Paintstorm, Pattern Inspiration, Surface Pattern, surface Pattern design

Cycling In the Park – pattern design

A shiny new design - how exciting! It's quite different for me as well, I've gone wild with colour which is a new experience. It's inspired by sunny days and bicycles. There's actually a Spoonflower contest coming up and the theme is 'cycling' so that's a good motivator for adding some bicycles into a design.… Continue reading Cycling In the Park – pattern design

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Paintstorm, Pattern Inspiration, Surface Pattern, surface Pattern design

Summer Cookout Doodles into a Repeat Pattern

This has been a work in progress for a while but I'm glad to say it's now complete! I think. I have a bad habit of finding little things to tweak or adjust slightly every time I look at it... Here's how it began: You may recognise this from my 100 Days of Doodles days… Continue reading Summer Cookout Doodles into a Repeat Pattern

Design and Doodles, Drawing, Paintstorm, Pattern Inspiration, Surface Pattern

A Design Process: Designing the Gingerbread Pattern

This post gives you a step by step process to developing a pattern. I'm going to use my latest gingerbread design as an example. There are a bunch of different ways to develop a pattern so I'm not suggesting that this is the best way. However this is the process I find useful to follow… Continue reading A Design Process: Designing the Gingerbread Pattern

Design and Doodles, Drawing, Paintstorm, Surface Pattern, surface Pattern design

Picture Tutorial – Drawing a Flower

This is a 9 step picture tutorial on how to draw a simple tropical flower which is a tutorial inspired by my latest design. This was done in my Paintstorm app, you can get a ‘lite’ version for free on the App Store or pay £13 for the full version. For this drawing, the free… Continue reading Picture Tutorial – Drawing a Flower

Chalkboard Style, Design and Doodles, Drawing, Hand Lettering, Paintstorm, Surface Pattern

Fresh From the Farm — Spoonflower Contest

This is my third proper attempt at drawing words for a tea towel design to enter into a Spoonflower contest. It’s also the first time that I’ve researched Hand Lettering for beginners. Oh well, better late than never eh? Check out my blog post for free resources and awesome websites for hand lettering newbies! I… Continue reading Fresh From the Farm — Spoonflower Contest

Chalkboard Style, Hand Lettering, Paintstorm, Pattern Inspiration, Surface Pattern

Baileys Hot Chocolate – Lettering and Typography

To those of who read my previous post, about Tea Towel Hand Lettering, I would like to offer an apology. If you know about typography, lettering or design it probably hurt your eyes and your soul. If you don’t know about typography, lettering or design, it still probably hurt your eyes and your soul. Good… Continue reading Baileys Hot Chocolate – Lettering and Typography

Hand Lettering, Paintstorm

A Hand Lettering ‘Disaster’ – Don’t be Afraid…

So I’m still fairly new to the world of design and to be totally honest I’ve been desperately trying to avoid putting words into anything. Then came a Spoonflower contest for creating a 2018 Calendar Tea Towel and I had a choice... 1) AVOID THE CONTEST - my writing isn’t tidy or artistic and it… Continue reading A Hand Lettering ‘Disaster’ – Don’t be Afraid…