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Apparently I made a lot of patterns over the past 100days!

Apparently I made a lot of patterns over the past 100 days! Here are 100 little images. Probably 85 or more are completed(ish) patterns and the rest are filled in with elements that will become patterns or are patterns in progress. This is my third time doing and I...

Thanks to everyone who gave me input on this design.

Thanks to everyone who gave me input on this design. Sadly, I did not make it into the semifinals of the contest, but I got enough great feedback that I’m going to figure out how to make this into an actual journal and make it available for purchase...

Another cicada pattern

Another cicada pattern. This started out with @smcnabstudio’s @skillshare class on creating a linear toss pattern, but then it got a crazy...

Thanks to everyone who voted

Thanks to everyone who voted and helped me decide! I went with this one for several reasons. First, without the strip down the left side with a pattern of staghorn ferns, I felt like it wasn’t obvious enough that I used that particular required element. And I chose...

My first attempt at a diagonal stripe pattern.

My first attempt at a diagonal stripe pattern. I’m taking my third Skillshare class by Bonnie Christine, which is how I started learning to make in Illustrator. When I first learned more than 25 years ago at SCAD, it was by cutting and taping paper together. This is...

Need new wallpaper?

Need new wallpaper for your computer, phone or iPad? Click here, send me your email address and I’ll send these pretty blue flowers your...

Drawing some staghorn ferns

Drawing some staghorn ferns. Lots of work to catch up after being in the mountains in Utah for the last five...

Coffee. iPad. Sunshine

Coffee. iPad. Sunshine. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning in Park City! Drawing more Japanese anemones for both the and my...

These flowers

These flowers are just one small part of another big complex pattern I have in the works, but I’m going to try to get back to posting one a day, even if it’s made of just pieces of the overall patterns I’m working on. I’m getting too caught up in the tiny details of...

I keep forgetting to go to bed.

I keep forgetting to go to bed. Separating elements to be used in my next #patterndesign. Lizard, mantis, leaves…not pictured, giant...

Still working on and off on this one

Still working on and off on this one. Needs to be simplified and needs some more balance. I want the vertical lines, but there is a very strong implied horizontal line that I want to get rid...

My obsessive nature

My obsessive nature hasn’t allowed me to take a break from this one like I planned. Here, finally, is a repeat with all the leaves but just one of the women. I think I like it…but stay tuned to see the other one creep back...

Here’s what it looks like…

Here’s what it looks like when you are building the most complicated repeat and you’ve tried and deleted 872 versions and are finally getting somewhere....

Throwback Thursday

Throwback (super early) Thursday to one of the first pieces I made in grad school at @scaddotedu after I switched my focus from painting to fibers. Block printed patterns inside masked off shapes form this bound figure. One of the very first repeat patterns I ever...

When you spend several days cleaning up your scan

When you spend several days cleaning up your scan in photoshop and then trace it in illustrator and spend several days cleaning that up and then you realize you should have scanned it a higher resolution and saved yourself hours of work over the last gazillion days!...

This sucker is taking a ridiculously long time

This sucker is taking a ridiculously long time to break into pieces that I can reassemble into a repeat. I may have to rethink it and redraw it. But my eyes have stopped working, so...

I got these awesome magnets made

I got these awesome magnets made by @stickermule and now I have a chance to get a big discount on some more. What drawings of mine would you like see as magnets? If I pick your suggestion I’ll send you a pack of magnets and stickers made from my...

Only got to spend a few minutes on this one today

Only got to spend a few minutes on this one today before my Apple Pencil died and I’m too tired to wait for it to recharge. Picture a pattern of leaves and vines with these two pretty women tangled up in them. That’s the plan, at least. Patterns often end up going in...

Busy day today

Busy day today… I went to the Farmers’ Market with my favorite sister, I (almost) finished a logo, worked on an artist’s website, designed a logo and launched a new website for a new business I accidentally started with a stranger I met online in the...

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday to the year I made jewelry in grad school at SCAD. These two pieces were the most challenging things I’ve ever made – before or since! In front, a pendant with a full sphere that moves freely inside another cut out sphere that wraps around it....

This strawberry pattern

This strawberry pattern was inspired by a dress that the fabulous @themilitantbaker was wearing in the photo I used as reference to draw her a few weeks...

Today’s pattern went through a zillion variations.

Today’s pattern went through a zillion variations. Again, I don’t know which one I like. I think I’m going to have to work through the 100 days and then revisit them all and choose which ones are worth...

New little couple on my shelf

New little couple on my shelf this morning thanks to @jt_crawford! Check them out! They died in the throes of passion…after she ate his head, while still attached!

This was going to be more insects

This was going to be more insects…or rather, a background for some insects. But it turned into this. More insects coming soon, I promise.

This one is just kinda ok

This one is just kinda ok. I spent so much time cleaning up scans and turning these little guys into vectors that I ran out energy for actual pattern making. And don’t want to be up til after 2 am again tonight! I’ll do something more interesting with them...

