Morning!

I haven’t written in this public journal for a little while. I have been writing in my private journal a lot, though, sketching and ruminating. I have had much to think about, moving into this new year, and have felt very reclusive and private. In that mood, I have been working in a diligent and devoted manner on two new collections, one of which is based on a plant that grows on and around my building: Blue Morning Glory.

It’s taking me a little while, but I know it’s going to be very beautiful, cool, and totally worth the while. I have something special in mind and while this type of intricate floral is familiar and even traditional, the end result that I am going for is totally unique to my style. I’m truly excited to be creating this beauty.

First, I have to draw the layout. Designing an interlocking repeat is like creating and solving a puzzle all at the same time.

 Getting it done

Getting it done

After the layout is sorted, comes tracing the drawing in micron. This may seem redundant, but trust me, it is actually a huge time-saver once working with the art in the computer. I have made the mistake of not doing this and just really, really regretted it once attempting to make selections in photoshop.

My vision for this print is going to combine some water colored elements with patterned elements. So great, I start watercoloring.

 1st attempt . Not good enough.

1st attempt . Not good enough.

Not satisfied with the quality of my inaugural attempts, I had to practice. All the components need to be on the same level, need to be beautiful in their own right before they can be combined.

 ok, now we're crackin

ok, now we're crackin

Now I have the flower family all ready to ride and be combined with the other elements of the design.

To view the completed design, just drop me a line and request a password to my private gallery of print collections.