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Watercolor, Illustration, Surface Design

My 12 Surface Designs – one a month this year!

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I’m really proud, and happy, that I followed through on my goal to start creating surface designs. I designed the first one in January, and decided to commit to “1 Surface Design a Month.” That goal, and the end of the month deadline, really pushed me to put in the work.

12 Surface Designs
January – Art Supplies

artpatternrepeat

February – Valentine’s Day
valentine'sdaypattern
March – Gardening
gardeningrepeatfinal2
April – Dahlias
dahliapatternv2
May – Sandcastles
sandcastleEM
June – Echinacea
echinaceapattern

July – Shells
shellspattern

August – Ice Cream Cones
watercoloricecreamcones

September- Feathers
featherspattern1

October – Leaves
leavespatterncolor

November – Nutcrackers
nutcrackersrepeating
December – Toy Soldiers
toysoldiers2_5inchhigh

I’m always asking you, “What’s your favorite?” And I would love to hear, but I’ll also tell you my favorites.

I really liked when I started using the technique of creating the ink lines and watercolor backgrounds separately and then merging them in Photoshop. I started this with the shell pattern. I think the watercolor really adds a depth that you can’t get with Photoshop brushes. I started this technique with the shells, and continued it with the leaves – which is my favorite design in this style.

My other technique is drawing the elements in my sketchbook and adding color in Photoshop. My favorite design, using this technique, is the Toy Soldiers. They are just so cute!

Will I be continuing with surface design in 2016? Absolutely! As you know, I’ve made the Nutcracker and Toy Soldier patterns available on Spoonflower, where you can have them printed as fabric or gift wrap. It is really interesting to see the designs printed and to think about how it will be used. It makes you think about the design, and what works and doesn’t. It’s a different perspective than just seeing it flat on the computer screen.

In the new year, I’ll be adding a few of the other “12 designs” onto Spoonflower. And I plan to continue designing one new one a month!

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

28 thoughts on “My 12 Surface Designs – one a month this year!

  1. The sandcastles and the shells are so sweet – definitively my fav!

  2. I like all your designs! The ones I really like are the Sandcastle, shells and leaves because I like nature. I need to look into Spoonflower for some of my art. How do you like it?

  3. The shells leap out at me! I love the gardening one also. They’re all eye-catching and cool, Eileen!

  4. Congratulations! It’s an inspiring challenge. I like the lines on the Dahlias and the way the flowers overlap. And then of course I like the shells because of the watercolors. Your technique of creating the watercolor backgrounds and lines separately sounds really cool. I think I’ll try it when I have a chance. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Wow! What a great challenge and an incredible result! I love them all! Fantastic work, Eileen!! ❤️😃

  6. It’s hard to pick a favorite Eileen, I’m partial to the feathers. But, I like them all. A fabulous collection.

  7. I like the garden and the feathers best. Congratulations! I always admire those with follow through! (K)

  8. Aahh, I now know when it was I started Following you…the ice cream cones! 😀

  9. I like March the gardening one, though I do like the watercolour technique in the other designs. Great to see them all together. Karen

  10. These are great! I really love the shells! 🙂

  11. Good for you for following through your own commitment! a year is a long time to stick with something. My fav is the feathers followed by the leaves.

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  13. I love all of them! I think my favorites are Gardening, Sand castles and Echinacea. 🙂

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