Today's #SFDesignADay Challenge features the unique hand dyed techniques used by Pam Layton York of The Playful Crow. Giving us a closer look at her step-by-step process, she shows us how she takes her fabric from dyed to digital. Read on for detailed photos of the entire process and try your hand at the hand-dyed technique at home!
For the past 10 days our crafty community has been whipping up a new design each day for our #SFDesignADay challenge. We are so amazed by everyone's talent, and we love to see the unique spin each artist takes to make each theme their own. We hope you're getting inspired by each day's prompts and maybe even learning a little, too! Below we've gathered a few of our favorite #SFDesignADay posts from Instagram. It's not too late to sign up or get caught up! Just click here to learn how.
Day 1: Pencil Drawing
(from left) Pencil drawings submitted by @vilmary, @sophsa, and @jennifer_geldard on Instagram
We're 10 days into the #SFDesignADay SpoonChallenge! Today's design prompt is brought to you by Sharon Turner (aka Scrummy), an avid Spoonflower Marketplace contributor with a knack for Steampunk designs.
Today’s Design-A-Day prompt comes from NYC-based artist Anne Spalter. Her recent 3,000 square foot installation, Precession, featured "kaleidoscoped" photographs of the iconic New York skyline and Coney Island printed on wallpaper and displayed on canvas prints and video screen. The result was a surreal and psychedelic experience! We caught up with Anne during the installation of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show exhibit to learn more about how she works from photographs to create her vision.
With 200 custom strips of Spoonflower-printed Smooth Wallpaper and 12 video screens to set the scene, Precession transformed the lobby of New York City’s 34th St. Beaux-Arts Post Office into a journey through a day in New York City. Images arranged by the time of day when the image was captured guided the trip, with "kaleidoscoped" images evoking the frenetic energy of the city throughout the space. From images taken from a helicopter above the East River and from an amusement park ride at Coney Island, Anne built a cohesive and whimsical work of art.
We're almost halfway through the #SFDesignADay SpoonChallenge! Today's design prompt is brought to you by Ceri Staziker, a veteran Spoonflower Marketplace contributor better known as Cerigwen, specializing in vector designs. Ceri shows us how to get the best vector designs by hand drawing them then cleaning them up with tools like Illustrator or Inkscape to finalize your creation.
Today's Design-A-Day SpoonChallenge prompt comes from Spoonflower friend and neighbor, Nadia Hassan. Nadia walks us through her process for creating vibrant geometric designs that are both angular and inviting, abstract and natural.
Today's #SFDesignADay SpoonChallenge prompt features the stylish pen and ink simplicity of designer and author Lucie Duclos. She talks us through her process– from brainstorming, to drawing, to coloring–as well as the tools she uses. Be sure to follow along on the blog and in your inbox (it's not too late to sign up) until March 15 as we feature a new technique each day, presented to you by members of our talented community of designers!
Lucie: Pen and ink drawing is a line-based method of creating images. Subtle variations in style and line quality can range from whimsical and clever illustrations to super realistic drawings. There is an endless amount of pen and ink techniques, but I prefer the basic black and white line drawings because you can create strong graphics with a clean, modern look. And you can always add color at the end and still keep the black outline for definition!
Today's #SFDesignADay theme is block prints! Rochelle New will show you all you need to know to delve into this rewarding design process, which might just get you out of your comfort zone. Each day until March 15, we'll feature a new Design-A-Day technique, presented to you by members of our talented community of designers! Missed out on the first few days or want to learn more? Check out our timeline and FAQs here, and be sure to sign up to have these prompts delivered directly to your email inbox.
Today's Design-A-Day SpoonChallenge is brought to you by Tina Vey, known as Ottomanbrim in the Spoonflower Marketplace. Today, Tina gives us a closer look at how she incorporates elements of abstract art into her design process. Be sure to follow along on the blog and in your inbox (it's not too late to sign up) until March 15 as we feature a new technique each day, presented to you by members of our talented community of designers!
Franz Kline – Untitled, 1952. Source: Artnet