The problem with staying up til after 2am

The problem with staying up til after 2am working on patterns is that you don’t notice that you forgot to repeat one of the flowers in the background. Here’s a corrected version of yesterday’s pattern.

In honor of World Book Day

In honor of World Book Day, I present a book I made in grad school at SCAD in 1992(ish) with paper I made in 1988 when I was going to school in Cortona, Italy. The block printed patterns are based on Gustav Klimt’s painted...

Wallpaper anyone?

I’m kind of in love with this one. It was a challenge!!

Cute little bugs

Today’s entry is a variation of last night’s with the addition of a few cute little bugs.

Just some simple leaves today

Just some simple leaves today, but expect to see more from this one in the next few days. I pulled lots of fun elements from the sketch this came from!

I made this one repeat seamlessly on all sides

I made this one repeat seamlessly on all sides, but I don’t really like the overall pattern when it repeats vertically. So I’m showing it just repeating horizontally. It would be good as a wallpaper border or a mural. If you are only seeing the one, go back to my feed...

This one is turning into the most challenging thing!

This one is turning into the most challenging thing! It repeats the way it is now, but there’s too much of a visible line dividing the rows, so I’m working on bringing some elements up and some down. Maybe I’ll finish it...

So I thought this would be an easy one.

It was a drawing that I already had… I thought I’d just match up the top and bottom and make it repeat. Simple, right? Nope. Waaaaay more complex than I anticipated. Spent a few hours on it today, and I’ll (try to) finish it tomorrow. You can see where the line is...

Leaves leaves leaves leaves!

This one started out wanting to be a pattern with a moth, but I pulled the leaves out of the drawing and the moth flew away. Maybe he will come back tomorrow.

Day 6 of my project!

I’ve been starting on these patterns after a full day of work. Started this one at 10pm and it’s almost 2am now. I simply don’t have four hours a day for this! New plan. Splitting each pattern into two days. Creating the individual elements one day and making the...

Day 4 of my project.

Dragonflies. Not happy with it yet, but it’s 2 am. Will make another pattern with the dragonfly tomorrow.

day three

I didn’t love the way the cicadas were spaced, so I changed the position of some of them so there weren’t clumps of the silhouettes all in a row and changed the colors to black, white and gray. I also turned them into leggings you can buy from my website! Link in...

The 100 Day Project – Day 2 – Cicadas

It’s after midnight, but I haven’t been to bed yet, so it’s still day 2 of my #100daysofpattern2018. Day one was getting ready, writing about why and gathering drawings to turn into patterns. So day 2 and here’s my first pattern.

It’s after midnight

It’s after midnight, but I haven’t been to bed yet, so it’s still day 2 of my #100daysofpattern2018. Day one was getting ready, writing about why and gathering drawings to turn into patterns. So day 2 and here’s my first pattern. I was planning to do something simple...

I worked on something really cool over the weekend

I worked on something really cool over the weekend and kept my big mouth shut while I waited to see if it would actually be published… .. The super-cool Rebecca Alexander is Kickstarting a much-needed app/website called AllGo: “a review site where fat people rate the...

The100dayproject-Day 1

Today is the first day of #the100dayproject and I’ve finally decided what I’m going to do this year.

Moo mini portfolio

I’ve been using these Moo square business cards for nearly three years and I still absolutely love them as a way to share a mini portfolio of my drawings and encaustic work everywhere I go. Maybe it’s time to add some newer work to the...

This guy started out as a magpie…

This guy started out as a magpie until I found the gourd for his beak and rusty whisks for his feet. Not sure what he is anymore, but I’m kind of in love with him! Made in Geoffrey Gorman‘s workshop at Ephemera...

I’m about to merge worlds…

I’m about to merge worlds and use some paper stretching techniques I learned from Catherine Nash at Amanda Jolley’s studio last year on the wings of this cicada that I’m making in Geoffrey Gorman’s workshop at Ephemera...

Turn of the century prosthetic leg?

Turn of the century prosthetic leg? Check. Rusty toolbox? Check. Antlers? Check. Old doorknobs to make cicada eyes? Check. Time to get busy making things in @geoffreygorman’s workshop at...

Last night’s drawing

Last night’s drawing with this morning’s coffee. I just want to draw pretty pictures and drink coffee.

Brainstorming ideas for this year’s 100 Day Project

Brainstorming ideas for this year’s #the100dayproject. On the list for consideration so far: insects repeatpatterns hand lettering 100 things about me kama sutra nudewomen (duh!) daily watercolor iPad drawing. Any suggestions from this list or something else I may not...

Flashback Friday to when I made #fiberart.

Flashback Friday to when I made fiber art. In Dallas visiting my aunt and uncle who bought this from grad school thesis show. Found and screen printed fabric, antique lace, photographs (of me), gloves, stitched and quilted here and there. Probably one of my favorite...