News - * FINALIST *

MarrakechCamel

I was thrilled to learn the other day that my design for Printed Village was selected as a finalist in the "Oasis" competition. As some of you may know already, next Spring I will be traveling to Marrakech, Morocco as part of a longer "bucket list" trip which also includes Seville and Granada, Spain. I already had tons of ideas floating around in my head and was greatly inspired by the details going into the planning of my trip. Below is the mood board I used to help keep my design on track

Moodboard

* UPDATE * Although I did not win this months challenge, Printed Village never the less decided to purchase my design.  Yay! Marrakech Camels will appear on their scarves, to be released Spring of 2018.

Inspiration - What if you did'nt quit

NEW - Swim wear inspired patterns available for license

NEW - Swim wear inspired patterns available for license

What if you didn't quit? If there is one thing "universally true" about human nature, it is that we tend to give up to quickly. It's far easier to just "throw in the towel" especially as compared to doing the actual work.

The emotional ups and downs in search of success, can be enough to derail anyone from their intended path. Just remember, the only steps that really matter are those which allow forward progress. The key is to give yourself a break - recognize and acknowledge all your small accomplishments along the way. Eventually you will have achieved some measure of success on a larger scale.

It’s easier to give up. So we do.

But what if you didn’t?

Who knows where you could be or what you could be enjoying, doing, creating, savoring—five, ten, or fifteen years down the road.... if only you didn't quit.

Decide today to keep going.

LIVE EVERYDAY BRILLIANT

News - Coming to a store near you

The Spring trade shows are here and Printed Village is busy promoting their new designs (including mine!) to retailers and wholesalers alike. These shots were taken at the NYC Accessories Show a few weeks ago. Additionally PV also had a booth at Surtex and the NY NOW shows. Excited to learn in which stores my design will end up in.

News - Pattern Observer mention

Thank you Michelle Fifis from Pattern Observer for the recent feature on Instagram. It's rewarding to learn other professionals enjoy and appreciate your art. I'm always glad for the recognition and the new followers it brings to my own work.

This particular pattern started as several leaf sketches on my Ipad. Once I decided on a leaf shape I applied a clipping mask in Photoshop to add the background "scribbles " Finally everything was imported into Illustrator where I designed the final layout and repeat for the pattern. 

This has a very "summery" vibe and would look terrific on women's swimwear. I created the two mockup's below to help buyers and art directors visualize how the pattern could be applied and at what scale.     

Design - I'm an Illustrator Gal not Photoshop

I have access to many kinds of drawing and painting tools to create my designs. Despite this large "toolbox" I gravitate to what is most comfortable - for me that is Adobe Illustrator. Every design always starts out as a series of loose pencil sketches on paper.

Once the concept is on paper I bring it into Illustrator to add details, fine tune composition, add color and finally develop the motif repeat. Above are a few patterns which are representative of "flat" style artwork. This style is very popular and something I am comfortable producing.

That said, I am realizing I need to venture more outside my comfort zone by learning different techniques. This will help expand not just my knowledge, but also hopefully attract a entirely new audience to my work. I have a basic understanding of Photoshop, I can edit/manipulate images but beyond that I had little use for the program. Photoshop is an extremely powerful program for illustrators as designs created in PS have more of a "painterly" look and feel. So to jump start my Photoshop "adventure" I have signed up for a 6 week class with a focus on illustration. Below are examples of my first homework. I'll be posting more progress on Instagram

Desktop Wallpaper - June

I wanted to share this FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER. Rather than have several sized wallpapers, this series is available in the four most common aspect ratios for computers. The design is pulled from my year long project #52weeksofprint - a series of block printed designs.

If you are not sure of the correct aspect ratio for your computer simply find out your screen resolution.  For Windows this can be found on the Control Panel under Display.  For Mac click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen. 

To download, click on the appropriate image below and right click then set as desktop wallpaper.  If you have selected the correct aspect ratio your image should load without needing to be stretched and should not be blurry.  Enjoy

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Aspect Ratio 16:9 1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440

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#52weeksofprint - Project Update

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I am closing out Week 16 of my year long project #52weeksofprint and wanted to highlight a few lessons learned and some favorite new designs.

Since the project inception, I have been documenting my process and progress on Instagram. My initial intention was to post one image every day, specific to the project. Although I have posted daily to my feed, those images are not always directly related to #52weeksofprint. I have been posting other new pattern designs as well and personally I find this mix of subject matter more interesting.

I love using the softer PVC carving blocks but have found small details and a crisp image, are hard to achieve. Larger motifs with less detail have been my more successful prints to date using this particular kind of block. Moving forward I will include more traditional linoleum blocks - these will allow me to do more detail carving work and (hopefully) achieve sharper prints.

I still struggle a bit with ink application. I am not sure if this is specific to the brand of ink, the age of the actual ink (older jars require more upfront mixing) or just "user error" Perhaps it's a combination of all three. In either case, more reading up on technique is needed on my part...

My tools seem to be working fine. The carving handle is comfortable and easy to use. The blades have maintained their sharpness. I have been looking to upgrade and have been coveting a new set of carving tools from Pfeil, made in Switzerland. They are expensive and are on my "watch list" Not sure these will ever go on sale...lol

Above and below are a few favorite designs from the project to date.

Desktop Wallpaper - May

I wanted to share this FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPER. Rather than have several sized wallpapers, this series is available in the four most common aspect ratios for computers. The design is pulled from my year long project #52weeksofprint - a series of block printed designs.

If you are not sure of the correct aspect ratio for your computer simply find out your screen resolution.  For Windows this can be found on the Control Panel under Display.  For Mac click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen. 

To download, click on the appropriate image below and right click then set as desktop wallpaper.  If you have selected the correct aspect ratio your image should load without needing to be stretched and should not be blurry.  Enjoy

Aspect Ratio 5:4 1280x1024 2560x2048

Aspect Ratio 16:9 1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440

Aspect Ratio 4:3 800x600 1024x768 1400x1050 1600x1200

Aspect Ratio 16:10 1280x800 1440x900 1680x1050 1920x1200 2560x1600 2880x1800

News - "Zilling" New Pattern Design

Zilling

I'm excited to announce I will soon be adding this pattern and several others to my new Spoonflower shop. Spoonflower is an on demand digital textile printer that allows surface designers to print their designs on fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap in addition to actual sewn products such as napkins and pillow covers. Once I get all of my patterns formated and uploaded, I'll be ordering samples which I can not wait to share...stay tuned! 

ZillingApron
ZillingRomanShade
ZillingBedspread
ZillingPillow

News - Pattern Observer Mention

PatternObserver

Thank you Michelle Fifis from Pattern Observer.  I love finding out other industry veterans acknowledge and appreciate the work you do, it validates all your time and effort!

Pattern Observer is a well regarded industry resource for education and insight. The web site offers helpful tutorials (some free) as well as industry profiles of upcoming and "famous" surface pattern designers.  This particular mention by Pattern Observer was a huge boost to my Instagram following.  I appreciate all the new fans and hope they enjoy following my adventures.