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Dad Joke Wall Hanging for Spoonflower

Dad Joke Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Dad Joke Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

What do you call a fish that wears a bowtie?
Sofishticated.

I like this as a wall hanging, but I don’t think it works as a tea towel. Weird I know. I think for the tea towel, maybe it should be crowded with fish, more and placed closer together.

My first idea was to make it look like a block print. I could see it in my head. But I just could not get it to work digitally. Maybe if I had used thicker lines, and marks on the fish. And made them look less perfect. I tried a technique to make them look as if some of the ink did not transfer, but it just didn’t work. I also felt the white was just too plain. Below are two samples.

Here is a close up of the detail in the final piece. Voting is now open. Fingers crossed.
Thanks so much for taking the time. 😊

Close up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Close up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Unexpected Still Life Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Unexpected Still Life Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Unexpected placed at 238 out of 486 entries with 44 votes. That is 48.9 %. The top design had 230 votes. The #63 design had 106 votes. The site displays the top 63 designs, the rest are listed below on the page.

Thanks so much for taking the time to vote. I really do appreciate it. 😊 You can see the top designs here. Scroll down a bit.

Have a super day! 😊

Why did the fish get bad grades?
Because it was below sea level.

Did you hear about the lobster that got a job at pizza hut?
He works at the crust station.

What is the difference between a fish and a piano?
You can’t tuna piano.

Unexpected Still Life for Spoonflower

Unexpected Still Life Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Unexpected Still Life Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
The original. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
The original. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I started with the original painting as inspiration. Problems with Photoshop used up several days of my design time. A revamp was quicker than creating from scratch. What you see here, is all that is left from the original. I noticed several mistakes in the yellow blooms, so I eliminated them. I added digital outlines using the pen tool, for nice crisp edges.

I cleaned up the white blooms. The blue background was visible and made them look a bit dirty. The grey is the template that Spoonflower provides. The darkest, inner rectangle is all that will be visible when the design is printed.

WIP. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
WIP. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I added color blocks and considered using them for the final piece. But they were too flat, and I thought a pattern in the background would be too much. I placed the plaid to find the right scale.

Day 20, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 20, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Unexpected Still Life Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Unexpected Still Life Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I decided to paint paper with three colors. Yellow, blue, and green. I scanned them in to get the texture and uneven color tones. The variations are less obvious, than in the original painting. But I think it “warms” the design, by having a hand made, imperfect quality.

The design brief really called for wacky, or strange. They showed a tennis ball cut in half to reveal a lemon interior. This may not be wacky, but it will be unexpected to some.

I am really starting to feel comfortable using the pen tool in Photoshop. I never thought I would say that. There were only three connections I had to smooth out. Just slightly. I am so stoked about that. And so grateful. Whew! 🤓

Voting is now open, until October 18th. Voting is easier on a computer or larger screen like a tablet. If you are using your phone, you need to scroll slowly, it can only load so many images at a time and you may miss seeing images without knowing it. There are only 484 entries, roughly a third of the usual.

Your votes help give me the chance to win cash prizes. Money I can use towards printing samples of my designs, which is a requirement to making them available for sale in my shop.

  • 1st place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit.
  • The top 50 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be
    automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace,
    no $5 swatch required.
Tiger Bark Recipe Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Tiger Bark Recipe Wall Hanging. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Tiger bark placed At 222 of 424 entries with 54 votes! Just shy of the top 50%. Woo Whoo! Thank you, thank you!😀

To expect the unexpected shows a thoroughly modern intellect.
Oscar Wilde

The artist has one function–to affirm and glorify life.
W. Edward Brown

The ability to simplify
means to eliminate the unnecessary
so that the necessary may speak.
Hans Hofmann.

Twitchy Witchy Wandflowers Surface Pattern

Twitchy Witch Bedding. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Twitchy Witch Bedding. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

It works. It’s a working, repeating pattern. It’s not one of my favorites though. I know what I need to do to fix it. I was tempted not to turn it in. But I read a reminder… done is better than perfect. Actually, I came across that quote by two different artists this week.

So I entered it in the Spoonflower Eclectic Witch Challenge. I can always go back and update the design. And I am very happy with the simple, slightly off kilter plaid. I can use that as a base in other designs, and I can recolor it.

I took the basic shape of a witches hat, and a face. I thought of adding shapes for a face. Simple circles or lines. Tried it, and decided to stay more abstract. I meant to add a secondary bloom, slightly smaller. But after I made the Dandelion, sizing it down lost some of the detail. I’m not happy with both of the “blooms” being roughly the same size.

Twitchy Witch Close Up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Twitchy Witch Close Up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Twitchy Witch Collection. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Twitchy Witch Collection. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

The collection shows the parts of this design. I started with a solid, added the plaid, added the dandi’s, and finished with the wandflowers. There is an actual wandflower, and the colors are sort of the same. A fluke. I was looking for flower names after I had completed the design. Kismet. 😆

Voting is open now until the 23rd. I already have a handful of favorite votes, so maybe it is not as icky as I think. The next challenge is going to be very difficult. “Granny Square Crochet”. More learning ahead!

Pink Posy Curtains. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Pink Posy Curtains. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Pink Posy placed at 492 out of 1433 entries with 49 votes. Woo Whoo! Haha. 🙂 My thanks and hugs to all who voted. Thank you! 😍

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