EDT.
One of the things we talk alot about in The Colour Gang is, obviously, COLOUR: where and how to get inspiration for colour palettes, what colours are on-trend (or will be) and why, what colour palettes do we like to work with and are characteristic of our unique styles, and how different colour palettes can change the look of a design completely. So one of the things we love to do is try our pattern designs with different colours, for example (which do you like best?!)...
OH and I thought you might like to see some of the photos of flowers from my garden that inspired this collection!
Wallsauce is an online wall mural and photo wallpaper company and they have a new comp in association with Rise Design & Shine! The brief is to design 2 wall murals based on the theme of Nature. The designs must relate to each other and may form part of a new collection! I chose to design for kids rooms. Wallsauce will shortlist designs, and then it will be put to a public vote! Wish me luck! Here are sneak peeks of the folk-inspired designs I submitted!
I use this pattern, called "Sunny With Cloudy Periods" as my phone’s wallpaper because it’s so happy and always makes me smile. Its now available on fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper (how fun would this be in a kids room?!) at Spoonflower and on home decor items at Roostery Home AND I just entered it in this week’s Spoonflower “April Showers” Design Challenge! Check out the entries on the Voting Page (voting ends April 16).
It’s here! Issue 41 of Uppercase Magazine which has the 3rd Edition of the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide featuring 100 of “the best in up and coming surface pattern designers”! I’m very excited to see my work featured with the 99 other amazing designers (including some of you whom I now know personally!)...Thanks to Janine Vangool for her wonderful magazine! Time to start flipping pages...
I just entered my "Butterfly Breeze" design in this week's Spoonflower "Pollinators" Design Challenge...Although not as effective as bees, butterflies are still very good pollinators! Check out the Voting Page to see all the amazing entries!
The last few weeks in The Colour Gang, a members-only online community, has been all about trends and colour! It has been great reading all the trend reports generously provided to Colour Gang members by WGSN and designing to them. Here is a sneak peek of a brand new pattern collection (just the beginnings!), which I designed with one of the trends in mind. Unfortunately, I can't share the reports, but be assured they are soooo inspiring! Which do you prefer: Yellow/Green or Pink/Blue??!
This months creative challenge in The Colour Gang is "Indigo"! So I couldn’t resist re-colouring my “Handprints” Collection in various shades of blue! Check out how different it looks in both the original colours (on the right, below) and in beautiful blue (on the left). I think blue is my fave, which do you prefer?
I Submitted My "Seashells By the Seashore" Design in this Week's Spoonflower "Nautical" Design Challenge"! Wish Me Luck!
I have just entered my "Seashells By the Seashore" pattern design in this week's Spoonflower "Nautical" Challenge! Would love your vote on this one (you can vote for as many designs as you like!) Here is a link to the Voting Page (voting ends April 2 3pm EDT). And here's a votingh hint: If you scroll on the voting page until all the images are loaded, you can do a page search for "unblink" to save time!
They Draw & Cook 2020 Wall Calendar Now Available to Pre-Order (Psst...One of My Illustrations is Included!)
Very pleased to announce that the brand new They Draw & Cook 2020 Wall Calendar from Amber Lotus Publishing is now available to preorder on Amazon! My illustrated recipe "Pasta Con Mollica di Pane" has been included! Check it out on the Amber Lotus Publishing website!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio