Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Inspired by Birds

This bird cage print from my Etsy shop was featured in a beautiful treasury created by Kids at Art Design, a shop that offers vintage inspired items.


In the treasury, you can see other bird theme products like this super cute Bird Cage Pillow. Check it out, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Creating a Floral Surface Pattern Design

I'm working now in Spring floral ideas, which is one of my favorite subjects. Here's a recent surface pattern design, showing some of the creation steps in Illustrator.

I always start my designs in black and white, it helps me focus on the shapes and placement.

Then choose a color palette.

After adding more details, this is the finished design. The beauty about Illustrator files is that they can be easily editable. The scale and colors can be adapted to the manufacture's need with a few clicks of the mouse.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Green Day

Everyday we should think about what we can do to help preserve out planet, but today we have the excuse to think harder. It's Earth Day!


Today at home we are watching Story of Stuff again. Maybe you would like to watch it too.


Have a green day!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beautiful Illustrated Journals

I just ordered these illustrated journals from Brush Dance. I'm always looking for distinct journals, pads or sketch books where to keep all the random ideas that come to me during the day, or at night, or while driving, or when I just wake up. By the way, the are on sale until April 30!


Friday, April 16, 2010

Doodle and Etsy Store

I've been working all this week in Mother's Day Card Designs. Next week I'll start developing new ideas for floral surface patterns. This doodle from my sketch book is just the beginning of the next design.


Also, I fell in love with the Etsy shop Shira Sela of art and illustration. You can find an array of soft, whimsical and graceful prints in a very well put together color palette.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I Heart Etsy - The Cute Institute

Aren't these cards super cute? You can find them in the Etsy shop The Cute Institute. Perfect name for this store with cards, badges and other accessories.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mother's Day Card Runner Up

I was very glad to know that my card design was a runner up in the Mother's Day Type Competition. They had a lot of good entries and I really like the winning design.

Talking about Mother's Day, I love these Mommy and Baby Chick made from florists wire and needle felt.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Mother's Day Card Design

I've been very productive this week. I'm working on mother's day card designs and I can't stop having more and more ideas and inspiration. I want to do as many as I can before the momentum washes away.


Also, remember that if you have any question, you can ask anonymously here. I'll been adding new prints to my Etsy shop in the near future and I'll keep you posted about it.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Ask any Question

I just subscribe with formspring.me where you can ask me any question. I'll answer as many as I can.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mother's Day Type Card - Another entry

Here's my most recent entry to the Tigerprint Mother's Day Type Competition. Click here to see other entries.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mother's Day Type Card


Here's the entry I just sent to the Mother's Day Type Competition from Tigerprint. You can see other entries here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Creating a Pattern Swatch

Sometimes I need to create my own pattern swatch to use on designs or as a background in a surface pattern.

I start by drawing a shape in Illustrator, rotate it and duplicate it until I get an interesting motif.

Then I add some color, duplicate the motif and create the basics for a pattern swatch.

Once I get the composition I like, I drag it to the swatch palette. Later on I can change the colors to suit the design I'm working on.

Now I can draw any shape, or add text and fill it with the custom pattern swatch I created.

You can notice a similar pattern background I created for this spring surface design.