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.

 

Something funny happened on my way through the 100 day project…

Lately I completed The 100 Day Project by challenging myself to creating a pattern a day for 100 days straight. I had thought to myself when I first started to wonder if I could actually accomplish such a task. Would I see it all the way through, could I create something tangible everyday for placement onto the world of surface design?

I knew I was the only one who might notice, but wanted to add new work to my portfolio – so off I went to design a pattern a day, then all of the sudden, something funny happened on my through my challenge of #100daysofpatterns…

In the beginning, I noticed that I was able to upload a pattern to my Instagram by two in the afternoon while working on all my other art & shop work. Then by week three, I noticed not only a much shorter amount of time needed in creating the new patterns, it became sort of an added challenge for myself to see how many I could do on any one day. It become super fun and I even surprised myself with what I designed everyday.


Yes there would be days that I might not have shared my progress, as there were many other art designs I was doing simultaneously for MATS Bootcamp and MATS Home Decor, but when I did share, it would be four or more unique designs an ‘IG post’.

This is just a screen shot of one of my Pattern Libraries in PS…

I’m a little shy to share this, but I ended up creating roughly 1000 design patterns (not counting any created for ABSPD or MATS). Whew is right! I would never expect that, nor learning so much about pattern design and creating realistic mockups. I even very recently, submitted my designs to several competitions including one being held currently by Uppercase and Windham Fabrics and another by Spoonflower.

While deciding in keeping fresh design work a ‘coming to my portfolio, I joined in for Rachael Taylor’s Summer School over at ABSPD, which has been a delight to design for with using the incredible and insightful trend-related briefs provided with each assignment. I’ll share those designs soon including the one’s I have created for the GTS 2016, I promise.

So today I share a fun few one’s I created this last week while I am still finishing up my designs for the GTS2016 competition with Lilla Rogers. So back to mocking it up.  And next week I will start uploading more of my designs to Spoonflower. 🙂

Going Fishing and Coveting Fabric Collections – By The Hudson Cove

I’ve gone fishing for new art patterns and created a new collection called Hudson Cove. 😉

The new collection was inspired by a trend board I didn’t initially choose to work from but am super glad I did the second time around. When Itaffy-glass-tall-vase took the live Designing for Home Decor online course earlier this season with the dynamic and dynamite team of  Lilla Rogers, and Margo Tantau with the amazing crew over at MakeArtThatSells.com, I was a bit familiar with what to expect for the course, as this was my third live class with MakeArtThatSells.com – but had no idea the trend boards would be as delicious as there were.

Hudson Cove Pattern & Design Collection by Leah Quinn
Hudson Cove Pattern & Design Collection by Leah Quinn

In fact, each trend board was so extra pretty, I initially worked one full day with each to better acquaint myself with its colors, motif themes, etc. in trying to decide which one I’d use for creating my collection around, during the live portion of the course.

The incredible work produced by the other artists in the class was super astonishing too. So inspiring, uplifting and fantastically hit right out of the ball park kind of art work. This course really changes the design game for sure. It did mine! And am so very grateful for it.

My Pattern named Jellybean Serene Green – click on bowl to see this pattern on a dress – so pretty, don’t you think?

After the course ended in June, I decided to go back and ‘take’ the course again, this time using the other trend boards. Not only to broaden my portfolio of patterns and designs, I was hoping to keep my art fresh for the upcoming Global Talent Search Contest and I adore the momentum of the MATS courses in which you have to submit a piece within one week. It so keeps you on your art toes!

Here’s my take on the second trend board which had themes that reminded me of upstate New York and of the Hudson River from where I grew up. I’ve included product mockups and patterns I’ve designed for metal, fabric, glass, ceramic & wood substrates.

Click on image to see entire Hudson Cove Collection by Leah Quinn Designs
Click on the box to see the entire Hudson Cove Collection.

My latest patterns you see here were done using only hand painted watercolors in creating the motifs and elements prior to taking them into PS or AI to create the design patterns – I even had fun using that new Adobe Capture pattern app on my phone. It takes making patterns to a whole new level despite some of its initial hiccups.

Currently I have a few of these patterns on sites like Society6, Redbubble & Spoonflower. As of this post’s date, I am still uploading some of the patterns you see below to those sites as part of my latest collection.

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Hudson Cove Design & Pattern Collection by Leah Quinn Designs
Click on image to see the ‘Surreal Trippy Starfish’ pattern on a t-shirt.
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Click on the image to see the Hudson Cove Pattern Collection.

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taffy-fabric-mockup

What’s next on my art board? I’m toying with ideas for the last trend board, a kid-friendly one as it’s been curated with ideas for patterns more suited for children design themes. Wait to you see the colors – They happen to be some of my favorites!

One thing is for sure, I never know what I will be designing until it’s created – it’s such a fun part of the process – the surprise of each pattern design as it unfolds itself to me as I create it.

~Leah

P.S. Are you curious about those animals peeking through the window? They are Vicuna that I drew as part of my Children’s Illustration assignment for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp course.