My latest fabric images: Islands & Bees

After a month of being on the road, I am back and now have some catching up to do. To my delight, my design “Islands of Hawaii: Flora & Fauna” won first place in Spoonflower’s island contest. It was dedicated to plant and animal life on the Hawaiian islands. Later in the bee contest, I was fortunate to place in the top 10 as well. Since I was unable to post anything while away, here are Spoonflower’s fabric images.

Dream Away on Sunny Days

Today I wanted to show my new design “Dream Away on Sunny Days”. By now I have three different versions: the first one I made a few weeks ago for Lilla Rogers’ MATS course as a 12 x 12″ scrap booking sheet. For the second version, I made some additions to fit it on an 8.5 x 11″ sheet that could double as an art print (with the bottom labels separated) and as scrap booking pieces. The third version I made for Spoonflower’s “flying machines” contest, for which I removed all lettering but “Dream Away” and made sure no panel looks as if designed to be written in; I added flowers and other little icons for this purpose. The title was inspired by a song by the amazing F.R. David’s song “Dream Away” – the music and his voice sound so airy and carefree, which in my mind matched my drawings so well. :)

I can’t share a fabric image this week, since I only made #13 in the contest (which is only fair, with my constant luck!). But I have this inkjet print out that I think is just as good.

Mojave Desert: Dusk & Dawn fabric image

This week’s results of the Spoonflower ‘South West’ contest took an unexpected turn when the winning design got removed and replaced with a different one. While copyright issues were the suspected cause elsewhere on the web, I will not speculate here and would rather congratulate Grace Design for being picked by Carousel Designs’ baby bedding line with her lovely dreamcatcher design.

I’m grateful to have made it to #3, which means I will receive a pillow printed with my design. Thank you so much to anyone voting for my Mojave desert. This is Spoonflower’s fabric image:

This design is now available on various types of fabric, two types of gift wrap and two types of wallpaper.

You can view all the top 10 here (vote tallies and the remaining 420 entrants have been removed since Spoonflower’s original posting).

Mojave Desert: Dusk & Dawn for Baby Bedding Contest

I don’t often blog about contests before they are over, but sometimes, when I feel I might have a better chance with my entry and there is a special prize to be won, I present it here and encourage you to vote – if and what designs you vote for is entirely your decision, obviously. This week’s Spoonflower contest theme is ‘South West Baby Bedding’, which refers to the general American and South American area (a very broad range!). Carousel Designs will choose one design of the top 10 for a baby bedding collection.

My design is completely pen-drawn and features turtles, owls, hummingbirds, salamanders, millipedes, road runners, rabbits and foxes, flowers & flowering cacti, among other icons. I was inspired the many beautiful features of the Mojave Desert – do an online search of images of this desert and you may agree that the landscapes and its life forms are just stunning.

My palette, which I consider gender-neutral, is intentionally soft and pastel to be suitable for even very young babies. I tried to not make it clichee with many Native American symbols but I couldn’t resist including a dream catcher and a few teepees (tents, really) for their ornamental and geometric values.

If you are inclined to vote, please feel free to proceed to the contest page here. Thank you! :)

This is a cropped image of my design (click to see it on Spoonflower in fat quarter, swatch and the repeat in yard-view):

Hide & Seek with Fifi

Once again I count myself lucky to have made it in Spoonflower’s top 10, this time for their beagles contest. I had originally hoped to make a scene with icon-overload but had only one day to make this design. Keeping it simple, here is Fifi the beagle doing his or her business in the blooming springtime park. :) This design is available for sale on fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper. Many thanks to anyone who voted for it!

Loony Spoony Yard Sale

Last week’s Spoonflower theme was ‘spoons’, for which I drew a variety of spoons with flowers, berry-like shapes and the occasional mushroom, with a textured background to look like on an old tablecloth. My entry “Loony Spoony Yard Sale” made it to the top 10 and I wanted to share Spoonflower’s fabric images. Many thanks to anyone who voted for it – I always appreciate it very much!

Nordic Suzani Floral

Last week, Spoonflower’s contest theme was using only using their specified palette of coral, mint, black and white. I was lucky to make it to #4, out of 674 participants – many thanks to anyone who included it in their (unsolicited!) votes! My design also comes on Spoonflower in other colourways and as a folded greeting card in my Etsy shop.

These are Spoonflower’s photos of the fabric:

New items on Etsy!

I’ve been busy making and listing new items in my Etsy shop; please come and have a look! Here is a partial list of my current inventory:

– 11 tea towel designs with some of my most popular prints turned into stand-alone images

– Several perpetual calendars (without fixed weekdays) for recurrent events, including birthdays and anniversaries, or for people who want to start a calendar at any time of year

– Two digitally downloadable calendars with 2015 at one glance (featuring my print ‘In Bloom’ in two colourways).

