Black Friday

Nov 27

Well hello there.

Somebody wrote to me a while back and asked me to make a wallpaper with John Collier’s painting Priestess of Delphi, so I thought, yeah, sure, what the hell. So here’s a new wallpaper that ties in with two previous ones that I’ve made.
I’ve also made three new tiled backgrounds, all in blue. A shiny new penny to anyone who can tell me where the term "buffalo plaid" comes from.

Today I worked the 3AM Black Friday shift. YOU’RE WELCOME, shoppers of America.


The dizzying stench of minty freshness

Oct 27

Hi again. I’ve added nine new backgrounds.

To make this set I used drippy printer ink, tracing paper, the lace from an old tank-top and all manner of paper scraps lying around the house. I’m getting a little bored with making completely flat-looking designs using software. I’m trying to use a little more texture these days.

I’m not sure if I even like the look of the collage background, but collages are too fun to make. I used to get terribly arty with collages a few years back, doing all sorts of crazy crap to scraps of paper (Cooking oil! Plastic wrap! Dental floss!) with all manner of mixed results.

One thing I do not recommend is Wintergreen oil. The oil is a handy way to transfer images from a photocopy to another piece of paper. I’ve run across a few craft websites that suggest wintergreen transfers are a fun and easy project that will make super cool art that smells like tasty chewing gum. LIARS, I say! It’s not easy, fun, or aromatic. Wintergreen oil is a deadly toxic substance, and so potent in minuscule quantities that cracking every window in the world will never get rid of the dizzying stench. WORST. COLLAGE. EVER.
Now you know.


I Dream in Pattern

Sep 22

I am still alive! And I’ve added ten new images.

I made this batch of backgrounds using a bunch of different mediums: design software, collage, acrylic, cheap watercolor and imported Venetian ink. When I was done painting, I scanned the paper towel that I used to sop up the extra paint, so now that’s a background too.
I will try to update more often!

Where the Jackalopes Roam

Jul 15

I’ve added three new backgrounds…and two new wallpapers.
This one features the mythical jackalope, a taxidermist’s fusion of a rabbit with antlers that roams freely (and fictionally) in the Southwest. I was sort of fascinated with these things as a kid. And really, any excuse to draw a bunny.

And this one is a quote from Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. I am trying to read lots of the classic books that I’m told everyone reads in high school (though I don’t think anyone actually does anymore, because I definitely didn’t). As hard as I am trying with this, I had brief relapse from the scheduled reading plan when I picked up a copy of Twilight (and shut up you know it was awesome. It’s like eating candy for dinner).


Wonky Cursive

Jun 30

Greetings, I’ve added a new wallpaper to the site. I’ve also made three new backgrounds

…And a new font. Cursive fonts are terribly difficult to make, especially with the cheesy free software I’m using, so this typeface is a little wonky looking. Probably works better at smaller sizes.

That’s all for today!

All Over the Place

Jun 1

Hello again.
I’ve got seven new background patterns!I drew some of them by hand and some with software this week, so I’m all over the place with colors and styles. Drawing these things by hand tends to make them look a little more old-fashioned (or at least more homemade) than what I usually do with software and a mouse. But I’ve got to mix things up now and then.Yours,

Peachy backgrounds

May 29

Here are seven new backgrounds for you. More patterns coming in June!

I’ve made 200 of these things

May 2

I’ve added eight new patterns to the site, which brings me to a little milestone. There are now 200 patterns available for download! I can’t believe I’ve made 200 of these ridiculous things. The backgrounds page is taking an awfully long time to load nowadays.

For this batch of backgrounds I experimented a bit with watercolors. The watercolor look is pretty hard to duplicate using software, so I splurged on a $2 set and did it the old-fashioned way.
That’s all for now.

Everyone Loves Beets

Apr 20

I’ve finally finished this embroidery. It’s been staring at me (and pretty intently, for an inanimate object) for weeks and I sewed the last bit up this afternoon.

It’s Dwight Schrute from "The Office," whose character owns a beet farm. There’s a scarcity of Schrute related art. Why, friends?

I’ve also made a new font, named after a fort built in 1839 in my hometown of Sacramento. Because, well, why not?Have a lovely Tuesday!

Five Backgrounds

Apr 4

I am finally getting around to updating this little site. I’ve got five new backgrounds for you to enjoy.
I’m working on a new embroidery, and (because I never learn) a new font, so hopefully I’ll add those soon.