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,,,, 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…

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Click on image to see this design at my 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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Summer Swings In Busy

I have had a blast of a good time through out the past four weeks creating art and product mockups for the MATS Home Decor, the only time the course was offered live in 2016 at with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tandau. So busy have I been, that I didn’t even realize I hadn’t updated my website in four weeks – yikes!

I’ve also been gearing up in producing products for my Heart & Soul Apothecary shop. I was invited to participate in the 47th Annual Riverside Crafts Fair at the Garrison Arts Center. So I said YES! Woot woot!

I am really quite stoked and honored to be a part of this spectacular curated show. And while I know the date will come up a lot faster than I realize, I’m squealing inside with excitement. It’s not your average craft fair by any means, it’s a rather big deal – I even have to put on my serious shoes. 🙂

So whether I’ve been working in ceramics, creating art for licensing (fingers crossed), I’ve also been up to my ears in producing product for the shop.

Below are just some of the things I have produced in the last four weeks…

Shown above are boards from all four weeks in various substrates: Metal, Fabric, Glass, and Ceramics for‘s Home Decor.

Below are various items I’ve recently made that are just out of the kiln or about to go in, respectively within these past busy four weeks.