Bringing the Thistle in

Once I had the plaids finished, I began laying the thistle on top of the felted textures.  I wasn’t happy with the look of the detailed flowers against the plaid, so I started using my filters in Corel Painter to bring a new dimension to the flowers.  After a few tries, I wound up with the…

Felted Plaids Collection

This past summer, one of the inspiration sources for the Summer of Creativity at the Textile Design Lab was Scotland, so I started designing with the first thing that came to mind:  Thistle.  Since I love working in watercolor (and because I had just received some new Daniel Smith Watercolors) I started with a simple…

Not Everything works out as planned…

This is a coordinating print I did for the Thistle Song Collection.  I liked the look of the medallions, but I accidentally blocked myself in on this collection.  I tried to come up with some interesting coordinates, but I became too married to the idea of simple graphics and ended up creating a collection I…

Thistle Song Plaid Print

This print was developed as part of the “Summer of Creativity” at the Textile Design Lab.A bold plaid, in neutral colors (Navy and Camel) with bold white thistle flower shapes flowing across the background.  It’s simple and elegant, and comes in a variety of home decor items. Thistle Plaid Navy and Neutral Colors Print Shower…

The Creation of the Collection

This was one of the collections I created this summer as part of the Textile Design Lab’s Summer of Creativity course.  I think this one was one of the most exciting ones for me, mainly because I realized how far my painting (digitally and with actual paints) has come.  The two main floral prints were…

Orange Tropical Print – Malaysian Floral Collection

Think hot tropical locations and gorgeous colorful blooms, and you’ll see the inspiration behind this collection!The Malaysian Rain forest really had me inspired this past summer, and the more I painted flowers, the more I fell in love with the colors and shapes of the botanical elements.  Set against a batik background, this glorious floral…

Hibiscus Print – Malaysian Floral Collection

I said I would save the details for the next juicy print – and here it is! This print was inspired by the Malaysian Rain Forest!  I used the batik prints I created as a background and added these gorgeous blossoms to the print.  After the print was complete, I was thrilled with the result.  As…

Aqua Batik Print – Malaysian Floral Collection

This is the second colorway that I developed for the new collection.  I could go on and on about how I chose my colors and how excited I was to put it all together, but I’m going to save that for the next juicy post…