21 May 2015


One common characteristic in the work of other surface pattern designers that I greatly admire is a strong personal style. Even if an artist's particular style is not my favorite, I appreciate when I can recognize their work even before I see the name attached.

That said, another week, another Spoonflower contest. Since I am now an old pro having entered *ahem* three contests now, I am enjoying the challenge of illustrating themes that I would not normally entertain because I am seeing my personal style start to come out in my work. I am learning how to work around personal weaknesses. Anyone else dislike drawing hands as much as I do? Plus, having a deadline is great with three little kids because we all know that laundry pile in the corner's never going to end.

Here's what I ended up with. Go here to see it in my Spoonflower shop.

14 May 2015


This week I entered my second Spoonflower contest and this time the theme was pickles. Seeing as I am just starting on my surface pattern design journey I am still searching for my signature style.

I began with a pattern using the most vague of pickle influences. In my home I love subtle pattern and muted colors, but honestly, I think the pattern was a little boring. Doctor's office waiting room upholstery, anyone?
Then I tried my hand at an Andy Warhol-esque pattern. I have always loved this look, but it didn't feel like me.
Next I used my prior pregnancies as inspiration and made a pickles and ice cream pattern. I think it turned out okay (though the colors are a bit strange), but again... it wasn't me.
Finally, I took some of the sketches I made during a gorgeous afternoon to make one final pattern. This one incorporates my love of canning and my own hand drawn pickles. I think I am finally seeing a pattern (pun totally intended). It turns out I like the sketched look. I like the personal touch it lends my work. Though it is never, ever even close to perfect, it is mine. So, I named it How About Two Cents and called it a day. (Anyone recognize the title reference?)
Go here if you would like to see it in my Spoonflower shop.

Happy Thursday!

01 May 2015


Today I am working with pickles. My toddler is in danger of turning into a pickle these days, so it is only fitting that I should be sketching a few in my notebook. One kid is at school, one is on a date with Grandma, and one is napping, so I am going to steal a few minutes to create for myself. Here's to hoping I don't get so absorbed in my drawing that I miss my afternoon meeting!

Have a great weekend!