Thursday, 28 September 2017

Spoonflower's Annual Tea Towel Calendar Contest

My entry to Spoonflower's tea towel calendar contest, Feathers and Flowers design by Hazel Fisher Creations
It's time for Spoonflower's annual tea towel calendar contest again! It's hard to believe how quickly this time of year comes around and this is the 4th year I have taken part in the contest!  I sketched a few ideas out for the calendar and chose to work up this feathers and flowers design for my entry.  My feathers and arrows fabric design has been popular on Spoonflower, so I thought I would like to add some new feathers designs - starting with this calendar!

My entry to Spoonflower's tea towel calendar contest, Feathers and Flowers design by Hazel Fisher Creations
I drew the design in pen on watercolour paper then coloured it with layers of watercolour pencils, watercolour paints and coloured pencils.  Next I scanned the paintings, arranged all the pieces digitally to create the finished calendar.
I'm happy with how this design turned out, especially as half way through I didn't like how it was looking.  The most frustrating part of drawing or designing is when the initial enthusiasm wears off and it doesn't look how you want it to, but can't quite put your finger on what to do to fix it.  The texture of the watercolour paper was showing through too much when I first scanned the artwork on this, but I went back to the original, added more more watercolour paint and it looked much better when I scanned it again.

My entry to Spoonflower's tea towel calendar contest, Feathers and FlowersArrows design by Hazel Fisher Creations

Voting is now open in the 2018 Tea Towel Calendar challenge!  You can see all of the other entries and vote for your favourites on Spoonflower here >>

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Printable Advent Calendar Town Tutorial (video!)

I am excited to introduce my latest design - a printable colour-in Advent calendar town!  You may already have seen (or even made up yourself) my Advent calendar village and the houses in the new town are larger than the village houses.  They are all designed to the same scale though, so you can mix and match small and large houses to create your own Advent calendar with space for different sized sweets and gifts!
You could also make up the houses to use as gift boxes, or decorations at Christmas.

I have created a video tutorial sharing tips and instructions on how to make up the town.  I hope that you enjoy it!



If you have questions or comments please leave them below! :)

Visit my Etsy shop to buy the printable kits and make up your own:
Colour-In Advent Calendar Town
Colour-In Advent Calendar Village

Thursday, 13 July 2017

More Circus Designs for Spoonflower

Continuing with the Circus theme, here is my entry to this week's Spoonflower design challenge; Circus Performers.  My design features girls (inspired by 1920s fashion) performing acrobatics,  gynastics (rhythmic ribbons!) and on the flying trapeze!  This week's theme was the one I was most looking forward to designing for and I enjoyed drawing the girls - first in pencil then pen line drawing, which I scanned then coloured digitally.  I added the stars, swirls and dots to give a sense of movement to the design.  As with all of this month's circus challenges, there was a limited colour palette to use.  The colours are probably not ones I would have chosen myself (yellow isn't a colour I usually use a lot of) but I actually like the yellow as a background for this and how the other colours work with it.

Circus Performers 1920s Acrobatic Girls fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations, Spoonflower weekly design challenge entry, surface pattern design

Voting is now open in the Circus Performers challenge!  You can see all of the other entries and vote for your favourites on Spoonflower here >>

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Below is my entry to last week's challenge; Animal Alphabet Limited Colour Palette.  It features some of the animals I used in my first circus design, plus some new ones; a zebra, giraffe and bear on a unicycle!!  The colour palette for this one was probably the most challenging for me - most of the animals were fine but I struggled to like any of the colours for the elephant.  I'm looking forward to playing around with these a bit more after the challenges with some different colour combinations.

Circus, Animal Alphabet fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations, Spoonflower weekly design challenge entry, surface pattern design
Thank you if you voted for my design in the contest! The results are now in and my Animal Alphabet design came 65th out of 146 entries.  I definitely recommend you visit Spoonflower's blog to see the other entries, there were lots of great designs and Elena Naylor's winning Cat Circus Alphabet is a particularly fun and creative design! :)

Friday, 30 June 2017

My Entry to Spoonflower's 'Retro Circus' Design Contest

Roll up, roll up! The Circus is in town!
For the next 4 weeks Spoonflower's design challenges each have a theme based around the circus; Retro Circus, Animal Alphabet, Circus Performers, and Big Top Treats.

