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Here it is, mid-January already, and chances are that the majority of us Colourlovers attended at least one ugly sweater party during the recent December holiday season. Besides being a silly and fun way of dressing up in ridiculously wacky (and in most cases, super tacky!) attire, these festivities are also filled with, you guessed it, a dazzling array of rainbow hues (albeit housed in hideous threads!) We've gathered some of our favorite ugly sweater samples, alongside our created palettes which they inspired, for your viewing pleasure (and benign ridicule?). Feel free to jump in with photos and palettes of your own--we'll make a party out of it :)
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We weren't quite sure what to make of this feline-infused affair. But regardless of whether it's your particular taste, you have to admit it's versatile and vivid color palette is the cat's meow!
We have to believe that good-natured President Obama would be a good sport about being featured (donning bedazzled Christmas bulb earrings and all) on this holiday-inspired ugly sweater. From its crimson tinsel to its 3-D lime and green poinsettia petals, this sweater displaying the departing POTUS--complete with his shiny, dangling jewelry--is nothing short of spectacular.
POM POM PALOOZA
Remember high school football games? Back in the day, when cheerleaders shouted their rhyming words of encouragement while dancing up a storm and shaking their colorful pom poms with all the fervor of a thousand furies? We do too! This ugly sweater definitely takes us back, offering a oh-so-bright and colorful nod to nostalgia, and all things adolescence.
With wintry weather comes cold and frigid temperatures, low degrees which leave apparently even reindeer noses rosy and red in the chill. This ugly sweater, featuring who we can only assume is the most famous reindeer of them all, has Rudolph's nose rivaling any circus clown's fire engine-inspired schnoz, and not to mention, he's surrounded by a sea of blue, and polk dots to boot!
BOA-D TO THE BONE
Gold, sparkling tinsel. Neon pink feathers. Need we say more? Here is one ugly sweater that is no slouch when it comes to going all out in adornment! Let's just say, especially when taking a gander at its bubblegum hue-larious color, this sweater just tickles us pink!
HO HO HODGEPODGE
Merriam Webster defines the word "hodgepodge" as being "a confused mixture of several different things," which is exactly why our chosen moniker for the mayhem that scarcely contained in this ugly sweater is nothing short of sheer perfection. From its jolly bright red ribbons and bows to the bearded Santas swinging from its sleeves, and even right down to the edible candy canes careening their crooked necks down the collar and torso, this quirky Christmas sweater is one Ho Ho Hodgepodge that has us smiling from ear to ear.
While the mention of "Tinsel Town" may initially make most think of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with its iconic bright lights and film-worthy cameras, our December-inspired ugly sweater raises a no-less-equal amount of hoopla in its own rite! Can we say sparkle?!
BLUE CHRISTMAS BLING
Wearing this snazzy, colorful number, the ONLY thing blue about you will be your holiday attire. Maybe a bit over the top, you ask? Nah!
The iconic and beloved Bing Crosby stars in one of our all-time favorite Christmas films--one we watch every year as a family tradition in fact! And while good ole' Bing's film pays tribute to a White (snow-filled) Christmas, this ugly sweater--infused with vivid burgundy, cherry red, gold, and green tones--inspires a spinoff name that is decidedly more colorful, and fun!
And before you go figuring all ugly sweaters have to be Christmas-themed, behold the eh, beauty (?) of this color-bedecked gem! Although the colors are bright and indeed merry (who can gaze at such neon splendor and not at least crack an amused smile?), this decidedly Halloween-inspired creation, while not quite beautiful in the conventional sense, could indeed be dubbed "Boo-tifull!"
We’ve all been there. Walking down the road, enjoying an outdoor stroll when the weather if fine, or driving along on our ways to our next destination, when we’re literally stopped in our tracks by stunning—and colorful—improvisational artistry. Whether it be whimsical murals birthed from the womb of a professional painter commissioned specifically for the space, or random passersby who saw said wall as a blank canvas just waiting to be covered, street art—from measured graphic designs to free style graffiti—is as versatile as it is often colorful, and we love it.
