Today I'm sharing another one of my newest pattern collections, my celestial moon phases pattern! This illustration was another result of my January 2024 daily drawing challenge, from the prompt "mystical moons" which was day 5 of my prompt list.
I've been experimenting with digital art techniques lately, and doing a lot of my illustrations on the app Procreate. I'm loving the ease of drawing on my iPad, and that I can take it anywhere. I drew this pattern on Procreate, but then I imported it to Photoshop to turn it into a pattern, so I'm still incorporating adobe in a big way. I am preferring this workflow instead of making a pattern fully on procreate - adobe is more forgiving when placing your illustrated elements, and I find it gives you more flexibility in creating a repeating pattern.
For this pattern I really just wanted to keep it simple, but had the idea of each moon phase sitting inside a diamond frame to create a tile pattern. I added a glow around each moon, a speckled deep grey background to give the look of stars, and framed each moon in a vine and stars lattice. The result is a moon phases pattern with an ornate twist!
I love how it turned out, and enjoy it on the products I've designed so far. What do you think of this pattern?
I've added this pattern to products on Society6, Zazzle and RedBubble. I really love this pattern on home decor, it adds a touch of mystical moonlight to furniture on Society6. It is also a great bedroom print, being night time themed and giving bedding and fleece throw blankets a celestial, sleepy feel. But I also added it on tech accessories and a few apparel items. I particularly love how Apple Watch bands looked with this pattern, the lattice tile really adds a decorative feel to it.
I started the year off in January with a daily drawing challenge. This was a neat way to start the year, because I actually used AI to create a daily drawing list of completely new drawing prompts. It was a really fun exercise and the prompts that I ended up with had me drawing everything from penguins to vinyl records! Click here if you'd like to see and use these 31 prompts for your own daily drawing challenge. While I didn't create drawings for all 31 days, I did manage 21 of them - which was a fantastic start for me. These gave me lots of new drawings to focus on for creating patterns, and I've been working away on finalizing them.
One of my first and favourite patterns completed from my January drawing challenge was my new Moon Garden Floral Pattern! This was based on my day 3 prompt which was Botanical Dreams. When I saw this prompt, my thoughts went to night blooming flowers. When researching night flowers, I stumbled across Moon Gardens and I was immediately drawn to this concept.
A moon garden is a garden that is filled with white, silver, or reflective petal plants that are meant to look beautiful when viewed in the moonlight at night. Since we're so used to enjoying gardens during the day, a garden created to be enjoyed at night is so unique. Since the flowers and foliage would have such a magical, glowing look in the moonlight, I thought moon gardens would be the perfect floral to focus on for my Botanical Dreams prompt.
I drew flowers that can be found in a moon garden - moonflowers, angels trumpet, garden phlox and hosta leaves. The result is a white, green, yellow and pink garden scene on a dark navy blue background, with speckles of tiny flowers and blooms of larger ones.
This pattern is now available for purchase on home decor, accessories and apparel! I'm listing the places you can find it below. I am particularly partial to the collection I've designed for Zazzle, as the accessories and drinkware in this pattern feature a customizable monogram, and I have designed these so you can change the background colour of your moon garden item.
Moon Garden Floral Pattern Collection
Since designing my original bad cats knocking stuff over pattern back in 2020, it has become a permanent staple and best seller in my shop! It's an idea I had for a while after watching large, large amounts of cat videos on the internet, as apparently many of us do. Cat content on YouTube had garnered more than 26 billion views as of 2021, and I was (and still am) a huge purr-veyor of online cat videos contributing to this statistic.
Creating a pattern inspired by chaotic cat energy
As my design became popular I decided that other cat varieties should get this spotlight too! My pattern has been around for a while in a siamese cats version and also a white cats version. In November I decided to revisit it and add 2 more - orange tabby cats and grey tabby cats! Orange tabby cats had been sitting in the WIP queue for a while now, and once I added the orange ones I just had to do grey tabby cats too.
The two new versions are available on home decor, mugs, accessories, sticker packs and more at my three major marketplaces at RedBubble, Zazzle and Society6.
My top newly designed gifts
My products are available on a wide range of giftable home decor, phone cases, and the ever popular mugs. While the pattern is available at all 3 of my major shops, the ones from Zazzle have elements that you can modify yourself to make your gift idea even more unique! You have the option of changing the background colour of my cat patterns to any colour imaginable, plus you can add a name or initial to create a custom monogram. Here are some of my favourite products designed in my new patterns to make great gifts for the holiday season.
1. Bad Cats Monogram Mugs
Given the popularity of my bad cats knocking stuff over mug in particular, I decided to create it in monogram versions over at Zazzle. Available in both pattern colours, you can choose your background colour, choose the colour of your monogram and add your name and initial to the front and back. This way each cat mug you give as a gift can be unique per recipient!
2. Bad Cats Knocking Stuff Over Sherpa Blankets
Throw blankets are such a cozy gift idea for the winter, and they're made even better with a cute cat design. These super warm sherpa blankets are covered in edge to edge full colour print on the front, and ultra soft sherpa on the inside. Available in 3 different sizes in both of my new patterns. Choose any background colour for the pattern. Bonus points if your cat loving recipient has a grey or orange tabby cat - their cat might love this super cozy gift even more!
