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Pretty In Pink Pomegranates



Pretty in Pink Pomegranates. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Pretty in Pink Pomegranates. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado


This design is actually three patterns in one. The background is based on the seed shapes. A touch of texture. This is a simple filter in Photoshop, but getting the seams to match was almost impossible. Pin-wheel leaves are a half-drop pattern, meant to mimic latticework. And the poms are a basic toss. Far more difficult than it seems. I actually was up all night trying to get them to work. More out of stubbornness, and the wish to learn what it is I don’t know.

And on top of all that. There is one GLARING error in my design. I knew it, meant to fix it. And missed it in all the edits. UGHH! But it is OK. I can upload the revision as soon as the contest is over. I am curious to see if any of the designers will even notice. (I am betting not.)


Watercolor Pomegranates. © 2012 Sheila Delgado

Watercolor Pomegranates. © 2012 Sheila Delgado


Spoonflower’s challenge this week – Whimsical Watercolor Fruit. I painted the pomegranate pieces for an earlier design that was never uploaded to the Spoonflower site. So glad to have the chance to use them.

May design challenges are sponsored by Skillshare.  Skillshare is an amazing an online learning community where anyone can discover, take, or even teach a class.

The top winners each week will take home Spoonflower credit and a Skillshare Premium subscription to start learning everything from how to create a surface design using motifs to “The Basics of Photoshop”, “Hand Lettering” and so much more! All submissions into May’s design challenges are automatically entered to win the grand prize full of design goodies worth over $1000!

A super opportunity, and why I am so grateful for your vote!

I did a few mock-ups just for fun.


Pretty Pom mitt mock-up.

Pretty Pom mitt mock-up.



Pretty Pom Tablecloth mock-up.

Pretty Pom Tablecloth mock-up.


Thanks so much for voting!


Last week your votes got me to #83, with 83 votes, out of 415 entries!!! Thank you!!! To get into the top ten, I would have needed 171 votes. Number one received 219 votes. Splatter stripe has 38 “favorite’s”, makes it my #1 most favorited design! Want to see the winners?

Share this post with friends! Just one or two will do! Doubling the number of votes would just get me to the top ten. If all my Google+ followers voted, I would easily make it to top ten. This week there are 422 entries.

I so appreciate your help!  Enjoy your day, and thanks for taking a look!







30 Days of Art – A look Back



Jan 30 in 30 5 x 5


I am so glad I participated again this year in Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge. It is quite a learning experience. I think the hardest part for me, is writing each day about what I have created.

I know I very often tell you I am not happy with the daily painting. (Lord please tell me I did not complain every day!) Seeing the paintings here, I am really very happy with them all. I know I struggled with wanting to spend more time on each piece. I wanted to create more along the lines of “Fine Art” and less, well less like the level that I am actually at.

I can see a huge improvement in my work, and that is AWESOME! I did not explore Pastels, or work in acrylics or collage as I had hoped. But I did work on Arches paper, as well as start to get familiar with YUPO. In that respect I did stretch out of my comfort zone.

I love the act of painting daily. I love discovering artists, and seeing their work every day. The absolute best part of the challenge for me, is making new friends. There are so many super talented artists taking part in the challenge. The beauty and diversity of what you create… it is a gift! You really are amazing!


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A heartfelt thank you to everyone who visits my blog.
And thank you for taking the time to comment.
Your kind words are icing on the cake!


I will be catching up on visiting artists sites in the next few days. So bummed I am behind – what treasures I am missing!!!

Oh hey, good news here. I received my complimentary copy of Patty Digh’s new book, with my artwork inside. I will share it with you tomorrow!

Thanks again everyone, happy creating to you!

God Bless!







Pomegranates – Day 17 of 30 in 30

Chinese postcard. 4 x 6 watercolor, pen on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Chinese postcard. 4 x 6 watercolor, pen on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

I can not take credit for how pleasing this is. There is no credit given to the artist in The Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones. In fact in his first book, he has almost nothing good to say about Chinese ornamentation at all. Regarding their design abilities he said, “they do not appear to have gone beyond that point which is reached by every people in an early stage of civilization; their art such as it is, is fixed… they are totally unimaginative, and all their works are accordingly wanting in the highest grace of art,”


The book was first published in London in 1856 and was huge success. Owen was a product of his time, and his opinion was shared by many. This attitude can be attributed to a lack of knowledge and exposure, as travel to the Far East was still quite hazardous and limited.


Jones later published a volume entirely dedicated to Chinese ornament (1867), The Grammar of Chinese Ornament. I guess there was grace and imagination to be found after all.

the textile blogI am thrilled to tell you, that much of the book is available for viewing online. I have followed John Hopper’s The Textile Blog  for at least a couple of years. But I only just discovered the articles on this subject. You really need to visit this blog if it is new to you. Each article is loaded with information. A look at the Article Index, well let me just say It is a dangerous thing. If you are a creative, you will find yourself pulled in by a force stronger than the lure of Tom Selleck in beach shorts, handing you a box of chocolates!

Owen Jones and Chinese Ornament
Owen Jones Reappraisal of Chinese Decoration
Owen Jones and Egyptian Revival