Voting is now open for this week's Spoonflower "Reimagined Damask Wallpaper" Design Challenge! I decided to enter my "Dreamy Damask" design with the Dark Gray background (thanks to all of you who let me know which colour you liked best!) I hope I chose the right one! In any event, all 3 colours (Dark Gray, Bright Purple and Red) are now available in my Spoonflower Shop in 2 scales (large and small) on not only wallpaper, but also fabric and home decor! You can check out all the fab entries at the Voting Page! Voting ends January 26 2021 at 3:00 EST.
Also check out my Spoonflower Shop for lots more of my designs on fabric, wallpaper and home decor!
This repeat pattern is adapted from my "Snake In the Grass" series of art prints (the 3 prints in the series are available in my own SHOP--check them out HERE!) I decided to make them into a repeat pattern because this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Hidden Hawaiian" and the whole idea behind the original series was to hide a sneaky cheeky snake amongst all the tropical plants! Perfect for this challenge, and a fun pattern design for fabric and home decor! Check out all the entries at the Spoonflower Voting Page!
It's 2021! And it's time to give you my overview of the 2021 Colors of the Year as chosen by various decor and paint companies, most notably Pantone. Whether or not you follow trends, I thought it would be fun (and maybe useful?) for you to see some of these all here in one place, with samples of how I've used them in my own pattern designs. Not surprisingly, most colours were chosen for their uplifting, comforting, calming, soothing, harmonious, optimistic and hopeful properties. If you're a designer looking for ideas and trends, or just someone wanting a 2021 re-fresh (don't we all?), see below. And scroll down to see summaries of how each company describes their 2021 color picks!
PANTONE: They say "Illuminating" ("warming and optimistic") and "Ultimate Gray" ("practical and rock solid") are "A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting".
GLIDDEN PAINTS: They chose not a Color of the Year, but an ACCENT Color of the Year, "Aqua Fiesta", which they describe as: "Happy and muted, this beautiful color makes a sweet space that is not overly vibrant".
BENJAMIN MOORE: They say, "Take a moment to reflect and reset. Intriguing, balanced and deeply soothing...Aegean Teal creates natural harmony".
GRAHAM & BROWNE: This is how G&B describes "Epoch": "This rich, deep amethyst" is "associated with royalty as the cost of pigments were so expensive--the color has a calming effect on both the mind and nerves, and it can be uplifting and trigger creativity".
HGTV by SHERWIN-WILLIAMS: They say, "Rich and empowering, Passionate is a bold red, that's steeped in history, merging modern design with traditional charm".
SHERWIN-WILLIAMS: They say, "Tap into nature with a hue whose warmth and comfort breathe down-to-earth tranquility".
And there you have it! If you have a favourite (or not?!), leave a comment here and let me know!
I think I'm in love (can I say that about one of my own pattern designs?!) The colours in this one just make me feel good (especially as I stare out at clouds and rain today)! This is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Small-Scaled Geometric" Design Challenge. All the motifs are created with geometric shapes (maybe with a bit of cheating in only a few of the small details). Although the challenge called for "small-scaled" designs (for face masks and apparel), I couldn't resist also adding a large-scale version as well (love it on wallpaper, pillows, bedding and that blanket!) Now both scales are available in my Spoonflower Shop (link in bio). Check out all the entries (all 1150 of them, wowee!) at the Voting Page! Think warm and dry thoughts!
Make...Create...Smile...Do...Care...Dream...All things I plan to do more of in 2021! This is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Packaging Design" Challenge (and it's the last one of 2020)! Spoonflower has asked its designers to come up with a design that reflects the values that mean the most to the Spoonflower community: family, uniqueness, self-expression and creativity. The winning design will be featured on its packaging in 2021. Very fun! You can vote at the Voting Page until Jan 5 2021 at 3:00 EST here: Happy New Year everyone...What words will you try to live by in 2021?!
My "Christmas Cheer" Background Pack is now live in the photo-collage app PicCollage, and available for you to make festive photo collages to send to all your family and friends. I'm not sure what is happening where you are but sadly it looks like where I live we won't be able to celebrate the holidays in person except with people from our own households. Maybe making a cheery collage with photos from this crazy year might be a creative way to connect. See below for the 12 pattern designs that come in my Christmas Cheer Background Pack! Hope you're managing to stay cheer-y and I wish you Happy Holidays. Here's to a Healthy 2021!
