Designs 72 and 73.

More bees. I am really trying hard to make these damned bees work. I’m still not satisfied. I think tomorrow it will be time to move on.

Aren’t I supposed to be doing plants right now, anyway?

Design 72 – See it on Redbubble

Design 73 – See it on Redbubble

Designs 70, 71

Life is nearly back to normal after the holidays, and I’m jumping right back in with both feet! I thought I might play catch up over the next few days to get me back on track!

Today I repurposed my bees and cone flowers from the previous design, creating two new patterns. One is a structured bee pattern, which I’m not so crazy about. I think I may try this again tomorrow but with a single bee rather than both, because the overall effect is a little strange.

The second one I’m pretty excited about solely because I’ve learned how to do half drop repeat patterns! It was much easier than I imagined, and it’s something I’ve been wanting to learn how to do for a while now. Again, it’s not perfect, but it’s a new technique I will work hard to perfect.

Design 70 – See it on Redbubble
Design 71 – See it on Redbubble

More tomorrow!

Design 69 / 365

It’s after midnight – I did what I set out to do. I drew some bees and another coneflower and fashioned it into a repeating pattern

I really did like how it looked extra large and not repeating, so on most of the Redbubble items I didn’t actually do a repeat.

I’m particularly fond of the muted blue-green that I did for the background.

See it on Redbubble!

2018 Year in Review

What a year it’s been! With all the shenanigans happening in the political world it was nice to just spend my time and energy on creating fun illustrations and patterns.

Some achievements

  • I learned surface pattern design techniques – including how to create a seamless repeating pattern.
  • Two of my designs were handpicked among thousands to be included in WeaveUp’s partnership with Joann’s Fabrics.
  • Two of my designs were featured on the RedBubble homepage
  • I made more sales than ever before!

Sales

I sold print on demand products in 12 different countries and 29 different states in the USA! Most of my sales were Redbubble products, although I did sell a few Amazon Merch tees, TeePublic tees, and a handful of Society6 products.

Here are some of the products that sold:

Looking ahead to 2019

I have a lot of plans and goals for next year. My top goals are:

  • Continue my 365 Days of Design – I’m allowing myself to continue this challenge in non-consecutive days due to a business trip followed by a terrible cold that I’m still recovering from.
  • Launch a Digital Downloads Etsy shop where I sell various items available for digital download, including digital papers, planners, clipart, and more.
  • Create and publish more tutorials.
  • Create a pattern portfolio, develop a collection.
  • Work toward licensing a pattern collection.

… and more!

All in all it’s been a really exciting year for me. One thing I’ve learned is when I put the hard work in, things really do happen. I’m pumped to keep the momentum going.

— Davida

Design 61 / 365 Days of Design

Second to last day of the geometric rainbow designs. I’ll do my last one tomorrow and then go back to animals. However, I may do rainbow geometric animals!

I had a request for shooting stars or sound waves. I tried rainbow shooting stars but I wasn’t happy with the result. Then I tried offset sound waves and couldn’t get the repeat to work well. So I compromised with the following, which was much easier to repeat.

See it on Redbubble!

Design 59 / 365 Days of Design

I continue to indulge my love of rainbows, geometric design, and hearts. And polka dots. Put it all together and what do you get? This:

See it on Redbubble!

In other good news, I have yet another artwork featured on Redbubble’s home page! Design 42 – My raccoon pattern. My birds have been selling quite well, even as they’ve moved down the page and below the proverbial fold, so it’s exciting to have another one featured. Yay!

Design 55 / 365 Days of Design

Yesterday’s chickadee pattern was cute, but it was a little too bland holiday pattern for my taste, like something you’d see in a wrapping paper bundle from a big box store.

I wanted to do something fun with the chickadees, and more to my taste. So I threw away the plant elements and decided to do some mid century shapes. Add in some funky color schemes and we have a design that is much more to my taste.

Here is a link to my favorite color scheme version on Redbubble