Ohh deer! (oh dear)

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I decided to join in on the ohh deer competition to create a papergang subscription box, using a design theme that I’d already created to sell at Building Character & the Washington Boro Creative Bazaar.  I know it’s a long shot- but I’m pretty happy with the outcome!  There’s some beautiful designs on instagram, you can see everyone’s entries if you search #designapapergangbox

You can also see more of my work on insta @sealiondesigns




90’s Jams!

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I made a list-y/quiz-y post for Bored Panda, you can check out the whole post at the link below.  (Maybe too easy as a quiz for us “old millennials”…because apparently that’s the term, but super fun to come up with the images!)



Pattern as Book Cover

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Layout & typography are two things that I need to keep practicing, so I’ve decided to try to do some book covers that are more design-based & also incorporate some of the pattern work I have been doing.  So…Treasure Island!  I want to hone positive/negative space as well, it’s a difficult skill to master but can make a really affective tool if you can do it right.

Etsy Store Re-Opening!

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After several years I am back on Etsy, selling (as of now) digital paper packs & digital art downloads.  I am planning to add physical prints, photocollaged cards, and possibly some hand-crocheted items.  I plan to do a big push in 2015 to add items to the store, so keep checking back for new stuffs like these:

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check out the store at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SealionDesigns

Floral Patterns for Days

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There’s something about the perfect calmness of an endless pattern that I can’t get enough of.  I personally am really enjoying turning little spot illustrations into themed patterns, which can go in so many directions it boggles the mind.  My favorite thing to wear & to look at, though, is a nice floral print.  They’re sweet, they can incorporate lots of different palettes and styles, and they’ve been around for such a long time (since the beginning of printed fabric & home goods) that you can appreciate flower-y art from any era.  Here’s a little trip through time:

1900’s Ceramic Pitcher-  Brings to mind a lush, yet contained, British garden.


1920’s Wallpaper- Bolder, yet still sweet & super feminine.


1940’s Dress- More modern, looser lines & less colorful.


1960’s Fabric Print-Brightest and boldest, with a sixties-specific analogous color scheme.


1980’s Shirt- Everything was larger & more tropical themed, with patterns scaled way up in the 80’s.


Modern “Floral Camo” Pattern from design company Pattern People, based out of Portland, OR

Though I don’t love camo things in general, I like the idea of deconstructing floral to this point.  I also love the combination of the neon pink & de-saturated colors together in one pattern & the current trend of combining concepts from opposing ends of the spectrum (like flowers & camouflage).  I’m into it!