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This Could Bee The One

 

 

Bee Bloomers. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Bee Bloomers. Mixed media surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

This design was so fun to work on. I found the flower when I organized my artworks. It is mounted on wood, I placed it on a shelf. Thinking about this challenge, I was trying to find a not-so-ugly bug. Then It came to me. My blue bee was sort of pretty. There it began.

Bee Bloomers is my entry in the Spoonflower – Insects Skillshare Whimsical Watercolor design challenge. I really think this could be a contender for top ten. Can’t do it without you though!
(click links to vote)

 

Carpenter Bee

Carpenter Bee, 6 x 6 watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado

Carpenter Bee, 6 x 6 watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado

If you missed it, you can read about where the original ended up, the WIP here and the slow beginning.

Oh boy, seeing this again after so long, there are many things I would change. (The awful background.) You can see in the revised bee below, I did change quite a bit, digitally.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Carpenter Bee Revised. Watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado

    Carpenter Bee Revised. Watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado

    I made the mouth larger, to help it print better on fabric. I just copied, resized and pasted.

  2. Added the missing second antennae and front leg. In the reference photo, neither were visible. I copied and pasted those as well.I stretched the antennae, resizing for better printing.
  3. I beefed up her back and rear as well.  Sorry dear. The rear is now touching the leg, and is longer. The back surrounds the rear wing so it looks fully, “attached”.
  4. It was nearly impossible to crop the bee from the wood background. Some of the wood grain obliterated the hairs on the legs. The quickest thing to do was erase the hairs, and then draw them back on in Photoshop. I was dreading that part, but it turned out to be easy.
  5. I added highlights to the center leg, and made the bottom of the rear leg larger, and better attached to the top half.

It is hard to see most of these details in the low-res images, and they may not even show on the fabric. Then again, I have always been pleased with the quality of Spoonflowers printing. The work was fun, and challenging, and that counts for something in my book.

 

Carpenter Bee close-up. Watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado

Carpenter Bee close-up. Watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado

 

 Additional Design Elements

Yellow Bloom. watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado

Yellow Bloom. watercolor on 140 lb. cold press paper. © 2013 Sheila Delgado

The only adjustments I made to the flower was to smooth the edges and add color between the blue center lines. I left them white on the painting, and I like it, but I have to admit it doesn’t “make sense”.

I smoothed the edges for better printing. I knew I was going to use an outline of the flower shape as an additional design element, so the edges needed to be as clean as possible.

Carpenter bees tunnel into wood to lay their eggs. Carpenter bee adults spend winter in wood within abandoned nest tunnels. After mating, the fertilized females excavate tunnels in wood and lay their eggs within a series of small cells. (from Wikipedia)

I wanted to include a wood element in the pattern. My first thought was an all over linear background. I couldn’t get it to work. I was “this close”. So at least I am on the right track.

Thing is, once I do manage to get it to repeat, I will be able to use it over and over. Below is a look at my idea. If you look at the lines on the left edge, and then the right, you well see that they do not match up. Some do, but not all.

Bee Bloomers, wood grain mock-up.

Bee Bloomers, wood grain mock-up.

 

So I had to rethink the wood. I filled those hollow flower shapes with several faux-wood grain patterns. And honestly, I think it works better. I have the bees facing all directions, and the “wood” flowers help to support the multi-directional toss.

I can use the wood grain as I have it to create a cheater quilt though! Woo Whoo!

 

Collection

Bee Bloomers Collection

Bee Bloomers Collection

I wanted soft colors for the background, that would not distract from the painted elements. White, blue, yellow and green. Spoonflower designers often seem to favor dark backgrounds, so I tried a steel-blue, sampled from the bee.

BAM!

There it was.
My design challenge entry.

I continued to play with color, and found that teal really made the flowers pop. The final turquoise is very Hawaii, tropical delight! For that one I changed the shade of green on the small button flower, and darkened the wood patterned flowers. For a closer look, visit my shop.

 

 

 

So thankful to you for taking the time to vote.
Grateful if you think of sharing the link with friends.
Happy if you enjoyed this lengthy post.

 

No matter how sure you that a friend will be there for you when you need them, it is the greatest feeling when the time comes, and they are. 

