Shell Inspired Pattern designs

Let me tell you a story of how I attempted to create a pattern collection… Now pattern collections are basically a set of designs with a common theme, and one main (complex) design, with some supporting (more simple) designs. I am very good at understanding the theory of creating a

Underwater Colouring Page

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to create a colouring page for art agency Jehane, after a request for submissions for a special underwater-themed colouring book. Jehane received over 600 submissions and I can imagine it was hard choosing the final designs. My design did not make it into

Coolum & North Shore Coast Care

Exciting news! I’m very happy to be supporting Coolum & North Shore Coast Care by donating 10% of Girl and the Deep Blue Sea yearly profits! Coolum & North Shore Coast Care are a not-for-profit volunteer group that work along a stretch of coastline on the Sunshine Coast. I have

4 ways to create colour palettes

So in case you haven’t noticed, I LOVE colour – the brighter the better! One of the skills you learn as a pattern designer (or any artist for that matter) is to select colours that work together and express what you are wanting to say through your art. It can

Pizazz Design Story

Say hello to my new pattern design – Pizazz! This pattern design came about when I was putting together an application for the Uppercase Surface Pattern Design Guide (side note – I didn’t get selected but there were sooo many applications, I can’t wait to get my hands on a

tropical rash shirt Queensland artist

Teal Palms Rashie

Living in the Sunshine State (aka Queensland, Australia) I am always wearing sun protection when in the water – both rash shirts and swim leggings. My ocean rash shirt had seen better days, so rather than scour the shops for a new one, I decided to make my own! Printful

2021 goals and attitude!

After completing my 2020 business review I can see that while I achieved a few things, I was also not completely focussed and easily distracted, and often felt overwhelmed by what I thought I had to do.  So this year I knew I needed a different approach. Mostly it was

2020 Business Review

So early last year I wrote a mega blog post about my first year as a surface pattern designer. I thought it would be a good idea to do this as a yearly activity, as it’s great to reflect on what I have achieved and also what I have learnt

A Tropical Puzzle

I would like to introduce you to ‘Tropico’, a puzzle design that I have created using my own photographs. I was inspired after reading Sir David Attenborough’s recent book, A Life on Our Planet, and his message about the importance of biodiversity. To create this puzzle, I searched through my

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Surface Pattern Designers

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want…. yes it is that crazy time of year when most of us are frantically trying to think of what to get for the special people in our lives. In this Ultimate Gift Guide for Surface Pattern Designers I have