Posts Tagged ‘wallpaper’
Friday, April 1st, 2011
I can almost imagine sleeping in a room with one wall papered with dancing octopi, squid and jellyfish, all swimming in their Victorian frame of swaying seaweed. Though, actually, once I get the colors adjusted to my satisfaction, I may upload the design to Spoonflower and see about making some pyjama pants out of it, so I can sleep cool in my underwater dreams.
I drew the individual pieces up with pen and ink, and then scanned them in simple black, adding color as I worked with the design. There’s no original per se for this one, just a bunch of sketches in a couple of sketchbooks. At some point I’ll need to crop just one panel out for repeating properly, but I want to adjust the blue background and purple squid first.
Now you can better imagine the Octopi as wallpaper/curtains: Click here!
Friday, March 4th, 2011
My second and much sillier wallpaper experiment, I decided to try a repeating motif of tentacles and eldritch horror, or at least creepy eyes. If you click on this one you can see it larger and with a bit more vertical repeat as well, to get a better idea of how it would look staring out at you from your walls.
Definitely not a bedroom pattern for those prone to nightmares, anyway!
I think it might make fun pyjamas, though I’d probably make the background green darker and the eye a properly evil yellow, were I to bother getting a Spoonflower sample. I keep thinking it’d be fun to have my own designs on my pyjama bottoms, and then I remember that means I’d have to actually sew them. Sad, really.
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
It’s officially a series now because there’s 3 of them, so I gave them their own tag. I’ve made up some more blanks for different ones, greens and reds, so expect a few more before I get tired of painting them.
This one was a different sort of paper, recycled watercolor greeting cards, and I painted over the faint image with rich, opaque Japanese sumi-e inks. I let the paper mostly dry, and then made a mixture of black and green. Between the paper and the wetness of the inks, the tentacles tended to pick up on the color beneath more than the previous two pieces, giving them a faded feeling. I also shaded the paint using blue-violet to blue-green from left to right rather than vertically shading from light to dark, and covered the whole page rather than leaving a white border, so the whole piece has a slightly different feel to it than the others.
Tentacle Deeps 3, 5″x7″ ink and watercolor on watercolor paper.
Friday, February 25th, 2011
After doing my hatboxes for the window display, and reading way too much Edward Gorey and Arthur Conan Doyle, I’ve been itching to try my hand at a Victorian-style wallpaper pattern. This is my first attempt, a little wonky but I like the way my scribbled inks work with the ornate scrollwork. Below I’ve done a few mock-ups of what it might look like in different color patterns. (more…)
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
This piece started as an experiment with the soft blue wash, which I let sit around for weeks and weeks while I contemplated what to do with it. The other day I had a flash of what to do, and then it took me a few more days to take the time to sit down with my watercolors and add the sinuous tentacles rising up from the deeps.
I’m quite pleased with the results, the feeling of depth and the texture of the soft paper and how it interacted with the watercolors (which are really Japanese sumi-e inks, for the most part). I did mix some green in with the blacks to set it off from the teal wash, but I think that in the end the wash won out and the whole thing has a lovely monochromatic feel.
Tentacle Deeps, 5.5″x7.5″ watercolor on watercolor paper.
Monday, May 10th, 2010
First off, thank you to everyone who helped out with my Big Art Sale, either through linking, retweeting, or purchasing. I made enough to get the plane tickets! And then Mom moved the date (again, omg) before I could buy them, but that’s okay, it’s in June now and I have plane tickets and all is well.
As a thank you to all of you, I’ve decided to start giving away free wallpapers from time to time. I’m starting with the 3 pieces above, Weeble Cthulhu, Winchester the shark, and Molten Sky. Just click the links below to get your goodies!
- Weeble Cthulhu, widescreen (1680×1050)
- Weeble Cthulhu, fullscreen (1600×1200)
- Weeble Cthulhu, iPhone (320×480)
- Winchester, widescreen (1680×1050)
- Winchester, fullscreen (1600×1200)
- Winchester, iPhone (320×480)
- Molten Sky, widescreen (1680×1050)
- Molten Sky, fullscreen (1600×1200)
- Molten Sky, iPhone (320×480)