A bit late posting about this, but last weekend Dec 5 2020, Janine of Uppercase Magazine featured my "Elemental Series" in its ALL ABOUT YOU Newsletter which is delivered to subscribers every weekend! In the feature, I talk a bit about how the Series came about and the ideas behind it. Thanks for the feature, Janine!
Some of the ideas I've been playing with for a new collection I've been working on recently: unique colour combos, mix & match patchwork and pure abstraction and geometry! Although I'm working on another project (more about that soon!) that includes this new "Capri" pattern design, I thought it would also be perfect to enter in this week's Spoonflower "Create Room" Design Challenge which says: "The pattern you create should not only provide visual joy, but should inspire both you and others to create more", to use as a wallpaper backdrop in a DreamBox, an all-in-one craft room that folds away into a beautiful armoire, designed by Create Room. What do you think, does this design fit the challenge? In any event, I think it makes for a pretty cool bathroom! Check out the Voting Page!
This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Microscopic Worlds"! AND Happy Thanksgiving to my American Friends!
Here is my "Little Charms" design that I've entered in this week's Spoonflower "Microscopic Worlds" Design Challenge! It was inspired by the little gnome houses that I run by in my neighbourhood (scroll down to see a pic!) I'm sure kids must love playing here and I tried to keep that playful feeling in this design.
Check out the Voting Page to see all the entries, and have a look at my Spoonflower Shop! Something to inspire your imagination. AND Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, all the best.
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OH THE NOSTALGIA! When my kids were a bit younger we played lots and lots of tabletop games: Sorry!, Labyrinth (our favourite!), Clue, Blokus, Monopoly, Scrabble, Life, Yahtzee, Othello, Battleship, Carcassonne...Now that they're older teens, it's pretty hard to get them to sit down and play with their...parents. But we still bring a duffle bag full of games on driving vacations and always have fun playing in the evenings! And now I don't feel like I have to let them win!
So for this week's Spoonflower "Game Night" Design Challenge, I entered this abstract geometric design (the first one on the dark blue background) that emulates all those board game tracks with playing pieces. If you would like to see all the entries, check out the Voting Page! AND all 3 colour ways below are now available on fabric, wallpaper and other home decor items in my Spoonflower Shop!
I am honoured that once again my SHOP has been included in the November 2020 Issue of "the world's most influential design and decoration magazine" The World of Interiors Magazine! This time, my "Jardin-Gladiolus" fine art print is pictured in the Design Report (#22 on Page 169)! It can be purchased HERE along with the other art prints in my Abstract Floral Collection!
If you want to check out my SHOP, click here!
"Wild & Precious Conversations" Podcast! Listen to My Conversation with The Underbelly Project (Nov 5 2020)
I invite you to listen to the conversation I had with the wonderful Wendy of The Underbelly Project on the "Wild & Precious Conversations" Podcast (episode went live Nov 5 2020)! We talk about how I managed to start being creative again as a young mother, and to make creativity a permanent fixture in my life. We also discuss the on-going hard work it takes to be a licensed surface pattern designer, illustrator and artist, and how I keep on track, motivated and true to myself. We laugh a lot, and I hope you will too! Have a listen, and let me know what you want to add to the conversation!
Link to the Podcast here, or get "Wild & Precious Conversations" on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or anywhere else you get your podcasts!
My Entry in this Week's Spoonflower "Snail Mail" Design Challenge! And Spoonflower Sale Alert: All Fat Quarters are 50% OFF until Friday Nov 6 2020!
Here is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Snail Mail" Design Challenge! I just love the doodle-y feel to this and it makes me want to keep on doodling...I had a hard time deciding which one to enter, but after taking a poll, I decided to enter the first version on the dark background. It is also available on a light background and in a pink/purple pastel colour way (all are available in my Spoonflower Shop!)
Do you think I entered the right one?!
And I might get that blanket for myself, hey, my birthday is coming soon!
Check out all the entries at the VOTING PAGE and you can shop all 3 versions in my SPOONFLOWER SHOP!
DON'T FORGET: Spoonflower's 50% OFF all FAT QUARTERS SALE is still on until tomorrow Friday Nov 6 2020!
My New Calico and Elemental Series' of Art Prints are Featured in the Print & Pattern Blog (October 27 2020)!
I am honoured that my brand new Calico Series and Elemental Series of fine art prints have been featured in the internationally-renowned Print & Pattern Blog (October 27 2020)! For those of you who don't know, this Blog celebrates the world of surface pattern design and consistently ranks as one of the top design blogs in the world. Thanks to Marie Perkins (aka Bowie Style) for featuring my new work once again!
You can purchase these prints in my Online Shop!
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