Polar Bear, Penguin Christmas pattern

At this point, you’ve  probably put away your Christmas decorations. I apologize for being out of season, but I’ve designed a pattern with some of my Christmas countdown artwork, and am excited to share it. In 2015 I designed a pattern a month. It was a very motivating challenge, so I’m doing it again in 2017.Continue reading “Polar Bear, Penguin Christmas pattern”

A Crab Pattern

Another pattern design for you. I forgot all about pattern design last month until the 29th. But, once I remembered, I went straight to my crab sketch. One of you commented that you knew I’d turn it into something. Well with your encouragement I have. 🙂 I painted the backgrounds separately in watercolor. And put everything togetherContinue reading “A Crab Pattern”

Gardening Fabric Print

Sunday was so warm, we could almost imagine working in the garden. Which reminds me … I recently uploaded my “Love Gardening” print to Spoonflower. I love the little swatch I ordered! I’ve been pinning ideas for projects I could make with the print. See my Pinterest board here. Since my sewing skills are nil, IContinue reading “Gardening Fabric Print”

Bananas for Monkeys

When I was little I wanted a pet monkey so badly. I told my mom, “Don’t worry, I’ll keep it in the closet when we go out.” As if that was the least of her worries. I doubt monkeys were on the approved pet list in my NYC suburb. The latest Spoonflower design challenge is “Year of theContinue reading “Bananas for Monkeys”

How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop {Feathers my pattern for September.}

Here is my pattern design for September. As you may have seen, I’ve been drawing and painting feathers all month, so it’s seemed appropriate to turn them into a pattern. I pieced this pattern together from my sketchbook (see below). I wanted this pattern to be much tighter than ones I’ve designed so far thisContinue reading “How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop {Feathers my pattern for September.}”

Pattern of Ice Cream Cones … Mmmm

It’s very fitting that my pattern for August is ice cream cones. I’ve gotten into the habit of having ice cream almost every night this Summer! I created this pattern using the same process as last month’s pattern, Shells. I doodled the ice cream cones in my sketchbook, painted the backgrounds separately and then mashed themContinue reading “Pattern of Ice Cream Cones … Mmmm”

A pattern for July – Seashells

I really enjoyed creating this pattern. It brought me back to collecting shells as a kid and marveling at the patterns and colors. Oh wait, I still do that! This pattern started with doodles in my sketchbook. I drew a lot of shells! I have jarfuls on hand for reference. Then on watercolor paper I paintedContinue reading “A pattern for July – Seashells”

Shell doodles

Today I was doodling some shells I found at the beach and one starfish that I bought :)! I was using my son’s gel pen which I love because it’s so smooth. (Unfortunately it’s not waterproof, which I previously found out the hard way.) I really enjoyed studying the shells and drawing them. I promisedContinue reading “Shell doodles”