Autumn Means Production Is In Full Gear

I may have been quite quiet a bit with regards to updating my website this autumn, but I have a good excuse. It’s because I have been changing gears with my Heart and Soul Apothecary Shop with updating it with a brand new website as well as taking various courses over at hosted by Rachael Taylor along with the latest and newest live and online course at with Art Directors/Agents Lilla Rogers and Zoe Tucker.

While I am catching up on the courses, I am about to migrate this personal website to a new and improved website. As usual my instagram feed continues to showcase the latest in my everyday design patterns and artworks in progress.

And as with autumn, production for the shop becomes a priority in gearing up for the busy holiday season. Tomorrow for example, I will be knee deep, so it seems, with making my aromatherapy candles with organic essential oils. Then lip balms and other skin care products, etc.

I have also been looking into creating clothing and textiles from eco-friendly resources- so if you know anyone, shoot them my way!

Happy creating!


XO Leah

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. 🙂

Fun with Color Palettes

I adore color, and who doesn’t? Especially if you are an artist or creative. Perhaps you have a thing for deep aqua blues, or light sage greens – for me, well I love those pinks and fuchsias. I don’t really have a favorite color as all of them are my favorite.

My Still life color mood board.
My Still life color mood board.

Today’s fun prompt from GTS was about finding ways to change up your palette. I decided to create an impromptu still life of an antique weathered duck decoy and a 8 strong ‘armadillo-styled’ mandolin – both of which I picked up at tags sales years ago.

Work in progress (wip) of Ducky Gertie.
Work in progress (wip) of Ducky Gertie.

Not only were these objects’ colors, ones I don’t normally choose to work in, I felt it would be an added bonus to paint a still life as it’s been some time since I painted from one. And well neutrals are always good – they go with everything right? Right…

While I set out on my day, I also created color mood boards, one from the still life, and a second from the actual painting once finished.

What follows, are bonus patterns I created at each stage of sitting down to paint. I got to take a break at times in allowing the gouache paint to dry, which is the perfect time I find to create design patterns.
Multi-tasking at its best!

Well, who know’s what I will create tomorrow? I didn’t know I’d paint a duck and a mandolin when I woke up. I am having so much fun working on the creative prompts that Lilla Rogers is sharing on the blog for the GTS competition.

It’s adventuresome, I tell you, to be an artist!

Stay Creative People! It feels good.


Ducky Gertie with Mandolin - a painting by Leah Quinn
Ducky Gertie with Mandolin – a painting by Leah Quinn
Just Ducky Journal Mockup by Leah Quinn
Just Ducky Journal Mockup by Leah Quinn