Day 27 / 365 Days of Designs

I’m back to doing patterns. I haven’t landed on what I want my next Theme Sprint to be. Kids patterns, hand drawn patterns, minimalist patterns, botanical, stencil style, interlocking elements (this idea intrigues me), watercolor style, patterns with animals.

Today’s is a placeholder, but I do love it it’s simplicity and bold color story. Redbubble time. Until tomorrow!

Day 24 / 365 Days of Design

Day 24 / 365 Days of Design

Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Edwards Walker was a true badass. Just researching for this portrait made me want to learn so much more about her.

She was the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army, she continually crossed the Confederate lines to treat civilians. After being taken prisoner in 1864 and imprisoned in Richmond, she was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first woman to receive this award. In 1917, her medal, along with 910 others, was taken away when Congress revised the standards to include only “actual combat with the enemy.” She refused to return the medal, wore it until her death, and she was finally awarded it posthumously.


That’s it for me today. Get it on Redbubble!

Day 23 / 365 Days of Design

And to top it off, WordPress ate my post. Now you get an even shorter one.

Today I give you Ida B. Wells.  Ida B. Wells was an African-American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

It’s late. I’m exhausted. See ya tomorrow.

Day 20 of 365 Days of Design

Today is the last day of my Geometric design sprint. Today I wanted to do a herringbone or chevron pattern. Next I think I may do designs for kid’s patterns. We’ll see! Who knows what I’ll set out to do and what will come out the other end – it surprises me nearly every day. Here’s the Redbubble link.


Until tomorrow!

Day 19 of 365 Days of Design

Today has been the most challenging of all. We had a system incident that started late in the afternoon and continued well into the evening. Then I finally dragged myself away at a time that I could leave it with someone else to babysit to make dinner, spend time with my youngest, read him books and put him to bed.

So, as it’s 10pm now, I’m checking in with work again to ensure that all is well. I really threw this pattern together – it is slapdash, unrefined, and I threw a well used color palette on it (granted, a color palette that I love).  But I do like that it’s has a fun and energetic feel.

Anyway, here it is – thrown together and thrown onto Redbubble!

Until tomorrow!


Day 18 of 365 Days of Design

This one was my husband’s idea. He said “You should do stripes that go from fat to thin one way, and then fat to thin the other way, and they should be gradients each way.”

So I gave that a go! The first design was straight stripes, but I just can’t. So I did some duplicating and off-setting, and played with the layer blending modes until I liked it.

It’s bright and rainbowy and feels very cheerful. Plus stripes are the easiest things in the world next to polka dots to make into a repeat pattern.

Here is is on Redbubble!

Until tomorrow!

Day 17 of 365 Days of Design

Geometric design theme continues. Today I went for the classic chevron shape. I had some real difficulties getting this one into a repeat. Gorgeous overlapping shapes resulted in a woven textile feel. It actually reminds me a lot of a scarf that I knit many years ago.

Other than that, inspiration was elusive today. I’m happy that I made a passable pattern, but in all honesty its creation was not coming from a place of excitement or passion, but just a let’s get this done attitude. To be expected when creating a design each and every day!

Redbubble! Until tomorrow!

Day 16 of 365 Days of Design

Today was all about color.  I ran into this three color palette a while back and was struck at how unusual it was, and how the mustard made the light minty green pop.

I worked at a more organic geometric design like yesterday’s, but landed on this much more structured design, a style I tend to shy away from but it works here, especially since the color palette is the real focus of the piece. I did play extensively with some organic forms but ultimately they just didn’t work out.

Redbubble things here! That’s it for me today. See ya tomorrow!


Day 12 of 365 Days of Design

Welp, today was a struggle. I didn’t get started until after I put my littlest to bed. I didn’t have any clear idea or plan. I knew I was in trouble before I sat down.

Geometric theme sprint continues – I will continue it for a while longer.

I tried at least 8 different things. Finally I decided on a grid, blended chromatic design, similar to Day 8.

I brought it into Photoshop, pushed it to its limit, then pulled it back again. I can’t decide which one I like more, but I decided to go for the cleaner, more subdued version.

Here’s where I started:


Then I pushed it to something really dramatic in Photoshop:

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Then I pulled it back again to the original. I like them both a lot. I might put them both up at some point.

Here’s the final on Redbubble:


It’s nearly midnight! Tomorrow, geometric, black and white 60s mod design is my plan. We’ll see what happens!

See ya tomorrow.


365 days of print and pattern



Starting October 1st, I will be creating an illustrated element (print) or a pattern each day for one year. I will upload each one to my Redbubble account, even if I think they are awful.  I will share my favorites on my various social sites.

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Back in 2012 I did a drawing a day for an entire year. I started on January 1 and I drew when I was sick, I drew when I was busy, and even I even drew when I was traveling halfway across the world and got absolutely no sleep because I’m a terrible traveler. Seven delirious days in Sydney.

I did miss a day here or there, but I always made it up the next day. I had a full-time job, a 4-year-old and two teens. So I cut myself some slack when I absolutely needed it.

It was a challenging exercise but I had a blast with it. Some of the pieces I created were gawdawful.  There were a few pieces that I am still proud of today.

Here I am, 6 years later and I’m ready to go again. My then-4-year-old is about to turn double digits. My oldest is living on her own in another state with her sweetheart, and my middle child has one foot out the door.

Creatively, big changes have happened between then and today. I’ve grown as an illustrator and I’ve fallen in love with a few new things:

  • Ipad Pro + Apple Pencil + Procreate is a threesome made in heaven
  • Illustrator is now my go-to digital creation tool of choice. I’ve spent the last year teaching myself Adobe Illustrator and it’s worth every minute I’ve spent.
  • Surface pattern design. I cannot stop making patterns, they appeal to both sides of my brain.

I’m still working full time at the same company, and my job is busier than ever; demanding and stressful. But, nevertheless, I find myself compelled to do this. Maybe because my move this summer put me so off track (still so many boxes) I feel I need this kick in the pants to get going again.

The challenge

My challenge to myself is to make a pattern or a print each day. By print, I mean an illustrated element, much like my fox – Something that can stand on its own or can be worked into a pattern in the future.

The plan

Starting October 1, 2018 (Inktober!)  I will design at least one element or one pattern each day. Each one will be posted on this blog and uploaded to Redbubble (this will motivate me to not cop out and make total crap).

The realities

There will be a lot of simple patterns. Creating something in a single day is a challenge. My fox pattern took me well over a week to create. Some days you might just get a polka dot pattern out of me – but I’ll still try to make it unique and interesting! Some days I may create a very simple element that will be worked into a pattern at a later time. Some days I may rework a previous pattern to add complexity, or put an existing pattern into a new colorway. The point is to challenge myself and have a lovely library of my work at the end of it.

My goals

  • Develop a library of prints and patterns that I can be proud of and build upon
  • Develop some amazing color palettes
  • Loosen up
  • Discover ways to add complexity
  • Explore my creativity in a loose way
  • Get a lot of bad patterns out of me
  • Explore mediums and styles
  • Find ways to niche down
  • Hone my process
  • Bulk up the ol’ blog
  • Maybe make a sale or two!

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