Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

A quick post to say Happy Halloween with this great image from Design Seeds! A lovely autumnal colour palette!

Image copyright Design Seeds

Black & White Floral

Today I am sharing with you a design I did a few weeks back for the Tigerprint Black & White print competition.

Image copyright Rosie Simons 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

New Boys Designs

I recently worked on a brief to design for boys. This is not something I normally work on and when I started the brief I thought I would really struggle. However once I had decided on a theme and a colour palette the design started to flow and I am SO pleased with how it turned out!

I am going to develop the collection further adding new placement and repeat prints using the same motifs and colour palette. Who knows where Tom will go next!

Images copyright Rosie Simons 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Fossil Watch Bar

My watch died a few months back, and living without it has been a real pain, it turns out I'm very fussy when it comes to which watches I will wear and thought I would never find one.. until I found Fossil Watch Bar.

Fossil Watch Bar allows design your perfect watch! Pick your favourite watch face and strap to create a one of a kind Fossil timepiece. There are many straps to choose from, leather, silicone, polyester and nylon, in many different colours and patterns. Ever better the straps are easily interchangeable, so you can change the strap to suit your outfit or mood!

Love the idea of having a mix of different coloured faces and straps for different occasions!

Now all I have to do is decide which colour(s) I want!


Images copyright

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I discovered..

.. fonts for peas.

Every now and then I like to have a bit of a font downloading marathon.. during my latest marathon I discovered fonts for peas.

Fonts for Peas is home to over 500 of the cutest and most unique handwriting fonts on the 'net! I take *your* submitted handwriting samples and turn them into fonts. Then I upload all the fonts here so you can download them- all for free!

So not only can you download awesome cute fonts (for FREE!), but you can submit your own handwriting samples to be made into fonts! There are pages and pages of cute hand drawn fonts..

Lots of the fonts also come with cute little doodle illustrations using special characters!

One of my favourite fonts is Pea Mily Mix. I love it's relaxed style and adorable heart, kisses and butterfly illustrations, can't wait to use it in a design!

Go and check out fonts for peas and download some of their lovely fonts! Or why not submit your own!

Images and fonts copyright Kevin & Amanda

Friday, October 26, 2012

Spoonflower Arrows contest

This weeks Spoonflower contest was Arrows, and for the first time ever I entered a design!

It's so exciting seeing it up there on the site with lots of other lovely designs and knowing lots of people out there will see it when placing their all important votes!

The only restriction of the contest (other than sticking to the theme of arrows) was to make a seamless repeat pattern, so I set about interweaving arrows to make an interesting repeat.

Below is my entry, once I had decided on the layout I played around with different colour ways for the design, but then had so many I couldn't decide which one I liked best. I chose this one as it is the most 'me' but will share some of the other colour ways soon! You can vote here!

There are lots of fantastic designs in this weeks contest, below are the designs I voted for..

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Developing my doodles

I was so pleased with how my doodles turned out I decided to try and replicate the look on the computer. I know this is very backwards but as I explained yesterday the doodles came from a new design I was working on.. so without further ado.. here are my digitally created doodles!

I loved how the doodles looked on brown paper so I mocked up the pattern on a sheet of brown paper. I would LOVE to see this printed as wrapping paper! I just love the texture of brown paper.

I got carried away playing around with different colour ways (as usual) and love the simplicity of the colour on white with the textured lines. Will reveal the whole collection this design is from very soon!

All images copyright Rosie Simons 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Doodle envelope

Sometimes I just really feel like scribbling away.. I'm working on a very hand drawn collection right now and have been drawing the motifs directly onto the computer using my wacom. So last night I did something rather backwards.. I drew the motifs I had been drawing on the screen, onto paper! A yummy brown paper envelope to be exact, and I was so amazed with the result!

I love the way the sketchy black lines look on the striped brown paper! I'm going to try and work this into a design somehow. It's amazing how something so simple can be so satisfying!

Images copyright Rosie Simons 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New designs

Today I am sharing with you some new designs I have been working on. There's lots of new patterns on the go here right now and I am LOVING it!

I am starting to feel that my patterns really have a signature style and show my personality well.

You may recognise the grey design below, the designs were created as part of my 'dreams' collection. You can see the existing designs printed as fabrics here and as a sneak peek here. You can also buy the existing designs as fabrics from Spoonflower here.

The new designs use the same colours and motifs as the existing designs, but have more organic layouts and mixes of motifs from different patterns. I love how all the patterns look together!

I also had very exciting news yesterday, someone purchased some of my Dreamcatcher fabric on Spoonflower! It's so exciting to know that someone likes my design enough to buy yards of it!

Lots of exciting new designs and news coming soon so be sure to check back soon! Just to tease you here is a sneak peek of a new design I am currently working on as part of a new collection I will share soon!

Images copyright Rosie Simons 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Featured on JLW Illustration

Yesterday I was featured on the fantastic JLW Illustration blog as part of the 'ABSPD Featured Designer' series. You can check out the post here.

Jennie is a fellow ABSPD e-course classmate and produces some lovely surface pattern design and illustration. You can check out her website here where you will also find lots of other lovely ABSPD Featured Designers. There are some really talented people and some gorgeous designs!

Blog content copyright JLW Illustration - Images copyright Rosie Simons 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NEW Etsy store!

Today I have very exciting news! My greeting cards are now for sale in my NEW Etsy store!

Currently for sale are Greetings and Christmas cards, I hope to branch out soon, selling other paper goods and my own designed fabrics. The cards are currently available as singles or packs of 8, custom orders are also accepted.

I love the About page feature on Etsy, which gives you a space to tell your/your shops story, with lovely big images and a cute round bio image for the shop owner.

My lovely little sister took the photos of the cards for me, I am so pleased with how they came out, she's very talented with a camera!

Images copyright Rosie Simons 2012