Design and Doodles · Drawing · Paintstorm · Pattern Inspiration · Surface Pattern

A Design Process: Designing the Gingerbread Pattern

This post gives you a step by step process to developing a pattern. I'm going to use my latest gingerbread design as an example. There are a bunch of different ways to develop a pattern so I'm not suggesting that this is the best way. However this is the process I find useful to follow… Continue reading A Design Process: Designing the Gingerbread Pattern

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Design and Doodles · Drawing · Paintstorm · Surface Pattern · surface Pattern design

Picture Tutorial – Drawing a Flower

This is a 9 step picture tutorial on how to draw a simple tropical flower which is a tutorial inspired by my latest design. This was done in my Paintstorm app, you can get a ‘lite’ version for free on the App Store or pay £13 for the full version. For this drawing, the free… Continue reading Picture Tutorial – Drawing a Flower

Design and Doodles · Drawing · Hand Lettering · Paintstorm · Surface Pattern

Fresh From the Farm — Spoonflower Contest

This is my third proper attempt at drawing words for a tea towel design to enter into a Spoonflower contest. It’s also the first time that I’ve researched Hand Lettering for beginners. Oh well, better late than never eh? Check out my blog post for free resources and awesome websites for hand lettering newbies! I… Continue reading Fresh From the Farm — Spoonflower Contest

Hand Lettering · Paintstorm · Pattern Inspiration · Surface Pattern

Baileys Hot Chocolate – Lettering and Typography

To those of who read my previous post, about Tea Towel Hand Lettering, I would like to offer an apology. If you know about typography, lettering or design it probably hurt your eyes and your soul. If you don’t know about typography, lettering or design, it still probably hurt your eyes and your soul. Good… Continue reading Baileys Hot Chocolate – Lettering and Typography

Design and Doodles · Drawing · Paintstorm · Pattern Inspiration · Surface Pattern

A Cuppa Cactus: Drawing Tutorial (on an iPad)

Some days I feel like I don't achieve anything. But then other days, like today, I draw cacti in cups... This post is a tutorial on how to draw simple and cute cacti. Fair enough, you could just look at some images from google and figure it it out (like I did) but hopefully you'll… Continue reading A Cuppa Cactus: Drawing Tutorial (on an iPad)

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Creating Seamless Patterns (on an iPad app)

For those of you who saw my tutorial on how to make a dreamcatcher, I thought you might like to see a totally finished design using a dreamcatcher. It's not the exact same dreamcatcher as the one in the tutorial but it was made the same way and is pretty similar! The design on the… Continue reading Creating Seamless Patterns (on an iPad app)

Design and Doodles · Drawing · Paintstorm · Pattern Inspiration · Surface Pattern

Tutorial: Drawing a Dreamcatcher on an iPad

This is a tutorial on how to draw a dreamcatcher, similar to the one on my latest (and favourite) pattern design at the bottom of this post. Here is some inspiration to get started… Left column, top to bottom: 1. Joann.com, 2. Instagram 3. Louise Gale Middle column, top to bottom: 1. Google - found… Continue reading Tutorial: Drawing a Dreamcatcher on an iPad

Design and Doodles · Paintstorm · Surface Pattern

Designing Gradient Stars (using Painstorm app on iPad)

So I've recently entered the world of surface pattern designing and thought that I would share some of my inspiration and some of the technical aspects of it as well as things I've learnt and what I'd do better if I were to do it again, in the hope that other people find it useful.… Continue reading Designing Gradient Stars (using Painstorm app on iPad)