One of the classic ways of decorating is by using patterns rather than pictures. You can aim for a particular style of pattern in a room, eg art deco, or you can aim for an array of different styles of patterns but with a matching theme of colour.
Whatever you do, don’t mix different styles and different colours – choose one or the other. Unless of course you have a remarkable eye for design and can balance them out. If you’re unsure if you have that gift stick with the the two simpler instructions above.
In my Zazzle store I have recently created collections which can you help you put together a style or even a colour to suit a particular room in your home. You can find a group of cushions and a picture or two or some other gorgeous items which will bring the whole room together, with little effort.
Following are links to help you out.
Patchwork in Green Throw Cushions by MissTerryWoman
Patchwork Oval in Blue and Golds Accent Cushion by MissTerryWoman
Patchwork in Raspberry and Purple Poster by MissTerryWoman
Patchwork in Green Poster by MissTerryWoman
Patchwork Oval in Blue and Golds Accent Cushion by MissTerryWoman
Patchwork Oval in Blue and Golds Bath Mats by MissTerryWoman
Art Deco patterns:
As I have mentioned previously, while creating interesting graphic designs can be fun, adding them onto the products in my stores is extremely time consuming and definitely not so much fun! For every hour that I put into creating a new graphic design, it takes at around four hours of work to add them to the stores.
I have now begun adding some of my patterned designs to my SpreadShirt store. It includes metal, liquid and kaleidoscope patterns in animal shapes. This will take some months to complete, as I slowly work my way through the many designs that I created a number of months ago. Here’s the link to my SpreadShirt store.
So how many of these new patterned designs are going into the stores? More then 200 new designs! …so you can see why it’s taking such a long time.
I have finally added all of my patterned designs to my CafePress store. It took a few months, but I’ve added a few thousand more products from which you can choose.
Here’s the link to the store – I hope you can drop by.
If you’re looking for a particular style or image type, I’ve set up a series of collections in my Zazzle store which may help you narrow down your choices.
Following are links to my ten collections – why don’t you head on over and check them out!
I have started adding some of my patterned designs to my CafePress store. It includes metal, liquid and kaleidoscope patterns in animal shapes. I’ll be adding these on a few at a time over the next few months:
Here’s the link to the store – I hope you can drop by: http://www.cafepress.com/missterrywoman2
I was recently reminded of one of my favourite earlier designs, which parodies a horror movie classed as one of the worst movies of all time. The original horror movie was “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.” I parodied that with “Invasion of the Killer Tomato Squirrels.” This image is available in each of my online stores:
In the past few months, in between my other tasks which have been keeping me very busy, I’ve put in a little time here and there, creating some more designs, specifically focusing on abstracts. Following, for example, is the top of the Empire State Building.
I noticed recently in my Zazzle shop that many of my images were limited in size and shape, and so that impacted on the number of posters I was able to provide.
I’m slowly working my way through and uploading some of my older images onto the posters to ensure there is a broader range available.
Here for example is one of the new posters, using one of my older images:Link here
Thanks for dropping by.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with the new clothing items in the Australian store. The new items range from bikinis to leggings, all-over print shirts to skater dresses.
Some of my favourites are the classic old movie posters which I’ve incorporated into the clothing. I thought I’d share some of the new items with you. Here’s a selection of the new men’s shirts:
There’s quite a new assortment of items in the women’s clothing range:
While I had kept the two USA stores and the European store up-to-date with my latest images, I’d been a little slack with the Australian store. So it had been a number of months since I uploaded any new graphic designs to my Australian store, and what a little surprise I found in the clothing section! The lady’s clothing now has several more items in their clothing range including some skater dresses, bikinis and more, and I’ve been having some fun experimenting with the new designs.
One of the BEST things about the Australian store is how much CHEAPER it is than the overseas stores. Items can be up to two thirds less than the overseas ones and the postage is often cheaper as well.
So if you’ve been thinking about buying up big, then check out the Australia store of Miss Terry Woman: http://www.aussiecustomgifts.com/missterrywoman2
Did you know that there’s over 18,000 items in the Australian store? Over the next few weeks, several thousand more items will be added taking it to more than 20,000 !!!
Question: So how does this whole thing work? What does Miss Terry Woman actually do?
Answer: I create the graphic designs while the companies through which I sell, print and make the actual products. I make a very small profit on each item that I sell.
To begin, here’s one of the newest items of clothing with one of my designs. This all-over print shirt has a classic image probably dating from the 1800s which was edited and coloured:
Louise Brooks was an actor from the 1920s, mostly known from her work in silent movies. She epitomized the ‘flapper’ with her blunt bob haircut and dark eyeliner. Here’s her image on a skater dress and a figure-hugging dress (links below image).
Here’s a gorgeous image from the art deco era. This image was extracted from an advertisement, then repaired and edited.
Here’s another classic image from the silent movie era – Rudolph Valentino was a HUGE sex symbol of the time and had thousands of women swooning over him. He was only in his early 30s when he died.
Here’s a wonderful old photo of a bathing beauty from the early 20th century. The original image was edited and partially coloured.
The Australian store now has bikinis for sale. This image likely dates back to the 1800s. It was edited and and then coloured.
I’ll be adding in lots of new images over the coming weeks. Following is the link to the women’s clothing in the Australian store: http://www.aussiecustomgifts.com/missterrywoman2/clothing_s05/women-clothing_s0505 of course, many of the latest images will be added to the clothing for children and men as well. There are also a huge variety of other products besides clothing, ranging from phone covers to canvasses, and mousepads to mugs.
Wishing you all the very best for Christmas and the new year.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been busy writing a couple of books in the last year and have neglected my graphic designs. During the past couple of months, I’ve made up for that with HEAPS of new images created and uploaded to the shops (except for the Australian store which I will update with the last of the new images as soon as I can).
While many of my images are original, there are also some that have been created out of old posters or images which I have edited and repaired, and even coloured. Because of copyright issues in Europe, some images of old posters etc were unable to be uploaded, even though they are out of copyright in the USA and Australia. Unfortunately, the copyright laws differ in various countries which makes it challenging at times to know what images can and can’t be used, and just because a photograph or an image has been released into the public domain, doesn’t necessarily mean it can be used. Don’t ask me to explain it – it’s all rather a bit confusing!
Following are some of the images that I’ve created that have been uploaded into the stores – don’t forget, if there’s something you’d like me to create for you – please let me know. You can email me at the following email address (you’ll have to remove the spaces) magdalena_babblejack @ yahoo and then add a dot (.) and com.
Here’s a beautiful image that I found, edited and coloured and then combined with an old water-colour:
I had an interesting time creating the following patchwork images. First I began with a couple of windows with rather interesting shapes, and then using images of fabrics, many more than 100 years old, I painstakingly cut them out and copied them across to their individual sections:
This lovely old image was originally an advertisement (out of copyright). It was quite dirty and needed some major cleaning up (digitally). I then removed the references to the original advertisement so that just the image was left..
One of the other issues I had was the use of photographs of famous people, specifically movie stars. Two of the images I created included Audrey Hepburn and Lucille Ball. Even though an uncopyrighted image could have been released by the person’s agency or movie studio, there was some concern about the exploitation of a movie stars image. I found the suggestion ironic considering how many times I’ve seen Audrey Hepburn’s image splashed across items and posters almost everywhere I go, with no suggestion of copyright anywhere.
Anyway, both Audrey and Lucille’s images were rejected by the online stores who supply the goods on which my images are placed. Weirdly enough though, Albert Hitchcock’s image was deemed acceptable by one!
I’ve also been enjoying creating images from interesting textures and the outlines of animals etc:
And finally – find an old image of a princess, tidy it up, edit and colour it and swap the crown for a floppy hat and here’s the final image. It kind of reminds me of the 60s and 70s.
This may well be my last entry in here for a few months as I get back into editing my last book. Meantime, I do encourage you to drop by the shops – there are other images on items there, that have not been shared here, plus you can also find some of the earliest images that I uploaded.
As promised, I have some new images which will be going into the shops over the next few months, and here are some more I’d like to share with you.
The above was recreated from an original black and white photo from the 1920s. I believe she was a Ziegfield Folly Dancer.
If you’re a movie buff who loves classic movies, then you may recognise the face above – Clara Bow. She was a huge star in her day. I thought she had such an interesting face – certainly not the classic beauties often seen at the time.
Here’s another face from around that time. This actress never gained the fame of Clara Bow. Have you ever seen her before? The actor was Louis Brooks.
How could one forget Greta Garbo. She played some very interesting roles over the years, and was successful in her comedy characters through to the more serious parts.
And now for something completely different… I was doing some experimenting and came up with the pattern above. I liked it so much that I’ve decided to include it in my shops. It’ll likely just go onto shirts.
A friend of mine asked me to create a cartoon-style pug with this message on it. She’s mad about her dogs, and wants to wear a t-shirt to tell everyone!
Edited and recoloured, this is a classic image which I thought was so lovely, that I should use it.
That’s about all of my news for now. Once I get my head back into my writing again, the graphic designs will probably get put on hold. While I was busy writing, I didn’t realise how much I was missing using that particular part of my creative mind, until I found some of my old, unused images/designs, and began to work on them.
Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to drop back in and share some more images/ideas with you before too long.