Dec 11, 2014

Marsala - Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

The Pantone color of the year announcement is always a much long waited event for all designer.
For 2015 Pantone announced the color "Marsala" 18-1438 as the color of the year. I have to admit I was not overly excited at the beginning until I started thinking about colour combinations and over a few days I warmed up to "Marsala" and can already imagine designing patterns which contain the color of "Marsala".
Marsala Pantone color of the year 2015

I especially like this statement by Pantone :
A Unifying Element
"The impactful, full bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as strong accent to many other colors."

And for sure I will buy this fab nail polish next...

And here are some of my favourite color combinations for "Marsala"

And did you see this gorgeous dress in "Marsala"... by Derek Lam...I think I will dream about this dress tonight, it is just my style !

Dress by Derek Lam seen at Harpers Bazaar

I find this is the perfect implementation of "Marsala" in interior design

As seen on the Lonny website

And I love that pillow by Crate and Barrel

Linet 18" pillow by Crate and Barrel

And do you see the hint of "Marsala" in the center of that pillow ?

Pondicherry 18" x 12" by Crate and Barrel

And last but not least something for the Christmas mood...I found this gorgeous gift wrap by talented designer Allison Cole which you can currently buy at Target.

The New Year can start now in style with "Marsala"...

Happy Thursday !

Copyright for the top three pictures are with Pantone®

Dec 4, 2014

Adventchallenge 2014

The count down to Christmas has started and it is already December 4th. 
As the previous two years Faye Brown initiated the fun advent challenge again. 
Everyone is invited to create a piece of art ( illustrate, sing, sew, felt, film, take pictures ) for 25 days according to the daily theme. 
I was able to do all 25 days last year and it was so much fun...this year I am so busy with other projects but I hope I can do a few days here and there. 
If you like to follow the advent challenge, look out for the hash tag #adventchallenge on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. It is great to see what is posted. There is also a Pinterest board where new art will be pinned every day.

So here is the list :

Advent challenge 2014
And here are some great pieces of art from my fellow designers :

Day 2 "Christmas Tree" by Julie Hamilton

Day 2 "Christmas Tree" by Lindsay Buck

Day 3 "A Tree Decoration" by Suzanne Washington

Day 4 "Penguin" by Rebecca Stoner

Day 3 "A Tree Decoration" by Mary Tanana
Isn't this all fabulous...I am looking forward to see more beautiful designs for the advent challenge. 

Here is one of my designs from last year :

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2013
"A Tree Decoration" advent challenge 2013 by Pattern Jots
Please note the copyright for all designs shown in this blog post belong to the designer who created the art.

Happy Thursday !!!

Nov 27, 2014

Illustrated Birthday Calendar

So sorry I did not make it to write a blog post last issues came up I had to take care of. Back at my desk for a few days already and it is getting very busy over here, less than a month until Christmas. 
I guess everyone is feeling the rush right now. I am happy to show you my latest project : a perpetual birthday calendar you can buy now from my Etsy store
It is an instant download and makes a perfect Christmas gift. So no need to leave the house and join the crowds in the city. Plus you support an individual artist and not the big box retailers.

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014
Front page contemporary birthday calendar by Pattern Jots 

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014
January page

See the full calendar over here.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Thursday everyone !

Nov 13, 2014

Thank You

It was my birthday this week and I received so many lovely birthday wishes and gifts...unexpected ! 
I was overwhelmed by all the love from family and friends. 
To show my appreciation I designed Thank You cards and I very much enjoyed doing it. 
Here you can see one example.

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014
Thank You card copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014

Happy Thursday !!!

Nov 6, 2014

Etsy Shops

This week I have been working on opening my Etsy store...I have to admit I was procrastinating for a long time. 
I read a lot about opening an Etsy store and I remember reading, you should not try to be perfect in the beginning, just open your store and go from there. 
For a perfectionist like me this is easier said than done but in the end I did it. 
Starting with some digital products so far I have 6 products ready to sell. My dream is selling actual products, handmade by day !
Since Christmas is around the corner I designed some circle shape gift tags which also work as cupcake toppers.
12 round gift tags available as digital files on Etsy

You will also find a variety of Washi tapes for your craft projects.

Digital Washi tape available on Etsy.

Reading so much about Etsy and looking at a lot of shops, I want to share my favourite shops with is just the beginning...there is so much amazing art available on Etsy, I could literally spend days looking at all different kind of Etsy shops.

Have fun shopping on Etsy and Happy Thursday !

Oct 30, 2014

Mid Century Design

Inspiration of the of my dear friends bought a house and she showed it to me the other day. 
The house was built in 1959 and you could see it was a gorgeous house by that time. 
Walking inside I felt like time travelling, almost everything was still authentic. Amazing ! 
I do not need to mention I admire the Mid-Century style a lot and got quite excited inside. 
The first thing what caught my eye was a kind of music shelf with doors with beautiful flower designs on it.
Mid Century Flower Design

Then we walked into the rooms and I saw beautiful wall paper ... I still can not believe this wall paper is on these walls for over 50 years.
Mid-Century children's wall paper
Mid-Century wall paper
Mid-Century wall paper

Happy Thursday !

Oct 23, 2014

Pattern Mix

Fall break is over and after visiting family in Germany and getting some rest I am happy to be back on my desk designing.

During fall break I received a nice email saying some of my patterns are published in the new e-book Pattern Mix by Pattern People. 
It is a great inspiration and features over 100 talented surface designers from all over the world. 
It shows more than 800 print designs on 200 plus pages of colourful patterns. 
As much as I love to hold an actual book, I get used to ebooks I can conveniently store on my iPad which means I almost always have them with me which is great.
You can check out more details about the book over here.

E-book Pattern Mix by Pattern People

One of my designs published in the book.
copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014
Surface Pattern "Abstract 1"  copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014

Happy Thursday !