Sunday, 27 April 2014

Add some colour!

It's Spoonflower Weekly Contest time again.  This time, I've entered a design in the floral colour-in wallpaper competition.  An amazing theme which has thrown up so many different ideas, as you can see from Spoonflowers' Weekly Contest page.  Head on over for a look and to vote for your favourites.

My design draws heavily on an art nouveau influence, featuring lillies (a hangover from a previous competition), irises and stylised roses.  I've printed out a smaller version of this to colour for myself and will add it to my Facebook page later in the week.

The next competition I'm working on is the very exciting Fabric8: Cosmic Voyage competition.  The winning designer gets the chance to design a fabric collection for Robert Kaufman, $1000 advance against royalties from the sale of the collection and a Wacom tablet!

My design is in the final stages of being developed.  I've learned a new digital painting technique to paint the background, and it will feature steampunk inspired designs coloured to suit a child's room.  Can't wait to share it!
There will be 100 semifinalists chosen by the sponsors and will be open for voting June 12th.  If I make it in, you'll know about it!

Take care,

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Hand-Lettered Lovelies

My Etsy shop is now open!  While the about page and a few other parts need to be completed, there are already a few products listed for sale.  These consist of Giclee prints of quotes from Disney movies and Jewel's Lullaby album.

Disney Princess (and queen and waitress/ frog) Quotes

Frozen has been phenominally successful for Disney, inspiring hundreds of versions of the songs, especially Queen Elsa's breaking- free song Let It Go.  Couple the inspiration of this song, with the fact that you can't look anywhere, online or otherwise, without seeing hand-lettering in one form or another, and it's not such a stretch that I started my hand-lettering journey with this quote!

It was so hard to pick a quote from The Princess and the Frog.  There are so many great lines for all the main characters, it's one of Disney's funniest movies.  Eventually I settled on this one because I could incorporate the images of the frog and bug to put some life into the quote.

Again, it was hard to pick a quote from Tangled, between all the great lines and song lyrics.  I settled on this line from the song Rapunzel sings to tap into her magic.  It represents both the curse that lead to Gothel stealing her from her parents, and ultimately the salvation of the man she loved, bringing her back to them.  Hmm, deep.

Jewel Lullaby Lyric Quotes

We were given Jewel's Lullaby Album even before our baby dragon was born, and it's been a consistent part of bedtime rituals for the nearly 2 years of his life. Full of lovely songs, both traditional and some written by the artist, it may not always lull the boy to sleep, but it makes for some relaxing background music!  These hand-lettered quotes are lyrics from the songs written by Jewel including "Raven," "Sweet Dreams" and "Circle Song."

Click the Etsy badge below to go to my shop and see photo's (I'll admit, they need to be better photo's!) of these prints framed to show their actual size and appearance. Coming up soon, my first fabric collection Damask Botanical will be available for sale. The collection has already been uploaded to my Spoonflower shop (click below to go see it!), but I'm waiting on samples to check the quality before making it available for sale. There will be some great projects here on the blog so you can see the designs in action!
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Introducing Mr Whale

Mr Whale's Day is the first public fabric design from Liliflora Pretty and is an entry into this week's Spoonflower weekly contest.  Head along to vote for it (and as many other designs as you like)HERE!

There will also be an entry into next week's contest, which has a Lily theme for Easter!  Will share as soon as the contest starts.