3. All Over Print Monogram Totes
Where I live in Canada, single use plastic bags are a thing of the past and reusable bags are now an essential shopping accessory. These all over print tote bags from Zazzle are durable, vibrant and earth-friendly too. Designed with a custom monogram, you can add an initial and choose your own colours. Every shopping trip will be made even more fun accompanied with a funny cat pattern in colours picked just for you.
4. Monogram Thermal Tumblers
These thermal tumblers are double walled so you can take your favourite hot beverage with you on your morning commute. The top is equipped with a flip top lid to prevent spills. And best of all, its decorated in a full wrap of vibrant all over print, which I've decorated with my bad cats knocking stuff over pattern. I've added a monogram to this design, so you can customize it yourself with your own colours and initials. This makes a great gift for cat lovers who also enjoy a nice warm cup of coffee or tea in the morning!
5. A gift for your cat - Matching mats & blankets
I can't talk about gift ideas without bringing up these super cute pet products from RedBubble! I saw them available and had to add all of my patterns to them immediately. The mats are made for your cats and are FISH SHAPED - so cute! Pair it with a super cozy fleece pet blanket that your cat can sit on. They come shipped in a cardboard box too, which your cat may love better. Hey, I don't make the rules. But its the thought that counts! I've added all 5 of my bad cats pattern colours to these products, so you can find a pet mat or blanket that matches your cat!
Cats are great pets. They are fun, cute, often cuddly and have such personalities. But... they can also be jerks! Cats have a sassy streak to them that isn't shared by their popular pet counterpart, the dog. When a dog chews a couch or a pillow, they look at you ashamed, sorry to be in trouble, giving you those super sad eyes. When a cat is knocking a glass or your favourite plant off the table, they stare you right in the eyes like "TRY TO STOP ME, FOOL!!". Not sorry at all. This makes for very funny internet cat videos. I could watch cats knocking stuff over for hours. I love it. It just makes cats more awesome in my eyes. :P
Why do cats knock stuff over?
It is thought that cats do this when they are not getting the attention that they desire at that particular moment. So, if you're busy doing something and your cat appears and you don't acknowledge it, this could be the moment they decide to stare into your soul and knock your shit over!
I do believe this is true. On one occasion where my lovely black cat Darcy came down to see me. I pet her for a while then stopped to do some work. She then proceeded to bite my favourite cactus! I brushed her from the table and got mad at her. She never listens (and I probably just made her angry by telling her no), so she knocked the cactus over, completely defiant and not guilty whatsoever. As cats do. Less funny when it happens to you, more funny in the cat videos.
Another funny cats being jerks moment that I find hilarious. My grandparents had a siamese cat named Sukie that loved my mom. One day when she went to visit, she hadn't pet Sukie when she came in, as she usually did. Out of revenge, Sukie peed in my moms shoes. LOL. So yes, I really do believe that when cats don't get the attention that they want, they will act out!
So in celebration of this hilarious feature of cats, I drew it! It was an idea I had for a while, and when I finally sat down to create it, I was pretty happy with how it turned out. The original drawing was done with Procreate on the iPad, with a very sketched and hand drawn technique. I thought this light & playful sketch look would add to the fun subject matter. I drew these black cats knocking a variety of stuff over, a potted cactus, a vase of flowers, a mug of coffee, a TV remote, and a glass of water. I even drew some of them staring back, because I find this to be the funniest. Also I mentioned I have a black cat and I love them, so I decided to feature black cats in this drawing. I've made this drawing into a seamless pattern, and added it to a variety of home decor and accessory products! I've also created it as a fabric, so if you are crafty, you can turn it in to whatever you want! (Side note: if you do use it as a fabric, I would loooooove to see what you make! tag me @tanya_draws on instagram!) It is available at my Zazzle, RedBubble, and Society6 shops. I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do!
Would you like to see a different version created with another type of cat? What kind of cat would you like to see?
I've always loved the simplicity of my pineapple pattern, so I've recoloured it on many instances. This version takes my original collage - like pineapple drawing, recoloured in a shimmery looking rose gold glitter texture, with a pretty blush pink background. Rose gold is one of my favourite colour trends, so I just had to add it to one of my favourite patterns!
Since I added this to my Society6 shop it is now most popular designs, becoming a top seller across my home decor line. I think it would be fantastic for a pretty tropical themed room - with matching curtains and duvet cover, you could definitely make a relaxing and comfortable summer feels space!
I have also since added it on Society6's new lineup of outdoor decor items. Chair cushions, picnic blankets, foldable chairs and even sun shades form the lineup, so you can create a whole matching pattern themed set up on your patio or backyard area. This would be so cute for a rooftop patio!
I've recently started working on my RedBubble shop more, so this pattern is now also available there too on products. I love Redbubble, I find it to be a very international friendly shopping experience - living in Canada, I've personally never had to pay extra duties or shipping fees on products from RedBubble and the print quality (and products) have been excellent. So, it's always the first place that I recommend to my international friends and customers! :)
Below is my pineapple pattern on some of my favourite products.
If I were to recolour this design again, what colour theme would you like to see? Let me know in the comments!
Hi! I'm Tanya, an illustrator and graphic designer from Ontario, Canada. You can find my illustrations and patterns on a wide variety of websites, such as Zazzle, Redbubble & Society6. Aside from designing, I have a love of cats, reading & video games! If you want to see what I'm creating lately, check out my twitter & Pinterest pages below.
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