Saturday, 28 September 2013

A First...

Today is a first for me.  It's the first time I've ever entered my designs into a competition.  Here are my entries for the Tigerprint 'Shapes as Pattern' competition. They're based on my other giftwrap designs which I posted a few weeks ago.  I've changed the background to smarten it up a bit, brightened the colour palette to make it a bit more cheerful, and I've also done a star design for kids.

Judging by some of the other entries I don't stand a chance of winning goes anyway!

Friday, 27 September 2013

A Collection

Today I thought I'd post some of the designs I've created while on Module 2 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design ecourse.  This is the first collection I have ever done and I really enjoyed it.  The motifs are painted or collaged, then manipulated in Photoshop.  Learning so much on this course, it's brilliant!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Daring Adventures

I'm starting to get a bit addicted to art eCourses.  I'd already signed up for the brilliant Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, but couldn't resist Mati Rose McDonough's 'Daring Adventures in Paint' (bargain price.)

Unfortunately, they're running at the same time and I haven't been giving Mati's course my full attention.  I watch the videos, read all the posts, look at everybody else's work, but that's as far as it goes, I haven't actually done any painting....until today.  I made some time to get stuck in, so I thought I'd share the results.

We've been learning about making 'lush backgrounds' using various paint techniques and collage.

The pictures above and below are works in progress, just backgrounds, lots more layers to go on yet, but I kinda like them the way they are.


Monday, 16 September 2013


Hello and welcome to my brand new blog.
I'll post a little picture of a recent design I did for giftwrap while I figure out how all this works!

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