When I travel to other places, I love going to markets where it's so interesting to explore all the unfamiliar things, particularly food, and especially fruits and veggies I have never seen or tasted before. So when I saw that this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge was "Otherworldly Botanicals", I immediately thought about strange fantastical fruits as a subject matter. So here is my new "Ambrosia" pattern design which I filled with graphic melon-like fruits on curly vines (of course, it HAD to have curly vines!)
Voting for this Challenge is now open and you can link to the Voting Page HERE. I would love your vote for this one (voting closes Tuesday Sept 20)!
This design is also now available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes, and you can SHOP this design HERE (in the Medium-Scale, it's also available in a Small- and Large-Scale too!)
And of course, I couldn't resist adding this design to my Spoonflower Shop in some other colourways too, see below! Each colourway also comes in 3 sizes. Click on an image to link to the Medium-Scale versions directly in my Spoonflower Shop!
When I googled "teamwork" to get ideas for this week's Spoonflower "Teamwork" Design Challenge, alot of images with people and mechanical gears came up. So that gave me the idea of adding fun faces into clockwork gears! But WHO KNEW creating happy faces would be so difficult? It took me alot of revising and adjusting to make sure the facial expressions didn't end up looking creepy or nefarious or troubled or weird...But in the end, I hope this one makes you smile!
I think this one would be great for Back-to-School too as I also intended it to encourage science, engineering, mechanics and STEM subjects!
Link to the Voting Page HERE. BTW: I entered the Dark Blue version, but when I asked in a Facebook group which I should enter, the consensus came back as the Cream version…then I missed the deadline to switch them. So Dark Blue it is!
Also check out the Dark version in my Spoonflower Shop!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Petal Solids Coordinates: In Bloom". Spoonflower has asked for designs that use 1, 2 or 3 of the requested colours which this week are "Coral", "Grass" and "Peony" (these limited colour palette challenges are amongst my favourites to enter)! Designers can use additional colours, but SF recommends not more than 4 colors total (not including Black and White) to ensure the designs coordinate well with their Petal Signature Cotton Solids. I initially was pretty happy to see this week's 3 bright colours (it made me think of jelly beans for some reason)...UNTIL I tried to design with all 3 colours together. For some reason, it just wasn't working! So I decided to Divide and Conquer: I paired each colour with another colour to create 3 separate colourways of my "Jelly Beans" design, trying to make sure all 3 would Mix & Match too. And here they are:
1. CORAL on Purple
2. GRASS on Citron Yellow
3. PEONY on Blue
Which one would you have entered? After going back and forth a bunch of times, I decided on #1: Coral on Purple. I just love the "neon-ness" of it! Aside from co-ordinating with the cotton fabrics, it sure would make some crazy wallpaper!
Voting opens today Thursday April 14! You can check out all the entries and vote at the Voting Page AND you can also check out my Spoonflower Shop too! All these colourways and more are available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Garden Party" and I had a really hard time trying to decide which design to enter. But I finally decided on my "Fresh-Picked" design because it has Fresh Veggies in Rainbow Colours! That just says GARDEN PARTY to me! Voting for this challenge is now open until Tuesday April 12!
Check out the Voting Page to see all the entries. And click HERE to see this design in my Spoonflower Shop!
**ADDENDUM: My "Fresh-Picked" design placed 24th (out of a whopping 1148 entries!) in the Spoonflower "Garden Party" Design Challenge! See all the winners HERE!
With thanks to The Indoorsy Project for this picnic mockup!
This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Neutral Botanicals Grasscloth" Wallpaper (Uh, Oh...Neutrals?!)
If you know me, you probably realize that I don't really do "neutral" alot! So when I saw this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Neutral Botanicals Grasscloth" Wallpaper, I felt some chagrin. But I rose to the occasion and created my "Gladiolus Garden" design in warm neutrals...And you know what? I like the soft colours! Then I realized: Neutrals Are Colours Too!!
OF COURSE, there is a more brightly-coloured version of this design in my Spoonflower Shop too, see below! If you want to check out the entries, head to the Voting Page!
And if you would like to see these designs in my Spoonflower Shop, check them out (and other co-ordinating designs) in my "Abstract Floral" Collection!
This is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Vegetable and Herb Gardens" Design Challenge! I call this one "Ratatouille" because it's full of eggplants and squashes, just like a classic ratatouille recipe! Eat your veggies! Check out my Spoonflower Shop and if you want to see all the entries this week and maybe cast a vote, check out the Voting Page too!
