Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were peaceful and you're starting 2019 feeling renewed.

I want to follow up on my last post where I showed the sloth pattern design I made for a Spoonflower challenge. Well, afterward I made a full collection that's now available in both my Creative Market and Spoonflower shops. You'll find banana leaves, fronds, monstera leaves and bamboo. The companion patterns can even be used alone, if you prefer.

Let me know if you make something with these patterns. I really enjoy seeing other people's creativity. 😊

~ Christina

Last week I entered the Spoonflower weekly design challenge for the first time. The theme was "Sloths" and the only rule was the design had to be a pattern. All entries were voted on by the public.

Here's my sloth pattern.

Sloth Pattern Spoonflower

The results are in today. My sloths placed in the Top 50 - #42 of 337 to be exact. I might normally be disappointed with placing at #42, but for my first design challenge I'm pretty pleased. It was a good exercise in creativity. And, placing in the Top 50 means my design was automatically added to the Spoonflower marketplace. It's now available in my shop for printing on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. I may also make some coordinating patterns to build a collection.

If you voted, thank you! :)

This week's design challenge of "Scandinavian Art" caught my eye, too. When I look at Scandinavian art, words and phrases that come to mind are clean, ornate, geometric, blocks of color and floral.

This is my take on the theme.

Scandinavian Pattern Spoonflower

Voting is again open to the public and winners will be announced next week. If you wish to vote for my pattern you can do it here.

Competition in these challenges is stiff. There are many, many talented artists out there. But, I'm going to use these opportunities to share my work and get better at pattern design. Who knows, maybe one day I'll win first place. 🤗

Have a lovely day!

~ Christina

This week I continued to pour through the patterns and illustrations from my 100 Days project, and found there is still gold to be mined. These little Christmas houses were originally in pattern form, but I've separated them into individual files so they can be used on Christmas cards and prints. They have painted textures and hand drawn details.

Each image is in PNG format, so designers can use any background color they choose.

Click for more details.

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I didn't expect to be immersed in patterns again, but I'm having so much fun recoloring existing ones. I began to see this modern tree pattern as one that would be great for Christmas and New Year designs. So I gave it new life with three bright color palettes for the holidays. The bundle contains vectors and seamless tiles, so they can be used in Illustrator and Photoshop.

Click the image for more details.

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Yes, it feels good to release the patterns I've been holding onto for far too long. I just added this vintage floral pattern to my Creative Market shop, in three eye-catching color combinations. Use it for branding, home decor, stationery...the applications are limitless.

Click the image to add these patterns to your design toolbox.😊

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This week I created the Wetlands Pattern collection, with designs that came from the 100 Days of Pillows project. I used three of the patterns as-is. Two needed only color changes to make them cohesive with the group.

It's my favorite collection yet, with swans, cattails, feathers and snails. The pink and green color palette is soft and punchy.

I envision the designs on stationery, packaging, and in nurseries. But the fun part is knowing they'll also be used on projects I haven't thought of.

Designers - these seamless patterns can be used in Illustrator and Photoshop. You can get the collection from my Creative Market shop here:

https://creativemarket.com/christinasteward/2891548-Wetlands-Seamless-Pattern-Collection

Have fun!

~Christina

I added this seasonal, pumpkin patch illustration to my Creative Market shop. It's almost that time of year!

Graphic designers -- use the illustration as-is, or rearrange the graphics as you wish.

Click here for details: https://creativemarket.com/christinasteward/2881251-Pumpkin-Patch-Illustration

I often say Atlanta when people ask where I live. It's mostly true. I live in a northern suburb and assume most people have heard of Atlanta. But the actual city I live in is Cumming, GA. It's a fast-growing town with a strong mix of rural spaces and modern conveniences.

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This week I've been diving deeper into graphic design and trying new techniques in Photoshop, like using clips of photography in the text of this quote. I've found that while graphic design doesn't necessarily involve drawing (though it certainly can), working with photography, text and colors alone still feels very creative!

I even incorporated my own personal photo into this graphic. While designers often use stock photography for client projects, I love the idea of pulling from my own bank of personal images, too.

I'm excited to see where this is headed. Thanks for joining me! ❤

~Christina

An Honest Prayer

Jul 11, 2018

In:Faith

If I see the things in nature as part of your creation -- trees, flowers, birds, the sky -- beautiful and complex beyond comprehension, God help me to see other people through that same lens.