Here are some of our favorite random street art creations alongside the palettes they inspired. We’d love to see some of your own snapshots of your favorite neighborhood street art and accompanying created Colourlovers palettes as well, community! So jump on in and share the Colourlove!
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Gazing at this whimsical mural is nothing short of mesmerizing. It's beautiful, serpent-infused design definitely casts a certain inspirational spell.
"DREAM CATCHER QUEEN"
Walking by this mural makes us wonder just what this divine goddess is dreaming of. Whatever it is, the colorful hues swirling around her sure are heavenly.
Perhaps via a respectful nod to famed Picasso, the painter behind this bold and lively mural sure knows how to make an impression. All in favor of this fun fantasy-inspired street art, say "eye"!
"WHEN YOU SMILIN'"
We saw this street art and couldn't help but smile. If laughter is said to be infectious, this man's widespread grin could only be described then as nothing short of contagious! We're more than fine "catching" whatever positivity he is passing around!
Zen is the word that first comes to mind when passing this peace-riddled work of street art. As much as we long to know what this beautiful muse is, well, musing about (!), we also just can't seem to dare disturb her idyllic reverie in order to inquire. We'll have to be content to allow her dreams only to whisper to her as she dwells in her own little reverie world.
"TO BUILD A HOME"
Who wouldn't want to live in this quirky, fun community of colorful stacked abodes?! We sure would! Consider this blog post our version of officially signing up for the waiting list of intended residents in this rainbow-infused, topsy-turvy apartment complex!
"WHAT A CROC!"
Who doesn't love the Crocodile Hunter?! We sure do! And when you add untamed wild animals and swirls of psychedelic pigment, including purple and teal tones? Well Crikey! ...then it's just darn near perfection!
Starlight. Starbright. This stunning street art mural seems to capture the first star this beauty sees tonight.
Sea-inspired street art is one of the most popular genres of murals one will come across. Yet, luckily for pedestrians and drivers, and all other appreciators, the ocean has so many versatile animals and enigmatic colors within it, the art--and inspired palettes alongside--are near endless and never get old to ooh and ahh over.
COME FLY WITH ME
Butterflies are also an often-included symbol within street art. Yet, as it is with ocean themes, so too do we never seem to tire of motifs featuring lovely monarch varieties and the like of these little beauties.
Our world is filled with a wondrous array of color, including the exterior adornment of our own abodes. From the iconic Rainbow Row in Charleston to Mexico’s nutty and shell-shaped Nautilus House, the homes that literally color our earth are beyond amazing. Here are a few of our favorite fairyland residences along with the palettes each inspire. Feel free to add your own preferred unique and colorful cribs (with your own signature palettes) to the mix below!
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THE NAUTILUS HOUSE, MEXICO
Nestled right near Mexico City, the well-known Nautilus House is a quite eccentrically wonderful residence. Designed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain, the creative and innovative structure is said to have been loosely modeled after the works stemming from the genius of the likes of Gaudi, Frank Lloyd Wright, and more. Known as what Senosiain described as “Bio-Architecture,” the concept for this design is aimed at using buildings based upon the natural principles of their organic forms in order to return us back to connection with our local culture’s history, traditions, and roots, as well as the building itself maintaining a balance and harmony with nature.
MMMMMM-WORTHY RESIDENCE IN MYKONOS, GREECE
This cheery and bright private residence located in Mykonos, Greece had to be included on the list, as who could possible gaze at its happy blues, vibrant cherry reds, and joyful sunshine yellows without smiling? We sure can’t!
HUNDERTWASSERHAUS, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
A well-known apartment house located in Vienna, Austria, the Hundertwasserhaus was built with the aid of architect Joseph Krawina, alongside—and according to the concept’s created by—Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who not surprisingly, first began work as a painter.
PRIVATE RESIDENCE, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
A residence worthy of an address in the land of OZ, or perhaps, Fairy Neverland, this neon-esque abode takes shock and awe to an entirely new level. Vibrant and in-your-face electric shades every shade of the rainbow invite every visitor to tap into the color-loving kid within. We’re fans!