LAST DAY! Just a reminder, Spoonflower is offering BOGO 50% OFF Wallpaper Rolls, but this SALE ends today Friday June 18! Link to my Spoonflower Shop in bio!
Ever since I designed my "Akkorokamui" octopus pattern for the Spoonflower "Cryptozoology" Design Challenge in March (2nd image below), which some of you said you loved (which I thank you for), I've been wanting to design a sea-themed pattern design to co-ordinate with it. Then I saw that this week's design challenge is SEASHELLS so I thought PERFECT I'll design a seashells pattern to coordinate with it! Here is the result (first image): my brand new "Ocean Jewels" pattern! What do you think? This design is now available on fabric, wallpaper and home decor in my Spoonflower Shop in 3 sizes!
Check out all the entries at the Voting Page! And see all the designs in my Spoonflower Shop too!
SALE ALERT! Spoonflower is offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING Worldwide on Everything until Friday April 30 2021! And 15% OFF Recycled Canvas too!
WATCH OUT! The Akkorokamui Might Get You...This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Cryptozoology"!
To quote from one of my favourite 90’s TV Shows: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE...
For this week's Spoonflower "Cryptozoology" Design Challenge, I decided to make a design featuring the Akkorokamui, a giant octopus sea monster believed by the Ainu people to live off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, and feared by local fishermen. Given the subject matter, I tried to give this design a Japanese-style graphic design feel!
Check it out at the Voting Page and in my Spoonflower Shop!
FYI: Cryptozoology is the study of creatures, called cryptids, whose existence has not been scientifically proven or disproven (other examples: the Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti, Sasquatch or Chupacabra!) Cue: X-FILES theme music...
An old (and very creative!) school mate that I connected with again at my 35th high school reunion (yes, 35th!) recently asked me if I had any bicycle patterns on fabric. Sadly, I didn't, but it stuck in my mind so I created this design for her and made it available in my Spoonflower Shop on fabric, wallpaper and home decor. I call it "My Bike" because I remember how much I loved my bike when I was a kid (remember those tassels?) I wasn't sure what colours she wanted, so I created it in two nostalgic colourways: Mod Red and Black and Pastel Pink and Brown (she chose the first Mod Red and Black colourway!) I invite you to check out my Spoonflower Shop to shop hundreds of my designs on fabric, wallpaper and home decor!
For Art Directors and Licensees: This design is still available to license! Please contact me for info.
Because it's full of fruits, curvy florals and pastel colours, I entered my "Fruitastical" pattern in this week's Spoonflower "Rococo" Design Challenge! Nothing says "Spring" more to me than this design so I thought it was timely! It is now available in my Spoonflower Shop in both Small- and Large-Scale versions on all kinds of fabrics, wallpaper and home decor!
AND MAKERS TAKE NOTE! All Fat Quarters are still 50% OFF on Spoonflower but only until tomorrow Friday March 5 2021. Stock up now, sew later!
Check out my Spoonflower Shop and the Voting Page!
Pantone Colors of the Year 2021 Feature in This Week's Spoonflower Design Challenge: "Yellow and Gray"!
Here is my newest collection of fabric designs which I'm calling "Majolica" named after the gorgeous decorative pottery tradition! It includes some damask-inspired florals in vases and a geometric pattern in the 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year, "Illuminating" and "Dark Gray". I'm hoping to add more to this collection, but thought you might like to see it so far! I've entered the design on the left, called "Jardiniere" in this week's Spoonflower "Yellow and Gray" Design Challenge (closeup below too!) Thanks to all who let me know which design they thought I should enter! Check out this week's Spoonflower Voting Page!
AND FABRIC SALE ALERT! All these fabrics are now available in my Spoonflower Shop in this yellow/gray colour way and in a turquoise/gray colour way in two sizes. AND Spoonflower is offering 15% OFF on yards/meters of Petal Signature Cotton until tomorrow FRI Jan 29 2021! Link to my Spoonflower Shop!
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!
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?!
I’ve just entered my new “Retro Rattlers” design in this week’s Spoonflower “Brightly-Colored Reptiles” Design Challenge! This is something a little different for me...OR is it? What do you think, does this design still look like my work? I’m very curious to hear what you think. I am very much liking this graphic “look” and I find my work is always a bit of a tug-of-war between clean, graphic shapes and a more hand-drawn style. Not sure if others see that too?? See it below with a coordinating design I think emulates a closeup view of snakeskin! Check out the Voting Page to see all the colourful entries!
And I've just added this design to Throw Pillows in my New Shop...Check them out!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio