4:50 pm - Sat, Apr 14, 2012

New website!

I’m moving my content to a new website and I won’t be posting here any more.. but let’s keep in touch!

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2:33 am - Sat, Aug 20, 2011
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Kanji Cat

Kanji Cat - Digital ink and watercolour - August 2011

A late night doodle.. trying my new watercolour brushes. Does this pumpkin orange kitty mean Autumn is on the way? Hmm..

P.s. Thanks for all your votes in the Connecting Threads contest. My Roselyn design has 132 votes - far more than I expected. You guys are awesome!

10:12 am - Fri, Aug 12, 2011
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Roslyn: A fast fabric design in 5 stages

Roselyn - Digital pencil, ink and watercolour - August 2011

This was my 11th-hour entry for the Connecting Threads fabric design contest. Literally, I finished it at 11:30pm on the last day of the contest.

It’s not unusualy for me to spend days - even weeks - working on my print designs. In this case, I had only a few hours before the deadline, which really made me focus and go through the design process much more efficiently.

I thought it would be interesting to show how a design can come to together very quickly and what stages I went through to create it.

Stage 1: Inspiration

I walk my dog Rosie every day after work. That day we walked past roses and lilacs blooming in our neighborhood - perfect inspiration! I placed them in a glass of water on my desk.

Stage 2: Outline

The shape of a rose is complex and can be very time consuming to draw. Fortunately, these roses are quite simple. I decided to draw them “straight on” to emphasize the uniquely curved edges of the petals.

I drew them directly into Corel Painter using my Wacom tablet, using a pencil brush in gray for a clean line and medium contrast.

Stage 3: Arrangement

I always design my prints in repeat (a seamless, tiling pattern) while I am working on them, rather than creating a design first and finding a way to repeat it later. I find it gives the design better balance.

For this one I went with an asymmetrical repeat (the roses are closer together on one side of the print) rather than a symmetrical arrangement (the roses evenly spaced from each other).

Usually I would have created a symmetrical arrangement, but I didn’t have time! It turns out that I like this asymmetrical arrangement much better because it has more movement. If I revise this print later on I will make it even more asymmetrical.

Stage 4: Colour

The original colour of the roses was bright red with a white centre. I didn’t want to keep the original colour because it was very strong and I was worried about taking attention away from the shapes of the petals.

I wanted the print to feel very feminine without being too girly or childish, so I first filled the background with a silvery taupe. Neutrals usually add a mature feel, and this shade of taupe really feels feminine to me.

After filling the background, the roses looked too stark white. I added a splash of peach and coral watercolour to each one.

Stage 5: Background Elements

I went back to my original inspiration for the background. The “x” marks are actually stylized lilac blossoms. I originally meant to place them behind the roses, but some of them ended up on top and I kept it that way because it seemed natural and I didn’t want the design to get too fussy. I added some peach sparkle paint splatters to the liven it up a little more.

Well, there you have it. The design isn’t perfect in my eyes, but considering the limited time I had to work on it I am very happy with how it turned out. I hope you like it too. I’m looking forward to finding out if it makes it to the contest finals!

7:47 pm - Sun, Jun 12, 2011
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Rainbow Sauce

Rainbow Sauce - Digital ink and watercolour - June 2011

I love spaghetti sauce. Onion, tomato, zucchini, carrot and (of course) garlic. So I drew it. I like how the colours run together the same way the flavours do.

Just a few random updates…

My hubby and I have been very domestic lately. We haven’t done much to our new house since we moved in.

So, I hung some art in the bedroom last week. Since summer is here we bought a grill for the patio, and some cozy chairs for the living room will be here in a few weeks.

I’m working on some custom fabric designs - unfortunately I can’t show you anything yet, but I will when they are done!

Annaliese received her fabric from the Spring Cleaning giveaway - check out her blog post here: http://thepewteracorn.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-got-mail.html

8:01 pm - Fri, May 27, 2011

Vivian’s Tea Towel

I just wanted to share a little about a very special project that I had the honor of contributing to recently.