ROCHOR CENTRE, SINGAPORE
Originally built by Singapore’s Housing and Development Board in 1977, then 4-block group of buildings is a public beacon of bright and happy vibes, consisting of yellow, green, red, and blue yay-worthy installments. Sadly, this lovely landmark is being demolished in order to make way for the construction of Singapore’s North-South Expressway.
CASA BATLLO, BARCELONA, SPAIN
One of Antoni Gaudi’s most famous and beloved architectural masterpieces, Casa Batlló may be found in the bustling center of Barcelona. Originally constructed as a remodel of a previously built house, Gaudi returned to redesign the structure in 1904, along with several assistants. The jaw-dropping home received its moniker (literally translating to “House of Bones”) due to the design’s “visceral,” “skeletal,” and “organic” character.
An ancient and mesmerizing city in its own rite, Istanbul is infused with colorful mosques, iridescent tilework, and so much more that appeals to the eye (and heart). But the vast beauty in this city’s architecture isn’t limited to its spiritual houses of worship, but rather extends to private residences as well, as seen in this technicolor display of local residential townhouses.
When one thinks of Russia, cold is a word that often instantly comes to mind. Yet for this section of homes spotted in Moscow, the happy feels infused by their rainbow-riddled residences can’t help but “warm” you up, heart and soul.
WIMEREUX HOUSE, FRANCE
About as close to a real world gingerbread house in appearance as one can find, this Wimereux residence in France fosters joy and cheerful emotions in all who pass by, and especially in those who are lucky enough to stay here.
RAINBOW ROW, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Word famous Charleston’s Rainbow Row is comprised of thirteen historic houses spanning nearly every shade and hue of the—you guessed it—rainbow. The line of collected residences also happens to represent the longest string of Georgian row houses existing in the entire United States. Pastel and popping with pigment, this iconic landmark remains to this day one of Charleston’s most photographed and popular tourist attractions.
It's been said that "colors are the smiles of nature," and if such a sentiment is true, then the oceans, seas, rivers and lakes of our world must be joyful entities indeed, as these bodies of beautiful water are practically beaming with an array of shades spanning every realm of the rainbow. Here are a few of our favorite flowing kaleidoscopes of color, what are some of yours?
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CAÑO CRISTALES RIVER, COLOMBIA
Known also as "the river of five colors," this natural phenomenon morphs into a non-too-muted vibrant shade of crimson each autumn like clockwork. Its change in color is attributed to a local native plant sourcing psychedelic-inspiring minerals and nutrients, apparently.
LAKE RETBA, SENEGAL
Every child (and grown adult's) bubblegum dream, Senegal's Lake Retba gets its pastel pink hue from a non-dangerous bacteria that absolutely adores the saltiness of its waters.
GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA
One of the famed wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia harbors a plethora of coral, seaweed, and fish species, which more than explains its near endless and exhaustive color kaleidoscope seen here.
LAKE NATRON, TANZANIA
Shallow and uber-salty, Lake Natron in Tanzania is so salty, in fact, that it's most flora and fauna can't survive here. But on the plus side? The incredible colors it creates, including bright red water and ooh-la orange shores.
EMERALD LAKES, NEW ZEALAND
Emerald Lakes is an iconic lake located in New Zealand's Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Incredibly, this natural wonder's yellow-edged enigmatic water is absolutely pure.
GRÜNER SEE, AUSTRIA
Grüner See, which is literally translated as "Green Lake," is a lake found in Styria, Austria. This beautiful gem is surrounded by the Hochschwab Mountains and forests, and received its moniker from the marvelous depths of rich emerald-green water it consists of, which comes directly from the snowmelt from the nearby mountains.
LAGUNA COLORADA, BOLIVIA
Laguna Colorada, also known as "Red Lagoon," is found within Bolivia's Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve. Close to the border with Chile, the fact that the vibrant colored lake houses within it borax islands (which are responsible for the white color) provides a perfectly picturesque contrast with the crimson color of its waters (the red deriving form red sediments and pigmentation of algae).
BLUE POOLS, HAAST PASS, NEW ZEALAND
Fed by natural pure glaciers, the water in these magnificent pools is the deepest azure blue, and so translucent, it provides you a crystal clear view right to the bottom.
