Spoonflower 2023 Calendar Wall Hanging

Serene Green. 2023 Wall Calendar, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Serene Green. 2023 Wall Calendar, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

This challenge was so much fun. As you can see, I recycled one of my paintings from this month. I used different patterns, to be sure the dates were legible. The full leaf is larger, to fill the space. I also added a digital border, outline, to the vase. To give it a crisp look. I left the planting raw, with rough edges and pencil marks.

Voting is now open, There are fewer entries this week. Lots of terrific designs, though. Thanks so much for taking the time! 🙏😄

This will be available as a wall hanging, and on a tea towel.

Serene Green. 2023 Wall Hanging Calendar, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Serene Green. 2023 Wall Hanging Calendar, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Serene Green. 2023 Calendar, Tea Towel, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Serene Green. 2023 Calendar, Tea Towel, Spoonflower. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Sample, Spoonflower Template
Sample, Spoonflower Template

Spoonflower provides a template for the designers. I created a frame, to cover the areas that are out of bounds. It helped me to see only the area I had to work with. Gave me a “clean” canvas.

Fika Fine Close Up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Fika Fine Close Up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Fika Fine placed at 522 out of 770, with 20 votes. Thank you! I’m so grateful to you. 🙂

Days 21 Through 25 of The 30-Day Creative Gathering

Day 21, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 21, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I had so much fun with this series. I painted first, with acrylics and/or watercolor. The first two have pots that were collaged by hand. I continued in Photoshop, adding collage with digital patterns. Some of which are just copies of paper patterns I have.

You might ask, “why not just collage the paper by hand?”. And that is a fair question. In photoshop I can change the color, stretch or shrink the pattern, change the direction. I can try everything. I can also change my mind in the final stages and rework the individual pieces.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. We are in the final week of the gathering now, and I have started a new series. But I will be revisiting this style in months to come.

Day 22, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 22, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 23, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 23, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 24, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 24, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 25, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Day 25, CG 9 22. 8 x 8 inch. Watercolor, acrylics, & digital collage. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul.
Linda Solegato

Feeling Fika Fine – Spoonflower Design Challenge

Fika Fine Tablecloth. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Fika Fine Tablecloth. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

The design theme this week is Swedish Fika. Fika is a coffee and cake break, but is much more than that. Fika is a state of mind. An attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. It is considered almost essential to make time for fika every day. And often, several times a day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.

This design came together fairly quickly. A nice surprise. I delayed starting, sure that I could not pull it off. Doubting myself.

Fika Fine Pattern Sample. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Fika Fine Pattern Sample. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.

I had fun creating the treats and Latte. For the dishware I used a pattern I created a few years ago. It has the colors of the Swedish flag and seemed a perfect fit.

I added shadows and highlights to add dimension to the treats, and china. That took some finagling, but was fun to do.

Voting is open now through the 27th. Thanks so much for taking a look. 🙂

Fika Fine Close Up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Fika Fine Close Up. © 2022 Sheila Delgado.
Desert Dune Buds, Sample, SMDelgado
Desert Dune Buds, Sample, SMDelgado

Desert Dune Buds placed at 811 of 1177 with 21 votes. I appreciate you taking the time to vote for me. Thanks a bunch! 🙂

I am so grateful I have had the energy to take part in the design challenges while also painting each day for the 30-Day Creative Gathering. I’ve had to sneak in a nap a few times, but I am managing. 😉😉🙏