That’s what I call that area that I tap into. This is what falls out. This time a jovial shark and his friends from under the sea. These are the elements that have been sketched out, watercolored, and then placed in a pattern.
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In a few weeks my blog will be changing and there will be a few big announcements headed my way. Hopefully we will have some very large giveaways with my products and art. So if you have not followed me then go ahead and give a follow here on my blog. Thanks for joining me and hope to see you soon. In the meanwhile have a creative day.
Do you have a memory of spring or any season? That color, that when you see it, it brings back memories of that season? The fun you had, the feeling of adventure?
That is what happens when I see designs or patterns, add some color to those things and it takes me right to those wonderful feelings. It doesn’t have to be seasonal either. It can summon up a memory of a movie. To this day, I can describe a color or colors in a movie that perhaps my number first born child and I saw. Robert Downey was in one movie and I remember the color red and filter the director used. I can’t recall the name, but I can describe it to my first born and she knows exactly which one I am on about. Incidently, the name of the movie was “In Dreams”.
While working on some patterns last night, I tried to put in some of the colors that reminded me of this season, spring, Eastor for some of us; the brightness of the flowers, the varigated leaves of the plants.
All these items shown here are available for purchase at RedBubble and Society6, or you can just click on the image and it should take you right there.
I am so excited for spring. The time for growth and new beginnings. It is also the time for pruning those things that are no longer useful. It’s time to plant new ideas and new concepts and practice new ways in doing things. Its time to embrace the learning class of life, and sign up for an exciting corse.
To celebrate new starts I have put together a great little pattern. Blue Pansies, that have been watercolored, and then placed in a pattern. This year I plan on doing a lot more flowers, but giving them my own spin.
First things first
As you all know I use Society6 and RedBubble to give my creations the ability to be made available to my friends, family and fans. So here they are. I have picked out just a few to show you, but you can click on to the link provided and it will take you to what ever store you prefer for more products.
Zazzle has also come up in the world. They are now producing leggings with all over print. I also do a good deal of selling with fabrics from them. Like I have said in a previous post I am cleaning out the store over there to make it easier for my clients to shop. This is my leggings collections, I will add to it as I go along. You will have to forgive me I am working alone in the studio. Days of organizing have to be carefully fitted between days of painting.
My imagination know no ends. This singing family of sheep sing the most beautiful music. Get them as a print or a bed linens or bathmats or hand towels. Just what ever to put where ever to let your mind wander to the lands where sheep sing.
As some of you know I enjoy making patterns and designs and some of my designs have made it to my Spoonflower shop. The more I sell there the more I up load. I have been extremely busy with some other endeavors so my poor shop has been a bit over looked so I am trying to show it a bit of love.
Projects that are just too cute
Here are some fantastic projects that I have created using my fabric that I have in my Spoonflower shop.
I am hoping to do a project a bit later with one of my favorite people, my daughter, who has designed some designed some diapers. This would be so exciting for me to design some fantastic patterns for her to work with. She is so talented. Fingers crossed.
What ever you wish to call that soft voice, inspiration, creativity, muse, that image that just wandered in. It is this, this voice of creative flow, that must be obeyed. For as soon as it enters no one knows how long it will stay, and just as quickly as it came, it can leave. Where does it go? It goes to another outlet another artist, so that it can get out. Nothing personal, just the way that it flows. Like steam that tries to escape from a boiling pot, so does that creative flow.
How do I hear it? I spend my free hours preparing for it. I sketch ideas. I look at images and imagine and let my mind flow where it wants to. That is when those creative thoughts come in and start to form. Soon I am drawing something that can best be explained as a “feeling”that this is right. My inner creative voice has never asked me to do anything that I was not capable of doing. My journey in getting it to the finishing point can be filled with a learning, and different techniques, but it is like a road trip with a best friend.
My Newest Collection
Meet Ming Ming the Yoga practicing cat. Available here at Society6
You can check out the entire product line here on Society6
These images are just a few of the products that have my designs for a complete listing visit my Society6 Store. If you don’t see one of my images on a product that Society6 offers just let me know I’ll be glad to work with you.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this news flash comes right off the press and into your hands. Society6 announced last night their selection of “Robots on Green Blue” and “Robots on Gray Pattern”, for their store! I can’t tell you how excited this reporter (and artist and proud owner of the little dickens) is.
