A Handmade Birthday Card

DIY Extra Large Birthday Card

Extra large birthday cards can be extra hard to find, and extra expensive. So when a friend of mine was having trouble finding a really big card for a special birthday, he ended up asking me for some help. I’m the type who hates to spend money on cards, they get looked at for a couple minutes and tossed in trash. I’d much rather spend a little time and make one myself. If you’re looking to make you’re own big birthday card, this post’s for you! Continue reading

Understanding Texture in Pattern Design

Texture is something I love and envy in other people’s work. I decided it was time to look more closely at what it is about texture in design that is so appealing. Why are certain designs more pleasing than others? How are designers using texture? What are the effects of using multiple textures and layers? This is a look at how surface pattern designers are using texture in their work. Continue reading

Patriotic Patterns for July 4th

pintable_julypatternsBring on the fireworks!

Summer is here, and that means it’s almost time for Independence Day celebrations to begin!

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite July 4th patterns to help you get in the spirit of the holiday.

Fireworks, popsicles, bathing suits, stars and stripes, it’s all here. Enjoy these fifteen patriotic patterns from the talented designers at Spoonflower.

Happy 4th of July!
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Examples of Felt Food Too Good to Eat

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I stumbled on some major eye candy while researching food pattern design trends on Pinterest. Apparently, felt food is like a competitive sport of awesome. The delicious-looking-ness of this stuff puts my ikea felt food toys to shame. Continue reading

Creative Challenge: Exploring Your Neighborhood

It’s been awhile since I ventured beyond the typical stores and restaurants I always visit, and when you’ve lived in the same area for an extended period of time, things can start to get pretty boring. It can be difficult to feel inspired when you’re seeing the same stuff day in and day out. Continue reading

The Graphic Covers of Dick Bruna

Dick Bruna was an illustrator, graphic designer, and children’s book author best known as the creator of the little rabbit, Miffy.  While loved around the world for children’s literature, he also created a wonderful collection of book covers in the 1950s -1970s that are truly inspiring. Below is a sample of just a few of the over 2,000 covers he designed. Continue reading

The Best of the Rijks Studio Design Award

The Rijks Studio announced their top 75 designs for the 2017 award, and I am blown away by the creativity and variety of the submitted work. If you aren’t familiar with this award, for the past three years, the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam has had an open call for artists and designers to use the Museum’s collection as inspiration to create a personal masterpiece. Continue reading

Japanese Kimono Design: 1920 – 1940

This! This gorgeous collection of Kimonos from the Rijks Museum is an example of the amazing work available through online museum catalogues. With a growing trend in Japanese inspired design, these kimonos provide an excellent source of inspiration, that I hope you’ll enjoy!

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A Year of Patterns: 2016 – 2017

2016 turned out to be one of the most artistically productive years of my life. I created around 85 pattern designs and turned drawing into a daily habit, something I have wanted to cultivate since I was in art school over ten years ago!

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