How thrilling to receive a hand written note from the President of Spoonflower that my Marble Marvel Emerald design is featured in the second Spoonflower magazine 〰 on the Celosia Velvet page (43)!! This definitely made my day 🙂 Here are the links to the fabric on Spoonflower, Motiflow and Fashion Formula.
This week I’ve designed fun and colourful girls fabrics. These fabrics are available at Motiflow and Fashion Formula and would be so cute for little girls dresses, check the photo’s below! I couldn’t resist mocking up those cute little shoes as well..
I have been working with Motiflow for a while but recently also started cooperating with Fashion Formula UK. Next to a lot of fabrics, wallpaper and gift wrap they also offer the possibility to buy aprons, tea towels, cushions and blankets with your favourite print. I haven’t bought one myself but am very curious how one of my designs would look on an apron for example!
Don’t you just love this mock-up with two of my newest designs for Patternbank?
The left one is called Water Camo and was designed for the Water Camo Printed Village creative brief. I incorporated a picture of the waves on the little beach near our home and stamps of water color blots and used different blending techniques in Photoshop. For these kind of designs I use the ‘getting it seamless technique’ that I explain in this post. I always find this part very meditative..
The right one, Land of 10.000 Lakes, was inspired by my recent trip to Finland. If you take a close look you will see some of Finland’s typical nature in the water color bubbles. This design feels close to my heart, as a part of me will always be Finnish and the reason for the trip was to say goodbye to our family home there.
I printed this fabric as an example on chiffon at Spoonflower, which is a great fabric because it is see through and doesn’t have the white back that is typical for digital fabric printing.
Keep dreaming and belief in myself. That is what I want, because being successful in design doesn’t happen overnight but develops by taking one step at a time. This summer I’ve taken another few steps.
I’ve made a few designs that I am proud of and that are available for licensing through Patternbank. I’ve updated my portfolio and I’m beginning to see my signature style, which is quite reassuring :).
Also I went by a few stores to show my Marble Marvel pillowcases, which I thought was quite exciting at first but turned out to be very fun. As a result I’m happy to announce that my pillowcases are now available at conceptstore Little Things! Little Things is such a cute little store, you should really stop by when you are in Arnhem!
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And last but not least, I’ve also been mentioned in the ALL ABOUT YOU newsletter of UPPERCASE magazine this summer with my Marble Marvel pillowcases!
This is my newest design Flotsam & Jetsam on Patternbank. The Patternmash briefing of last month was to get inspired by flotsam and jetsam. I love a little extra practise and was for this design inspired by the natural form of seaweed and colourful sea glass.
Colour is essential, it can make or break your design. Therefore I would like to show you how some designs and their color schemes evolve. After I have finished a design I normally take a lot of time to re-colour and end up with at least two color schemes for a design. This is also great fun! I’ll walk you through a part of the colouring process for this design. First of all, the final design:
With the Patternmash briefing a color scheme is provided, and in the first colouring attempt I used all of those colours:
Since I naturally go for a more limited color scheme, because I personally find it more pleasing to the eye, I came up with this design next, using only three shades of green:
Then I sort of missed the boldness in the design, so I added blue:
I was looking for even more boldness, so I added black and white:
And this made me happy! So the final design has gone through a colour altering process and I ended up with two colour scheme in green and blue.
The design is now available on Patternbank and could be used for numerous purposes as shown on the product mock-ups below:
When following the Make it in Design course I got inspired by the home of Rachel Taylor, who is one of the founders of Make it in Design and a successful surface pattern designer. Her home is filled with her designs, from pillows to wallpaper.
It got me inspired to display more of my art in my home. As I said in my previous post I’m thinking about getting this wallpaper for our bedroom. I also found a really nice way of displaying my art in my home though, by using poster hangers!
Last year I used the poster hangers from this super easy DIY project to hang two vintage botanical posters. Instead of hanging a poster though, you can also use fabric!
I totally love the result! You should try it! Check my previous post on how to make these poster hangers. Use your own art (or someone else’s), print it on fabric at a print on demand company like Spoonflower or Motiflow and decorate your wall! Check how my fabric hangers turned out below. Quite nice right?!
This black and white floral is my newest design available on Patternbank. I am a big fan of black and white and love to create monochromatic designs now and then! I am thinking about getting this black and white floral wallpaper in our bedroom. I think it would look fabulous 🙂
When licensing this black and white floral design on Patternbank, you get these two monochromatic designs that are perfect for apparel, wallpaper, stationery and swimwear! I would definitely like to take a swim in the bathing suit down below! What about you?!
My water colour leafs wallpaper was featured in Dutch magazine Vriendin! Blogger Mamoesjka used this water colour leafs wallpaper in her bedroom, see my previous post for more pics! Unfortunately they did not mention my name. They did mention the company that sells the wallpaper: Motiflow, which is also pretty awesome!
I am in week three of a design course of Make it in Design. It gives me a lot of insight in trends, trend reports and trend forecasting. I made two moodboards this week of two coming trends, namely the cut and paste trend and the stoneware trend.
I just love this cut and paste trend, which has been evolving over the last couple of years. There is an artistic touch to it that I love! And those colours! I’m planning to design some patterns within this trend.
The second one is of a trend that has been going on for a while but also still evolves and this one’s called: stoneware. I made this mood board with my own designs since they fit really well into this trend.
Today I entered this terrazzo design for this months Patternmash challenge. Designing with the trends is something I still need to grow into. Therefor I love the challenges of Patternmash, which are a great way to practise and experiment with different styles.
Hannah Kirkbride, the designer behind Patternmash provides you with a theme and color scheme to work with. This months challenge was al about terrazzo tiles. I absolutely love this style! In the past I already experimented with this style in Photoshop but thanks to this challenge I found new ways of creating such patterns in Illustrator. And that is exactly what is so exciting about designing: you learn something new every day! Yay, my design is featured on the home page of Patternmash!
I am really curious if you can spot this trend on the streets in the later part of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018. I would sure like a dress or a bomberjack with this design, the bathing suit is also pretty cool. At least I know I will continue with this style for a bit, so I’ll get back to my design table! You have a great day!