Monday, January 27, 2014

Great Barrier Reef {Spoonflower Fabric}

Once of my 2014 goals is to do more patterns. I would love to get some work in the surface design category, whether wrapping paper, fabric or home decor - so I figured in order to make this happen, I need to make more patterns! 

I love assignments - they challenge me to create something out of my usual wheelhouse. So I decided I would start partaking in Spoonflower's weekly fabric design contests. I've been meaning to spend more time on Spoonflower's  lovely site, especially now that they offer wallpaper and gift wrap options, so this would be a win-win. 

The theme for the current design contest was Great Barrier Reef. If there is one thing I don't draw a lot of, it is fish - or any water creatures, for that matter. I usually prefer a hairier subject matter! But this is what the challenge is all about, right?

I started out by drawing a lot of coral - so many beautiful colors, shapes and sizes! I was having a lot of fun.



I decided at that point that I was going to stick with the coral - no fish. I liked the idea of focusing on the underwater flora. Inspired by these IKEA glasses one evening,


I found my color palette!

And here is the full Great Barrier Reef design, in all it's glory:



If you're digging it, I'd love your vote over at Spoonflower! To vote in this week's contest, please click here. Thanks!

I have to say, this was super fun. Though I wasn't particularly thrilled by the theme at first, I am really happy with how the pattern turned out. It just goes to show, it is worth going out of your comfort zone once in a while!

Have a great week,


10 comments:

  1. I went out and voted for you!
    –Cassandra

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  2. Voted! And obviously love it!

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    1. You're awesome! Thanks for your support! xo

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  3. Ahhhh so cute! I love that you were inspired by those IKEA glasses - finding inspiration in funny places like that is one of my favorite things!

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    1. I know, right? We can never turn it off...but that's why we love what we do!

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  4. Dang girl! You inspire me so much. I've been wanting to participate in their pattern contest for so long and this makes me want to even more now. I love that you share your process and what goes on behind the scenes. I voted for your pattern!

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    1. Awesome! Thanks, Robyn! You should TOTALLY participate in the Spoonflower contests. I'm not doing it to win, necessarily - just to get practice on creating repeat patterns and build up my pattern arsenal. Join me!

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  5. Done I voted for yours and a few others! :)

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    1. Thank you, Shayla! There were a lot of great ones, weren't there? xo

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