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Splish Splash T shirt

On 07, Dec 2012 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco


I am as pleased as punch to share my news today (although I think a few of you knew before me!)

Splish Splash was made into a cool tee by the fab Spoonflower for the One- Yard Wonder Under the Sea design comp and aren’t the girls adorable!!!

And more good news, the fabric pattern is available for sale over at my store so you can make your own Splish Splash Tee!!

Credits: photos by spoonflower via flickr : Adorable Tee (to the left top photo) Sleeping with the Fishes by Celandine. Don’t they look fantastic together!! So cute!

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Patterned Forest

Just behind where we live is a small wood and occasionally, if you are very lucky you can catch the deer hiding!

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Splish Splash Childrens Tee

Meet Ellie she is the grown up sister of my “Little uns” collection!  Ellie loves her wellies and she loves splashing in puddles.  The kind of girl that will confidently stride over to a puddle and walk with a splish through the rain water!  I think I may have a bit of Ellie still in me :)

The print is called “Splish Splash” and was inspired by a verse I found “If all the splishes and splashes were one, What a great adventure that would be!”

Storey teamed up with Spoonflower for a nautically inspired fabric design contest and I couldn’t resist when I saw the cute top!  And the best news is the winning design will be featured in the newest Storey’s bestselling One-Yard Wonders series: the upcoming 101 Little One-Yard Wonders!

If you like the design, stop by and fav “splish Splash.”  Thank you.

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Tis the season

It is the season after all!  I am looking forward to Christmas, not quite ready to put up the tree but definitely time to start present shopping and wish dropping!!

The Inkling is on the list but if I am really dreaming big then you can add the Cintiq to that as well.

We are planning on moving in the new year so a couple of adobe pillows from The Awesomer would be fun or a set of CMYK Pillows would also look great in the studio!

Books on pattern, books on art, books on design, old books, new books…….just send me a gift voucher from Amazon 😀

A box of Christmas Crackers from Liberty’s.

Failing all that a trip home would be nice to spend the holidays with my family!

What’s on your Christmas wish list?

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Christmas all wrapped up

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

Outside the street lights and decorations have been put up ready for the Christmas market and my favourite christmas drink – Glühwein.  Glühwein is a traditional drink here in Germany usually made from red wine, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star aniseed and citrus.  I love it mit Schuss (with a shot) and  after one or two we have been known to put the world to right including coming up with one of our first business ideas – a couple of hot glühwein drinks and a few scribbled ideas on a napkin perfect evening 😀

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Garb a Pillow

On 22, Nov 2012 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco


You can now pick up a pillow or two and brighten up your sofa.  Go grab a pillow!

Psst….new collections coming soon!

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Chevron Fall

Falling leaves, chevron stripes, repeating patterns, all the details over at the fab new Youblog from Tigerprint.

Youblog is a place to share ideas, show what you’re up to, have discussions and generally feel part of the Tigerprint team.  As a contributor I will be posting regularly, why not drop by and join in the chat!

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Weekly Wrap Geometry – Art everyday Month

The weekly wrap from around the studio for *Art Every Day Month – Geometry Style.

Ended the week completing a new design and I just love it on the Iphone Case.

A few picture postcards that I am working on for a new project!

Hidden inspiration, amazing tiles snapped down the back alley of a fast food restaurant.

Carrying on the tile theme this time in photoshop, teaching creating photoshop patterns from basic shapes.

Lastly a play with squares, most definitely a work in progress, let’s see where this one ends up!

*Art Every Day Month is a challenge created by Leah Pilken Kolidas over at Creative Every Day.

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Live trace your way from sketch to vector.

Starting with a inked sketch, it could be a motif, a pattern, or a bit of typography like here, scanned in the highest resolution and open in Photoshop.


Now time to clean and adjust the levels, the aim here is to make the black blacker and the light pencil lines disappear as much as possible.  Levels is a good one and a curves layer can be helpful (Note if your image is not black and white change the image to grayscale)


For me the next stage is really important.  Zoom in and clean,  it can be as quick as erasing a few stray marks, adjusting a couple of lines and generally making sure the image is prepped and ready or try out select colour, tweaking the slider till you get a good balance.  Merge layers if needed, save a copy and drag it into Illustrator.


There are a couple of ways to vectorize an image, depending on the finished effect and result you are going for.  You could use the scan as a base to trace around using the pen tool, working in some tight corners and adjusting and correcting any parts that you want to change (no need to mess about to much in Photoshop cleaning if you are heading down this route) or you could try live trace – if you have not tried this one yet, give it a go!  Object – Live Trace – Tracing Options opens up the menu.

Tick the preview box and play around with all the settings, that is the best way to learn how all the different bits work! My tips, check the Ignore White if you don’t want the white background included in your design and look at the resample slider, often a higher resolution translates to lots of extra details that may not be necessary! When you are happy, save the preset and hit Trace!

Next it is time to play,  you have a vector that is completely scalable, you can expand and select all the separate pieces, tweak, colour, recolour, texture, drag it back into Photoshop, whatever you want!

One last thing to do……Print and send :)

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