Minted’s last holiday themed challenge, the Wrap it Up Gift Challenge, just opened for voting and this one I am very excited about. It’s all about the gifts! Calendars, notebooks and gift wrap. I am especially excited about the calendars as it has been quite a while since they did a challenge looking for calendar designs. And I love their format.
Often times I create things when I’m doing creative exercises that I just don’t know what to do with. This would be the case with the red bud pattern. I created the pattern during a different Minted challenge because I knew that it would work out for something down the road.
This challenge also provided an excuse for me to try marbling. I really wanted to marble paper, scan the artwork in and use that for the background. And then my daughter got into a school we had been on the wait list for the Friday before school started and I just ran out of time! I didn’t want to give up on this idea so I started googling how to “marble” in illustrator. I had quite a good time swirling colors around on my computer and discovered that this technique might just be better than actual marbling. It’s not as messy and it’s easier for me to change the colors and manipulate the swirls. I don’t know if I’m done with this technique yet. I have a few other ideas that would look great with the marbled look.
There are two calendar designs and three notebook designs up for consideration. If you have time to vote for my designs, I appreciate it. Voting ends September 20th.