Monday, March 30, 2009

See the Forest

Here's a pattern from the tree in the previous post. The actual size is 12" square. So, that means each tree "star" is nearly 3 1/2" square.

What do you think? Would this work as curtains, a sun dress, pillow covers, a skirt, slip cover, etc.?

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Make Like a Tree and Leave(s)

I am taking a short break from my leaves. I haven't been able to make the repeat work, so I'm stepping away for a moment. But, before I do, what do you think of the yellow? I love yellow. It's so happy and cheery. I would like to see this as yellow curtains for a bedroom (or any room). What better way to wake up (this coming from someone who is not a morning person!)?

So, in the meantime, I'm going to shift my focus to another pattern I've started. Here's the new one ... what do you think?Have a happy Tuesday!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tricky Repeats

In my attempts to repeat this pattern, it revealed it's flaws to me. I don't recall where I saw it, but I remember a tutorial about tiling patterns. (assuming I remember it correctly) You divide the pattern into quarters and switch the top right with the lower left, and top left with lower right. This then allows the outer edges to align properly when printing. Kind of like turning something inside-out.

I can't get it to line up! So, now I either start over or try to find what's causing the flaw.

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Now if only I can find that tutorial ... Any suggestions?

CORRECTION: I found the tutorial. And it's by, none other than, Julia Rothman on Design Sponge. I bookmarked it (Thank you Delicious!) and there it was, waiting for me to rediscover it!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Alphabet

This has been in my head now for a while. I'm relieved to finally get it out. It's so satisfying when something comes out as you picture it in your head, isn't it?

I would love to see this on a T-shirt, tote bag, or sofa pillow with no repeat. I could even print onto a nice cotton paper stock and hang as wall art.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009


I've now made the leaves white on a green background with a teal outline. This could be nice in many different colors with the white leaves. I still don't quite have how the pattern would repeat, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

What do you think?

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Monday, March 2, 2009

The Leaves are Becoming

I'm excited about these leaves.

Here is the next iteration of my leaf pattern. I chose a lime-green color to start but imagine it could be done in a variety of colors. One step at a time, though, right? If you click on the image you can see a larger version.

Tell me what you think. Would you make a sofa pillow with this? Any advice on making this a successful repeat pattern for screen printing?

Another pattern is already in the works. But more on that later.