Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Midnight Flowers Pattern

Midnight Flowers Pattern Art Print

One of the newest designs available at my RedBubble and Society6 shop is what I like to call my Midnight Flowers Pattern. This past weekend I continued with my theme of exploration in my artwork. I tried a few new techniques, and ventured out of my usual work process to explore different styles of patterning. One style in particular I explored was mandala artwork, and I made a variety of mandalas and repeating patterns with mandala elements. This is one of them!

Out of all the new designs I created this weekend, this is one of my favourites. It is pretty and simple, and the colours I used reminds me of the willow pottery design - I have always loved the blue and white colour palette that is used for it. I actually created this pattern using the tangles pattern that I made last month as a base! I took a section of that pattern and repeated it differently in adobe illustrator. You can hardly tell that they are from the same linework, but if you look closely you can start to see the similarities.

This simple design has small details that makes it a great fit for home decor.

Midnight Flowers Pattern Duvet Cover

Midnight Flowers Pillow Sham Society6

Midnight Flowers Pattern Curtains from Society6

I hope to add it to my Zazzle shop soon as well!

What do you think of this new design? Let me know in the comments below!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Sloth Gifts: Home Decor Edition

Hi guys, its been a while since I've added a post about my sloth design, and I've added it to so many new things! My sloths design is by far my most popular, as sloths are so easy to love with their lazy smiles and their chill attitude. If you know a sloth lover, or are a sloth lover yourself, you may be interested in this collection of sloth home decor items! :D Some of these items are decorated in a seamless sloth pattern, and some with sloth related jokes and puns of course. :) They are sure to make you smile, too.

Here are my picks for sloth home decor!
Lazy & Sleepy Cute Couples Design, Reversible Pillowcase
Lazy and Sleepy Cute Couples Design, Reversible Pillowcase
This pair of matching pillowcases is reversible with a sloth pattern on the other side!
Keep the text "Lazy" and "sleepy", or customize it with text of your own. :)

Nap Time Sleepy Lazy Sloth Drawing Pillow
Nap Time Sleepy Lazy Sloth Drawing Pillow
Channel your inner sloth with this Nap Time pillow. Accompanied
by a cute drawing of two sloths hanging on a tree branch. :)
sloth pattern blanket
To match the pillows is a plush comforter from Society6 with my sloth pattern in a large print!

Baby Sloths hanging on Tree Pattern Pet Bed

Baby Sloths hanging on Tree Pattern Pet Bed
I also added my sloth pattern to dog beds! That way you can share
your love of sloths with your pet. The background colour can be changed
to any colour imaginable, to match your other home decor.

Its Always Sloth Time Lazy Sloth Clock

Its Always Sloth Time Lazy Sloth Clock
Yes.... Yes, I did this. I had to! This clock features a drawing of a sloth
and the text "It's always sloth time". Time does not matter, when you are a sloth.

Cute Baby Sloths Hanging on Treebranch Pattern Shower Curtain
Cute Baby Sloths Hanging on Treebranch Pattern Shower Curtain
This shower curtain is made cute with my sloth pattern! The smiling, sleepy sloth art
will add an adorable touch to your bathroom.

sloth pattern hand towel
And to match the shower curtain, a sloth pattern hand towel.

sloth pattern plush soft blanket
Since its getting chillier out, you may be interested in this seriously soft sloth pattern
throw blanket for lazy weekends spent indoors.

What do you think of this collection of sloth home decor items? Let me know in the comments below! 

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend :) 


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Gold and Red Leaf Pattern | New at my shop!

I've continued my burst of creativity well into October - although I have had less time to actually draw, I've been looking at some of my recent work in new ways. If this pattern looks familiar, its because it is! I reworked my Autumn leaf pattern to shine and stand out in a beautiful red and gold colour palette!

I've been all about the shine lately, adding gold everywhere possible and pairing it with a variety of different colours. I think that this gold leaf pattern with a deep red background is surprisingly a really nice, elegant pattern for the holidays! While the colour theme is very much a holiday palette, the subject matter of different shapes of leaves is not, so I thought it gave this design a unique twist and makes it stand out from the traditional christmas tree designs.

I originally drew these leaves in a vector format using Adobe illustrator. Photoshop was used in this rework however - I played around with the colour until I got the perfect shade of gold to go with the deep red. Of course like my other patterns, this one is also seamless. :)

Gold and red leaf pattern mug

I've added this pattern to my RedBubble, Zazzle, and Society6 shops. (My Society6 shop is moving along nicely by the way, I plan on sharing more details about it at the end of the month, but I am liking it a lot!)
Redbubble Gold and Red Pillow Stack

Gold and Red Throw Blanket

I especially love this pattern on home decor. These colours stand out and are elegant, adding beautiful accents to a room.

A gold monogram on this tote bag makes the perfect personalized accessory! :)
Customize this tote bag with your initial at Zazzle.

What do you think of my new design? Are you a fan of the deep red and gold colour palette? Let me know in the comments below! :)


Friday, 6 October 2017

Cat Face Doodle Pattern

I seem to have skipped showing this design on my blog! Since its Inktober and I did draw these cat faces in ink, I figured now is a good time to show them off. ;) 

I was flipping through my sketchbook one day and it occurred to me that despite my love of cats, my sketchbook had nearly 0 cat sketches! I simply couldn't have that, so I just started drawing all these funny cat faces. Here is what I started out with!

I wanted to showcase a wide variety of cats but since these are very doodle type illustrations, I didn't want to make the colours toooooo realistic. I loosely based the cat colours in my patterns off of real cat colours - siamese, orange striped cat, grey tabby etc. The result is a beautiful palette of neutral tones with pops of orange and yellow. Here are some of the products that are available at my shops in this pattern.

cat patterned floor pillow
This is a cat patterned floor pillow from my new Society6 shop! I think
my cat would like this one.

Another home decor staple that the cats will love! My cat pattern, all over
a lovely throw pillow from RedBubble.

I've also added customizable cat pattern products to my Zazzle shop, like this
moleskine notebook with a personalized monogram. :)

And since Zazzle added these lovely new paper placemats to their product lineup,
I couldn't resist turning my cat face lineart into a pattern just so that it can be treated
as a colouring page! You can colour the cats however you want. Each paper placemat
is a set of 25.

What do you think of this new design? Let me know in the comments below! :) 

And most of all, I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, especially my fellow Canadians as we celebrate Thanksgiving! So happy Thanksgiving everyone, may you have a wonderful dinner with family and friends :D


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Fun & Unique Wrapping Paper

Hey guys! I've been updating my Zazzle shop this week and going through some older designs. As I was looking through my shop, I noticed that wrapping paper seems to be a customer favourite. I haven't really shared much about wrapping paper on my blog, so I thought I'd share some with you today.

Zazzle's wrapping paper is so fun to design! :) As someone who creates a lot of patterns, there is just something so satisfying about tiling and resizing your newest pattern on a product. All over print product are definitely my favourite and I always go out of my way to make sure each new pattern I add to Zazzle is added to wrapping paper.

Another reason I love this custom wrapping paper is that it can be used for a variety of things other than wrapping presents. Did you know that people use wrapping paper in crafts and home decor projects? When I was a student, I worked at a furniture store that would repaint old antiques. Sometimes a vintage print wrapping paper was used on the insides of old cabinets to give it a shabby chic look and new life! You can even add a splash of colour and art to the back of a plain old book case - and if you like the design on your new wrapping paper enough, you may even consider cutting a rectangle piece and framing it as artwork. There is really so much you can do with fun patterned wrapping paper.

Watercolour Cute Baby Sloths on Tree Pattern Wrapping Paper
This cute sloth wrapping paper is one of my best sellers! I'm happy to help
spread the joy of sloths to many gift recipients. ;)
Watercolour Cute Baby Sloths on Tree Pattern Wrapping Paper
by TanyaDraws

Tropical Watercolor Pineapple Pattern Wrapping Paper
This pineapple pattern is another popular one, and one of my personal favourites. :)
If I were to decorate anything in my house with wrapping paper, I would use this pattern
in my kitchen cart cupboards. I use my kitchen cart as an iced tea / Italian soda station, so I think pineapples would be cute with it! Every adult person needs an iced tea station, right? XD
Tropical Watercolor Pineapple Pattern Wrapping Paper
by TanyaDraws

Green & Gold Ornate Decorative Pattern Wrapping Paper
This gold and green pattern wrapping paper is one of my newest designs!
I think this design would be lovely for the holidays, on a glossy wrapping paper.
Green & Gold Ornate Decorative Pattern Wrapping Paper
by TanyaDraws

