#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

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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. 

News - Pocket Sized Notebooks

PocketNotebooks

I am currently working with a printer to offer pocket sized notebooks. The notebooks will be A6 size (4.1" x 5.8") and will be packaged in sets of three. The set will included three notebooks each with a different cover design. Interior pages for the set include one blank, one lined and one grid style notebook.  There are 48 pages in each notebook.

I received my samples the other day and I am pretty excited about how these turned out.  The paper is a good quality, has a nice weight and feel to it.  The cover stock also has a very slight sheen to it and the colors look great!  Now to finalize the order and onto production. Coming soon to my online store.

PocketNotebooks

News - New Art Prints

CactusPrints

I have new art prints available for sale in my online STORE. These prints are from a series of cactus inspired drawings/sketches I completed last year. There are eight designs in total, three of which I decided to offer as prints.

All prints are museum quality 8" x 10" and are printed on fade resistant 19pt Savoy Cotton archival paper and ink. Printed in full color with White background.

I am currently looking into possibly offering these for sale as a set of boxed cards-stay tuned for more on that next month. 

CactusPrints

Desktop Wallpaper - April

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 - Local Porch Featured Maker

This past month I received a few industry "shout-outs" which I wanted to share. It's so exciting to discover others value your creativity. I'm still a "newbie" to my chosen creative field and despite a few successes, often times struggle with "imposter syndrome."

Who doesn't on occasion question not only their ability/skill but also wonder "will I ever be good enough." Despite working hard everyday, I keep thinking someone is going to "find me out..."

A big "Thank you" to the folks at Local Porch who featured me their Instagram feed. Local Porch is an online marketplace for makers and creatives - a smaller version of Etsy. Local Porch selected me for their "Maker Spotlight" Fun stuff!  

LocalPorch

News - It's a Winner!

MoodyJungleWinner

I received some good news the other day, the pattern I submitted to the "MoodyJungle" challenge was selected as the winning design! Printed Village sponsors four to five monthly challenges for surface designers. Each design brief provides the theme, a few guidelines and/or restrictions plus an inspiration board to get you thinking in the right direction.

I made a conscience decision this year to participate in more of these type of competitions.  It's a good way to stay active in the community, to get your work out to more folks while building a portfolio and with any luck, perhaps sign a contract and take home the cash prize.

This particular design as shown is rendered in an alternate color scheme which I submitted in addition to my original. Funny how those minor decisions can have a huge impact...

I'm looking forward to taking next steps with the manufacturer. My design will be printed on a scarf and will be presented to various retailers for inclusion in next seasons accessories launch. I am currently evaluating the scale at which to print the design and will be working with the art director at Printed Village to finalize my submission before sending it off to production. 

Below are printed samples of the pattern design rendered at different scales... stay tuned!

MoodyJungleScale

 

 

#52weeksofprint - February LookBook

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The February theme was "Tea Pots & Tea Cups". This month was a bit of a challenge as I typically sketch motifs which are inspired by nature more so than objects.

I found the "Tea Pots & Tea Cups" shapes a bit harder to work with in terms of making a repeat pattern. In general, because the shape of an object is fixed I found it difficult to design a pattern without creating odd gaps in spacing. The shapes (at least the objects I selected) tended not to fit into each other well... florals and organics are a bit more flexible in terms of design as you can manipulate the shape slightly to fit your design intent and it will not look "off". 

Week 6 was a my favorite design of the month. The nesting tea cups created a nice compact motif which was more easily rendered into a pattern than the other shapes. To see all of February's designs please head on over to the new Lookbook which not only features each design but 3-4 product mock-up's of each pattern as well.

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