What I’ve been working on

My house is a mess. It’s a disaster. I would add photos to prove my point, but it would be too embarrassing. It should be known that my house is almost never really clean. But, it’s worse than I’ve seen it in a long time. I can barely stand to walk into the living room.

And do you know why? Because art. Because creative passion. Because color palettes and learning new Illustrator skillz with a z. Because I was glued to Illustrator all weekend making repeating patterns in gorgeous, rich color palettes to sell as downloadables on Etsy.

My weekend goal was simple – make a pretty color story based on a particular vintage red color I’m obsessed with. Here’s what I came up with, starting with the base color on the very left:


My plan: I would create the color story, make at least one pattern, maybe two, and start building up a pattern library over the next few weeks. Then I could translate that pattern into more color stories, and so on.

Well, I ended up making seventeen patterns in multiple palettes. SEVENTEEN! In multiple colors, meaning I now have over 100 different variations of the patterns, with more to come.

Here’s just a taste.


So, that’s what I did this weekend, instead of clean, or grocery shop, or do any of the other 100 things that need my attention.

That top left pattern is my favorite, and one of the last ones I created. I pulled it into Redbubble. It looks mighty fine on a pillow!


I simply cannot get enough of Mid Century Modern design right now.

I’m serious, I’ve become obsessed. It’s a problem – please send help.
I’ve even started collecting Mid Century Modern Design color palettes on my Pinterest page. Just the colors! Green-gold? Yes, please. Mid century modern patterns, mid century modern prints, mid century modern furniture. I love it all.

Here’s some prints I’ve found on Etsy featuring a Mid Century Modern flair.

Mid Century Modern Bookcase, Modern Furniture, Retro Table, art for kitchen, Jax Paperweights, Retro wall decor, Lounge Art, modern decor

From the shop: Tomas Design

Mid Century Art, Retro wall art, Mid century print, Pebbles Wall Art, Mid Century Modern Print, Abstract Art, Yellow, Textured Wall Art

From the shop YoYo Studio

Millennial Pink Forest Green Mid Century Modern Print | Blush Pink Print | Abstract Geometric Art | Olive Green Print | Pink Wall Art

From the shop ThePeoplesPrints

Mid Century Modern Motel Sign Print | Mid Century Modern Art | Neon Sign Print | Mid Century Modern Wall Art | Neon Sign Art | Motel Print

From the shop RetroRoadsidePhoto

November Redbubble Finds

For those of you who don’t know Redbubble, it’s this fantastic site where artists can upload their artwork and have it placed on a variety of products. I’ve uploaded quite a bit of my own work to Redbubble and have made plenty of sales. Here’s the best of Redbubble I found today.

All these designs are available in a variety of products, such as shirts, phone cases, clocks, and more!

Holiday Mood by elenor27


I could do an entire post on elenor27’s work alone, all her art is whimsical and colorful and evokes a feeling of wellbeing.


RAD XV by metron


metron’s work is is dominated by geometric patterns in gorgeous muted colors. There are plenty more designs and styles in metron’s shop to see, this artist knows their color palettes!


Crowned Crane by Sandra Dieckmann


Oh my. I love everything about this piece: the textures in the graphic mountains and the patterns in the water; the giant crane dominating the composition looking absolutely larger than life, and the contrast of the warm oranges and cool teals. So good. I just have to decide what to put it on, because I think I need this in my house.


Animal Portraits

There’s so many fantastic artists on Etsy it’s almost impossible to keep up. Here’s what I found on Etsy today:

Bear Print


This is offered as a download in a variety of sizes. This is one of my favorite compositions for portraits with the subject below the middle of the piece.

Meerkat Art Print


Look at those faces! This fantastic photoshop mashup (hopefully!) captures such a sweet moment in this couple’s life!

Squirrel Portrait Print


And of course I had to include an illustration. This adorable print has a gorgeous, Victorian feel and looks straight out of a beloved children’s book.