Painted Autumn Leaves Pattern Wrapping Paper
This autumn leaves design is perfect for fall gatherings, and the background
can also be changed from white to any colour imaginable!
Painted Autumn Leaves Pattern Wrapping Paper
by TanyaDraws

Rainbow Unicorns & Gold Stars Pattern Wrapping Paper
This is a fun one! These unicorns were designed as vectors and the original file is
large, so you can resize the pattern for different looks. This would also be a cute
wrapping paper to do crafts with!
Rainbow Unicorns & Gold Stars Pattern Wrapping Paper
by TanyaDraws

If you are interested in learning some of the crafts you can do with wrapping paper, check out this Buzzfeed article that gives 19 clever ways to use leftover wrapping paper! My personal favourite thing from that list is the 3D shelves... they look great and add a nice pop of colour to a room!

Have you used wrapping paper for a craft before? What did you make? Let me know in the comments below, and don't forget to subscribe to my blog to get my newest updates! :)


Friday, 29 September 2017

My Sales in September & Shop News!

Hi everyone, I wanted to do a little monthly updates post so I can share some of the things that have sold this month, as well as my shop news! This month I was pretty productive, I made a ton of new designs, lots of new collections for my Zazzle shop (Christmas designs!!), and updated lots of old products on both RedBubble and Zazzle. RedBubble has some new products coming soon, so I've been working on making sure those designs are ready to go when the new stuff launches! I've also been doing a lot of work on improving this blog, started up a twitter, keeping up my Instagram... its been productive for sure!

Shelley was kind enough to put together an interview with me about my art business this month over at her blog Shells Zazzle Journal! click here to visit her blog and read the interview :)

I added a new design this month, my red poppy pattern, which was selected as one of the featured designs for September in the RedBubble group Flower Art (Flower Works II!). Click here to visit the group and to see all the wonderful floral designs.

Another thing I decided to do on a whim was start up my Society6 shop again!

I was torn about Society6 for a while, but I think that their products look really good and after seeing customer photos of the products, I decided that I want to start selling my work there again. What really sold me was the curtains and the floor pillows, which they didn't have when I joined back in 2014. In fact I may have signed up purely to decorate my whole apartment - their products look really good. I've been having fun designing things and its neat to see how different the marketplace and artist base is there compared to my other print on demand shop websites.

Find my shop here:
gold and purple geometric pattern curtains
Look at these curtains from my shop!! I love that they have curtains!

Red and gold leaf pattern floor pillow
And the floor pillows! They come in round and square and I want many of them.

I'll update my Society6 shop with all of my designs eventually - it will take a while but I'll be happy to get all caught up and get this shop up and running! By the way, the designs featured in the S6 shots above are new and I will be updating Zazzle and Redbubble with them as well :) I've been designing faster than I can update my shops this month, which is a welcome change for me.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Green & Gold Tangles Pattern

I went to a beautiful cottage during the month of September, and had no internet for the whole time I was there. I did bring my laptop however, so I took this rare opportunity of no distractions to really focus on creating new artwork. One of my favourite designs that I made was a garden tangles theme pattern. I created it as a line exploration and added in flowers and swirls, and tried a bunch of different colour palettes with it. I tried gold and dark red, silver, white and green, black and grey, rose gold (which I also love and have added to my shops as well!) ... but my favourite by far is gold and a dark emerald green! Here is the finished pattern.

Green and Gold Tangles Pattern

One thing I love about making patterns like this is how relaxing it is to just do a doodle with no end in mind! :) The gold and green really helps give it a decorative and ornate look. I added it to home decor, device cases and accessories in my shops... here are a few of my favourites!

"All that is Gold" tangles pillow at RedBubble! This pattern is repeatable so it looks
great on home decor and all over prints.

Friday, 22 September 2017

New Autumn Leaves Pattern

Happy First Day of Autumn!! :)

This week I added a new pattern to my Zazzle and Redbubble shops - My fall colours leaves pattern. This earthy and bright colour palette is inspired by the changing colours on the trees in the fall months. Here in Canada, the trees are changing already and the mix between trees that are still green, and the ones that have turned fully red are beautiful.