Before I get too lost in accolades
(yes, thank you, thank you, yes it was a complete surprise) here is the link that you can go and express your love by clicking the heart next to the little darlings.
Why of coarse you can! But be warned that will only encourage me. I shall be forced into making more little beings, or sheep, or cats, or aliens.
Mean while back in front of the computer
The dull dull effort of posting has been taking place. Yes that dreary thing that I simply must do in order to get my art out and about. I do have to say that Society6 makes it easy. Hmm do you think that one of my little robots could do it for me. That would free me up to create something else???? This simply must be addressed, but in the mean while, here are some things I whipped up from the pattern that has gotten featured. Be advised these are only a few of the products that these little cuties are on. For all of them please visit my store link below.
That what happened to me. I went to the studio to paint and sketch one thing and these little robots decided that they were having none of that. What was I to do? I will tell you what I did. I cranked the music and gave them the lead.
Seems like they have exploded in all my stores. So here are the links. Meet and greet them as you like. I am ordering my proofs from Spoonflower so they will be available for those clients. I’ll tweet and update when they come in. If you are familiar with Spoonflower you will know that proofs must be order and approved. Please allow 2 weeks for that but do message me if you need different sizes and I will be glad to accommodate that. Until then here are my other stores. I highly recommend Society6 as I love their printing method and I order often from them. RedBubble is also fantastic and some of the products they offer are not available on other sites. Again they offer fantastic prints. Zazzle also has products that are unique to them. I have also ordered from them and have not been disappointed with their print translation.
Thanks guys for all your support in my art! Every comment and purchase encourages me. Thank you so much. Until next time, if you have any questions about how my work is achieved or if you would like to discuss a color preference in one of my images, just leave a comment. Have a creative day and remember to crank the music in you creative place.
Everywhere I look I see patterns. In linens, clothing, wallpaper, tiles, rugs, anything that could remotely display a repeated design. I started loving pattern work when I was quilting. The patterns were always lively, and of every consiviable element. Zebras, teapots, kittens, anything and everything. As an artist you can’t help but want to roll up your sleeves, and dive right in, and create a few of your own.
Old School Way
I work in illustrator when I want to do repeats. I simply put in my element or elements, and with a few twist and turns, bam!! There it is, 1/2″ or 1/4″ drop, repeating every 3rd, 4th or 5th time. What ever I need to accomplish my vision, I am able to do so with a few short moves to get the desired pattern. But, what if you wanted to do it without a computer, or without a program. Perhaps you wanted to get to the bare bones of the pattern and draw it out your self. Well here is a simple way to get a straight across repeat.
Start with a square piece paper. I used 140 cold pressed paper. It holds the shape when I used my watercolors on it. Meaning the paper will not buckle when it gets wet. Or at least not too much. I cut mine 8″ x 8″.
The center will hold the design. That element will be carried straight across the paper (remember I said this was a straight across repeat) I make it just off center. Keep in mind that this element will appear across your finished pattern. I want to “kind of” make it visible but “invisible” because once you start seeing patterns, the repeat will become very evident.
I make the pattern as busy as I can, filling in all the free space. It looks like I have “tossed” down the elements.
Then I cut my 8″x8″ square in half (Equal Parts) and place the two outer sides together. I use artist tape. This is a tape that has a reduced tack, and can be easily removed without ripping or damaging the back of the paper. Then I fill that newly created space in with art work. Now you can see what I meant when I said a straight across repeat. See how the design will move straight across?
Then I cut the two halves in half and turn the top and bottom sides in to the middle. Taping it together so that my work will be lined up and easy to apply the design and watercolor. I did not include an image of that step (sorry) I had created this design earlier this year and had gotten swept up in the creation that I forgot to take a photo.
You should now have 4 squares, this is your seed for your straight across repeat. All of the outer sides of the original square when placed together should match up, and create a seamless repeated pattern running straight across. This example was created for my fall collection earlier this year, for fabric.
Here is another example for you. I worked the following up in photo shop.
Shown here is “Autumn Leaves” on Eco Canvas. A fantastic silky feel, tough enough for a dog bed but soft enough for a table setting. I ordered some myself and stitched up some table settings for a friend.
There you have it. A seamless repeated pattern. My favorite pattern is a 1/4″ drop repeating every 3 times. It breaks up the straight across look. Perhaps you would like to know more about patterns and how to design them. If so just connect with me here, I will be talking about them in the future. In the mean while thank you for joining me here and reading along. See you tomorrow!