Thursday, 19 January 2017

Spoonflower design competition - painting

Do you know Spoonflower? It's a great website which allows you to design and print your own fabric. It is also a great place to shop for unique and original designed fabric as many of the designers list their work in their own little store. I have a store on Spoonflower and would love it if you took a look.

They also run a weekly design competition and I love to take part as it often makes me design things I wouldn't normally draw.

The latest competition was a design based on 'Ditsy Mistletoe'
The brief was:

A hobby near and dear to many creative hearts, painting takes on so many forms, techniques, and mediums -- and in many ways it is the foundation of design. Watercolor, acrylic, oil, tempera, gouache, tempura. Abstract, impressionist, photo-realistic -- there's something for everyone!

Water colour has been a hugh trend in fabric and surface pattern design for a while now. I used to piant in water colour a lot back in mu uni days, so I thought I'd break out my brushes for this competition. I am really pleased with the half drop repeat and this this would look great on summer bedding. What do you think? Don't forget you can see more of my design work via my Instagram page.

If you like my design please pop over to Spoonflower and vote for me. Voting opens today.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Make it in Design Winter school.

I have been developing my surface pattern design work over Christmas and thought I would invest a little in me for a change and signed up to the make it in design winter school. It's only a four week course and the cost was minimal so I thought it would be a great motivator to get me working harder on my surface pattern designs. I signed up for the advanced course after reading the briefs for the beginner and intermediate.
The first task we have been given is to create a bold bohemian 70's rock inspired pattern.

My first step was to do a quick search on Pinterest and I'm sharing my board here so you can see my initial inspiration.



This morning I've sketched out a few ideas from my board and I was surprised to see so much geometric patterns being used.
Make it in Design Winter school.

I'm looking forward to inking these up and scanning them in, which I will probably do tomorrow. I will share more with you soon.

www.makeitdesign.com/winter-school

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Gluten free Winter granola recipe

This time of year after the excesses of Christmas I long to get back to my healthy eating pattern and want wholesome food to start my day with. I always have leftover nuts and dried fruit from Christmas baking, so why not incorporate some of those flavours through into the new year.

Gluten free Winter granola recipe

For my Gluten free Winter Granola you will need:

  • 500g Gluten free rolled oats
  • 300ml honey
  • 150g mixed nuts, chopped
  • 100g desiccated coconut
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1tbsp sunflower oil

  1. Warm the honey and oil in a saucepan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir the oats, nuts and coconut.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180c or gas mark 6.
  4. Pour the honey and oil mixture over the oats and stir until coated.
  5. Spread the mixture in a large roasting tray.
  6. Bake for twenty minutes, turning the mixture ever 5 minutes so it doesn't burn.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before putting in an air tight container.
Gluten free Winter granola recipe

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy new Year. Free desktop calendar January

Happy New year.

This year I am hoping to achieve many things, including blogging every day and developing my illustrative work. So in a great start to the new year I wanted to give you a piece of my work. A desktop calendar for the month of January. Penguins aren't just for Christmas you know. In fact our most wintery weather is still on the way. Here are a flock of serene penguins on a calming snowy scene for January.

Just click on the link and you should be able to download the image in a resolution of 2560x 1440 px. Any problems message me on twitter @craftcartwright.



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