Tuesday, December 24, 2013

'Ski Retro' in the Spoonflower top 10!

I'm very excited, my latest design on Spoonflower is one of the top 10 designs this week!!  'Ski Retro' fabric, wall decals, wallpaper, and gift wrap are now available at Spoonflower.com.

Thanks for voting and Happy New Year!

'Ski Retro'fabric, wallpaper, wall decals + gift wrap 
available at Spoonflower.com
©2013 Patty Rybolt Designs

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Free Printable Gift Tags for the Holidays!

Merry Christmas! 
I'm so happy to be able to spread some Christmas Cheer this year with a gift...  my printable Christmas 'handmade' gift tags! They are yours to print and use, but are not for commercial use. Please do not redistribute or sell. 
Print on paper or cardstock and cut along the edges. You can punch a hole and add ribbon or twine to make your packaging even more special!

Happy healthy holidays to all!

©2013 Patty Rybolt Designs

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ski Retro!

The challenge this week… 
'Create a pattern that uses skiing imagery with a retro or vintage flair.' Submitted designs must use this restricted palette! 

 For this challenge I started out by researching on the internet, mostly vintage ski posters and ads on Pinterest and Google. I found that the palette was pretty good and workable except for the mustard and ketchup colors. 
I started to sketch figures in ski poses with detail but found it to look too busy. Many of the vintage posters that I had researched were simple silkscreen prints, so I changed direction and simplified the shapes once I got them scanned and opened in Photoshop. I had sketched the trees for an earlier project and auditioned them with my figures and liked the simplicity, so I kept them. I liked the monochromatic  design but forced myself to use the mustard and ketchup.
I noticed that many of the vintage posters and ads featured cars. I thought adding a car might bring in the vintage feel that I needed and give me a place to use the yellow and red. So I sketched many cars and exaggerated some of their features to give the design retro flair. The cars were added, then the road and finally I thought a lodge was the perfect final element.

'Ski Retro'
fabric, wallpaper, wall decals + gift wrap available soon at Spoonflower.com
©2013 Patty Rybolt Designs
Previews will be shown at the fat quarter fabric size (21" x 18"). Voting starts on Thursday, December 12th, 2013, and continues through Thursday morning December 19th, 2013. Please Vote!!