I'm having lots of fun working on these designs, although they are challenging too.  All the contests are limited colour palette and the colours aren't necessarily ones I would have chosen myself. However, the restricted choice of colours has forced me to think carefully about my designs and I actually really like the colours in this one now!

Retro Circus fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations, Spoonflower, surface pattern design
I gave myself plenty of time to start work on my circus designs and I've enjoyed having more time and less pressure to complete the first one (which amazingly I entered into the contest early, not on the last day like usual!).

Due to the limited colour palette, I decided to create my circus designs in vector format.  (It would have been impossible to create watercolour designs with precisely the right hex codes.)  I wanted my design to still have a hand drawn feel to it though, so sketched each of the elements in pencil first and used these as the basis for my vector drawings.  Working in vector has also enabled me to easily change colours and try out different ideas.

Retro Circus fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations, Spoonflower, surface pattern design
I filled in the spaces between the main circus characters with swirls of dots and stars to suggest a sense of movement to the design.

I'm happy with how this one has turned out and I hope you like it too!

Retro Circus fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations, Spoonflower, surface pattern design

There are lots of other great entries to the contest, I'm always amazed to see the creative ideas other people come up with! It's also really interesting to see how everyone has used the colours in this limited palette contest too.

*** Update 6th July 2017 ***
I was thrilled to hear today that my design placed 8th in the results! It was so unexpected because when I saw all the other entries there were so many great ones - I didn't even think I could make it into the top 25 this time!  Thank you so much if you voted for my design!  My design is now available to buy from Spoonflower - the photos below show  how the design looks printed onto fabric...
Buy my fabric on Spoonflower here >> Retro Circus

I also recommend you take a look at the other winning designs - find them on Spoonflower here.

Retro Circus fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations, Placed 8th in Spoonflower's design challenge

Monday, 19 June 2017

Spoonflower Fabric Makes

I love to see my fabric designs come to life, being made up into something, and it is especially thrilling to hear from customers who have purchased my designs from Spoonflower and see what they have made! Here are a few...

The talented Rebecca from Elizabeth's Closet has made these gorgeous dresses, they would be so lovely for little girls to play in! She makes them in a range of sizes, from newborn to 7. You can find Elizabet's Closet on Etsy or follow on Instagram or Facebook. (Rebecca also has another shop on Etsy  where she sells adorable hair accessories: Elizabeth's Bow Shop)

Find the Hot Air Balloon dress here and my fabric on Spoonflower here.

Elizabeth's Closet girl twirl dress made with Hot Air Balloon fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations
This cute pink donuts dress can be purchased from Elizabeth's Closet here and you can find the fabric on Spoonflower here.

Elizabeth's Closet girl twirl dress made with Pink Donuts fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations

I am open to requests from customers and am happy to adapt my designs to suit the projects people would like to make with them. This is exactly what I did for Talita of Ella & Mai, who makes and sells cute hair accessories.  I adjusted the scale of my rockets design so that she could make hair clips and bobbles - and she was kind enough to send me some too!

Ella and Mai hair accessories, Rockets fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations
She has also used my apples design...

Ella and Mai hair accessories made with Apples fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations
... and I created some new retro flower designs for her too, in a range of different colour ways...

Ella and Mai hair accessories made with Retro Flower fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations
Ella & Mai is on Etsy, Facebook and Instagram

You can find my designs on Spoonflower here: Rockets, Apples and Retro Flowers


I also made a dress with my fabric!  I used this blue and white butterfly design printed on Spoonflower's Cotton Spandex Jersey.  It's the second time I have used this dress pattern (I blogged about the first dress here).  This time I made the dress a little longer and adjusted the sleeves shape, making them longer too.  I'm still learning how to improve the fit in my dressmaking - it looks ok in this photo but is a little big across the top/ shoulders (depending on how I stand!).  I found the jersey was really nice to work with - it has stretch so is comfortable to wear but isn't too stretchy to sew with.