– Two cloth-covered daily planners for 2015 ***ON SALE***

– Instant greeting card downloads

– Folded greeting cards with envelopes

…and more!

Black Sheep Habitat – Fabric Images

I wanted to share Spoonflower’s fabric images of my contest entry ‘Black Sheep Habitat’, which placed #3. Another big thank you to anyone who voted for it! I’m always glad when a design I created is well received. This print (and over 300 others!) is now for sale on fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper in my Spoonflower shop.

Magical Universe – Fabric Images & Collection

This week I placed #4 with my design “Magical Universe” in Spoonflower’s rocket contest. Once again, I’d like to thank anyone who voted for this design. There were so many great entries, all of which you can view here.

I have also prepared a few coordinating designs. The star constellations are based on actual ones out in space. I made lots of colourways of the stars and constellations, available for sale here.

These are photos of the design on fabric by Spoonflower:


Woodland Woodchucks win Contest

To my delight, my design Woodland Woodchucks won first place in Spoonflower’s groundhog contest, making this my sixth #1 win! I feel flattered and grateful that it was so well received – a big thank you to anyone who liked it enough to include it in their votes! I made a small collection with some patterns in many colours matching the main design, some of which are shown below.

I’d like to point out that groundhogs vary in their fur colours and patterns. Some have white markings on their chest, many do not. Some groundhogs have lots of light mixed with darker fur. I drew little triangles and dots on their tails to imply this trait and the texture of fur. According to Wikipedia, “Despite their heavy-bodied appearance, groundhogs are accomplished swimmers and occasionally climb trees when escaping predators or when they want to survey their surroundings.” Last but not least, of course I took the liberty to stylize the animals, as I did with everything else, consistent with my style.

These are photos of the fabric taken by Spoonflower:

Woodland Woodchucks – a spring design

Where I live, it’s the middle of winter with temperatures in the minus range, short days and not much colour around. It may not be surprising then that for this week’s Spoonflower contest theme (groundhogs), I drew a cheerful spring scene in a bright palette in my usual graphic stylized way. It features groundhogs (also known as woodchucks, a name I prefer) and various other animals. The design has a forest environment but also hints at grain fields, an aerial view of woods and a swan pond. There are daffodils and lilies, seedlings and grasses, clouds, rain and rainbows. The fox is chasing a groundhog up a tree (foxes are their predators), one is flying a kite in stormy spring weather, two are emerging from their dens, and there are babies around as well. Each icons has a paper texture look to it.

If you’d like to vote for my groundhog scene this week, please click on the image; it will take you to the contest. Thank you!


Fruit & Mushroom Count on Etsy

Today I received a message from a Spoonflower customer of mine, Jenelle Botts, who had recently purchased yardage of my ‘Fruit & Mushroom Count’ design. She kindly sent me a link to her Etsy shop Spools & Drool, to a page with a baby blanket she made with that fabric. I’m so pleased with this lovely blanket – you can view the listing here (click image). Thank you, Jenelle!

#1 for SOS Antarctica

I am delighted that my most recent design “SOS Antarctica” (see previous post) made it to #1 in Spoonflower’s penguin contest! I’ve been very lucky in the past few months in placing in the top 10 most weeks, but placing first remains an unexpected treat. Thank you to anyone who included my designs in their votes! Here are Spoonflower’s photos of the fabric:

You can view all contest entries and their vote tallies here:

My 50th-Contest Anniversary Design: SOS Antarctica

I can hardly believe it but it’s true: yesterday, I entered my 50th Spoonflower contest, theme “Penguins”. Ever since coming across Spoonflower, I’ve been entering their contests almost every week, and to this date I still haven’t come across one I like more. One thing that is very important to me when entering design contests is retaining the rights to my design. Except for certain contests like Fabric8, Spoonflower only obtains the non-exclusive right to print the design on fabric, gift wrap or wallpaper, for which the designer receives a 10% commission. Most design contests I have seen require entrants to give up all rights when winning (even excluding personal use), often even when entering a contest without winning. I like to hold on to my designs in order to be able to submit them to companies for potential licensing.

Here is my penguin design, a carefully researched variety of Antarctic flora and fauna: penguins, albatrosses, snow petrels, blue whales, collosal squids, leopard seals, icefish, krill, algae, hair grass & pearlwort. I was happy to see that there are at least two flowering plants at home in the antarctic, lending themselves well to this design – I drew them, stylized of course, from different perspectives.