Experimenting with Watercolor Mandalas

Recently in my newsletter, I featured the work of block printer Marta Harvey. (My newsletter is a collection of all the things inspiring me – artists, mediums, places, and more. Sign up here.) As I sat looking at a blank page in my sketchbook I thought about Marta and how she creates a sliver ofContinue reading “Experimenting with Watercolor Mandalas”

Designing a Summer Print Pattern

I challenged myself to design one fabric print a month this year. Since June is winding down, it was time to get to it. When I first started designing patterns I would sit with a blank page and start drawing. Since then I’ve changed my approach. Now when I’m designing, I go to my sketchbookContinue reading “Designing a Summer Print Pattern”

Fabric Design

I enjoy designing fabric prints and love getting an email from Spoonflower that says someone ordered one. I’m excited to design some new fabrics with summer as inspiration. I have a few collaborations in the works, and am looking forward to seeing some of these fabrics put to use. If you sew, please contact meContinue reading “Fabric Design”

Swimming Laps – a fabric print

I’ve loved the pool since I was little. I swam on a swim team all year round as soon as I finished lessons, and continued all the way through high school. My mother was from the city and can’t swim well. When the family moved to the beach she decided all her children had toContinue reading “Swimming Laps – a fabric print”

Zest for Life Citrus Print Pattern

Recently looking through my sketchbook, I found a page of citrus fruits I painted, and thought it was a great start to a print design. I scanned the page, and played around with the elements in Photoshop, to come up with the above repeating pattern design. I’m loving the bright yellow, orange, and green colors! SketchbookContinue reading “Zest for Life Citrus Print Pattern”

A swimming pattern…perhaps

My goal this year is to design a pattern a month. So as the month starts to wind down, I’m thinking about swimmers. Last month I created an ice cream truck pattern from illustrations in my sketchbook. It’s available for purchase on Spoonflower here. In January I designed a penguin polar bear pattern. Available here. SeeContinue reading “A swimming pattern…perhaps”

How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop

Nothing completes a day at the beach like a treat from the ice cream truck! I created this fabric print using illustrations from my sketchbook. Want to create a pattern from your illustrations? Follow the instructions below. How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop Scan your artwork (or draw your elements in Photoshop) Create aContinue reading “How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop”

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”

My growing collection of pattern designs

The other day a swatch of my Christmas Elves pattern arrived. It’s so exciting to see my designs off the sketchbook page, off the computer screen, and printed. And even more exciting…last week someone ordered my gardening fabric. I wish I could see what they make with it! I’m so proud of my growing collection. See allContinue reading “My growing collection of pattern designs”

With Digital Design the Possibilities are Endless

As I sat down at the computer to design a pattern around my elf sketches, I quickly realized the sketches were just the tip of the iceberg. What kind of background did I want? A snowy scene? Or maybe a plaid background? When working with pens, paper, watercolor – basically any tools not on the computerContinue reading “With Digital Design the Possibilities are Endless”