Cacti in Mugs – Repeating Pattern

Cacti in Mugs - mamasbrush

I’ve created another repeating pattern for Spoonflower’s Design Challenge. The main reason I enjoy participating in these is because they push me to create something I wouldn’t otherwise create. This week’s theme is Desert Modernism, and while I’m not sure I’d call this modern, it is my take on their theme. I wouldn’t have chosen to paint cactus just for me and I certainly wouldn’t have thought to put them in mugs if I wasn’t painting them at all.

In the end, I’m a super pleased with how they’ve turned out. Voting is over here if you are into that. 🙂 (Voting now closed. I didn’t win… but it’s okay, I’m just in it to grow.)

What do you think?

Gathering here.

First I Drink the Coffee – Hand lettered quote

First I Drink the Coffee -- Hand Lettering

This is the last painting/ hand lettered piece for our cafe themed centerpieces.  I am making centerpieces for 8 tables for the Women’s Retreat at out church and each one has a different framed art.

First I Drink the Coffee - Hand Lettering

“First I drink the coffee, then I do the things.”

I saw this quote on Pinterest and couldn’t not make one.  It’s too funny.  I want to make a note pad with it (I found a tutorial for how to do that)… it’s on my list of things to make this year.  I just think it lends itself to a “to do” list.   What do you think?

First I Drink the Coffee - Hand Lettering

Painted and hand lettered on 140 lb. watercolor paper with watercolor and ink.

“Bear with one another in love” – Hand Lettered Watercolor Illustration

"Bear with one another in love" Hand lettered Ephesians 4:2 with illustrated Coffee cup

I began this concept as a tiny drawing in my sketch pad.  I was sick with fever a couple weeks ago… sick enough that my husband stayed home from work to take care of me and all my responsibilities (there are 6 of them ranging from 2-11).

After breakfast I made my move from the table to the recliner, but on my way I grabbed a pencil and my sketch pad.  I rarely have time to just sketch and play with ideas these days, and it was a delightful treat to have nothing else I was required (or capable of, I might add) to do but sit there and doodle (with my also sick 4 year old cuddling with me, of course.)

"Bear with one another in love" Hand lettered Ephesians 4:2 with illustrated Coffee cup

A couple of days ago, that little doodle made it’s way onto graph paper, and then finally to watercolor paper where the daunting job of adding color in a way that doesn’t mess up the whole thing awaited me.  A night or two later and I was looking for just the right way to finish it off.

And there it is… “bear with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2

Original artwork in watercolor and artist pen on 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper. 

Today Needs a Whole Latte Prayer – hand lettering

"Today needs more coffee and a whole latte prayer" hand lettered illustration

This piece has been grown and tweaked over the last few months.  Just when I thought I knew how I wanted it or what I was going to do, something wouldn’t fit and I’d have to rework it.

"Today needs more coffee and a whole latte prayer" hand lettered illustration

I originally planned to do it on watercolor paper and use a wash for a more colorful background, but as I worked with the piece and saw holes where I wanted to add more visual interest, I decided instead on the little icon drawings.  Those seemed to lend themselves more to colored pencils (another media I had on hand).

"Today needs more coffee and a whole latte prayer" hand lettered illustration

In the end, I am pleased with the simple look and clean lines of the black and white with just a couple pops of color.  The piece was hand lettered in artist marker on card stock.  The images were colored with colored pencil.

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Coffee and Friends… the perfect blend – hand lettering and watercolor illustration

Coffee and Friends... the perfect blend.

This is another 5×7 hand lettered illustration for the women’s retreat centerpieces.

Coffee and Friends... the perfect blend.

I found the quote on Pinterest (surprise surprise, I know), and early on, I saw the cups (or something similar) with their steam there as well, but the illustration and styling is my own.

Coffee and Friends... the perfect blend.

I just love the coffee beans at the bottom.  I was still trying to decide if I would add a boarder (which is funny, because I almost always do) when something just seemed missing.  I think they brought just what the whole illustration needed, don’t you?

Original artwork done on 140 lb. cold pressed paper.