It’s not every day that you get to meet a designer who lives on the Isle of Man. Vicky Webb (crumpetsandcrabsticks) designs from atop a hill overlooking the quay in the Isle of Man’s capital, Douglas. The picturesque island is nestled between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Keep reading to learn about Vicky’s sources of inspiration and all the tools she has in her designer tool box!
We’re so excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Skillshare, an online learning community for creatives, to bring you a new class on pattern design! Taught by designer, patternmaker and Spoonflower community favorite Samarra Khaja aka SammyK (creator of the adorable Hungry Monster Laundry Bags and so much more), this class is great for pattern makers and designers who want to explore their style and theme further- or just create a set of souvenirs representing their city!
Join Samarra as she walks you through her process of creating a souvenir set for New York City using a consistent motif to create a repeating pattern. Then, using Spoonflower, she’ll print out the design and turn it into a tote bag and a pillow that support the motif. We’ve taken the course, and can confidently say that it’s sure to get your creativity flowing and inspire you to make things that are fun and functional.
We can’t speak highly enough about this course, Samarra, or how excited we are to partner with Skillshare. So click the link below to get started and get your first three months of Skillshare Premium for FREE to access this class and 14,000 others:
The Painting Design Challenge has been our most popular one yet! It’s the last week of challenges for January, but get ready because our February design challenges with Bucketfeet are sure to be amazing. This week the top 11 (there was a tie for number 10!) are all stunners, featuring gorgeous paint strokes that pay homage to one of our favorite artistic hobbies: painting. A big round of applause is in order for Dutch design champion Heleen_vd_thillart and her lovely birds painting their feathers blue! Check out the entire top 11 and shop the winners on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap.
1. 276 votes for Birds painting their feathers blue by heleen_vd_thillart
2. 272 votes for watercolour garden by cjldesigns
3. 265 votes for Bee eater design challenge by mister-moon
4. 258 votes for elegant tropical watercolor florals by laurawrightstudio
5. 244 votes for Watercolor Midnight Garden by honoluludesign
6. 237 votes for Paint by bonifi
7. 229 votes for Large Watercolor Floral on Pink by taylor_bates
8. 220 votes for GardenOfBlue by bethschneider
9. 211 votes for Painting Green Waves by themadcraftduckie
10. 208 (number 10 tie) votes for Watercolor flowers by nadiianemchenko
11. 208 (number 10 tie) votes for Mixed Media by susan_polston [Read more…] about Announcing the Winners of our Painting Design Challenge
To celebrate National Hobby Month, each week we’re launching a design challenge that’s inspired by a creative hobby. Congrats to this week’s winner, Bianca Pozzi of Brazil for her lovely, hand painted yarn design! Every good crochet, knitting, weaving, and tapestry project begins with yarn, and sometimes good surface designs do, too! Bianca and the rest of the top 10 will take home Spoonflower credit to enable their creative hobbies. Shop all of the top 10 here.
1. 370 votes for We Love Yarn by biancapozzi
2. 321 votes for Maritime Yarn by graceful
3. 317 votes for yarns by lisahilda
4. 302 votes for Unwind A Little by jmcmullen
5. 288 votes for Yarn and Kitty’s by bora
6. 278 votes for KnittinKitten by elystrations
7. 269 votes for Yarn by kellie_jayne_
8. 261 votes for Sheepishly she knits yarn leggings by vo_aka_virginiao
9. 253 votes for Candy Yarn Bomb Night by cynthiafrenette
10. 243 votes for What Granny taught me. by abbieuproot [Read more…] about Yarn Design Challenge Winners
Your design should now be finalized and ready to upload. Not ready yet? That’s okay — you can catch up with us here. 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. Today we’ll focus on walking step by step through the upload process, highlighting our handy design tools and features along the way.
We created the design above using free high-res Photoshop brushes we downloaded from Brusheezy. The file was saved out of Photoshop as a JPG, 150 DPI, 720 x 600 pixels. 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! Here’s how it works: [Read more…] about 12 Days of Design: Day 8 Upload Your Design
You’ve gathered inspiration, picked a theme, color palette and decided on the medium you want to work with. Now it’s time to get started sketching your initial ideas. Sketch with pen and paper, grab your digital drawing tablet, or jump in and work directly with the medium you’ve chosen for the finished design. Remember, you’re just sketching at this stage, so use whatever tools work best for you to mock up all of the ideas you have.
In the latest edition of our Meet the Designer series, we discuss the creative process with Vince Desjardins (Vinpauld), a designer living in Bloomington, Indiana inclined toward trees, birds, and vintage items. Vince recently also made the top 5 in our Aurora Borealis Design Challenge. Visit his Spoonflower shop and read on to learn how he incorporates wildlife into his imaginative ditsy and toile designs.
It’s day two of our 12 Days of Design Challenge! Yesterday you gathered inspiration and today you’ll pick a theme. With the help of Pinterest and a little guidance, we’ll learn how to organize our inspiration and begin to illustrate a theme. Mood boards are the secret to helping your creative mind stay focused once you’ve sifted through your inspiration to find what you want to develop into a final theme.
Today kicks off the first day of our 12 Days of Design! Have you signed up to get daily emails outlining the steps to create your first, or newest, textile design? [Read more…] about 12 Days of Design: Day 1 Finding Inspiration
So you’re creative. You like to doodle, draw, paint, print, or photograph. Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to finally take your art and learn how to turn it into surface prints that sell. If this description sounds eerily like you, then come spend the next 12 days with us learning how to take the glimmer of an idea to a finished fabric design. We’ll go through how to take the first steps of finding inspiration, sketch initial ideas and choose a color palette, all the way through to how to market yourself and properly tag your designs so they show up easily in search engines. Join us for 12 Days of Design!
WHAT? We’re kicking off 2017 with 12 days devoted to learning how to create a textile design from start to finish. Challenge yourself to get inspired and get serious about turning your art into marketable surface designs. We will walk you through each step in creating a design ready to upload to Spoonflower and sell in the marketplace. Follow along as we provide daily tips on finding inspiration, creating a design element, working in Spoonflower and marketing yourself.
HOW? The best part is that all you have to do is check your inbox each day. Sign up to receive each day’s step via email starting January 1, 2017, to guide you through the fabric design process. If you’d like, snap a photo of your progress and use the #12DaysofDesign hashtag each day to share your process. You can use this hashtag on your social media outlet of choice. We’ll be re-sharing our favorite posts throughout the series.
So tell us, will you accept the challenge and get started designing surface patterns that sell?