March 24, 2011

"Sweet Beginnings" - Project Selvage/Spoonflower Fabric Contest Entry

Well, I made the deadline for Spoonflower's Project Selvage contest by the skin of my teeth!  This was a busy week, with birthdays and vacation.  But I managed to get some work done and finished my last minute fabric design change.

I decided the baby shoes just weren't quite right, so I switched themes to nests & birds. It's a familiar theme for me.  I did a different twist on it and decided to keep it very simple.  Just sketched lines with overlapping colored rectangles behind.  Here is the result.

Sweet Beginnings

March 20, 2011

Project Selvage - Fabric Design Contest on

I have decided to go ahead and try to make a fabric for the Project Selvage contest that Spoonflower is hosting. The theme of the contest is BABY BOY.   The prize is a contract with Michael Miller fabrics.  Awesome!!  Amazing!!  Total career maker.

I am new to fabric designing, but I am going to at least try.  If I didn't I would always wonder if I could have done it.  So my dilemma lies in my procrastination.  I haven't been able to decide on a theme.  I wanted to come up with an original theme for a baby boy's room.  Something unique that hasn't already been done and might catch the eye of the judges (the main voting is open to the public, but the initial pool is juried).  All the things I could think of have been done a bazillion times...animals (zoo, jungle, farm), robots, cars, planes, bicycles, dots & stripes, cowboys, dinos, insects, etc.

So now the deadline is looming next week, Thursday, March 24th (my Dad's birthday).  It is also Spring break and my birthday on Tuesday the 22nd.  So probably have only given myself about 2 days to actually work on my design...lovely!

The good news is I came up with an idea!!  Might not be a great idea but at least it is unique.  I have always thought that the cutest baby items are the shoes.  Something about the tiny stitching and miniature details is so charming.  I decided I would do a baby shoe themed fabric. 

Here are my initial sketches.  More to come... I will update later with the link to the contest with my final design.

Here are a couple of colored versions I did last night.  I am not sure it is babyish enough.  I may change gears and do one of my other ideas of stripes of different colors.  

March 18, 2011

Sunset Moth Painting Video

"Among the Stars" - Squid Fabric Contest on

Among The Stars 
This week's contest theme is SQUID!  Yeah, I have to admit I wasn't too excited about this one.  I wasn't even going to enter.  I decided to do some doodling and couldn't stop.  I love the wild diversity in the creatures found under the sea.  It turned out to be so much fun.  Voting started yesterday and goes till Wed. March 23rd.

Butterfly Fabric Now Available!

I found this amazing new site the other day.  It is called Spoonflower.  They allow you to design & then purchase your own fabrics.  I used some of my butterfly paintings to design a fabric.  Click on the fabric link below to check it out! It's a lot of fun.