So, my sister has been pestering me to have a look at a fabric designing website she found for a while now called SpoonFlower. I kept putting it off because, between one thing and another, I just didn’t think I’d be particularly interested. Then I saw that they ran new challenges weekly on their website, and the bird and flowers theme caught my eye. I instantly started getting ideas and decided to go for it.
You can find the final cloth designs here
Unfortunately, the deadline was too close, and I wouldn’t have been able to finish the designs to the standard that I wanted. So I decided to miss the competition, finish the design anyway, and then enter the next challenge which interested me – which was the bugs challenge. (If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll already have seen me get started on this.)
I have a lot of favourite birds, swans and eagles especially, but I’m really fond of birds like blue tits, coal tits, pretty much any small bird. I think the Paridae family of birds are such simple, beautiful little things. I’m also lucky enough to have a nest of them not that far from my window, the mama likes to hop around on the windowsill a lot, so I get to see them quite often. One of my initial ideas was to add a robin to the designs too, but in the end, I thought I’d keep it to just the tit/Paridae family, though I might do a robin design at some point. Possibly closer to Christmas.
It was quite funny though once I posted this up on SpoonFlower. It was late when I posted the design and I had two different sized patterns which I’d stupidly called big tits and small tits (hey, it was logical ok). I didn’t realise till I showed my sister the designs and she saw what I had called them.
Now that I’ve finished the series I’ll be selling them all on eBay. I’m not one of those people who like to keep old art, in fact, it drives me mad. Pretty much the moment I’ve finished a piece I start to see things I would do differently and better, so I’d rather it’d go to a home which would appreciate it better than I would.
You can buy the fabric here
Also, today I thought I’d try out doing a small vlog slowing the birds and bug designs I’ve been painting lately. I’m not sure if it’s something I’ll do constantly – for the moment I just want to see how you guys like it – so who knows. It might end up being a regular thing, but for the moment, I hope you like today’s video.