 

Prizes

  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 25 winning designs. The first place winner will be chosen by Skillshare from the popularly-voted top 25 designs.
  • 1 first place winner each week (5 total, 1 per theme), chosen from the top 25 by Skillshare, will receive a 1-year Skillshare Premium subscription (valued at $96) and $200 in Spoonflower credit.
  • The 2nd place (5 total, 1 per theme) winner will receive a 6 month Skillshare Premium subscription, along with a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place (5 total, 1 per theme) winner will receive a 6 month Skillshare Premium subscription, along with a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 25 popularly-voted designs from each theme (100 total, 25 per theme) will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5 swatch required.
  • In addition, all design challenge entries submitted during the Skillshare partner design challenges (04/12/17 – 05/23/17) will be entered into a drawing; one lucky contest entrant will be randomly selected by Spoonflower for the Grand Prize on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The grand prize winner will receive a 1-year Spoonflower PRO membership (valued at $249), a 1-year Skillshare Premium subscription (valued at $96), one Wacom Intuos Pro Pen and Touch Small Tablet (valued at $218) and a 1-year Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud subscription (valued at $240). The grand prize winner will be announced Thursday, June 1, 2017.
  • 04/11/2017: Submissions open
  • 05/16/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 05/18/2017: Public voting opens
  • 05/23/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 05/25/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

 

See the winners from last week. My designs have been in the top half, or top third. But Pomegranates only received 34 votes, placing at #279 of 422. There are 410 entries this week.

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Curtains For You Rocky!

 

 

New On Society6 – Curtains

S6-Curtains

 

Two designs, twelve colorways, Over 200 new items available in the shop. Curtains are a recent addition, here is what Society6 has to say:

They’re crafted with 100% lightweight polyester, and thick enough to block out some light – just slip your rod into the 4″ pocket and you’re good to go. All curtains are a single-sided print and measure 50″ x 84″. Available in single or double panel options. Machine wash cold (no bleach!) and tumble dry low.

Available on pillows, rugs, and towels. Will soon be available on duvets and comforters. Click the image or link for a closer look.

 

Blessings-shiraz

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Voting continues through 5/16/17. Thanks so much!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Pom-Bed

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not A Barrel Of Monkeys

 

 

Barrel Cactus. 4 x 6 watercolor on gessoed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Barrel Cactus. 4 x 6 watercolor on gessoed paper. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

I am going to like painting on gessoed paper. Need more practice. I know you can’t see it, but that puts a smile on my face. The gesso allows easy removal of color. Take it off, put more on, take it off. It can be reworked without fear of the paper shredding. There is also a really nice texture in some areas. On the next piece I will show a close up, if it happens again.

 

Splatter stripe has been “favorited” by 29 of the designers on Spoonflower. A few that I really admire as well – professionals. (Very cool!)  That makes it my #2 design. I am going to take that as a good sign. Fingers crossed! Still time to vote today!

Happy Monday everyone!

Splatter Stripe. Watercolor/digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Splatter Stripe. Watercolor/digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

 

 

 

 

 

Splatter Stripe

 

 

Splatter Stripe. Watercolor/digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Splatter Stripe. Watercolor/digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

 

This week Spoonflower’s Design challenge is for an Abstract Whimsical Watercolor. My original idea turned out to be a very complicated repeat. I just could not get the design to work as a seamless pattern. I saved the file, so I can continue to work on it. Do some research maybe, and find a solution.

On top of that, the abstract watercolor was not cooperating. Ughh! So I switched gears, and selected a watercolor piece I created a couple of years ago. I was down to the wire, had about an hour and a half to complete a design and upload it to the site. A stripe seemed the quick solution. It also seemed to fit the summer feeling these colors gave me. Click on the image above for a closer look.

I have a collection started. I need to upload the designs, but here is a peek. I started thinking the design might lend itself to quilting projects. Seaside cottage or nautical. That gave me the idea to do a cheater quilt. More on that later.

 

Splatter Stripe Collection. Watercolor/digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Splatter Stripe Collection.

 

Just for fun, a couple of clothing mock-ups.

 

Splatter stripe skirt mock-up.

Splatter stripe skirt mock-up.

 

Splatter Stripe, youth dress mock-up

Splatter Stripe, youth dress mock-up

 

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! Skillshare is an amazing an online learning community where anyone can discover, take, or even teach a class. 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!

 

LYA SIDE SWAP

 

Christine Brooks LYA 2017 side swap. Painted on wood, with USA stamp.

Christine Brooks LYA 2017 side swap. Painted on wood, with USA stamp.

So happy to receive this wonderful postcard from Christine Brooks. The piece is painted on wood and includes a postage stamp as part of the art. The texture is really wonderful. I just love it! Christine lives in Flagstaff. Just a hop north of here, an hour and a half. She is also taking part in the current round of Love Notes Postcard swap.

Thanks so much Christine for surprising me with this side swap extra! It is a treasure!

 

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