Fields of Gold, and more
All the world over, Mother Nature is busy brandishing her paintbrush, creating her own mesmerizing palettes filled with blooms, blades of green grass, and rows upon rows of respondence. Here are some of our favorite fields of gold, and beyond. Feel free to jump on in and post your own favorite fields, and coinciding palette creations!
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LAVENDER FIELDS, FRANCE
The summer months find the rolling lavender fields of Provence in France near to bursting with bright purple blooms spreading as far as the eye can see.
SHIBAZAKURA HILL, JAPAN
Spring finds the fields at the base of Mount Fuji springing up and “blushing” with near endless mountains of moss blooms, also known as shibazakura.
This section of Eastern China boasts sprawling farmlands filled with a golden sea of canola blooms, when the yellow sunlit-shaded crop is in season.
TULIP FIELDS, HOLLAND
Spring is the prime time to catch Holland’s famed and immaculately manicured tulip, daffodil and hyacinth fields in full bloom.
SUNFLOWER FIELDS, TUSCANY
These bright and joyful beauties abound throughout Tuscany's rolling hillsides.
DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN, UAE
The Dubai Miracle Garden is found in the district of Dubailand in the United Arab Emirates. First debuted officially on Valentine's Day in 2013, this colorful and vibrantly-hued garden spans over 72,000 square meters--a massive spread that marks it as the world's largest natural flower garden, boasting more than 109 million blooms.
FLOWER FIELDS OF FURANO, JAPAN
Furano is famous for its lavender fields, but numerous assortments of buds, blooms, and other flowers are spread throughout the region, beginning to bloom in May, and offering a warm and welcoming greeting to guests visiting the area.
COLORFUL KEUKENHOF GARDENS, HOLLAND
Keukenhof is said by many as being among the most beautiful spring gardens across the globe, with more than seven million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths smiling happily at visitors across the garden's more than 32 hectares infused with vibrant color and lovely floral aromas.
Zentangle has been trending for some years now and many people choose to "tangle" for meditation and relaxation, just as most COLOURlovers utilize the palette and pattern tools on the site as a way of relaxing and meditating.
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What I see a lot on COLOURlovers.com is that many people shy far away from using Seamless Lite after dabbling for a few, deeming it way too difficult to master. Mostly, and this is just my opinion, but well mostly because they compare themselves to the crazy-good pattern designs by veteran citizens of COLOURlovers.
Let me remind you... take a big breath and a big step back. Let's start over...
Here's the news people... yes, yes these kind-hearted artists are totally talented. But did it just happen that they opened up Seamless Lite and were Michelangelo in a day? No, of course not! So you'd be silly to think,"I'm Presto Perfect!" after 5-minutes or even 5-hours fiddling with Seamless Lite.
Seamless is actually pretty easy to use, once you learn the ropes (if you are new here and need an in-depth intro to Seamless, see a video here on our YouTube Channel). Drawing shapes and putting together repeat-patterns is totally an aspect of digital Zentangle without the complications of learning (or purchasing) design software such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.
Seamless is simple and to the point, not to mention it comes with an entire supportive and artistic community you can share your work with.
Remember, Zentangle is a personal art form. It does not have to be perfect. While you can achieve a more precise line-work by using this digital method of Seamless Lite, Zentangle is traditionally a hand-drawn technique, so take that in to consideration before you go all OCD on connecting points, center points and alignment.
Let's get started with making a shape, something short and easy... then I will be going over using a grid to help you get a sense of space, alignment and design direction with your templates.... then we will continue to work on shapes and more.
Create a "Wishbomb" Shape:
Making and Using Custom Grids for Design Layout:
I find that making your own base layer grid and then saving it as a shape to re-use can greatly help line things up a bit more precise.
Note: After making the next two video's, I felt that making a video specifically for Grids would be a good idea. The next video semi-introduces making a grid as well.
Make a Grid to Create a Consistent Geometric Pattern (then delete the grid):
Re-Use the Grid in a Circle Zentangle Pattern:
I want to show you how to now reuse the grid shape you should have created if you'd followed the last video (above) and to develop a new pattern form with the grid as a guide.
