Whaaa-aat?! Brown and beige?!? Why not?! Here's my new "Local Colour" floral pattern (1st 2 pics below) that I entered in this week's Spoonflower "Earth Tone Throw Pillows" Design Challenge. I called it this because of some of the research I did using the photos I took at, and the "Flower and Plant Guide" I picked up from, the world-famous Butchart Gardens (a most amazing local garden) on my last visit, and some of the pics I've taken of Summer gardens and hanging baskets in and around Downtown Victoria.
I must admit I wasn't at first really enthusiastic about this palette, but I find I really love how rich and warm all the entries look! I surprise myself! So I did try out a few other new designs in this colour palette just for the heckuvit (see below)!
AND if you'd like to vote you can link to the VOTING PAGE HERE. But just a heads up...There are 1771 entries! WOW!! Is that the most ever?! Public voting for this challenge ends Tuesday January 31 at 3:00 EST!
You can also see these designs in my Spoonflower Shop by clicking on the images below.
Pictured: Dappled Ti Plants (above) and In The Groove in Dark and Light Earth Tones (below).
Apparently all parts of the charming Lily of the Valley plant are potentially toxic, and contain compounds which can inhibit the heart's ability to pump if ingested. It's rated a 1 on the Toxicity Scale (because ingesting it can cause serious illness or death) and a 4 (because its juice can cause a skin rash). I didn't know this until I started researching "Poisonous Plants" for this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge (voting opens Jan 12 and closes Tuesday Jan 17)! Here's my entry: "Lily of the Valley" in Spring Green! You can link to the Voting Page HERE!
If you'd like to see this design in my Spoonflower Shop, click HERE. It comes in 4 scales on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor (this links to the Small-Scale version)!
Check Out My "Danube" Design in the Jan/Feb 2023 Colour Issue of YAM Magazine! Enter the Magentaverse!
Very pleased to see my “Danube” wallpaper design in a Full-Page (!) feature about the Pantone 2023 Color of the Year "Viva Magenta" in the Jan/Feb 2023 COLOUR ISSUE of YAM Magazine! If you can't get your hands on the print magazine (out now on newsstands), you can check out the feature HERE! Enter the Magentaverse!
My son said this pattern design looks like a bunch of origami paper! But actually, the intent was to create a faux crazy quilt, so that's what this one is called..."Crazy Quilt"! If you look closely, you'll see woven and printed textile "swatches", some with "embroidery", including some "cross stitches"! So I've entered this one in this week's Spoonflower "Cross Stitch" Design Challenge! Public voting for this Challenge opens tomorrow Thursday January 5! You can vote at the Voting Page HERE (and I would love your vote for this one)!
BTW: I did the original motifs for this design as part of the Doodle-A-Day challenge offered by Rhianna Wurman of Ello Lovey in partnership with Spoonflower! This January-long challenge is on now. Find out more about the Doodle-A-Day challenge and how to join in at the Spoonflower Blog HERE! See below for my original doodle! And if you're on TikTok, be sure to check out Spoonflower's TikTok in January daily for some quick inspiring Doodle-A-Day videos based on each of the challenge prompts. I'll be sharing on Day 3: Fabric and Day 16: Gardening!
AND of course, I had to try it out in another completely different colourway! See below for the Orange Yellow Green colourway! Which colour palette do you like best?!
The "Doodle-A-Day" Design Challenge from Spoonflower and Ello Lovey is Happening All Month January 2023! Join Me on Days 3 and 16!
One of the things I like to do is to set aside time to just freely sketch and doodle because it helps me work out motifs and come up with brand new ideas. If you want to up your doodling game, follow along with the 4th Annual Doodle-A-Day Challenge, a month-long challenge first created by Rhianna Wurman of Ello Lovey and now in partnership with Spoonflower, to draw one doodle every day in January based on given prompts. This year’s theme is “Making”. Check out all the Info/Rules and Prompts at this Blog Post, follow along and doodle, and share what you create on Instagram! There are fun prizes for participating too!
To make it even more fun, be sure to check out Spoonflower’s TikTok where they will be posting artist videos daily for each design prompt. JOIN ME on Day 3: Fabric and Day 16: Gardening for my quick doodling videos!
Are you a new pattern designer who would like to try entering the weekly Spoonflower Design Challenges, but feel a bit unsure about it, or a seasoned pro that just wants some more inspo? If so, check out this Spoonflower Blog Post: “Top Design Challenge Tips from Spoonflower Artists”, in which I and fellow Spoonflower designers Kasia Turbak and Anna Aho share some of our tips for entering the Spoonflower Design Challenges and how they have helped us grow as designers.
Pictured below are just some of my designs that have placed highly (or won!) some past Spoonflower Design Challenges!
The 2023 Pantone Color of the Year is "Viva Magenta"! And My Entry for the Spoonflower "Viva Magenta" Design Challenge!
If you haven’t heard already, the 2023 Pantone Color of the Year is “Viva Magenta”, described as “a shade rooted in nature descending from the red family and expressive of a new signal of strength. Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, and a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative”. When Pantone announced their colour choice, I immediately started experimenting with this colour and the Pantone “Inspire” colour palette. See some of the results below, and check out more in my “Viva Magenta Collection”!
All of these pattern designs are now available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor! AND I entered my "Hana-Dark" Japanese-inspired design (first pic) in the Spoonflower "Viva Magenta" Design Challenge! I was a bit distracted over the holidays so I forgot to post about this Challenge earlier, but you can still vote until tomorrow January 3 2023!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio