And They Call It "Puppy Love"! My Entry For NEXT Week's Spoonflower "Funny Valentine" Design Challenge! Happy Thanksgiving!
My "Puppy Love" pattern design is my entry for NEXT week's Spoonflower "Funny Valentine" Design Challenge! Maybe it's more "cute" than "funny", but I kinda think the guy with the glasses and tall head is pretty funny! You can link to the Voting Page HERE, and Public Voting for this Challenge opens next Thursday DEC 1 (I had thought voting started this week, but there's a break for Thanksgiving!) Don't worry, I'll remind you next week! Happy Thanksgiving!
Even though I've just added my new "Bug's Life" repeat pattern design to my Spoonflower Shop, it actually has a very LOOONG history! The individual bugs are amongst my earliest designs created when I was very new to surface design. I originally sold them individually as Greeting Cards and Art Prints at various craft fairs and in my (now closed) Etsy shop. Then I revised and re-coloured them, and now sell them as Graphic Tees in my TeePublic Shop (check out my "Creature Features" Album there to see them, called "Retro Bugs")!
AND THEN...I put them all together into one design to make this repeat pattern! They're now available in all 4 colours in Small-, Medium- and Large-Scale versions on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor! I guess I've never really been able to completely archive these colourful bugs over the years and always seem to return to them. And funny enough, for this repeat design, I went all the way back to those very first, original colours!
I thought this design would be perfect to enter in this week's Spoonflower "Flash Tattoo Sheets" Design Challenge (I entered the first version on Hot Pink) because the strong outlines and colours would make some pretty darn cool tattoos IMHO! Public Voting for this Challenge opens today Thursday Nov 3, and closes next Tuesday Nov 8 at 3:00 ET! Check out the Voting Page to see this week's entries!
Click the images to see the Medium-Scale versions in my Spoonflower Shop!
Spoonflower's Craft Friday is a FREE online event happening on Black Friday (Nov 25) with the goal of offering a fun, crafty, creative alternative to the madness of one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Through a series of short-and-sweet video tutorials offered throughout the day and featuring varied creative projects taught by talented artists/makers, Spoonflower hopes to encourage families and friends to craft and make together, learn new skills, and possibly even create something to gift to loved ones during the holiday season.
JOIN ME: “Make a Doodled Coloring Pages Gift Pack” At 2:00 ET
I’m very excited to announce that my “Make a Doodled Coloring Pages Gift Pack” Video Tutorial will be included as part of Spoonflower's Craft Friday event this year, scheduled to go live Nov 25 at 2:00 ET!
JOIN ME to learn how to make this low-cost, homemade, artistic gift idea, starting with my downloadable Doodle Prompt Pages which will set you off on your doodling journey. No artistic skill required! Once you have created your own collection of coloring pages, I’ll show you some quick ideas for packaging them up nicely, ready for gift giving. And don’t forget, now that you have a Doodled Coloring Pages Gift Pack (or someone gives you one!), you can then have tons of fun coloring them in too! You can make this Gift Pack on your own, with kids at home or in the classroom, and it makes a great party activity too. Fun to make and receive!
Get all the info you'll need to join in at this Spoonflower CRAFT FRIDAY Blog Post where you can download my Doodle Prompt Pages and see what simple supplies you’ll need to participate.
And be sure to check out all the other FREE creative sessions that will be offered!
Don't forget to PRE-REGISTER!
Just in case you want more doodle inspiration, check out the surface designs I’ve created with some of my own doodles in my “Coloring Book Designs” Collection in my Spoonflower Shop!
Hope to see you at Spoonflower's CRAFT FRIDAY on November 25 at 2:00 ET!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Barkitecture", described as decorating spaces specifically for our animal companions. I wanted to do something "stylish", so I thought about creating a straight-up 1980s Postmodern-style design. But given the theme I decided I needed to incorporate some paw prints! So here is my alliteratively-named "Postmodern Pet Paw Prints" design in the original Retro colour palette that I entered in the Challenge (first pic below)!
Voting for this Challenge opens today Thursday Oct 27 and closes next Tuesday Nov 1. Check out the Voting Page HERE (I would love your vote)!
And this "Postmodern Pet Paw Prints" design now comes in several colourways and 3 sizes in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor! You can find them all in my "Pet Themes" Collection in my Spoonflower Shop. Scroll down to see the other colourways below!
With thanks to @theindoorsyproject for this mockup.
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Unexpected Still Life Wall Hangings". Here is my entry, called "Flower Burst" which is also sized for Tea Towels on a Fat Quarter fabric size! I just decided to go crazy with flowers for this one. I entered the first Teal and Coral Orange one because it was the only one I managed to finish before submissions closed (adapted from a repeat pattern I created a little while ago), but I did create it in two other colourways too (see below)! All 3 colourways, Teal and Coral Orange, Purple Red Pink and Moody Neon Brights, are now available in my Spoonflower Shop! Do you have a favourite?!
Voting for this Challenge opens tomorrow Thursday Oct 13 and you can link to the Voting Page HERE. I would love your vote for this one, thank you in advance as always!
Or CLICK on the IMAGES BELOW to see each one in my Spoonflower Shop!
Which colour palette is your favourite, I wonder?! I'd love to know, you can reply in the comments below!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Recipe Wall Hangings" and I was a bit stumped with what to do. But then I remembered I had created an illustrated recipe for this warming and delicious "African Yam and Peanut Soup" a little while ago, but then archived it. So I had a look at it and started fooling around with it...radically changed the colours, altered the layout, changed the text a bit...Then I thought, "Hey! I'll enter it!" So here it is, as entered!
Go have a look at the designs this week, they're all sized specifically for Spoonflower Wall Hangings and Tea Towels (on a Fat Quarter size)! You can link to the Voting Page HERE. As always, I would love your vote for this one! Voting opens tomorrow Thursday October 6.
If you like, you can see this design in my Spoonflower Shop! It might make a nice gift for that upcoming, ahem, holiday...
If you're curious, I thought it would be interesting for you to see the original colours and layout of this design (see below). I LOVE how it is always possible to breathe new life into a design. As they say, NEVER throw anything away! I originally designed this illustrated recipe for the "They Draw" website (when it was still called "They Draw and Cook"). If you want to have a look there, click HERE!
My Entry For This Week's Spoonflower "Fika (Swedish Coffee Break") Design Challenge Has Balloon-Style!
If you don't know, FIKA is the Swedish tradition of taking time for a coffee and cake break every day. But aside from what you eat and drink, it's really more about taking time to pause and socialize with friends and colleagues. Sounds pretty good to me!
I've entered my new "Fika Swedish Pastry and Coffee Break" pattern design in this week's Spoonflower "Fika (Swedish Coffee Break)" Design Challenge! Look closely so you can see just how fun these flowered mugs of coffee and pastries are! I created them in a puffy "balloon-style", using a tool that I just recently discovered in Adobe Illustrator. Voting for this Challenge opens today and closes Tuesday September 27. You can link to the Voting Page HERE.
BTW: I couldn't help trying this Illustrator tool out on a few other designs. Scroll down to see the fun results! All these pattern designs are now available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes! Click the images below to see them in my Spoonflower Shop in Medium-Scale (Small- and Large-Scale also available)!
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!
This is my entry for this week's Spoonflower "Victorian-Era Florals" Design Challenge which I call "Victoriana". And of course, I couldn't help trying this new design out in several colourways: (1) "Midnight Blue" (for an antique kinda faded effect), (2) "Parchment" (nice soft colours) and (3) "Aubergine" (because I had to try some brights, as usual!) I ended up entering the first "Midnight Blue" version, and it seems you all agree that this colourway was the right one to enter when I asked a couple days ago via social media, YAY!
If you would like to vote (voting closes Tuesday Sept 13), be sure to check out the Voting Page HERE.
And you can check out this design in my Spoonflower Shop too!
This week’s Spoonflower Design Challenge is “Birding” and here is my entry I call “Birdwatching Love”! Scroll down to get a little peek at the process behind this design. If you would like to vote, you can link to the Voting Page HERE! I would love your vote for this one! Voting closes Tuesday Sept 6.