Alison, a colleague in the fashion industry, contacted me a few weeks ago. Her mother Vivian had just passed away in April. Vivian loved to travel, and she collected tea towels from all the various places she had visited in Europe, North America, Africa and South Asia.

Inspired by this, we planned a design for a tea towel, to be sold with all proceeds going towards an endowment in her name for students attending Carleton University in Ontario, where Vivian worked for over 20 years and was a highly-respected and valued source of professional encouragement for students and graduates.

The design captures thoughts and memories from many members of Vivian’s family. A mother and baby elephant, from Alison’s sister who loves elephants. A book held aloft with Vivian’s initial on the cover, representing her work with libraries and her lifelong love of reading. The phrase “it will all work out” was one of the last things she said to her family before she passed. The clematis flowers were requested by Alison’s father. The XOXO at the end was how she always signed letters to one of her sons.

The tea towel is available for purchase on Vivian’s web site for $20 plus shipping. All proceeds go to her endowment fund with Carleton University. http://www.viviancummins.org/towel.htm

10:29 am - Tue, May 10, 2011

Quiet Morning

Today was the first quiet morning since we got our dog. Being a puppy parent isn’t so fun when the “clicky-toed beast” is prancing around the house at 4am.

But… one look at that adorable face and all is forgiven. :)

I sent out the giveaway fabrics on Saturday. Should be arriving this week for Canada and within the next 3 weeks for the US.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what the giveaway winners create with them!

Have a fabulous day..

12:52 am - Sun, Apr 24, 2011


Say hi to our new friend.

She’s a 6 year old Shiba Inu.

We drove 5 hours from Vancouver to get her.

We’ve had her for 1 day and we’re already head over heels. Just look at that face!

We love you, Rosie.

11:21 pm - Sun, Apr 17, 2011

Goodbye, Violet

This is my bike, Violet. She’s a 1980’s Raleigh. I found her on Craigslist after days of searching and brought her home on the bus (this was long before we had the luxury of owning a car).

Her seat was a little beat up, so of course she got a handmade bike seat cozy, made from a vintage tablecloth that said “Sweet Violets” on it.

Today Violet went to a new home along with my husband’s bike. We realized that it had been a year since we had ridden them and that perhaps we are just not bike people after all.

But, somehow, she’ll always be my bike.

1:20 am - Fri, Apr 15, 2011
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Champ - Pencil - April 2011

My husband and I have been thinking about getting a dog, so naturally I have been drawing a lot of dogs lately.

This is Champ. I can’t decide if I like the ears pointing in or out. He makes me smile!

I should be able to ship the giveaway fabric this weekend. Unfortunately, I still haven’t heard from a few of the winners!

Here is the list of people I am waiting to hear from. If you are on this list, either I have emailed and you have not replied, or your email address is not working.


Please email me at dottylogic [at] gmail.com with your mailing addresses right away!

Thanks, :)

(Source: jasonda.com)

1:53 am - Thu, Apr 7, 2011

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Spring Cleaning Giveaway! Everyone (from US & Canada) who posted on the last giveaway post is a winner!

Wasn’t that fun? I think I like giveaways better when there are lots of chances to win.

Deniza, Laura and Jen - Can you email me at dottylogic [at] gmail.com? Your email addresses are not working.

I can’t wait to see what kind of things all of you make with your new fabric. I am curious to see whether they will mainly be small projects by themselves or part of larger projects with other fabric.

Please email me your pictures at dottylogic [at] gmail.com or feel free to post them directly on the Dotty Logic Flickr Group.

That reminds me… I don’t think I’ve shown you all the places Dotty Logic can be found on the web.

Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/dottylogic

Flickr http://www.flickr.com/dottylogic

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/dottylogic

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/dottylogic

Blog http://www.jasonda.com (same posts as Tumblr)

Hope to see you around. :)

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