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A New Adventure in Surface Pattern Design

Garden Frolic on Red Bubble - Surface Pattern on Homeware and Gadgets

 1. Throw Pillow 2. Travel Mug 3. Mug (Standard) 4. Mug (Tall) 5. Tote Bag 6. iPhone Case 7. iPad Case 8. Galaxy Phone Case

Coming up with my own surface pattern design was something that I've always wanted to do. But, I had no idea how to get started.

With my improved digital art making abilities (thanks to DG class), however, I've decided to push my newfound skills a bit further.

So, I've scoured the web for tutorials and tips on how to create surface patterns and found:

There are a few others, including video tutorials via Illustrator's tips section.

And yes, after practising what I've been learning from these sources, I've ended up creating my first pattern called 'Tea Time'. I've uploaded it to Spoonflower and ordered a sample, just to see what it would look like on fabric. I've always wanted to try what it's like to design your own fabric, so this is an exciting first for me. I'm still waiting for the delivery, though. So, until I find out what it looks like, I'm keeping the design in private mode.

My second pattern is the one that you see featured here called 'Garden Frolic'. I'm currently using it as part of my blog header and Facebook Page cover. And, it's the first that I've made available to the public via RedBubble.

It seems like the season for re-opening old shops for me. First, Etsy. Now, this.

But, yes, I'm ecstatic to see my art on some REAL THINGS. As in, not just prints, paper, or canvas. That's why I've ordered some of these items on RedBubble for myself (though some of the items might end up as gifts!).  I'm really looking forward to seeing them.

And, if you're still thinking of things you can buy as presents for the holidays (or other occasions), perhaps, you might consider purchasing from my Garden Frolic design. It would be such a thrill to know if these things can bring a smile to someone's face.

In any case, I hope you're all enjoying this holiday season!

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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