Lotti Brown Designs

-- Artist & Designer - Author & Teacher of Drawing Your Way --

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Free Shipping in my Spoonflower Store

announcements, color, craft projects, fabric, freebies & special offers, home interiors, patterns, shoppingCharlotte BrownComment

Hi - just popping by to tell you that there’s FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING in my Spoonflower store all this week, starting today…

Free Shipping in my Spoonflower store for this week only

Free Shipping in my Spoonflower store for this week only

There’s no minimum order and with swatch-size, fat-quarters, and fill-a-yard options available, as well as multi-yard orders you can stock up on some colour and pattern for your next sewing project.

A large selection of fabric types are available, as well as two kinds of wallpaper, and also gift wrap.

Browse my Spoonflower shop here.

Free Shipping offer ends at 11:59 p.m. EST March 8, 2019

If you love the pink daisies pattern above, you can get it here…

Love this footstool!

craft projects, fabric, home interiors, inspiration, natureCharlotte Brown

I love to see what you've been inspired to create with my fabrics - and I've been very excited this week to see what the very talented Karen made with a custom fabric print of my Lapwing artwork - a gorgeous footstool...

Take a look - it's awesome, isn't it?

Stunning - lovely lapwing footstool created with a custom fabric print

Thank you so much to Karen for sharing her creation with me, and also for allowing me to share it with you, too. :)

Experiment with Pebeo Mixed Media Special Effects Paints

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It's just been my birthday, and my husband got me some new paints to play with, so I thought I would share my first experiment with my new Pebeo Mixed Media Fantasy Prisme paint...

Playing with paints :)

The paints are in beautiful shimmering colours, and dry to create really interesting honeycomb shapes, which I hope I will be able to use to create textured interest and backgrounds in my surface pattern designs (you probably won't see them in such a direct form as this again by the time I've played around with them in my designs... but you never know!)

But anyway, this was my first experiment with the paints, all about having some fun and seeing how it all works...

If you want to have a go yourself, you'll need to clear a little bit of space, and work on a flat surface. 

The paints are thick, so I chose to work on a sturdy foam board, and put it into a wooden pebeo paint tray (which you could work directly onto) for ease of lifting and carrying whilst waiting for the paint to dry...

As they are multi-surface compatible, it is possible to work directly onto shiny/non-absorbent surfaces like my foam board, metals, glass or ceramics.

My first experiment with Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paints

I used Cerne Relief paste outliner to create little pools into which I could pool the paint (it's very liquid so needs containing somehow) - surprisingly hard to keep a steady hand (more practice required)!

Then used pipettes to drop the paint onto the surface - you use quite a lot of the paint, and it is quite strong-smelling...

As the pools of paint dry, shapes start to form...

It takes several hours before the paint is 'dry' (tacky to touch still)... and a whole three days before it's totally hard.

But the effects are stunning...

Fantasy Prisme special effect paint makes honeycomb shapes as it dries

And here (below) is the experiment, totally dry... I love it...

Experimental special effects and textures

I can't wait to have another play with my paints - try more colours, and having tried out several different techniques for mixing colours together in my initial experiment, I've got some ideas for which effects I like best, and which, perhaps, don't work so well.

Pebeo also do a 'Fantasy Moon' paint collection, which creates hammered and marbled special effects, as well as other mixed media paints (none of which I have tried... yet).

More paint play soon I hope, but next week I think the only paint will be emulsion - we have a week off planned, to pull out our existing kitchen, and fit a new one (retaining and repainting the cabinet doors), which will also contain a cubby-hole that's going to become my new home office - I'm currently under the stairs with my computer, but in my new space I'm going to have a window, which will make me very happy :)

Pattern Happy :)

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I do love seeing where my patterns end up...

My 'Totaig Mussels' design has been made into these beautiful curtains

Jo B was kind enough to send me photos of the gorgeous curtains she had made from fabric ordered from my Spoonflower store...

And told me:

"I now have a wonderful bespoke pair of curtains that I can't stop looking at!"

Thank you so much for sharing your curtains, Jo, I just LOVE to see where my patterns end up :)

You can see the 'Totaig Mussels' fabric, available in my Spoonflower store, here...