Sunset Leads to New Designs

So we all love sunsets, yes? – why yes… the colors, the sereneness of it all, it’s that part of the day where you might start to wind down and review all that you may have accomplished and to see what’s next for you.

That’s how I found myself the other day, reflecting upon my day while playing toss with the dog, I looked up and saw the beauty – had the camera, so I did a quick color mood board:

Twilight Color Mood Board in the Hudson Valley, NY
Twilight Color Mood Board in the Hudson Valley, NY

I often share my color mood boards on Color.Adobe, should someone else find these color combinations and palettes as pretty as I do.

So the next day, I set myself off to create a few design patterns with my newest colors. And here are those designs below.

Here is that mirrored marbled number (at bottom right) up on spoonflower:

This one I can see as a wool rug, fun wallpaper, etc. I’ve also placed this one up on too.



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. ūüėČ

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, I was a bit familiar with what to expect for the course, as this was my third live class with – 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 РI 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.


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


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.


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.

Patterns And Color Palettes Are Everywhere I Look

Patterns Are Everywhere I Look

And then some! I didn’t even go further than 25 feet, I promise to have found all these patterns within the small confines of my humble home.

This is a collection I gathered today for my course with Rachael Taylor that¬†I am taking. It was interesting to realize how much paisley is actually hanging around my home. Even I was surprised, Why? There was a lot of paisley I didn’t photograph, lol.

I didn’t even get to go by my stash of fabric, but that’s a post for another day. ūüôā
It is interesting to assess what catches your eye about fabric. These are not meant to go together mind you, but simply swatches of patterns in and around my abode that I loved one time or another.

Patterns found in my home.
Oh Pattern Hunting I’ll Will Go, Oh Pattern Hunting I Will Go…(in the voice of Elmer Suds)


And with these images that come from my Garden in 2015, I created beautiful color palettes that I hope to further inspired by when creating new patterns and designs in the coming weeks. You can see many other of my organic garden flower images on my Instagram Feed over at the Heart & Soul Shop.