Posts Tagged ‘backgrounds’

Bubble wrap and Exploded Ink

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Cinnamon Background
Condiments Background
Tattoo skulls and hearts background
Pennant background
Brooklyn Flea Market Stamps Background
Blue Hearts Background
Blue Ink Background
Ditzy Floral Background

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Eight new backgrounds have just been added. This group was made with India ink, bubble wrap, stamps from the Brooklyn flea market and the ink from a dry erase marker I tampered with (I ignore warning stickers about exploding ink, you know, because I’m a rebel).

Old Photo, found at the Hells Kitchen Flea Market

I also have a Tumblr now, for posting stuff that I didn’t make. It’s mostly pretentious literary quotes, old photos (like the one above), and animated gifs of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

-Sarah

Holy hiatus, Batman!

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Seeds
Feral
States
Scandinavian

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Holy hiatus, Batman!
I haven’t updated for a long time due to crazier than usual life circumstances. I’ve moved three times in six months and at one point was working like four jobs at the same time. But the clouds from the hurricane are starting to dissipate (and yes there was a literal hurricane, plus a minor earthquake and a small fire) so now I can get back to updating this stupid site again, though probably with less frequency than before.

I’ve updated the look of this place just a little bit, so if anything looks a little skewed or misaligned then it might just be temporary.

Other than that, four new backgrounds for today, plus hopefully many more to come!

Cheers,
Sarah

Taco Napkins Are My Canvas

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Just added eight new backgrounds, including two kinda silly skeleton-themed ones for Halloween.

October backgrounds

And probably for the first time ever I didn’t use Illustrator to make any of these. In fact they’re mostly made with office supplies and old taco napkins. Let no one accuse me of not be resourceful.

More for October

Happy Halloween!
-Sarah

I wanna be sedated

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Eight new backgrounds are up. Most all in black and white, since being in New York kinda makes me wish I had an alternate career as a punk rocker.

September backgrounds
More for September

Cheers,
Sarah

This Stuff’s Made in New York City!

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

I’ve added seven new backgrounds for you today.

August backgrounds

I’m working on an eleven-year-old laptop with a battery that scalds people and a CD-ROM drive so dysfunctional that I now use it to store small notes. Also my fancy new(ish) digital camera has sadly been broken, presumably after taking a beating on the mean streets of the Big Apple. So if these images look a little more primitive than normal, it’s because they are.

More for August

I am still technically on vacation. This is like one of those vacations where like, you know, you get a part-time job and pay rent and sign up for classes and get a library card…

Central Park

Love,
Sarah

Miles of Tiles

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Hiya.

There are twelve new backgrounds available today. I don’t usually do such big updates, but by adding these latest images I’m hitting a milestone: 300 patterns. I can’t believe I’ve made this many. Admittedly some are pretty crap but I’m talking quantity today, people.

Anyway, here we go again. Click on an image below for the full repeat, or see all 300 here.

Lilac tile

Sandy Geometric

Peach Camo

Barbara tile

Country Floral

Watercolor Galaxy

Floral Sketch

Orange tulips

Yellow lanterns

Party People

San Francisco Apartments

Roman Damask

300 patterns

Many thanks to all the readers of this blog. I could not have made it this far without the encouragement and feedback I’ve received over the years.

-Sarah

Kiss Them For Me

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Hiya.

Six new backgrounds are now up!

May patterns
To make this group of patterns, I used acrylic paint, markers, a circle template, design software, and um… lipstick.
More May backgrounds
Enjoy!
-Sarah

I Blame Sonny Bono for the Mix-up

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Oh hi.

Here are seven new backgrounds for you!
I don’t usually do colorways of the same design, but that floral just looked too good for me to decide. I took all the photos last week, during the height of allergy season, which involved a lot of sneezing. You see, I suffer for my art!

April backgrounds

There’s also a pattern with the chorus from the song "California Here I Come." I don’t know if the song is under copyright or not. If I go by the date it was written, it’s public. If I go by the date it was first recorded, it may not be in the public domain until 2019. So it’s probably fine, but if not then I blame Sonny Bono for the mix-up.

More for April

I got ahold of a book of paper toys last week, and I thought, I COULD MAKE THESE MYSELF. And so I tried. Seven discarded printouts later, I had my own little creature- a smiling, goofy-looking house. Just print, cut, fold and glue to make your own paper friend. This fellow’s based on a fabric I’ve been selling for a while now.

Happy home paper toy

There are about a million paper toys already available on the internet, but ummm… now there’s a million and one. I’m late for the paper toy party but at least I showed up!

House paper toy

Enjoy!
-Sarah

May You Live in Interesting Times

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Hiya.

Interesting Times

Here’s a new wallpaper for you- MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES. I’ve heard it’s an ancient Chinese curse (though no one seems to be able to attribute it to China). This thing took ages to make, and I exhausted all my resources for public domain images.

Also, five new backgrounds. Four of them have a nautical theme. Did you know that the Titanic sank 99 years ago today?

Nautical backgrounds

Also I made a background of the cutouts from the wallpaper, since there was some good color to be had.

April background

In my next life I’ll be a minimalist who finds harmony in beige and taupe. They say taupe is very soothing.
-Sarah

I Can’t Resist Blinding Colors

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Well hello.
I’ve added eight new backgrounds for you.

March Backgrounds

I spent some time making faux-Rorschach inkblots on computer paper using acrylic paint. They don’t resemble their inspiration all that much because I couldn’t resist adding some blinding colors.

More March Backgrounds

Have a good day!
-Sarah