Garlic Mushrooms #makeartthatsells with @LillaRogers

This is my final repeat for 'Bolt Fabric' week, the first week with Lilla Rogers and her 'Make Art That Sells' course.


I hand drew all the elements and then used Illustrator for the first time to create an entire piece of work from my black and white drawings. I am so glad I invested in a course with Alma Loveland  and Nicole's classes just to demystify it a bit. Plus - thanks to Rachael Taylor's course notes on how to make a repeat in illustrator I was able to do that on Illustrator too. Then I copied it over to Photoshop to tile up and check how the repeat worked. I haven't shown that here - but it did :)

Things I love about it are the yellow bowl, the little cap mushrooms with dotted line and my mushrooms in a platter; and the little salt cellar drawing - really lifted by the off white behind it. I am pleased with all the hand drawn elements really - of course they change quite a bit when you 'Live Trace' in Illustrator - I've learned how to fine tune the live trace options though so I turned down the default setting to about '1' rather than 2; that made it a little truer to what I originally drew. If you are interested in seeing my original sketches do look at the previous post.

The hardest thing for me was the positioning of elements and spread of colours (once I'd decided to just work from drawings rather than paintings). When I put it into repeat I could see that the knife really jumps out so I would have just made the blade a steely grey and kept that background colour to small elements. The mushroom slice stands out too much on that colour for the same reason.

I think it looks more like a cookery book jacket!

Absolutely loving how Lilla teaches. I've been away for the weekend so had to be quicker for this project than I liked. There was a great video to watch on Friday that I missed with good pointers for our designing. I watched it last night though and it means that any future fabric designs I do will be approached more confidently. Wonderful video Lilla ( if you happen to read this ) thank you! Can't wait for this weeks assignment.


  1. wow- it's super!Love all the elements, especially the fish slice and the inclusion of some flowers. Think it works really well :)

  2. Thanks so much Claire - loved doing it.. although got a bit panicked about time. Will relish this weeks work. How did it go with your agents at surtex? x

  3. Lovely design! Love the garlic bulb :)

  4. Thank you Sue! onto the next challenge.. about to blog about that one x

  5. I love this design Gabs! Would absolutely love it if it could be my new cooking book jacket!!! How cool would that be! Are you selling it as a print at the moment?

    Loving your new blog updates - gorgeous x

    Much love - x

  6. That can be arranged Angie! :) I'd be happy to give you a print or design your book jacket for you if you want to email me. Glad you're enjoying my blog. Can't wait to tackle the next project but earning my peanuts for the rest of the day so I can get onto it tomorrow :0)


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