My Christmas Ornaments design won first prize on Spoonflower this week. I am so excited. Thank you to everyone who voted for me.
I thought I would give you a quick look into how the Christmas Ornament design came to be. This will not be the complete process as I wasn’t recording all my steps, but it will give you a sneak peak inside. I pulled this design together from a few different places.
First I did some sketches in my notebook.
Then I opened up my Adobe Illustrator and drew some more ornaments with my Wacom Tablet. I have a cheap and outdated version of the Wacom Tablet (but I am very happy with it). I have had the tablet for awhile now, but I fell in love with it when I learned about the “blob brush” during Bonnie Christine’s CreativeLive course.
I reused and reworked the ornaments that I drew for the design brief from the Vintage Christmas Collection. You can read more about the collection here – Vintage Christmas Collection.
I also reused and reworked some of the ornaments that I drew for another collection that is still a work in progress (Gingerbread Christmas).
I like to play with my motifs and have this habit of creating way too many. With this design, I tried many variations and made a big mess of my Adobe Illustrator files.
I played into the wee hours of the morning two nights in a row (after hours and hours of drawing). I finally came up with this simple design that showed off the details on the ornaments.
I put my design up on Spoonflower and entered it into the contest.
Then I waited. Have I mentioned that waiting is not my strong suit.
Can you imagine my surprise when I opened my email and saw that Spoonflower had posted my design in the newsletter to announce the opening of voting?
(screenshot of my email from Spoonflower)
And then later in the day they included the same image in a blog post on the Spoonflower blog. Well after that excitement and promotion, I had to wait some more.
It was time to get back to work and finish my Lovely Lettering design for this week’s Calligraphy contest. I got that all finished and submitted it. You can see that entry here – Lovely Lettering Fabric Design – and you can go to the Spoonflower homepage and vote in the contest if you like it.
It was then time for more waiting.
I was hoping to make top ten. That was my goal.
When the day finally arrived for the announcement, I could hardly wait (you remember I don’t like waiting). I kept checking the website for news. I was so over the moon when I clicked through and saw my design right there on the screen. A little while later they had put up a beautiful photo of my wrapping paper – all printed out – with a gift wrapped.
(screenshot of the beautiful display of my design on Spoonflower)
The Christmas Ornaments design is available as a fabric and gift wrap –> Christmas Ornaments on Spoonflower