My entry for the Spoonflower Retro Floral Curtain Design Challenge. Yes, this looks familiar. I used some of the same blooms from the retro pillow challenge, but changed the palette.
I tried to do a more natural pussy willow design. Twiggy and delicate. But everything I have worked on this week has turned to muck. 😆 What could go wrong, has. With time running out, I decided to recycle.
Even then, more problems. My strokes, outlines, were messy and uneven on about half of the smaller blooms. And unfortunately, I hadn’t noticed until after I had duplicated many times. Uggh. I didn’t know what was wrong, so my fixes weren’t fixing. The only thing to do was to start over. Voila. 🤓
I tried a texture on the background. It looked great, but the seam was showing. For some reason it was not lining up to create a seamless pattern.
Voting for the Retro Floral Curtain Challenge is open for five days. Last week’s Moon Sun design placed 456, (With 29 votes.) of 848 entries. That’s almost the top 50%. 😆 Thanks so much for voting. I really appreciate it. 😻
Challenge yourself, it’s the only path which leads to growth. Morgan Freeman
Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits. Anonymous
There is no challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself. Anonymous
This week’s Spoonflower design challenge is 1970’s Throw Pillows. I had so much fun with this. I used some flower shapes from a previous design, and created a few new shapes as well. I love the little white blooms. I could have added 3 or 4 more, LOL. But then the wood grain flowers would have been covered completely.
There are 85 flowers in the design, and about 300 layers. The pink flowers have 7 layers, the large yellow with the red center is only 2 layers. For fun I added a corduroy patterned bloom. I researched colors and patterns from the era. And yeah, that green is the hue I fell in love with during last September’s 30-Day Creative Gathering. LOL. I sampled it from one of my paintings. Very Avocado. 🤣 Voting is open.
Gingham Check (last week’s challenge) placed 1064 of 1308 entries with 15 votes. The winning design had 333 votes. Thanks so much for taking the time to vote!
Friendship is a sheltering tree. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
World Watercolor Month
So hard to believe WWM is entering the final week. I have so many ideas, and not enough days are left. 🤣 For the 16th, I didn’t post a finished piece. Just parts and pieces. My creative time that day was spent making papers for use in collages. (Click any image for closer view.)
No road is long with good company. Turkish Proverb
Catherine Rains 5 Day Collage Kickstart
I had so much fun with these! Every step. Making papers is so addictive. Patterned paper, painted papers, textured tissue. FUN! Tearing paper is fun. 🤣 Arranging, gluing, embellishing.
I thought I was finished, but now, I think I can add more to these. You may see them again. There are a couple more on the way. Cat recommends working with a limited palette, and honestly. I am ready to do a series in several different colorways. Collage might just be my September challenge theme. Haha. 😉
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer