Victoria Johnson's excellent 5-week course "Create Collections" finished today. I really recommend this course if you are a surface pattern designer who wants to create gorgeous pattern collections (who of us doesn't?) for fabrics, home decor, etc. It is well-paced and really teaches how to focus and think about every step that goes into creating a collection: colour palettes, designing placement prints, understanding secondary and coordinate patterns. If you are interested in learning more about Victoria's courses, check out Victoria Johnson Create Explore! Meanwhile, here is a peek at the collection I designed during the course!
I decided to enter my "Pink Flamingos" pattern design in this week's Spoonflower "Paint By Numbers" Design Challenge because it reminds me of all those black velvet paintings...remember those? You can link to the Voting Page here to see all the entries!
I NEED MORE VOTES! I thought I would post this gentle reminder that my "Butterfly Garden" and "Rainbow Floral" wall mural designs have been shortlisted in the Wallsauce Design Competition, and the winner will now be determined by Public Vote. Voting CLOSES May 31 at Midnight (UK time), so it's down to the last few days! The prize is a licensing agreement with Wallsauce! If you could take a quick moment to vote for my designs, that would be lovely! All you need to do is go to this Blog Post and enter my name "Jackie Tahara" in the comments and remember to Send Comment! That's it! THANKS to all who have voted for me already, very much appreciated!
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This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Fitness". Although many entries have fitness themes I interpreted the challenge to be about designs that would look great on fitness wear. So I entered my Japan-inspired "Lotus Pond" design because I think it would look great on yoga wear! What do you think? Vote for your fave designs at the Voting Page!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Abstract Minimalism". So taking Morse Code as my starting point, I designed this new pattern design which I call "Secret Message". I really put a lot of thought to the colour palette and like how it really references mid-century modern design...If you want to see the entries and vote, here is a link to this week's Spoonflower Voting Page!
I just started a brand new pattern design course from Victoria Johnson Create Explore called "Create Collections" and have been developing colour palettes and drawing new motifs (butterflies, moths and florals so far!) and thinking about how different types of patterns co-ordinate to make a larger pattern collection. Sometimes it really helps to have someone guide you through their process which really makes you think more deeply about your own design process. So, I started with these two placement prints. I might adjust the colours a bit as I get more into the collection, so stay tuned for more to come! Repeats!
I have a SMALL and QUICK request! I have happily been shortlisted (with 11 other artists) for the WALLSAUCE Wall Mural Design Contest and now I need your VOTE! The brief was to design 2 related “Nature” murals, so I submitted my “Butterfly Garden” and “Rainbow Floral” designs, with the idea of turning a child’s room into a magical fantasy landscape. The prize is a licensed wallpaper collection with Wallsauce (eeee!) The final stage of the contest is by Public Vote—all you need to vote is go to the Wallsauce Blog and comment with my name Jackie Tahara at the bottom of the blog post, and remember to “Send Comment”. Very quick and easy! It would mean a lot to me to win! With gratitude…
I just submitted my “Summer Folk Fest” design to this week’s Spoonflower “Small-Scale Summer” Design Challenge! Rather than thinking of the beach, I was inspired by all those summer music festivals I’ve been to: psychedelic tie-dye, flowers and...peace symbols! Head to the Voting Page to see all the entries and vote if you like! Voting ends May 7 3:00 EDT.
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio