Big empty walls are hard to decorate, especially when there is a big TV in the middle of it and 10 foot ceilings. We put up some art to the left and top of the TV kind of asymmetrically, but there was still a big empty space on the right that I thought I would eventually fill with more photos. Then, I bought some awesome Rex Ray decals from Blik and put them in the sunroom. OMG, I LOVE Rex Ray so much! He is an American artist and his mixed media paintings are A M A Z I N G! I have a print of his on canvas and these decals, they are so pretty.
When Spoonflower launched decals as one of the mediums you could print on, I knew I had to do some custom decals for that space on the wall a la Rex Ray / Blik.
I had painted an abstract painting and placed it over the bed, so thought that would be perfect to make the decals out of. Here are the steps I followed to make this happen – it’s easy, I promise.
1. Get Inspired!!!
Find an image or painting you want to convert to decals. Take it outside, preferably, and take some crisp photos off it with your flash off. A cloudy day, or early in the morning when the light is softer would be good so there is no direct sun. You can also scan your image if it is small enough. Please use an image you have the rights to! OR, go to my spoonflower shop and buy decals of one of my patterns, or one of the many awesome images and patterns available!
2. Edit it in Photoshop or PicMonkey, whatever image editing software you have. PicMonkey is amazing and free!
I opened the photo in Photoshop to crop it and bump up the saturation a little to make the colors a little brighter. I also used a little blur or oil painting effect on it to soften it and remove the texture of the canvas.
3. Upload to Spoonflower and print.
Save the image as a PNG file and upload it to Spoonflower after creating your account. Since this is a painting you want to either make the image fit on one decal, or you can use the mirror repeat so there are no weird repeat problems with your image. I used mirror repeat and made the image larger and smaller until I liked how it looked. Add to cart and print! A week or so later your decal arrives in the mail!
4. Cut and Stick.
Decide on a shape and design first to plan out your cuts. I did simple oblong shapes that I placed vertically or horizontally. I used plain old scissors to cut these shapes, but if you want perfectly straight cuts, I recommend using a paper cutter or razor cutter of some sort on a self healing mat. I cut the decal into different length strips, then cut the edges into the round shape. They are not totally perfect, but I wanted an organic look. You can cut them all at once, or cut a few to get started, then keep cutting them as you place them on the wall. They are pretty easy to remove and restick too, so you don’t have to freak out about getting it perfect the first time!
Have you ever heard of Milkandhoneyshoes.com? Neither had I. Well, let me fill you in. You can design your own custom shoes. WOW, mind blown. Spoonflower’s fabric of the week contest was to design a small scale geometric that could be used ON SHOES!!! SO AWESOME!! So, the deal is that they will pick 4 of the designs in the top ten and make them available on their website to apply to their shoes. Here’s my entry. GO VOTE if you want some Art Deco Mod Black and White Pop on your feet. I know I do! There are some awesome designs in the contest this week, it’s pretty cool. And, if you want to just go there now and design some shoes for fun go to milkandhoneyshoes.com right now. You know you want to.
So, this was an interesting challenge. Use the Adobe Kuler app to take a photo of your environment to derive the color palette for a pattern. I used my bedroom as it has lots of colors and I was thinking of doing something inspired by the Kantha quilt on my bed, which is pretty colorful. However, when I took the photo, the colors ended up very muted and the color palettes I was getitng were muted. But, I loved them! It was very unexpected and outside of my usual bright and cheery colors I use. I was hooked. I have been wanting to go more muted, but it just hasn’t worked until now. I HAD to use these colors – I love designing with a constraint.
I had come up with the pattern before the palette in this case, but wasn’t happy with the colors so this was my chance to use the moody colors and see what happened. The pattern was a surprise too because I originally wanted to do something simple on the diagonal. However, making a repeating pattern on the diagonal requires precise measurements and probably some math and there was no way I was going to do that, haha. So, I put the pattern onto Spoonflower and did a mirror repeat and VOILA – awesome geometric diamonds with a southwest / damask / I don’t know what pattern emerged. Love at first sight! I named it Serendipity because the whole process was surprising and meant to happen I think.
If I win this week, I get 1 year free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud! Sweet! Go vote for me now!
Another fabric of the week contest entry. I didn’t win, but I came in 21st place out of almost 300 entries and I am proud of that! I decided to turn this fabric into a geeky pillow and added the word “Geek” to it for fun. I think it turned out fun! I am also toying with the idea of selling my patterns on pillows on Etsy with customizable names/ words. If there is a market for it, I will make it happen!
I am planning to get some cotton knit printed to make PJ’s for my son and hubby – they have both requested I sew them some lickety split! Once I order the fabric, this print will be available for sale in my Spoonflower store.
Here’s the latest surface pattern I’m working on for Spoonflower’s fabric of the week contest. The theme is ‘Citrus Fruits’. I wanted to do something bright on dark gray so I started by drawing some “slices” of grapefruits, limes and oranges. I wanted to make them true to life, but with my usual geometric design style. I drew all the ‘pulp’ as drops that make up the slices. Then, I couldn’t help myself but to incorporate some ombre as the pith and skin. After messing around a LOT, I came up with this scallop pattern and then created the simple grey on grey versions as my grey background. I think it turned out sort of like lace! Grey, green, orange, and coral lace anyway. I’m still tweaking it, but here is the one I think I will enter. What do you think? I’m thinking kitchen tea towels, placemats, napkins and a sweet twirly skirt would be juicy fruit fun!