Art, Art & Design, Uncategorized

How to create a batik effect in Corel Painter

I love creating textile designs more than anything these days, and the program I use most often to create my designs is not Photoshop.  Don't get me wrong...I use Photoshop every day and despite my initial reluctance to learn it, I do love it.  But since 2009, I have been using Corel Painter for my… Continue reading How to create a batik effect in Corel Painter

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The first time I heard the words “Textile Designer”

It's strange how life sometimes throws you a hint.  Even stranger is the way that a certain memory is stored with perfect clarity while the rest of the same day fades away.  It was summertime, right before I went away to college and I was visiting a friend of mine.  We were standing in his… Continue reading The first time I heard the words “Textile Designer”

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Creating woodblock prints digitally

Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. As a method of printing on cloth, the earliest surviving examples from China date to before 220 AD. Wikipedia I wish I had the… Continue reading Creating woodblock prints digitally

Art & Design, Home Studio, Uncategorized

What a Speed Design Challenge taught me

This past week, I participated in my first ever "Speed Design Challenge" and it was indeed a challenge! In fact, it might be the MOST challenging thing I've done in quite some time.  A Speed Design is just that - produce a design based on a brief in a short window of time.  It doesn't… Continue reading What a Speed Design Challenge taught me

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Beautifully organized chaos

I love symmetry and balance.  I have a gallery wall in my living room with a collection of nautical art that has circles, squares, rectangles, and ovals all perfectly balanced with a large picture in the center.  It looks a little like this: I spent hours measuring odd shaped pictures and hunting through my collection… Continue reading Beautifully organized chaos

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I’m starting a new collection of eclectic and organic themed textiles.

I'm starting to build a new collection of textiles for a bedroom. The feel should be soft, organic, and very restful - but the bedding is going to stay completely white (there's an ultra soft microfiber duvet cover and pillow shams that must remain). In order to design something that will fit the space seamlessly,… Continue reading I’m starting a new collection of eclectic and organic themed textiles.