Secret Garden: my first botanical pattern

Finally tried a botanic inspired pattern, yet another type of pattern I’ve been wanting to explore. I found it an interesting experience and would love to do more. I took a long time to settle on the colours, but I’ve decided this is the combination I like for this one.

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For the full Redbubble gallery, click here.

Schadenfreude

Just a thought I had, a light-hearted take on a word I came across a few times.

It means the experience of pleasure or satisfaction at seeing the misfortune of others. That’s terrible, but sad to say part of human nature and not uncommon.

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To see the full Redbubble gallery, click here.

Purple Rain

With these amethysts representing purple, I rounded up the six colours of the rainbow I did for this pear-shaped gem design. It was an enjoyable ride. I had so much fun with this pattern and as always, am fascinated by how a little illustration I did is portrayed on not just t-shirts but so many other different stuff.

For the Redbubble gallery of these jewels on black stripes, click here.

And for them on purple stripes, click here.

As always, here is a selection from the two galleries linked above:

For some reason I always get extra delight from seeing the socks. I don’t know, I just find them so funny and cute, they’re such a hoot. I always get a smile or chuckle looking at how the design looks like on socks.

It’s raining sapphires

Going through my posts, I just realized that for a gem design, I haven’t posted the blue and purple versions in the series of rainblow colours I did. So I thought I’d put it in now, brighten up this blog a bit!

As blue sapphires here the gem illustration look berry fruity and bubble-gummy in this pattern ๐Ÿ’™. The version with the blue stripes remind me as well of classic blue-and-white porcelain.

To see the full Redbubble gallery with the black stripes, click here.

As for the blue stripes, click here.

Here’s a selection from the galleries:

Happy Chinese New Year – Year of the Ox

My little design for Chinese New Year that’s just around the corner. Wishing all Chinese all around the world a wonderful New Year full of love, peace, good health and prosperity.
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By the way, that’s not a self-portrait ๐Ÿ˜„, though yes the Year of the Ox ๐Ÿ‚ is my year when it comes to the Chinese zodiac.
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For the full gallery on Redbubble, click here.

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Tutor credit for the border: I learned it from Nick of Logos by Nick on YouTube:

Art Deco Calla Lily Pattern

I drew a pattern, started out inspired by Art Deco and the Calla Lily flower, but when I finished it also feels a tad Mid-century to me.

Clockwise from Top Left: Marigold, Scarlet, Indigo, Ocean

I think maybe that’s due to the sparse lines, the white background and the colour choices. Even though this ‘fish scale’ type of pattern is usually considered Art Deco, the art movement is usually associated with richness and luxury. So maybe a dark jewel tone instead of white for the background, gold or silver lines for contrast, and gradients for depth would make it more Art Deco. But I like how this turned out. I’m looking forward to trying out more such patterns.

To see the entire Redbubble gallery for each of the four colour choices, click the names I’ve selected for them below.

Marigold, Scarlet, Ocean (Green), Indigo

An uber-festive Christmas and New Year greeting

Bringing all six colours together for a colourful Christmas card design. I’m happy this is the reason all six colours I’ve done for the jewel design are coming together: for a Christmas and New Year greeting.

This Muslim wishes all Christians a Merry Christmas, and wishing for everyone on this planet regardless of religion, race and nationality, a New Year with peace, love and good health. And jobs and financial stability.

Well, might as well throw in mental hugs for the astronauts who are not on this planet as well, and any aliens as well who happen to be snooping around WordPress and reading this. Have a great next year!

For the sake of all our sanity, especially mine, let’s all hope and pray (if you believe in God, if not, just hope) that 2021 will start to bring back the pre-Covid world (the good bits, I mean, not the shitty stuff like worse pollution). Starting with the vaccine, please. One that is affordable and accessible to everyone, and obviously one that works, meaning safe and effective for everyone.

As opposed to starting a zombie apocalypse or something dramatic like that.

It seems to be less and less likely the world will go back to before, as if that world wasn’t hard enough. In the meantime, all we can do is to be hopeful and persevere, to hang on in there the best we can. I love you all, my fellow humans, and I wish everyone well.

It’s raining citrine

Like bright cheery lemons glistening under the Mediterranean sun. I love how fascinatingly different the overall look is, between black and yellow stripes.

I’m looking at the dresses above and I really think that, while they are sweet and casual by themselves, the yellow will go really well with some gold-coloured jewelry. Like a chunky necklace or drop earrings, big bling like that. A large gold cuff.

Strappy footwear, probably. But if I’m her stylist, definitely black leather boots, like Doc Martens. Something kick-ass like that. And while we’re in that direction, a black leather motorcycle jacket, then ๐Ÿ™‚

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For the full Redbubble gallery with the black stripes, click here.

As for the yellow stripes, click here.

As usual, here are some photos below in the meantime.

The socks are so darn cute with this pattern, as usual.

Anchors to set in the sea of love and peace

I had always wanted to try an anchor design. I’ve always liked the designs of the ‘classic’ tattoos, and the anchor is one of the design elements I think of when I think of traditional tattoos, along with swallows, dragons, pin-up girls, hearts with ‘Mom’ emblazoned across them, etc.

My heart-themed design is inspired by a song I love, Sea of Love.

The song was first released in 1959. I was introduced to it by the 1989 movie of the same title, starring Al Pacino and Ellen Barkin. I remember watching it in the cinema as a teenager, at the time of its release that year.

I decided to do pink and light blue, because they turned out kinda cutesy and I thought they would be cool for teenagers and kids too.

To see the Redbubble gallery of the Pink Anchor, click here.

And for the Blue Anchor, click here.

It’s raining amber

It’s raining amber this time ๐Ÿงก making this pattern the most refreshing so far . There is such a burst of energy to this underused colour ๐ŸŠ. I think orange is actually such a lovely, pretty colour. Instant warmth.

Perhaps yellow is too blindingly sunny for some, and red too hot and a tad too unsettlingly eye-catching. Orange is like a grandmother’s hug, quietly snuggly and comforting. A smoky shade still gives brightness and warmth, yet it’s still sedate, great for the coat or bag of an introvert looking to step out the wallpaper for a while. It brings attention without looking like it’s asking for it.

To see gallery of items with orange stripes, click here.

For selection with black stripes, click here.