In an effort to expand my artistic horizons, I decided to see where a gouache exploration would take me last weekend. It turns out, it took me somewhere surprising.
As I was painting and layering in my favourite botanical go-to style, I made some very interesting marks.
A few days later, I decided to see how they would appear if I turned this pattern into a bold surface design. Using Spoonflower and then Roostery, I was able to mock up a few items and they look pretty awesome to me.
The mirrored effect, rather than the regular repeat pattern created a very interesting effect.
Mirrored Meadow (bold) and its smaller sized version simply called Mirrored Meadow, will soon be available as fabric on Spoonflower. The items shown above should be available on Roostery in a week or so.
I will definitely start integrating my artwork into my surface pattern design in the future.
One day (soon I hope) I would love to have a my own space to create, paint and hang out (close friends would have an open invitation to share and play with me too). Right now my space is located in my bedroom. It’s nothing fancy but suits my need for now. I have a large bedroom so it’s not that bad but *sigh* I (and always have) longed for my own and “real” studio and yes, with an sink!
In the meantime, get my fill of inspiration and great ideas from Houzz. I have had my account for many years now and love hoarding away images in my Ideabooks. These images make me smile, dream and hope.
Here’s my curated “Studios” Ideabook. If you aren’t already on www.houzz.com, you should be. It’s wonderful.
Today I decided to experiment with my paints and wanted to see how the high pigment but matte quality of gouache and the equally unique pigments in my metallic paints would play against each other.
I really like the result. I used a high quality archival Touch marker to outline my forms.
I feel as though I may have been channeling Klimt.
My experimentation with this super bulky waffley stitch is a success!
Behold my super cute Winter Flower Bandana!
Best of all, most of my friends who think that they don’t suit hats were super amazed that it looked so great on them too. Happiness overload 🙂
Let me know if this a of interest to you and we can certainly customise it to your taste.
Here’s a picture of me modeling it.
Call this something to do when it’s snowing and cold outside. It’s a chunky ribbed infinity scarf with tassels.
I used Lion Brand Thick & Quick yarn in the Raven colour.
I am loving the texture which the gray and bluish black is creating in this piece. I named it Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.
Now available on my @handmadewithyouinmind shop on Facebook. There’s only one and there will be only one.
If you’d love something like this but would like it in a different colour or with less tassels or with no tassels or even longer or shorter, let’s see what we can do together! Making this truly yours is what I would love to do. Simply drop me a line here or via my Facebook Page.
My latest design has been uploaded to Spoonflower as of this morning. It’s called peas and onions. I am excited to see my three designs in real life. Coming soon!
Once I receive my sample proofs, I will officially start selling them. I can’t wait!
In the meantime, you can take a look at them on the Spoonflower site directly by clicking on any of these three images.
peas and onions by josyan mcgregor
rings and things by josyan mcgregor
quand le soleil by josyan mcgregor
I created this over the summer and well, it’s not half bad. I am certainly not a knitting expert. This was my first attempt at a wall hanging and I’d call it a success. I used different needle gauges and the effect is what I wanted. On to the next project!
Here, I tried my hand at the pavement crochet stitch for the first time. Orange single crochet to finish it off.
Could be tighter.
Still happy with it though.