Posts Tagged ‘backgrounds’

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

A Half-assed Update about Macerated Wheat

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Hi. I’ve only got four new backgrounds for you this time.
I was working on making more but then I realized that I hadn’t posted an update the entire month of February and felt guilted into posting these early.

February backgrounds

One of the backgrounds is a collection of old advertisements found in the back of science magazines printed between 1917 and 1923. This background took an enormous amount of time to make and it involved me typing out full-scale promotions for such products as vacuum hats, canoe glue, and macerated wheat. And in the end I had to shrink the damn thing so much you can’t even read all the amazing things these terrible products promise. Oh well. It was not a golden age for advertising.

I am working on creating a new wallpaper, but the new image is so large that my poor old computer
can barely stand to open it. Lately I’ve been reading entire Russian novels while waiting for Photoshop to load (Mr. Karamazov, you old lecher!).

Edward Norton could sell ice cream to Eskimos

Until next time, please enjoy this image I made two years ago of Edward Norton selling ice cream. I believe at one point this image made sense to me but now for the life of me I have no idea what the hell I was thinking.

-Sarah

Bad nostalgia for a Mastercard commerical

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Howdy.

Here are seven new backgrounds for you:

January backgrounds- blues

According to Pantone, the hot new color for 2011 is ‘Honeysuckle’ (AKA pink). But I’m going with my own selection, seafoam green. Not because it’s a flattering color for fashion but because I’m a little sick of pink. Maybe pink should be used sparingly, much like habanero chilies or Botox injections. A little bit goes a long way.

January backgrounds- seafoam green

Ciao for now!
-Sarah