Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tiny Green Worlds {Spoonflower Fabric}

Life has been crazy-busy here. But when I realized the Spoonflower theme was terrariums, I had to make time for it!

But I didn't have time to do all the research and preliminary drawings like I usually do. I decided to jump right into Photoshop and start drawing. This is the first time I've ever skipped the sketching process and started on the computer. It is not my ideal, but I have to say, the spontaneity was a bit exhilarating! And since the design was very organic, it worked well with drawing on the tablet - I didn't have to worry about super straight lines or perfect spacing. I could just roll with it!

This was my final pattern block. When I set it up as a repeat it looked like this:

I think it turned out pretty well! There is a lot of detail in each of the terrariums, so I have to keep the design on the bigger side in order to appreciate it all. 

There is still a bit of time to vote in this week's contest, so head on over to pick your favorites!

And speaking of patterns, I am heading to NYC this weekend to check out Surtex - the surface pattern & textile licensing show. I am looking forward to seeing the setup to see if this is something I'd like to pursue at some point in the near future. Not to mention I get to finally meet my Happy Happy Art Collective friends and other artists I've met online the last few years. It should be a fantastic experience!

I'll be back next week to tell you all about it!


  1. I'm jealous that you are getting to go! Earlier this year I realized I had taken a week of vacation for this month and that it might coincide with the National Stationery Show. I was all amped to possibly go and walk around and see what it is like in hopes that I might be interested in moving in that direction myself. I was rather dismayed to see, and as far as I could tell going through the registration process, the cost of tickets to get in were in the hundreds. Apparently it is really a show for serious wholesale buyers or vendors or the media only, not people wanting to do research :( boo

    1. Yes, the prices are outrageous!! Hopefully at some point you'll get to go. I was able to walk a bit of the Stationery Show and I could see it being very helpful to someone who is just starting out. The exposure would be great, though there were a LOT of exhibitors! I didn't even get through half the booths!!

  2. Hi Emily, I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Chris! I loved perusing your home decor projects - I wish I had more time to "freshen" up old furniture!


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