We are beyond excited to announce the first technique in March's Design-A-Day SpoonChallenge: Pencil drawings! Today on the blog, Esther Fallon Lau (known by many as nouveau_bohemian in the Spoonflower Marketplace) gives us a closer look at how she incorporates pencil drawings into her design process. Be sure to follow along here for the next 15 days as we feature a new Design-A-Day technique, presented to you by one of our many talented Spoonflower Marketplace designers!
Congratulations—you're a textile designer! You've successfully completed our 12 Days of Design SpoonChallenge by gathering inspiration and turning it into a surface design. You may be asking yourself, now what? We say keep designing! To continue to inspire your creative textile design journey, we've rounded up a few of our favorite designers who have found success through licensed collections!
Patty Sloniger |Michael Miller
Andie Hanna | Robert Kaufman
Dennis Bennet | Birch Fabrics
Holli Zollinger | Riley Blake Fabrics
Katarina Rocella | Art Gallery Fabrics
Sammy K | Timeless Treasures
Thanks for joining us for 12 Days of Design! We'd love to hear you thoughts on the series and ideas for new SpoonChallenges in the comments below!
Uploading images to Spoonflower is super simple! Once a file is uploaded to our site, you will find several ways to continue tweaking your design. Spoonflower team member and designer extraordinaire Eloisa is here to walk you step by step through the upload process, highlighting our handy design tools along the way!
Uploading your design to Spoonflower really is as easy as 1-2-3! I'll be walking you through the process with this simple "I love Spoonflower" design to demonstrate each step in the process and call out some of the nifty features on our site! The only thing you'll need to follow along is a digital file that meets the Spoonflower image requirements. Got one? Great, just log into your Spoonflower account (or create one here if you do not already have an account), and let's upload our designs!
We are so delighted that you have been working on creating a textile design over the last few days of our SpoonChallenge! Now that you've created a digital file and have uploaded your design, explore the abundance of free, high-quality design tools and resources available online. We've rounded up a few of our favorites, but please let us in on your favorite tricks of the trade in the comments!
PicMonkey is a free image editing tool that allows you to resize your files, add graphics and text to images, and even create collages. You can actually access PicMonkey directly from our site when you upload your image–Eloisa's blog post shows you a sampling of what you can do!
Pattern Observer is geared toward helping you take your surface design to the next level. While their blog is chock full of interviews, advice, and even textile history, they also offer comprehensive e-courses that will take you from creating your design portfolio to honing in on creating sketches that you can sell.
MAKE IT IN DESIGN
Make It In Design also offers courses, tips, and a vibrant community of fellow designers. There is truly something for a desinger at every level on this site, including issues of MOYO Magazine, their quarterly publication dedicated to surface design.
Creative Bloq delivers tips, inspiration, and resouces for all types of design–graphic, web, 3D and more. They've rounded up 2500 Free Resources for Designers, featuring typography, graphics, and even Photoshop ad-ons!
We're almost half way through our 12 days of Design #spoonchallenge, so far we've gathered inspiration, picked a themed, made a mood board, developed a color palette and chosen a medium. Wow! By now, you are well on your way to a beautiful surface design. The best part of any #spoonchallenge is sharing photos and getting inspired by what the community is creating. Take a look at some of the beautiful #spoonchallenge snaps, and don't forget to upload your own and tag them!
@Bonibon shared a photo on Instagram of a color palette she found in her city
Nail polish is the best color inspiration! This snap is from @rlbartzy1
We always love the #huesday posts from @modmagpie! Her little festive trees make the perfect color palette for a design.
we are loving the rich colors and textures in @maggiebethfisher's mood board shot!
Sometimes inspiration comes at the strangest times, like for @susanlabrum who was waiting at an airport she snapped this pic!
Like most things, becoming a surface designer takes practice, just a little each day. We've still got 7 more days to go for this #spoonchallenge, so be sure to sign up now if you have't yet!
Creating a fabric design can be as simple or complex as you'd like. There are a number of tools that you can use for textile design, some require no training at all, others are a bit more complicated. Take a look at five of our favorite ways to create inspired fabric designs!
Break out your watercolors and paint a simple motif.
Use public domain images to create a retro textile design.
Your computer is an incredible design tool allowing you to make simple designs using straight lines or more complex images with extreme details.
Pens and markers are great tools for illustrating a simple or intricate pattern
Old family photographs or your favorite shots from a recent vacation can be arranged in a collage for a personalized fabric!
Join us for a three week series with Becka Rahn, co-author of The Spoonflower Handbook, on learning how to transform your favorite photos into the perfect memory quilt. Each week, starting Tuesday, November 17th, we will share a lesson or two on the blog with instructions on how to execute a bite-size piece of the project. We used Instagram photos and a polychrome theme, but you can use any special photos and color palette. Share your progress using hashtag #SpoonChallenge along the way using the social media platform of your choice!
When the sun is shining and flowers are abundant, we delight in watching butterflies take flight and revel in summer glory. To cap off our Summer SpoonChallenge, we put designers to the test by asking them to come up with four coordinating designs inspired by butterflies. As always, we are so impressed with the results. Check them all out and vote on your favorites!
Hooray! You completed our four-week SpoonChallenge on how to create a fabric collection. Give yourself a pat on the back and fine tune your new skills by entering our Butterfly Coordinates Design Challenge! The winner by popular vote will take home $100 in Spoonflower credit and a special surface design prize pack! Deadline for entries is August 11th, 2015. For more information visit our upcoming contests page.
What were a few of your favorite parts of this series? Is there something you wish we'd tackle in our next SpoonChallenge?! We'd love to hear your thoughts! Share them with us using hashtag #spoonchallenge on your social media platform of choice or in the comments below!
And a big thank you to our friend Bonnie Christine for sharing her expert thoughts on creating a textile collection!
Oh, the feeling of opening that Spoonflower envelope and seeing your latest creations come to life on fabric that you've designed! With our SpoonChallenge to create a fabric collection closing this week, we've rounded up some great shots from our community to commemorate that blissful feeling of seeing your designs start to take shape and seeing them in print for the first time. We hope you'll be inspired to take the plunge this weekend and start designing for yourself!
Barbara Lima of Cadeaute: "getting something out of your mind and into life can be truly special sometimes."