Heather Ross Fabric design workshop.....

It has been a crazy few weeks!
I have had guests from Australia visiting me for the past several weeks ...every day I have thought I needed to blog but having the opportunity just to live life with family and friends from far away definitely trumped my blogging.
A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to attend another Heather Ross workshop, this time it was a fabric design using photoshop class. I was totally into the fabric design part and not so into the photoshop part...to say I had a case of frazzled nerves at the prospect of tackling photoshop was an understatement. I had visions of being the odd one out sitting in the corner with a look of bewilderment on my face for 3 days. Turns out, I kinda was that person but boy, did I learn a lot.
I have always had a bit of niggling jealousy for those people who are fluent in the language of photoshop...I would look at their blogs and wish I could do that. After completing the workshop, I feel that maybe I can learn to do that!

The main focus of the workshop was sketching out a design, scanning it and then using that scan as the base for creating a repeat design. We used Wacom tablets to draw and color our designs (gadget love!)
My inspiration was a little stack of Vintage Lilly Pulitzer quilt squares, I love the sketchy neon style of Lilly Pulitzer's early prints from the 60's.
The sketch I started with was a little lilly of the valley. With Heathers help, my little lilly turned out to be a mass of lillies.
3 days later and my finished design was more than I could have imagined..
That is a great feeling!

my sketch

Our super cool workspace

not quite in the corner, but close!

with one of our fabulous teachers, Ava.

With Heather and Grescha

It is coming together.

Japanese illustration books...great inspiration.