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Pattern Trend 2013: Watercolor

Pattern Trend 2013: Watercolor


One of the most common designs I've been seeing as of late is watercolor splashes featured on paper goods and the runway. Watercolors make me excited that summer is just around the corner, and they are kind of romantic as well, making me feel calm, relaxed and happy.

Check out these inspirational prints and paper goods featuring elegant watercolor designs:

Create Your Own Watercolor Masterpieces with Creative Market by downloading these products:

 

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Color Trend: Yellow

Color Trend: Yellow


Summer is just around the corner, and the sun is starting to shine behind the clouds. As the weather warms up, we are starting to see brighter colors trending. As you walk around you'll probably see warmer and brighter tones on display in fashion, home decor, and print as the weather continues to heat up.

Bright yellow and canary yellow are starting to emerge as popular colors again this year. We've seen yellow trend in the the past, but it seems to be emerging as of late. Check out these awesome uses of yellow in home, design, and fashion for your inspiration:

Check out these palettes featuring yellow:

IHS1  Dance_To_Forget
Origami  Electricity

Cc Fire_In_the_Sky

Looking to add some yellow to your creative projects? Check out these designs from Creative Market:

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Pattern Trend 2013: Animal Print


Everywhere I go, I seem to see large or small animal accents in clothing stores and home decor and furnishing retailers. I absolutely love animal print, and am so happy to see more and more of it popping up and being popular. How would you incorporate small or large animal accents into your home or outfit. How animalistic do you want to be?

Check out some of these awesome uses of animal print for your inspiration:

Check out these awesome patterns for inspiration:

Zebrina the_spotted_leopard

look_a_zebra! lengthy_necked_pet

radioactive_leopard Narayanas_fur

If you're looking for more creative inspiration, check out Creative Market's awesome selection of animal print vectors, patterns, and graphics for your creative projects:

 

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Pattern Trends 2013: Floral

Pattern Trends 2013: Floral


There is nothing that screams Summer and Spring like flowers. I love walking outside and seeing all of the gorgeous and fragrant flowers blooming. There is something simply sweet and romantic about flowers. Not only do we give them as gifts to people we care about as a sign of affection, flowers are also presented to people as a symbol of regret and apology. I love the hidden meanings of flowers, and I think that floral prints and patterns are definitely making a come back in 2013. We are seeing more and more floral patterns with a funky and vintage flare on the runway, in stores, and featured in interior design.

 

If you love these floral prints you'll love these inspiring patterns from COLOURlovers:

bewitched_garden Breaking_Through

* crushed_velvet

flowers_88 pattern_of_flowers

cheerry_blossoms For_You

Poppy_Season antoinette

Flower_kaleidoscope Marie-Thérèse

If you're looking to start creating something with a floral pattern why not check out these resources from Creative Market? All it takes is two clicks (purchase and download) and you're ready to get creative!

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Colorful Websites Featuring Hand Drawn Illustrations

Colorful Websites Featuring Hand Drawn Illustrations


Hand-drawn illustrations add personality and depth to websites by bringing the digital world in conjunction with the physical. I love seeing hand-drawn illustrations on internet because it adds a sense of character to the page itself. These sites are some of my favorites that feature hand-drawn illustrations.

Just Dot: I love how this website combines the trendy chalkboard element with hand drawn graphics and a sketched font.

Bowtie: features a completely hand drawn background with hand written fonts and other styles of typeface. I love the colors and interactive layout of this site as well.

Bootb: this site utilizes a hand written type face as well as hand drawn doodle frames to create a friendly landing page. I like the different colored frames on the black background along with hand drawn buildings.

Denise Chandler: this designer's site features an awesome hand drawn image that has been animated, as well as, a variety of quirky and cool hand drawn fonts.

Carsonifide: uses fun text bubbles and hand drawn graphics to highlight the important parts of their site.

Tennessee Education: I love all of the cool hand drawn doodles that are found throughout the site. This site really brings education to life by adding hand drawn elements on top of writing paper.

Products from Creative Market to help you enhance your site with hand drawn elements and illustrations.

The key to making a website or blog with hand drawn illustrations is to combine hand written or drawn fonts along with intricate hand drawn images, lines, and vectors. Creative Market, offers a variety of hand drawn elements to help you create an amazing website like the ones featured above.

