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.
May 15, 2016
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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!
May 12, 2016
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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.
December 4, 2014
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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.
October 7, 2014
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In my last entry, I mentioned that I’d been busy writing a book since I moved house last year. It’s now September (2014) and I have the first book with an editor, and I’ve also written the second in the series of three. It’s still only in its infancy at this point and I’ll spend probably a couple of months editing it. I’ve already determined to radically change the relationships between one of the main characters and the remainder, which means there’ll be a lot of re-writing.
But before I tackle that, I decided to have a little rest, and take the opportunity to get back into my graphic designs once more. Hopefully I’ll be able to upload some of the new designs to the shops over the coming weeks. One of the things I’ve been focussing on is old posters, many of which were damaged and some needed major repairs/editing. Following are some of those (all over 50 years old) which should be going into the various shops when possible:
I love this particular image. It was recreated from an old advertising poster for corsets, probably dating to the late 1800s or very early 1900s. After repairs, I removed all traces of the original advertisement so the focus is on the image alone.
This old comic cover also needed some repairs due to damage and deterioration over the years. As a child, I can recall seeing comics like these, but we were never allowed to read them. That was probably a good thing too, because with my overactive imagination, I’d probably have had nightmares for years.
Another poster from a classic movie – probably from the 1920s. Rudolph Valentino was a huge star at the time, and had thousands of women swooning at his sensual roles.
Here’s a wonderful early poster advertising Wolf Motor-cycles. While I certainly don’t condone using scantily-clad women to promote products to men, it’s clear that the concept has been around for a long time.
I have lots more that I’ve been working on and will share some more with you soon.
September 27, 2014
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When I first started creating graphic designs I focussed a lot on old photos and found some amazing images that I just couldn’t resist working on. Many of these dated from the early 1900s through to 1940s, with a special focus on the art deco era.
Many of these photos required intensive work, especially when they’d been damaged or had lost some quality. My initial task is to cut the person out of the original photo before I began working on repairing and recolouring it. Once I am satisfied with the work, I then have to create various levels of colour which is quite painstaking. After that, I either create or find an appropriate background to add in.
Some, like the following two images, required hours of painstaking fine work, selecting individual pearls or coins and colouring them individually. But the hard work was worth it in the end, don’t you think?
The thing that drew me to the following image was not so much the beauty of this young woman, but her trapped expression, bordering on despair, as she prepares for her wedding. Dating back to around 1923, I image this Tunisian bride had very little, if any choice in her bridegroom.
July 24, 2013
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Thanks for dropping by.
If you’re looking for original, creative designs on items from t-shirts to mugs, clocks to phone covers, then may I encourage you to hop across to an online store in your part of the world:
Creating graphics is one of my passions and there are several places online where one can set up a shop where the manufacturer produces a variety of items using my designs.
I also create specialised graphic designs to your own specific requirements: just let me know what you would like and as long as the product is available in any of the shops, I can make it for you. (There are some limitations, ie I cannot use copyrighted images, icons, photos or images.)
PS (You may be wondering where the name “Miss Terry Woman” came from. It was a username I thought up many years ago, based on the term “Mystery Woman” and one I thought was an appropriate term for a graphic artist whose imaginings can sometimes be quite mysterious, and often very quirky.)
July 22, 2013
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