Examples & Inspiration: Grid-Based Designs:
Now let's Create A Vine:
Never used Seamless Lite Before? Get up to speed!
Just a reminder, if you have no idea what I am doing in some of these area's of using Seamless Lite, you can watch the video introduction on this at your leisure HERE. This covers a complete anatomy of the web application itself and is a more in-depth tutorial with voice-over (not a high-speed musical).
Let's Tangle Next Week! We'll be covering Outlining, Shading and Adding Detail...
If you absolutely cannot wait until next week, I will be working on and uploading these video's over the weekend to our COLOURlovers YouTube Channel, join me there to get a jumpstart!
- *Advanced Grids for More Technical Layouts
- * Add Design Elements to Your Basic Grid Designs
- *Make Simple Look Complex
- *Outlining Tricks
- *Shading Tricks
Is there something you are wanting me to cover, but haven't seen it yet? Please comment to put in a request. I'm more than happy to accommodate.
**Copy + Paste the Badge below if you have a design you want to know how to make, be realistic. ;)
Tie-Dye, a modern textile craft, is something that has been around for ages and will be around for many more moons to come. Always intriguing, always a new spin off the same basic concept, done in a rainbow of hues to monochromatic intrigues. And while we're on the topic, check out the Rainbow Contest over at Instrucables right now (awesome art prizes). All types of submissions are acceptable, so have some fun with it!
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Tie-Dye became popular in the United States of our more modern world in the late 1960's and heavily saturated the 1970's which sort of branded it to the times and people of "Free Love", tripping on Acid and LSD.
"Although shibori and batik techniques were used occasionally in Western fashion before the 1960s, modern psychedelic tie-dying did not become a fad until the late 1960s following the example set by rock stars such as Janis Joplin and John Sebastian (who did his own dyeing)." ~ Wikipedia
Tie-Dye mostly went in to hiding with the outrageously new Neon trends during the 80's and 90's. Then, along with every popular known trend of each era, it was brought back and re-hashed in our Pop Culture of today's fashion sphere.
If you don't know what modern, American Tie-dye is, you might be living under a rock, but here is a great resource on the technique and style if you've never looked it up.
So how did it literally become an American craft to be readily found in stores everywhere - I love this part. Basically, Tie-Dye came about when a company was trying to save it's brand. RIT® dye, at the time was losing momentum with their prime market clientele, older generation females doing home-dying.
"At the time, RIT® dye was starting to lose it's market; primarily older women that dyed home goods." - Dharma Article, Did you Know...?
Without getting in to too much detail on the actual specifics because I think that [ one of my favorite online dye resources ] the Dharma Trading Company impressively covered the textbook attributes of this really well in their article, Did You Know: Is Tie-Dye An American Art Form?
"Artists, opinion leaders, and influencers took to tie-dying almost as if it were a new psychedelic substance. Janis Joplin began wearing tie dye (it was even rumored she wore tie-dye panties) but it was still confined to a small circle of users. The next stop was the fashion industry but they weren't convinced it was anything more then a local fad. About this time, folks heard about a musical gathering that was to take place in rural Woodstock, New York, and it was going to be a big event (understatement of the decade!). Two of the well-known artists in the Village wanted to tie-dye several hundred T-shirts and give them away at the concert. RIT financed the project. Thousands of people showed up at Woodstock from across the country and the tie-dye T-shirts were eye-catching. The idea caught on…big. Joe Cocker, Mama Cass, Janis Joplin all wore tie-dye. Tie-dye became a symbol of antiestablishmentarianism, as no one else could have the same shirt as you even if they used the same colors. It was a statement of being an individual." - Read More... How the Fashion Industry finally took it seriously...
I could quite literally quote this entire article it's so interesting and well written. I'll leave the quotes to that, but how amazing to see how a pretty modern fad became a huge trend over trying to save a brand name product.
In summary, basically the traditional methods, techniques and practices of the tie-dye movement from the 1960's and 70's we know of here in the USA were brought over from African traditional art to save a brand name. Amazing!
