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Studio Update: Global Talent Search

Studio UpdatesAbby Leigh Ecker2 Comments

Today I wanted to share a top secret project that I've been working on. Ok well, it's not that top secret but it's for a competition so I cannot share the finished piece yet. I'll only be sharing a snippet of my work and inspiration used for the project. I'm participating in Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search this year. I found out about the competition through social media and thought it would be something fun to get my creative juices flowing and end the summer with. There is something exciting about being part of a collective project and being able to connect with other artists through social media. I decided from the start, that although it would be awesome to be selected to move to round 2 & 3, no matter what I would still have fun and just be happy to be a part of this global talent search. 

The first assignment was to create an individual piece of wall art with the theme of little terrariums. It was a fun project to work on and luckily I have a nice selection of terrarium style plants around the house that I used for research and inspiration. The project was left open to our choice of style, media and interpretation of the theme. We were able to choose from children or adults as a demographic and had to include at least one word in the piece. I decided to use the combination of watercolor paint and hand embroidery as my media for this project while sticking with my detail orientated style of line drawing. It was easy for me to choose a saying instead of just one word. I've always felt that the little things in life make the extra difference to brighten your day so I chose the phrase, "delight in the little things". I think the saying goes well with the theme of little terrariums, how they are fun to create and compliment the spaces they adorn. 

Detail view of "Delight in the Little Things" watercolor & hand embroidery by Abby Leigh Johnson of For the Love of Pattern

Detail view of "Delight in the Little Things" watercolor & hand embroidery by Abby Leigh Johnson of For the Love of Pattern

I'm excited to see all the work that was submitted once the round 1 gallery is published and I'll also be sharing my entire work of art once it's published on the Lilla Rogers site. Good luck to everyone that is participating!

Enjoy & Happy Monday!

Everyday Pattern: Pop of Color

Everyday PatternAbby Leigh Ecker2 Comments
"Pop of Color"  Images (left to right, starting at top left): "Live in Color" by  Claire Teschel Konishi , "San Miguel de Allende" by Teresa Branda, "Skimmer Birds" by  Abby Zweifel , "Triple Tree" by  Elizabeth Kaiser , and "Boardwalk" by  Sarah Watson .

"Pop of Color"

Images (left to right, starting at top left): "Live in Color" by Claire Teschel Konishi, "San Miguel de Allende" by Teresa Branda, "Skimmer Birds" by Abby Zweifel, "Triple Tree" by Elizabeth Kaiser, and "Boardwalk" by Sarah Watson.

I'm happy to announce, I've had an overwhelming response for the first official Everyday Pattern post! I want to thank everyone that has submitted photographs and let you know if your photo isn't posted here it will be in a future post. Since I've had such a great response I was able to make more selective compositions with common themes and have fun with it. It's been great seeing the diversity of photographs that I've received about everyday pattern from different people. I think this will end of being a subject that I will be able to blog about more frequently than once a month which is really exciting. I hope the response to this grows and that I continue to get submissions. Please share this with anyone that you think would be interested in this topic and submitting a photograph. Refer back to the introduction post about this topic for the guidelines. Thanks again and enjoy!

Happy Monday! I welcome your comments and feedback.

Color Studies

ColorAbby Leigh EckerComment

Color is my favorite part when it comes to design. Color is just as important as the design. It brings the design to life and controls the mood. Throughout the design process, I make sure to allow time to work on color studies along the way. Then when the designs are set in black and white it's easy to start adding in color and figuring out which color palettes work best for each design. I keep a color file in my studio where I collect images from magazines, paint chips, my own photographs, drawings and personal color studies. I also keep a color palette board on my Pinterest page as an easy way to collect images that inspire me. Both of these types of files I can go back to frequently to aid in creating color schemes. I use Pinterest as a quick guide and rely more on my personal colors studies and explorations for more in depth color choices. 

Below are some of my personal color studies with watercolor & gouache paint. These are fun quick studies, collections and color recipes. I always make sure I write down the color recipe, which makes it easy to recreate if necessary. This comes in handy when mixing your own pigments for screen printing and I find the more I explore and experiment with color the better I am at mixing colors. 

More online resources for color: Blogs & helpful palette builders.

Adobe Kuler

Paletton

Design Seeds

Play Crafts Palette Builder

Color Collective 

How do you create your own color palettes?