Jersey Dress, dressmaking, Butterfly fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations

If you have made something with my fabric designs I would love to hear from you! You can tag me @hazelfishercreations on Instagram, or use #hazelfishercreations when you share your photos.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

My Design for Spoonflower's 'Whimsical Watercolour Insects' Challenge

This week's Spoonflower challenge theme is 'Whimsical Watercolour Insects'.  I remembered that I had drawn some pen and watercolour beetles in my sketchbook a while ago so decided it was a good opportunity to return to that theme and create a finished design!  Also, I'm not that keen on real creepy crawlies but I thought beetles would be something I could make into a fun and colourful pattern.

My Entry to Spoonflowers Whimsical Watercolour Insects Challenge by Hazel Fisher Creations. Watercolour and pen illustrations. Sketchbook page work in progress.
I started with some research, looking at real beetles for ideas of their shapes and markings and took these as inspiration for drawing my own beetles.  Some you will recognise like the ladybirds and others are just fantasy - it was fun to play around with the watercolours!  I filled this page in my sketchbook with ideas.
My Entry to Spoonflowers Whimsical Watercolour Insects Challenge by Hazel Fisher Creations. Watercolour and pen illustrations. Sketchbook page work in progress.
I then chose some of my favourite shapes and colours to draw on a fresh sheet of paper, ready to scan. I also made some watercolour splashes and shapes to use as a textured background to the design.  The final step was to rearrange all the elements to make a repeat pattern...

My Entry to Spoonflowers Whimsical Watercolour Insects Challenge by Hazel Fisher Creations. Watercolour and pen illustrations. Surface Pattern Design Fabric Design.
I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out and am looking forward to seeing how it prints on fabric! The design isn't available to buy on Spoonflower yet, but will be as soon as I've sent for a test swatch (or sooner if I am lucky enough to make it into the top 25 in the contest!)

As usual there are lots of stunning entries to the challenge and with the theme of insects being quite open it's great to see a variety of design from beetles and  bees to butterflies and more!

You can see all the other entries an vote for your favourites on Spoonflower: Whimiscal Watercolour Insects Challenge Vote Now!

*UPDATE*
The winners of the contest have been announced - you can see them here. My design was placed 29th (with 159 votes - joint with no.s 28 and 30) - so close to making it into the top ten, but not quite there! I'm still really happy with the result though, thank you so much if you voted for it! :)
I will be sending for a test swatch soon and give you an update with the design is available for sale.

Monday, 13 February 2017

My Design for Spoonflower's 'Rainforest Animals' Challenge

My Entry to Spoonflowers Rainforest Animals Challenge by Hazel Fisher Creations. Watercolour and pen illustrations. Surface Pattern Design.
This week's Spoonflower challenge theme was 'Rainforest Animals' so I got out my watercolour paints, pencils and pens to create a tropical rainforest inspired design! I knew I wanted my design to be quite a busy pattern, filled with leaves and initially I researched lots of different animals to include too. For the final design though I decided to narrow it down to just toucans, macaws and blue butterflies.

I made individual illustrations in pen, Inktense (water-soluble) pencils and watercolours on smooth paper.  These were then scanned and arranged into a repeat pattern digitally. I kept some of the leaves as just watercolour, without pen lines, which I think worked nicely for a slightly softer appearance.  I also liked using the pen more on the macaw to add details to the feathers.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the design looks printed onto fabric!


My Entry to Spoonflowers Rainforest Animals Challenge by Hazel Fisher Creations. Watercolour and pen illustrations. Surface Pattern Design.
If you like this design I would really appreciate your vote in the contest! (If the design makes it into the top 25 it will be available for sale as soon as the results are announced!) There are so many lovely designs entered into the contest and it seems that I wasn't the only one to be inspired by toucans! You can view all the designs, and vote for your favourites here:
http://www.spoonflower.com/contests/bucketfeet-rainforest-animals