Peppy Herb Pots

Peppy potted herbs pattern. Available at spoonflower.com, © Sheila Delgado 2014

Peppy potted herbs pattern. Available at spoonflower.com, © Sheila Delgado 2014

This week’s Spoonflower design contest theme was (bet you guessed it) Herb Garden.  In my earlier post I talked about my original idea for this. A watercolor design. Well, I did a 180 and went digital.

I am really happy with this design. It is much more simple than I had originally planned. I was going to add a secondary pattern in the background. Basil and Bay leaf shapes, some with texture for added interest.

I learned new skills while working on this. Love that! I am really proud of my little pots! Here is a close-up for you.

potted herbs close-up

Can you believe there are over 400 pieces here? Rosemary, chives and cilantro.

Creating the plants took longer than I thought they would. I am going to continue working on the secondary pattern, add it to this and create a small collection. I may also offer these in a grouping (like the close-up) for use as a decal.

Sitting here at my desk, I spotted this outside my window… teeny, tiny, and pink. Don’t forget to stop… and take notice.

There's a new leaf in town.

There’s a new leaf in town.

W.I.P. – Rosemary

I am painting herbs, to use in a repeating pattern. I may do some potted herbs, as well as loose bunches here and there. Just a start, and I am thinking they look a bit more like pine, and less like rosemary. Onward ho!

Rosemary sprigs in watercolor.

Rosemary sprigs in watercolor.

 

 

Pastel Practice and Fast Fabrics

Desert Bush. 4 x 5 pastel.   © Sheila Delgado 2014.

Desert Bush. 4 x 5 pastel. © Sheila Delgado 2014.

I recently completed these two small pastels. They were gifts for my parents. I am going to call them successful, because I learned from them and because the receivers liked them. Honestly though, they did not turn out like the image in my head.

I am happy with them. And I know what I can do better next time.  For this first one, I did not have a pre-cut mat, so I mounted it on a textured paper with threads and wrinkles. I know there is a name for it, just is not coming to mind.

Seascape. 5 x 7 pastel. © Sheila Delgado 2014

Seascape. 5 x 7 pastel. © Sheila Delgado 2014

The seascape was a lot of fun too. For each of these, I realized I do not have the right yellows or oranges. (My clearance set of pastels is missing sticks.) I am really happy with my water. My dark clouds look like Tootsie rolls instead of cotton candy, so yeah, more practice needed.

Close up, Seascape. 5 x 7 pastel. © Sheila Delgado 2014

Close up, Seascape. 5 x 7 pastel. © Sheila Delgado 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also completed a fabric collection for Spoonflower’s Sewing Notions contest. The challenge was to create four coordinating designs. I don’t consider these particularly strong designs, but I completed all four in a two day span. That is a first for me, and I was really happy reaching that goal. I had to keep the designs simple due to the time frame.

Chevron Pattern, needles.  © Sheila Delgado 2014. Available on Spoonflower.com

Chevron Pattern, needles. © Sheila Delgado 2014. Available on Spoonflower.com

Oh and… a computer glitch lost three of the designs, and I had to do them a second time from scratch.  I started with the needles, I knew I was going to do a chevron from the beginning. It was one of those ideas that came to me before I was even fully awake. The palette was there too.

Pin cushions. © Sheila Delgado 2014. Available on Spoonflower.com

Pin cushions. © Sheila Delgado 2014. Available on Spoonflower.com

That led to the pin cushions. I tried to make them abstract flowers. This element actually took the longest, lots of little parts in there, but due to the scale, the detail is really lost (another lesson). Still it is a useful design.

Cushion close up.

Cushion close up.

The contest was guest judged by Denyse Schmidt of Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. With quilting in mind, I added a bright check to the mix. (see the sampler below) I pulled colors from the pin cushions, knowing that I needed to wake up these two very subdued patterns.

Buttons.  © Sheila Delgado 2014. Available on Spoonflower.com

Buttons. © Sheila Delgado 2014. Available on Spoonflower.com

The last design pulls in the same  bright colors, and adds new shapes in a basic toss pattern.  That red packs a punch right?  The buttons were really fun to work on.

You can click on the pattern images to see a larger view, or get a glimpse of how they would look in the yard view. Each design is available individually, or as a one yard sampler. I’d love to hear what you think. You can see the fabulous winning designs here.

Sewing notions collection. © Sheila Delgado 2014. Available on Spoonflower.com

Sewing notions collection. © Sheila Delgado 2014. Available on Spoonflower.com

 

 

 

Friendship Feather Fluke

"Friendship Feather I" ~ 7.5 x 6" / 10" x 8" Matted ~~~  Original Watercolor Painting on Yupo Paper. Sandy Sandy.

“Friendship Feather I” ~ 7.5 x 6″ / 10″ x 8″ Matted ~~~
Original Watercolor Painting on Yupo Paper. Sandy Sandy.

Such a fluke. My name was chosen. I can’t say I never win anything - anymore. I won a Sandy Sandy ORIGINAL Friendship Feather painting. It is gorgeous.

Feathers hold a special place with me. I am sure a lot of you would say that as well. Emily Dickinson wrote a poem that comes to mind, here is the first part:

Hope is the thing with feathers~

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

Isn’t that beautiful?

Sunflower by Sandy Sandy

Click on photo to see demo.

Sandy Sandy

I have been an admirer of Sandy’s art for a while now. I love her brilliant colors, and the fluidity of her strokes. Sandy is a master with Yupo and watercolor. She also works with alcohol ink. She just makes it look so effortless.

Demo,-Sandy-Sandy

Learning from the best – Spring in NY.

 

 

Sandy is so generous, sharing tips and tricks on her blog. She gives demos regularly, and gives fine art lessons. Visit her website for more information on upcoming events.

Receiving a piece of art from Sandy is a blessing to me. It is a chance to see the masters work up close and personal. Not only did Sandy grace me with a signed and matted Friendship Feather, she also included her tips on working with Yupo, and a sample pack for practice.

Click banner to visit website.

Click banner to visit website.

WOW! Color me excited! Sandy is continuing her “Free Feather Friday” through the end of June. Be sure to visit her blog, or Facebook art page to sign up for your chance to win.

Thank you Sandy! Good luck everyone!