This pattern of leaves in all shapes in sizes is coloured in red, orange, brown and green watercolour textures. I arranged them in a way so that they can repeat endlessly, and so that the pattern looks good upside down or right side up, making it great for textiles. I've added it to home decor, accessories, and even created a thanksgiving stationery collection with it! Here are some featured products from the collection.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Zazzle Apple Watch Bands Feature

Custom Leaf Pattern Apple Watch

I was so excited to hear last week that Zazzle has introduced Apple Watch Bands to their product lineup! They actually added quite a few new products last week in anticipation for the Holiday Season - including puzzles, notebooks and iPhone 8 & X cases... though the Apple Watch bands are one of the ones I am most excited about. There aren't many places that offer customized Apple Watch bands, so Apple Watch owners will be pretty happy about these.

Not only do these look great, they are also durable and made with quality leather and have a traditional metal watch buckle. These are hand crafted by the maker In a Flash in Charlottesville, Virginia USA. In a Flash is known for providing long lasting printed and UV-cured custom designed on various items such as iPad smart covers, cases, wearables & more, so its only natural that they added Apple Watch bands to their lineup. 

Friday, 15 September 2017

New ArtOfWhere Winter Leggings at my Shop!

Winter Sweater Fair Isle Pattern Leggings

Although I have so many other patterns and artwork to add to my shop, I jumped ahead of myself the other night and was inspired to created ANOTHER pattern... and loved it so much that I had to add it to my shop right away! I got into the winter spirit and decided to make a Fair Isle Winter Theme Sweater Pattern.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

10 Purrrfect Cat Lover Gift Ideas

Sometimes it can be difficult to give the perfect gift, but it doesn't have to be - especially if you are choosing one for a cat lover! Yes, the ultimate best gift is obviously more cats... but I have cat themed gifts and thats probably as close as its gonna get. ;) Take a peek at these cat gifts that are sure to be loved by the feline fan on your list.

Funny Black Cat claws Hanging on leggings
Cat scratch leggings -  These would be great for halloween!

everyday is #caturday Zazzle tank top
Everyday is #caturday tank top, great for selfies with the cat

Friday, 8 September 2017

List of Art Prompt & Daily Drawing Communities

Art Prompts & Daily Drawing Communities for Artists

Sometimes I have been in a creative mood but have no idea what I should draw... other times I've had full out art blocks where I just don't have the will to create. One thing that has helped me through both of these things are art prompts - or daily drawing communities.

These are communities that give a topic each day or week, and you make a drawing based on the topic provided.

Why are art prompts and daily drawing groups so great to participate in?
  1. Creativity. Drawing as often possible really helps build your skills, but it can sometimes be challenging to find a topic. These groups give you the topic - taking the idea work away and letting you focus on just drawing. 
  2. Comfort Zones!! We get comfortable and stick with what we know. The second reason I love prompts & challenges is because the topics might take you out of your comfort zone and get you to try something you would have never drawn otherwise. You might even find a new topic that you absolutely love and want to explore further! 
  3. Communication and sharing. Most of these art prompt / daily drawing groups have a community where you can share your artwork. As you interact with other artists online you can gain valuable feedback that you wouldn't get if your art was just sitting in your sketchbook. Sharing your art with others and being part of a community can help motivate you to continue on in your challenge. Plus interacting with people on a daily basis about your artwork will help you build the confidence and skills you need to promote and sell your own artwork, too. 

In all, these groups and challenges can be a really positive experience! I've compiled a list of some of the ones I have found, and often follow.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

New Red Poppy Design

Red Poppy Pattern Gift Ideas

Today I'm sharing a new pattern, my Red Poppy Pattern! This pattern is something I've been meaning to finish for a long long time. I drew the lineart about 8 months ago (I know. Extreme procrastination!!) and recently re-discovered it as I started a new drawing. I decided to mix it up a bit with this one and digitally painted it in photoshop, rather than making it a vector and adding in my watercolour textures after. It was really refreshing to go back to my photoshop roots and play around with the brushes, effects & layers. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

Friday, 1 September 2017

New Month, New Blog Improvements

Hello everyone! After coming back to my blog I realized it needed to be spruced up a bit. You will notice I have added a few changes, and will be making more as I notice things that can be improved.

Focus of my blog

My blog previously was dedicated to trying all the new print on demand websites and finding which one worked best for me. After testing them over a couple of years I have settled on three favourites: Zazzle, DesignByHumans and RedBubble. I will be shifting my focus to be more art based and will be sharing my designs from my shops - including new collections, gift ideas & tips and tricks with new products. I will still occasionally review and visit new PODs (I won't be able to resist a good new POD!) - but this blog will be more art based.

