Spoonflower Design Competition

I have not entered any design competitions or challenges recently because I have been busy concentrating on various courses, learning new skills and working on new artwork in different mediums. One of the mediums I have started to play around with is painting with water colours and when Spoonflower announced that the theme for this surface pattern design competition was watercolours I thought yes! perfect timing. What a great way to be inspired to create a design, all in one day, and also incorporate some birds with my flowers. This is my entry 'Folk Garden' .  

To create this surface pattern design I started by painting up different folk style birds and floral motifs in watercolours which I then scanned and opened in Photoshop, where I created and assembled my repeat pattern. Here are some design process images of the original watercolour paintings which I used for this design.

Watercolour Painted Birds 

Watercolour Painted Birds 

Watercolour Painted Floral Motifs

Watercolour Painted Floral Motifs

I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit more of the process and the original paintings behind the design. If you would like to see more watercolour designs and vote for your favourite designs in this competition you can do so by going to the Spoonflower website via clicking Watercolour Design Competition

The designs are randomly displayed each time someone views the website and you can vote for as many designs as you like, however you can only vote once. If you like my design I would really appreciate your support with a vote, just scroll until you see it and select it by clicking on the tick.....Thank you so much :)



Fabric8 Textile Competition

I want to share with you my designs for the Spoonflower Fabric8 Textile Design Competition for Moda Fabrics

The theme for this years Fabric8 International Textile Design Competition was 'Botanical Sketchbook' . I love flowers and they are part of my design style and signature look. I have never entered a Spoonflower Design Competition but this theme was really inspiring so I decided to give it a try.

I designed several designs based on various flowers...from Crocus Bulbs, Daffodils, Peonies, Buttercups and Stewartia's. For weeks I hand drew illustrations and stylized sketches of these flowers in order to use for my designs. Then  I had to make a huge decision of which design to submit as you were only allowed one design. Such a hard decision as I loved them all.....Here are my four favourite designs.


Not only did I have to choose one design but I also had to decide on which colour palette to submit. Should I go with the safer, pretty and soft colours of the light background or would I bold, retro colourway of the dark background? I chose to go for the bold, really 70's Retro look with the hand drawn stylised drawings of Peonies, Buttercups and the not so known Stewartia flower.


There were over 800 entries from designers all around the world and I am so pleased to announce that my design was selected as a semi-finalist and made it to the Top 100 Designs! 

I am so proud and excited to be a Semi Finalist in the 2015 Fabric 8 Textile Design Competition! 

The next step of the process is to select the Finalists!......Just 8 Deigns will go through to the final round! If you like my design I would really appreciate your support by clicking on the image below and Voting for my design :)

Just scroll until you see my design and select it and any other designs you like to Vote for them.

The final 8 designers will then showcase their whole Botanical Sketchbook Collection which will consist of 3 other coordinating designs.....I would love to make it to the Finals...Thanks for you support and help :)