2016 The Best Nine on Instagram – Leah Quinn Design

As the year winds down (or up depending upon one’s perspective) it’s been a tough and difficult year for so many. My heart and love goes out to so many in our one world. It can be all too easy just to scroll quickly pass, or just be too bothered to be observant to what is going on, all around each and everyone of us.

You can look at it as half-empty, half-filled or, as I do, as opportunities. For change is the only constant. There is still something of substance. I believe and hope you will too, that 2017 will bring good things to light. Let’s hope. 🙂

This next year, I aim to pay it forward in more ways that I have in 2016, even if it is to be bring a simple smile to a stranger’s face. And with creating art, it allows for a meditative state to come about, at least for me – it’s the one time I’m giving back to myself so that I can give more to others. It’s a time for to me unwind, to express, to intend and to explore and try new things. It’s a must for me, as with me helping people whenever I can.

This brings me to sharing with you all, that I am rolling this blog over to my shop at Heart & Soul Apothecary in the beginning of this next year while upgrading my portfolio website & other social media platforms. The other reason, is that I will be able to better share information of my latest artwork, creative in-house workshops and all sorts of other goodies.

So last but not least, here’s to some of my more ‘faved by you designs’ I created from my IG posts for 2016. Following that, are a few photos of items from various print on demand services I had produced with my designs on them and it’s so wild to see one’s work come to life on the surface of a product!

I have got to give huge thanks and warm hugs over to the creative teams at MakeArtThatSells.com & MakeItInDesign.com for the continued inspiration I receive to further my creative career!
I’ll see you in 2017!

And to my fellow designers, Artists & ‘Classmates’ & MATSies, “We did it!” It’s been such an amazing & inspiring journey to see everyone’s art and creativity soar this year, I am so looking forward to seeing and being witness to what our creativity unveils for us all in this next year!

<3 Hugs Leah

Scarves by LeahQuinnDesign.com available at NYHeartnSoul.com
Scarves by LeahQuinnDesign.com available at NYHeartnSoul.com & Here on Redbubble
Best Nine for 2016 from Leah Quinn Design IG feed
Best Nine for 2016 from http://instagram.com/LeahQuinnDesign – There’s also a slew of designs I released over at Spoonflower available now for purchasing. 
Fabric from Spoonflower with my Designs.
Fabric from Spoonflower & Lamp from Zazzle with my designs on them.
Items with my designs available at Heart & Soul
Items with my designs available at Heart & Soul Apothecary.


Creating More Art From Art – A Designer’s Perspective

Recently I have been having loads of fun creating patterns from my own artwork. In the last year, I have shared on Instagram, and on my blog, examples of where I get my inspiration from.

First of all, when you are designing, always be as original as you can be, as authentic source helps for better design and identifiable style down the road.

In the past, I’ve learned I could create patterns from my ceramic sgrafitto clay work – I still do this today as it’s very much fun to ‘draw’ and carve into clay:

Ceramic Platter by Leah Quinn
Image of earthenware platter I made using sgrafitto technique.

Glass Trinket Plate -LeahQuinnDesigns

Above is a Mandala Inspired Glass Trinket Plate as a Product Mockup With a Design I created from my clay work above.

I also love to take an initial design and see where it evolves for its’ coordinates. The top right pattern I started with first, then continually played with the original to create the coordinating designs.

Evolution Collection

Lately, I have been combining techniques. Creating the art with gouaches first, as seen below – just simple mark making and play with colors. Note, not every photograph is perfect (it’s actually on purpose for me) in its focus because it can be an added interesting bonus when designing with your motifs:

Now take a look at the designs below, can you recognize any of the ‘motifs’ and ‘design elements’ from the above photos? Yes these are actual camera screenshots of my designs. Scroll below to see how they clean up!

I then will often clean them up – play with their scale, in PS etc. I might then select a few to make a ‘pretend’ quilt block, then share it on social media. I also will add a few select number of each collection onto various sites like redbubble.com, society6.com, zazzle.com, spoonflower.com, etc.

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Currently each design I set up to be 12k x 12k pixels wide, and experience no loss of original paint feel:

Original painting of ‘Hearts to Infinity’
Hearts to Infinity Design Pattern Created from painting.
Hearts to Infinity Design Pattern Created from painting.

And below is the pattern scaled up…

Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 5.24.49 PM
Click on image to see this design at my RedBubble.com account.

So Happy creating everyone! Hoping you enjoyed seeing a little behind the scenes of how I create my designs.

Hugs and Kisses,


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