Lots of you are artists yourselves and as you know, we are always learning :) I want to continue sharing tips, tricks and freebies for designers such as Photoshop & illustrator tutorials, mockups, new programs I try and overall - just design and POD related things that I find useful and other designers might like to know too.

I've been posting twice a week and would like to keep that going with a post every Wednesday & Friday. The days may change as I figure out which ones work best, but there will always be a post twice a week :)

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Rose Gold Floral Pattern

Rose Gold Floral Pillow from Redbubble

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have added a new design to my Zazzle & Redbubble shops, my Rose Gold floral pattern! I made this pattern a long time ago, it was originally blue, yellow and grey.. but I ended up playing around with the colours and liking it better in shades of pink, with a touch of rose gold glitter. I really like how this one looks on home decor. I've also added a customized monogram to certain Zazzle products as well, to make cute gifts. 

Here are some of my favourite products from the collection...

Friday, 25 August 2017

A Little Magic & A Lot of Caffeine Design

A little Magic and A lot of Caffeine Mug

I've come up with a cute little design for those caffeine addicts out there. You know, the ones that have to have a substantial amount of coffee each day to function. I am quickly becoming one of those people, as I am not a morning person, but coffee is so so good! :)

This design says "I get through each day with a little of magic & a lot of caffeine"! The magic = the miracle that you actually got out of bed and made yourself coffee. The caffeine is why you were able to make human sounds at work all morning.

This design makes a great & fun gift for coffee lovers! Written in a hand drawn font, it is funny and pretty too. Take a look at some of my favourite products from this collection, on mugs, tumblers, pins & more...

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

New Red Panda Design with Monogram on Zazzle!

I've been wanting to draw animals lately... and not all animals, just a specifically odd collection that contains ferrets, parrots, racoons, lemurs and other random creatures. :P I've now crossed Red Panda off my list with this design!

I really enjoyed creating this pattern :) Sometimes its just great to go back to the sketchbook and draw something completely random. Something that you don't see every day, can look up pictures & read about. This was red pandas for me. I had always seen them in the Zoo and thought they were the cutest animals there. I was more than happy to dive into the world of the red panda once again and look at cute pictures of red pandas lazing around in their natural habitats for hours. I drew my red pandas in different poses (even included a cute sleeping one with z symbols in there!) and gave them a simplistic look that is almost cartoonish. To complete my pattern, I added in drawings of bamboo leaves, because those are a red panda dietary staple! The green leaves really went well with the reddish brown shades of the pandas fur.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

New Gold Foil Greeting Cards at my Zazzle Shop!

Recently Zazzle added a highly anticipated option to their already wide lineup of cards - the option to design in gold or silver foil! This gives any design, text or photo that is added to the front or back of the card a shiny look and texture. Its really great fun to work with and I'm really enjoying the results so far! Plus as someone who does add faux glitter / confetti / gold foil elements to her designs... I really appreciate the fact that I can now offer customers my customizable designs in a real, shiny texture!

I added a bit of a preview of what I've been working on in an earlier post, but I'll share more of my designs here! So far I've been working on mainly typography centred cards, with a custom photo element where you can add your own family or pet photo.

Here are my favourites so far ! :)

Hot Chocolate & Snow Rhyme Typography Design Foil Card

Friday, 11 August 2017

New strawberry Pattern Craft & Gift Supplies at Zazzle

Hey guys! I've been busy creating new designs and one of my favourites is a bright and cute strawberry fruit pattern!! I've added this pattern to a wide variety of products on Zazzle... including craft supplies! wrapping paper and fabrics are my favourite things to design at my shop, so of course this repeating pattern was a must to put on those. This pattern is very versatile. It features a turquoise blue background colour, that can of course be customized by you! Change the colour to whatever you would like, change the size of the strawberries to get a different effect out of the design, even add a name!

Cute Strawberry Fruit Pattern Small Gift Bag

Cute Strawberry Fruit Pattern Small Gift Bag

by TanyaDraws

The gift tag and gift bag were just meant to be! Customize the text on the thank you tag to match whatever holiday or event you need it for. Even add someones name for a unique, personalized gift wrapping idea that they will want to keep.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Unicorn Leggings

via Instagram

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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Custom monogram heart pillow

via Instagram

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