Video Tutorial: Create Your Own Tie-Dye in Seamless Lite (to Janis Joplin)
Feel free to use this exact technique to practice and get the hang of it! :)
Templates You Can Tie-Dye Yourself - Show me what you've got!
Do you have a favorite template that works for tie-dye? Please share!
Explore Tie-Dye on COLOURlovers:
Disney•Pixar has outdone themselves (again) in their latest colorfully animated movie, Inside Out, directed by Pete Docter (who also produced UP and Monster’s Inc.) and coming to the big screen on June 19th! The basis of the storyline develops a genuine visual of feelings portrayed in five specific colors that correlate in to emotions.
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Who's excited?! I know I am!
In leu of this extremely colorful production being explicitly about color in connection with feelings, we felt it appropriate to dig in to the collections COLOURlovers have in color.
Image Palette Sources:
Much of the community here on COLOURlovers relate their communication of feelings in to colors both as a single color name or in palettes that speak either by the palette name itself and/or a message within the colors used to create the palette. Palettes can be defined of anything regarding 2 to 5 colors grouped together.
Meet the Emotions!
For your entertainment, I love these video clips put together putting the actor-voices to the animated characters.
Learn Basics: How to Create a Color Palette From an Image using PHOTOCOPA
I threw together an under 2-minute quick-guide video to the theme music of Inside Out.
Here's Your Color Challenge! Post YOUR Emotional Colors:
What's your color coordinated emotional palette and why?
Jump in to the COLOURlovers Emotional Colors!
Today's the day! Announcing the eight (8) winners of the #PixlrPop Contest plus the top five (5) most faved designs by the community. The judging panel consisted of the Pixlr Design Team and the COLOURlovers staff members (aka myself, Molly and Colin).
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Absolutely fantastic entries! Great work everyone! The flow of commentary throughout the contest days coming from the Pixlr Design Team was exciting to see. They expressed how amazed they were with the talent we have here at COLOURlovers. I felt a glow of pride knowing we have this secret gold mine of talented people in our community.
I can't wait to showcase the final design inspirations near the end of June (coming up!) used within Pixlr Express!
Okay, okay I know you guys are chomping at the bit to see the winners! With each winner the judging panel as a whole put together some commentary on the aspects of each design.
Winner of Tuesday, Day #1: "Loulouflor" by Anonymuse
"The soft colors, texture in the shapes and the windmill collectively make an eye-catching inspiration."
Winner of Wednesday, Day #2: "Pointed Response" by Wondercake
"Fantastic shade of orange. The trendy arrow pattern inspires a hand drawn aesthetic - leaves many options to take from the shapes"
Winner of Thursday, Day #3: "SPRING2013" by SUNNY21327
"Inspirational for light leaks and bokeh effects. Loving all the color choices with the layering."
Winner of Friday, Day #4: "The Exchange" by praxicalidocious
"This one strikes very lush with spring or summer coloring. Loving the texture with interesting layering. Inspiration leads to a beautiful field of flowers."
Winner of Saturday, Day #5: "Zebra" by addabarrios
"A subtle background coloring makes fantastic overlays. Combined with the non-traditional zebra pattern this inspires an intriguing piece."
Winner of Sunday, Day #6: "Underthedeepbluesea" by Kalindy
"This one gives us a subtle explosion of interest the longer we stare at it. We really love the rich depth of texture and pattern in this monochromatic scene."
Winner of Monday, Day #7: "Orange Loves you px" by bhsav
"This spicy pattern oozes with vibrant lava hues and terrific movement in the basic but intriguing tribal pattern play. Totally inspiring to see what we can do with it!"
Winner of Tuesday, Day #8: "Historic Arrest" by Heuge
"An excellent spin on stripes giving off a soft, feathery feeling. The pleasant mix of hues bleed together in to a lovely muted visual. All of which might work nicely in an overlay."
As you can see from the LOVES on each of these, none were selected by popularity (CL community vote). The judges took each day of submissions individually and considered many character traits of each piece as a whole to consider toward the design aspects of Pixlr Express. We will be showcasing the final pieces near the end of June (2015) when the COLOURlovers Expansion Pack becomes available to everyone using Pixlr! Exciting!