 

Sketched Font                                    Handwritten Font

 

Hand Drawn Frames                               Hand Drawn Arrows

 

Hand Drawn Photo Corners                              Hand Drawn Arrows

   

Hand Drawn Photoshop Brushes                                Hand Drawn Hearts

Doodled Frames                                  Hand Drawn Social Media Icons

Hand Drawn Flowers

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Beertone: A Beer Color Reference Guide

Beertone: A Beer Color Reference Guide


What happens when a love of beer and a love of color come together in one awesome project? The answer is Beertone.

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Created by a two man team in Switzerland, Beertone wants to combine beautiful design and beer into a fun and useful resource for anyone that loves either. Right now you can pre-order their beer color chart in one of three different packages, two of which include sweet Beertone branded mugs.

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GelaSkins HardCase Design Contest Winners!

GelaSkins HardCase Design Contest Winners!


As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and boy has this latest GelaSkins contest been really good. Huge thanks to everyone that contributed and voted in this contest, and an especially big thank you to the folks at GelaSkins that made this whole thing possible.

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The GelaSkins brand was born from a passion for great design. That's why they work with the world's most creative minds, bringing stunning artwork to any device. The GelaSkins library is rounded out with thousands of works by established and up-and-coming independent artists, classics by the Masters, and patterns by renowned designers. Notable partnerships include National Geographic, Tim Burton and Norman Rockwell. Expressing individual style is easy with thousands of designs to choose from and simple tools to help create a unique look for any device. Personalize phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and more!

By now you've hopefully had a chance to check out their latest HardCase product line. The HardCase by GelaSkins for iPhone 5 is a tough, polycarbonate, snap-on case. It's available in a wide array of great designs by artists from around the world. You can even be the artist and design your own – import family photos, company logos, or patterns you've created at COLOURlovers.com.

For this contest, you COLOURlovers were tasked with creating a design for GelaSkins new HardCase. There were a ton of amazing designs entered, and it was tough, but the GelaSkins staff was able to narrow down the entries and select a winner. Without further adieu, the next GelaSkins artist is...

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Vote for Your Favorite HardCase Designs!

Vote for Your Favorite HardCase Designs!


Boy, you all have really been bringing your a-game for this latest design contest! For two weeks we've watched the amazing HardCase designs roll in and now it's time to switch gears into the voting part of the contest. But before we do that, let's take a moment to thank the awesome folks over at GelaSkins that have made this whole thing possible.

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The GelaSkins brand was born from a passion for great design. That's why they work with the world's most creative minds, bringing stunning artwork to any device. The GelaSkins library is rounded out with thousands of works by established and up-and-coming independent artists, classics by the Masters, and patterns by renowned designers. Notable partnerships include National Geographic, Tim Burton and Norman Rockwell. Expressing individual style is easy with thousands of designs to choose from and simple tools to help create a unique look for any device. Personalize phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and more!

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Interview with GelaSkins Artist Sylvie Demers

Interview with GelaSkins Artist Sylvie Demers


We're currently running a contest with the awesome folks at GelaSkins to see who will join them as their next artist. Earlier this year, we ran a similar contest and the talented COLOURlover that won was Sylvie Demers. Since her winning design was selected, Sylvie has become an artist with GelaSkins, and you can now buy her designs on their website.

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She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and we're excited to share our conversation with you guys. Thanks Sylvie!

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Design Contest - Be the Next GelaSkins Artist!

Design Contest - Be the Next GelaSkins Artist!


We had so much fun with our GelaSkins contest earlier this year, we're excited to say we've cooked up another awesome one for you guys. This time you get to create a design for their new iPhone 5 HardCase for a shot at becoming the next GelaSkins artist!

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The GelaSkins brand was born from a passion for great design. That's why they work with the world's most creative minds, bringing stunning artwork to any device. The GelaSkins library is rounded out with thousands of works by established and up-and-coming independent artists, classics by the Masters, and patterns by renowned designers. Notable partnerships include National Geographic, Tim Burton and Norman Rockwell. Expressing individual style is easy with thousands of designs to choose from and simple tools to help create a unique look for any device. Personalize phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and more!

The HardCase by GelaSkins for iPhone 5 is a tough, polycarbonate, snap-on case. It's available in a wide array of great designs by artists from around the world. You can even be the artist and design your own – import family photos, company logos, or patterns you've created at COLOURlovers.com.

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