And BTW: this design is now available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes!
See below for a little sneak peek into the early sketching behind my "Birdwatching Love" design! It's fun!
WHOOPS! I just noticed I forgot to post about LAST week's Spoonflower Design Challenge which was "Crochet Granny Square"! So, here is the design I entered which I call, appropriately, "Crochet Granny Square". Scroll down to see the INSPIRATION behind this design! Unfortunately, voting for this Challenge is now closed, but you can vote in THIS week's "Birding" Design Challenge (see my next post!)
When I saw the Spoonflower "Granny Square Crochet" Design Challenge, I immediately thought of the blanket I bought at a garage sale years ago (see below). Ever since then, my husband has been trying to re-sell it at the many garage sales we've had but I've always said "No way!" One of the things I really love about this blanket (aside from the handmade-ness and obvious love that went into making it) is the randomness of all the bright colours. So although the design I entered doesn't entirely copy this blanket, I really tried to capture that colour randomness (and btw: I do realize that my design doesn't have squares)! You can now purchase my "Crochet Granny Square" design in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes!
I've Entered My "Danube" Floral Pattern Design in This Week's Spoonflower "Retro Floral Curtains" Design Challenge!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "Retro Floral Curtains" and I've entered my new floral "Danube" design in a gorgeous Royal Blue! My retro idea was to use all those bright and groovy 60s colour combos that I love: Blue with Turquoise, and Pink with Red, and Purple for good measure! If you'd like to vote, check out the Voting Page!
And BTW: this design is available in my Spoonflower Shop in 3 sizes and in other colours too (scroll to the bottom to see)! And you can SHOP this design HERE!
Duvet cover, pillows and curtains shown below are Large-Scale!
Wallpaper shown below is Medium-Scale!
My "Danube" floral pattern design is also available in my Spoonflower Shop in Ecru (left) and Moss Green (right) in Small-, Medium- and Large-Scale versions too!
My Entry for This Week's Spoonflower "Dark Academia" Design Challenge: "Cabinet of Curiosities" and a Fun Coordinate!
My new pattern design "Cabinet of Curiosities" is my take on this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge theme: "Dark Academia". I really had a hard time trying to decide what to do for this one (I think I spent a day staring at a sketchbook, sketching, then flipping the page, repeat...) But one of the suggestions for topics was "specimens", which made me think of Cabinets of Curiosities, giving me an excuse to draw all kinds of fun little oddities and use dark moody colours! AND I thought it would also be a fun option for Halloween projects too (after all, it has animal skulls, jars of eyeballs, bones, spiders, claw hands...)!
Voting for this Challenge opens today Thursday July 28 2022. Check out all the entries and maybe vote for my entry (!) at the Voting Page HERE! Voting closes Tuesday Aug 2 at 3:00 EDT!
And you can go to my Spoonflower Shop and check out this design which is now available on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes!
And of course I couldn't help adding a fun simple coordinate to pair with this design! My "Cabinet of Curiosities Eyeballs Coordinate" is also now available in my Spoonflower Shop (see below)!
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is "1970s Throw Pillows" and here is my entry, "Dreamscape"! OF COURSE I couldn't resist trying out this design in a bunch of other colourways too (see below), but I did end up entering the first Coral Orange version.
Check out all the entries at the Voting Page. Voting ends Tuesday July 26 and winners will be revealed on July 28!
And if you want to see my Spoonflower Shop, CLICK HERE! This design in all these colours is available on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor! Stay tuned for more colourways too!
I've entered my "Corfu" design in this week's Spoonflower "Cheerful Checks" Design Challenge! This design and it's colour combination were inspired by a trip I took a long time ago to that Greek island! If you would like to see all the entries and vote (and I would love your vote!), you can link to the Voting Page HERE! Voting closes next Tuesday July 19 2022!
And this design is now available in my Spoonflower Shop on Fabrics, Wallpaper and Home Decor in 3 sizes! Check out my Spoonflower Shop HERE!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio