Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tomato & Mushrooms on Plaid :: Repeat Pattern

Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
Today I was experimenting with combining two distinct patterns into a single seamless tile. The results are these eye-popping tomato-and-mushrooms-on-plaid designs. Just add some basil and they're almost edible! (The illustration was created from an original drawing that was transferred to linoleum and then hand-carved.)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Cotton Plant :: Repeat Pattern



Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
I love cotton — the amazing plant itself, its history, and its gift of coziness. I also love translating my illustrations into linocuts — it's a true collaboration between my hand and the material, with results that surprise and delight. This design was made with my mom in mind as she is planning to reupholster some chairs and is looking for "just the right fabric". Fabric now available for purchase via Spoonflower! (Lower photo shows actual printed fabric on quilting weight — 3.2 oz. — cotton. Several fabric weights available.)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mushrooms :: Repeat Pattern


Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
I made this sweet linocut of mushrooms and worked it up in two colorways. You can now purchase yardage of some of my fabric designs, in several weights, at Spoonflower.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Stamped Acorns :: Repeat Pattern

Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
I'm enjoying getting extra mileage out of some linocut stamps I carved last season. This pattern is a simple (4-up) half-drop repeat made from a scanned stamped image, which mimics woodblock printing of yesteryear.

Stamped Flowers :: Repeat Pattern

Surface pattern designs © Kim Buchheit; licensing or purchasing options available.
I got out my hand-crafted stamps and some brown kraft paper and went to town today. By scanning in the stamped images and working in Photoshop, I was able to recreate the translucent glazing effects of the inks and the scruffy textures of stamped pigment on toothy uncoated paper.