Last Summer I had the privilege of working with CamelBak to design some kids water bottles. I had no idea how fun it would be! I loved the process, but when it came down to the production part, that proved very difficult. Each bottle is only allowed up to four colors and white has to be one of them. Then each color needs to be separated onto its own layer. The bottles are actually printed with a rolling printer around the bottle. To make it appear that the bottle is printed all the way around, the colors need to be offset. You can see in this hedgehog example that there is only brown on the far right and only white and yellow on the left. Isn’t that cool! I just love learning new things each and every day! Which bottle is your favorite?
I just finished up the 12 days of Christmas for #the100dayproject. It was so much fun to redraw these and I’m so glad that I stuck with it and finished these. I was inspired by folk art and especially had fun looking through a vintage folk art book. If you’d like to continue to follow along with #the100dayproject, simply follow me on Instagram.
It’s fun playing with new ways to hand draw type and use some fun new photoshop brushes I purchased from RetroSupply. It was fun to hand draw these over and over again until they came out just the way I wanted. Check them out below.
And sometimes the sketches don’t look anything like the finished design. Ha ha! But it serves a very important step, to get the ideas out of my head and onto paper.
As I’ve mentioned before, the ladies of Happy Happy Art Collective are busy redesigning the Old Maid deck. Each of them with their unique characteristics. Here are the latest 2 that I’ve done, Library Lilly and Careless Carrie.
Library Lilly loves to read and doesn’t even notice her surroundings. And Careless Carrie, well, she has the same problem. She’s too busy on her phone to see the pot about to boil over.
The Holidays are right around the corner! Why not get your Holiday Cards out of the way before things get super hectic? Here is just a sampling of some of the cards I designed this year. And, there are more to come in the coming weeks as well. Just go here to see all of the cards Petite Lemon has designed for Shutterfly.
I try to take a sketchbook with me wherever I go. Inspiration comes from everywhere and you never know when it’s going to hit. This latest sketch was produced while sitting in an Auto store waiting for my new windshield to be installed. I love the way it turned out and thought I’d share the process with you.
I quickly added some watercolor to give it a sense of dimension and an idea of what colors I’d like to use.
Then I drew it in Illustrator using my Wacom tablet and added some texture. This is the finished design with all of it’s tropical goodness.
Well, I had a great time designing these patterns for the Spoonflower and CWDkids Mermaid contest, focusing on a print for little girl’s pajamas. Mermaids are classic designs and adding just a pinch of cuteness and whimsy really makes this pattern stand out. I tried to focus on elements that I knew my seven year old daughter would love. (P.S. She approved, by the way).
Voting is now open and I would appreciate any votes that I receive. Just click on the link and then the voting button is on the right side. Vote for all your favorites. There’s so many to choose from. I will hopefully win the contest, but if I don’t I am going sell the designs on Spoonflower as a collection. I would love to see all of the amazing things people sew using these prints.
Look at all the fun coordinates. I think this would make adorable kids bedding as well.
My 2015 Tea Towel Calendars are now for sale in my Spoonflower Shop. But, if you’d like to make it look super polished when you hang it up, simply follow these instructions.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• 4, 18″ pieces of wood from Home Depot. They look like this. And cost about 46 cents a foot. At my Home Depot, they were located with all the lumber. I also had Home Depot cut them to 18″ for me.
• string, about 12-15″ long. I used black nylon that I purchased from Michaels.
• super glue (I purchased mine here)
1. Iron Fabric.
3. Fold sides and iron. Only the left and right sides. Leave the top and bottom straight.
4. Sew a straight line from top to bottom, so that the edges are nice and finished. Or you could glue them with fabric glue.
5. Iron the whole thing again.
6. Measure 2 inches on each side of the back wooden dowel and mark it with a sharpie. This is where your string will go, so that it’s even.
7. Put a few dots of super glue on your back wooden dowel. Put your string first, then the top of your Tea Towel Calendar.
8. Add a few more dots of super glue and add your other wooden dowel, making sure all is aligned. Press down tightly to set the glue. So it’s like a sandwich. (See below)
9. Repeat steps 7 & 8 for the bottom of the calendar
10. Tada! You are finished! Easy as that!
I’d love to see your finished product! #2015TeaTowelCal on instagram!