Top Five Loved Submissions: Sponsorship Winners!
As promised, we wanted to add a little fun kick to those who just can't help but produce tantalizing designs that makes everyones mouse-fingers want to go click-click-click on that LOVE button! So popular vote or not, that's what these are for.... being popular. The LOVE-COUNT displayed is only for the duration of the contest timeline, as some have changed since Tuesday.
53 LOVES: "Leaf Monsters" by praxicalidocious
28 LOVES: "Frida" by GabsGiggles
27 LOVES: "Soda Pop" by ArrayOfLilly
23 LOVES: "I Dreamed A Dream" by sherrydee846
21 LOVES: "chase the blues away" by twister
That's it! I hope you all enjoyed the experience of this contest and can take positive things away even if you did not win. Trust me, there were a lot of difficult decisions in choosing!
Personally, I feel that contests push me to a different level of motivation in my own skills which contributes to how I view where I am in my skill much longer after a contest is held. I notice area's where I could probably work harder or think directionally different and garner some personal advice from the designs that did win. We quite literally could have chosen over a thousand designs we loved, but in the case of contest critique, it comes down to a hard line.
Claiming Your Prize!
Grab Bag Winners: You will be receiving either a Love Note and/or an email (whatever email is associated with your COLOURlovers member account). In this message you will get links to all the Grab Bag Items we had pictured and linked here in the contest post. Messages will go out today at some point, you will be given a certain time period to make your choice (feel free to reference the original contest page to start shopping early!). Colin will be handling prize notification and placing your order/choice.
Sponsorship Winners: Today we will activate the new or upgraded Sponsorship to your COLOURlovers Member Account. If you already have a paid sponsorship active, we will simply add an additional year to your current expiration date.
Have a great day!
Seamless Lite at COLOURlovers is something many people shy away from, but hopefully after some inspiring short video clips, most of you will start to gain some perspective on how to get a design you're proud of. Check out our YouTube Channel!
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While the bulk of the video's I've been preparing are centered around using Seamless Lite, there are the intro video's to palette making and I will add more fun abstract videos weekly.
After my 8-minute intro video regarding more details on the Line Tool itself, I have added a collection of video's in high-speed of certain design styles to show you the process. You will hopefully learn how to layer for dimension and layering to create visual tricks. Overall just using what we have available in Seamless Lite is not as limiting or as complicated as you might think.
I want to point out some further resources that I personally tend to lean on for getting inspiration on what to draw exactly. I find if I just plop myself in front of Seamless Lite I feel vacant and suddenly all those idea's I had are not there and I draw a blank. Viable search terms include:Quilt block design (key to put "quilt block"), embroidery patterns (be sure to include the "patterns" part of this search as you'll get step by step instructions) and then, Zentangle Patterns and/or Zentangle Tutorials to get you more specific guides.
Look at each topic matter and you'll start to notice a design style you like. If you love geometric bold patterns, Quilt Block Designs are your go-to. If you love the organic artistic design style, both Embroidery and Zentangle are a great start.
You can find these and more, on my Seamless Lite - Inspiration Guide (on Pinterest).
Check out this example of following a step-by-step Zentangle pattern, essentially just taking Zentangle to Seamless Lite! Most of them are doable!
Cool right?! Now let's look at some COLOURlovers Seamless Lite video's I recently made.
A Detailed Look at the Line Tool:
Making Leaf & Stem (with leaves):
High Speed Pattern Design (start to finish):
Folk Art Shape-Building & Pattern Layout
The biggest thing I want to emphasize in this video is the process of wisely using your time. If you're like me and you don't have 8-hours to sit around making a pattern, split up your time by developing core Custom Shapes and design elements then later coming back to work on your design layout. You'll thank me later when you can easily go in to your shape library with a fresh frame of mind when it comes to the pattern layouts.
Adding Emphasis to Shapes
I hope you enjoy the quick bits to music. They are much faster to watch as patterns come together. I hope it's helpful!
Inspiring Templates Made in Seamless Lite: