Recipe of the Month: Mami’s German Apple Streusel Cake

Spoonflower’s latest contest theme is “Mom’s Recipe Tea Towels”, which was chosen with Mother’s Day in mind. But since there is always some time between creating a contest-design and the day the top 10 are announced (well over 1 week), I didn’t realize until today just how close Mother’s Day really is. I wanted to draw (and print) her a card, but mailing it takes at least 1 week!

My tea towel is really unrelated to Mother’s Day; it features my mom’s apple streusel cake which she came up with for one of my visits. Yes, it’s vegan, and it’s so delicious that my partner and I ate 90% of it in one sitting on the day she made it (really rude, you might think, but she was glad we loved it).

The design is completely hand-lettered and pen-drawn.

How do YOU feel about Mother’s Day?

EDITED May 9, 2014: This design placed in Spoonflower’s top 10, and here are some fabric images:

Moms Recipe Tea Towel Design Challenge Top Ten Winner: Mami's German Apple Streusel Cake by christinewitte

Moms Recipe Tea Towel Design Challenge Top Ten Winner: Mami's German Apple Streusel Cake by christinewitte

Scrapbooking Fun: MATS Week 3 (Part B)

Are you a scrapbooker? I admit that scrapbooking is still so new to me that I don’t even know if people who do scrapbooking are called “scrapbookers”.

I probably will never be a scrapbooker (at least in a commercial sense), as I would much rather spend my time drawing than buying other people’s art to glue in my books. But it is a large market, and I would be more than happy to contribute to it via licensing my art. If you love drawing icons and making pattern repeats, then scrapbooking could be a market for you!

The theme that Lilla assigned this week was “vintage correspondence” including old ink bottles and fountain or dip pens. I scrambled for time this week and managed to upload my piece just minutes before the deadline. Here are 2 versions: first the one I submitted, then one with a texture overlay and without further colour adjustments. Which do you prefer?



In a time warp: MATS continued – Week 2 (part B)

With already 2 weeks of Lilla Rogers’ MATS course (part B) behind me, time flies so fast, it seems surreal. Similar to when I took part A, a day feels more like an hour and a week like a day when I’m completely immersed in making art. But now I feel more at ease with the assignments, a sentiment I have heard from some class mates as well.

This may have something to do with my participating in every Spoonflower contest since early November last year, except one: Chinese Paper Cuttings. That’s 21 contests in 5 months – a whole lot of practice in that!

As Lilla often says, keep making art! I hope she won’t mind me sharing this quote here: “If you want to get better, and make better art more often, the secret is simply to keep making art. And not just any art, but to try new things, to stretch and grow, rather than recycling old ideas.” I try to stay as far away as possible from idolatry (did you notice?) but Lilla is a very inspiring teacher and a pleasure to listen to. She makes people feel good about themselves and their art, which in turn makes them more keen on doing more art – why can’t all teachers be more like that?

This week’s topic was baby apparel with a pirate theme. We were to provide a page full of any art we wanted related to this theme. I chose my Treasure Island at Noon print as the main one and made several coordinates. Then I created some clothing mockups, which turned out to be highly addictive. So much fun! I’m not very fond of pirate characters, which caused me to prioritize other icons – there is one pirate though! Can you find it?


Time to think about Christmas…

…if you’re an illustrator, that is. This is the time of year for the paper market (and probably others as well) to decide on their holiday designs. Holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day are long over in their books for this year.

As counter-intuitive as it felt given the season, I drew this holiday illustration over the last few days for Lilla Rogers’ Making Art that Sells (part B). We were to design a holiday card incorporating a gingerbread-house made of candy. While at it, I almost forgot about the holiday part, all immersed in wafers, truffles and lollipops!

This is my presentation sheet for the course, showing coordinates as well, but that’s only the beginning. With so many details in the drawing, I can get a lot more patterns out of it. Perhaps this will prove therapeutic for my chocolate addiction?


led to this!

Wellies & Brellies make #2…and Rainy Day collection

If you’ve come here before, you may have already seen my ‘Wellies & Brellies’ print. I showed it here it a few weeks ago when I put it on Society6. I’m very happy that it reached #2 in the Wellies and Galoshes contest on Spoonflower with 238 participants. And yes, I’m surprised by this result once again. But perhaps I should stop saying that!?

I made a tiny collection (Rainy Day), if one can call it that with 2 coordinates. Here are Brellies & Wellies, Rain Clouds, and Rainbow Scallops:

If you like, you can view all designs and results here:

Wellies & Galoshes can be purchased here:

Fabric images by Spoonflower:

Wellies and Galoshes Design Challenge Top Ten Winner: Wellies & Brellies by christinewitte

Wellies and Galoshes Design Challenge Top Ten Winner: Wellies & Brellies by christinewitte

Wellies and Galoshes Design Challenge Fat Quarter Bundle