Saturday, September 26, 2009

Curiouser and Curiouser

Ive been driving myself nuts on a new pattern. I have always loved Alice and the artists that portray her. I just now finally have found the time to take it on. I based this piece off of the original illustration by Tenniel (1866).

The difficult part was figuring out how to convert the original illustration into a simplified pattern. I made several passes over the drawing, taking out information here and there until it was mostly shape instead of line.

What is different about this punch needle is that I used the color of the weavers cloth as part of the image. I like the look of the cloth but just in case i am doing another version with a neutral colored background punched in. This is also the largest design i have made 6 1/3 x 4/1/2 inches, big by punchneedle standards. The pattern should eb up and ready for sale on ETSY in the next few weeks!

I think the story of Alice is one that will endure and be loved by many more generations. Many of my favorite illustrators have contributed to the subject including Arthur Rackham and Mary Blair. Now that the new movie is coming out this year i am excited to see how Alice will be portrayed in live action.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Some Thoughts on Color

Some times the hardest stage of pattern making (and picture making) is picking out your colors. We want good contrast, we want a lot of variation and interest, but we also want it all go together. Sometimes i choose out colors and i feel like I'm either too bland and predictable or drowning in a rainbow of sensory overload.
I find that the best way to get inspiration and make good color choices is to seek out good reference.
Palette hunting can be quite fun and i am often surprised how well certain color combination can work. You can find these palettes anywhere: advertisements, photos from interior decorating magazines, fine art paintings and design books, and even photos of nature.
My favorite place for reference is COLOURlovers This community allows users to create their own palettes and colors and upload them for all to see. You can even import a picture or painting you like and extract the main colors from it.
I made the palette below by extracting colors from this picture:

Color by COLOURlovers

The colors are mostly monochromatic and have a nice warm feel to them. I also could of pulled out some of the subtle greens and pinks from this picture, the options are limitless. But it only took me a few minutes to put this palette together, if you had just handed me a color wheel with a million options and said go for it i would be at it for hours and probably wouldn't of come up with something this nice.
Now the hard part is finding these colors in floss form or mixing them yourself with paint.

Here are some tops palettes right now:
Color by COLOURlovers

Color by COLOURlovers

I even used this site to help me pick out my wedding colors.
Color by COLOURlovers

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Grand Opening!

Hello and welcome to my little art and punch needle corner on the internet.
My name is Christy Morgan and I am an illustrator and crafter. This blog will show case my newest patterns for punchneedle, my student work for illustration and design, and also be a place to share my thoughts on crafting, art making, and etsy.

I also have my patterns available on _ a site that offers wholesale, valdani floss, and really cute primitive gifts!