Tropical North Queensland Photo Diary

An escape to tropical North Queensland was just what we needed after what felt like a very long and cold winter here in Brisbane. I have been to North Queensland a few times, but this was the first time staying mostly in Cairns and exploring the area without a car.

Hokey Pokey Leggings

This is a story of how some sleep-deprived creative work turned into my dream to see my art on eco-friendly swim leggings! A few months ago I was desperate for some creative ‘me time’ but felt so tired from weeks of sleep deprivation (courtesy of my young daughter). The thought

new tropical pattern design – Calypso

One of my newest pattern designs is a fun little tropical number called Calypso. This tropical pattern design features a few of my botanical illustrations. I drew all of the elements either from life or from one of my photographs. I used a combination of watercolour pencils (Caran D’Ache) and

New Spoonflower fabric designs

I have just added a whole lot of new fabric designs to my Spoonflower shop, 42 in fact! Some of the fabric designs available are completely new, and some of them are new colourways of existing designs. When you sell designs through Spoonflower, you need to get a fabric sample

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