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My Top Ten Tea Towel Design for Spoonflower

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My Top Ten Tea Towel Design for Spoonflower

A week ago I was surprisingly announced as a finalist in first contest as a graphic designer. I’ve received an e-mail telling me that my Tea Towel Design was among the top 10 finalists in Spoonflower contest. Yeah!!!

I decided to participate in one of the weekly contests by Spoonflower but firstly what is Spoonflower? Spoonflower is a website where you can upload your designs (usually patterns) and print them in fabric, wallpaper or gift paper. They have a huge community as well so you can also print other designers designs. They are located in US but they ship anywhere around the world.

I found Spoonflower by chance when I was looking for a company able to print some designs for my clothing company LadyUmbrella, searching the web I saw their weekly contest (with a different theme every week). I decided to give it a go because I had a little bit of time and because I loved the theme for the contest that week: “Moms Recipe Tea Towels”

Tea Towel Design - Onion Illustration

Tea Towel Design - Tomato Illustration

Tea Towel Design - Olive Oli Illustration

Tea Towel Design - Garlic Illustration

The contest was asking for a design with one of your mum’s recipes. I needed to choose one of my mum’s recipe but my first thought was that I might have a problem trying to illustrate one of my mum’s recipes. She is a great cook of Spanish food, like potato omelette (potatoes, eggs and onions) or chicken soup (pasta and chicken stock), delicious but the colours of the ingredients were very pale and they weren’t going to work at all. From the beginning at I had clear that I wanted ingredients with bright colours to give a very eye catching tea towel, my mum’s recipes weren’t ideal for it.
On the other hand Spanish food is not as well known as Italian, Mexican or Chinese food, so my chances of winning the contest might have been reduced due to that reason.
Tea Towel Design - Tomato Soup Illustration

I decided to use my boyfriend’s mum’s recipe, he is Irish and so was his mum. She was a great cook and she had lots of great recipes but I decided to use her Tomato Soup recipe because the ingredients were perfect to create a bright tea towel, ingredients with reds, oranges and greens colours will do perfectly.

Firstly I hand drew every ingredient (tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil, carrots, olive oil, salt and pepper), then I scanned the illustrations and proceeded to draw them with Illustrator CS. I then added the colours digitally and the last thing to do was to add the text.

Tea Towel Design - Fabric

Although I didn’t win the contest I’m very happy to be among the top 10 finalists (it was my first contest!) Also the tea towel is on sale on Spoonflower and it is selling quite well. I love the idea of people using my tea towel design in their kitchen.

I decided to participate in another contest again…. so wish me luck.

Mi Top Ten Diseño Paño de Cocina para Spoonflower

Hace unas semanas recibí un mail donde se me comunicaba que era finalista de un concurso de diseño gráfico….mi primer concurso. :D

Spoonflower es un sitio web donde puedes subir tus diseños (generalmente patrones) e imprimirlos en tela, papel pintado o papel de regalo. Hay un montón de diseñadores subscritos a la web y que comparten sus diseñor. Están ubicados en EE.UU pero envían sus pedidos a cualquier parte del mundo .

Encontré Spoonflower por casualidad cuando estaba buscando una empresa para de imprimir algunos diseños de LadyUmbrella, buscando en la web, vi que realizaban concursos semanalas, junto esa semana la temática eran recetas de cocina para ser impresas en paños de cocina….asi que decidí intentarlo…

El título del concurso era “Recetas de Cocina de Mi Madre”…en un primer momento pensé que las recetas de mi madre no encajarían muy bien, únicamente porque la cocina de mi madre es española y muy tradicional. Mi madre cocina bastante bien, pero entre sus recetas están la tortilla de patatas, el cocido o las lentejas, recetas que por un lado la gente no sabría identificar y por otro lado con una paleta de colores algo aburrida (marrones y amarillos predominantemente). Quería ilustrar los ingredientes de la receta y quería que estos ingredientes fueran brillantes y llamativos. Es por lo que decidí realizar la sopa de tomate de la madre de mi novio ,con ingredientes como los tomates, zanahorias o albahaca, colores muy resultones.

Realice dibujos de cada uno de los ingredientes, que luego escaneé y retoqué con el programa Adobe Illustrator (color, textura y texto). Buscaba crear una ilustración con un aire muy artesanal.

No gané el concurso pero quedar entre los últimos 10 finalistas (en lo que era mi primer concurso de diseño gráfico) me lleno de “orgullo y satisfacción”. Ahora está a la venta en su página web y la verdad es que se está vendiendo muy bien. Me encanta la idea de que la gente este usando mi diseño de paño de cocina en sus cocinas.

He decidido participar en otro concurso de nuevo …. así que me desearme suerte. :P

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