Today while working on several projects including taking part in the GTS, I took a moment to finish up a fun coloring page that reads, “Refriggenlax”. Last week, I had several instances where this term was used to describe what a person would tell their younger selves…Who were these people? Lilla Rogers (during her Live Periscopes on Tuesdays) and Oprah (during a guided meditation with Deepak Chopra). Then I had two different horoscopes that also read and suggested I relax.
All this refriggenlaxing got me thinking. For the record, I can’t be anymore relax than I am, unless I am asleep.
I am either creating art in some form or working with organic essential oils and botanical hydrosols all day for my shop Heart & Soul Apothecary. Both can be demanding, but neither get me overly-stressed, which is a good thing, as it’s my job and career.
With four different mentions of being relaxed and more specifically being ‘refriggenlax’ I took it as a sign to design this piece. So, for a limited time, I will offer up this piece as a free download should you like to print out a copy for yourself. That or if you need to tell someone to go refriggenlax – I got you! This free download is for you (or well, for them… lol)
The available download will be a high quality black and white print without my logo in the top corner, and measures 8 inches by 8 inches. Perfect to color in at your leisure and hang up in your home.
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:
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.
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.
Currently each design I set up to be 12k x 12k pixels wide, and experience no loss of original paint feel:
And below is the pattern scaled up…
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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