Category Archives: Abstract

Dawn Floret On Spoonflower

Dawn Floret Wallpaper. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Dawn Floret Wallpaper. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

Well color me confused. I had the wrong idea in my head. What this challenge was about. I was confident enough, that I did not bother to reread the design brief. Not until after I had completed my entry. Bam! You thought what?

Our assignment, per Spoonflower: Over the last year we’ve traveled to the 1800’s, 1920’s, 1970’s and early 2000’s through Design Challenges. This week you’re in the driver’s seat. Take us on a journey to your favorite time period, even if it hasn’t actually happened yet!

My foggy brain was thinking time. Thinking abstract. Thinking how Covid has altered our perception of time. Thinking of how the pandemic imposed limits should have freed up time for us. But yet we are all feeling like we have even less time in the day, than we did before.

Well, yeah. I knew I was not going to get all of that into one repeating pattern. So I simplified. Abstract, clock. Begin. I chose the palette, and only later realized that my colors were too literal. Day and night. Yeah. Real clever there. 😏🤪

Voting is open until the 7th.

Dawn Floret Collection. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Dawn Floret Collection. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

Working on last weeks challenge made me crave sunny colors. I’m sure our consistently cold weather has something to do with it as well.

This is the third version. I had to work out a few details, and minimize along the way. It is often interesting, how the original idea can seem splendid. And yet, sometimes, doesn’t quite work in the end. So you try again. And somewhere along the way, everything just clicks.

I had that moment, with this design. Suddenly, it just felt right. So here is to failure. And how it can sometimes be, exactly what was needed.

Earthy Blooms Placemats. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Earthy Blooms Placemats. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

Earthy Blooms placed at 1218 of 1774 entries with 37 votes. (It has 49 ” favorites”.) You can see the top 69, here. That was a heck of a lot of entries! Thanks so much for taking the time to vote! I am grateful for your support. 🙏

Gosh, this seems so dark to me. I am going to take this design, and create new colorways for it. In March. LOL. After the Gathering. I’m happy to hear your suggestions and ideas!

Happy February everyone!

Dieffenbachia For Spoonflower

Numb Tongue Wall Paper. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Numb Tongue Wall Paper. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

The Spoonflower challenge this round was for poisonous plants. Hmm. It had me wishing, once again, that I was better at drawing. I decided to go semi-abstract. Semi-mod. I don’t think I was successful. But I had a working, repeating pattern.

Dieffenbachia is also known as dumb cane. Dumb cane gets its name from the temporary speechlessness that can occur after chewing a piece of the stem. The cells of the plant are armed with stinging crystals, raphides, that are composed of calcium oxalate. If chewed or ingested, the raphides and sap of the plant can irritate the mucous membranes and cause swelling and inflammation of the tongue and throat. The plant is considered to be toxic to cats and children, though ingestion is not usually deadly.

The design name came to me after reading the plant description. It comes from a funny scene in one of the Star Trek movies. Captain Kirk has numb tongue and no one can understand what he is saying. Obscure, I know. But the movie made me giggle.

Numb Tongue, sample. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Numb Tongue, sample. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

There is texture through out. I mixed a wonky plaid with a linen for the background. And I mimicked the variations of color in the leaves.

I don’t feel confident to ask for votes on this one. Voting is open now until January 17th.

Dad’s birthday.

Numb Tongue Wall Paper. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Numb Tongue Wall Paper. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.
Bees Decree, sample. © 2023 Sheila Delgado.

Bee Decree placed at 535 of 811 entries with 26 votes. You can see the top 63, here. Thanks so much everyone, for taking the time to vote.

You are bee-nomenal! 😊😊😊

I do feel a sense of accomplishment for the learning in this process. Adding that to my little pink book of techniques. Haha. 🙂

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes a year has been so disastrous and so terrible
that entering a new year will automatically mean
entering a wonderful year!
Mehmet Murat Ildan

Kindness, kindness, kindness.
I want to make a New year’s prayer, not a resolution.
I’m praying for courage.
Susan Sontag

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