It’s Not all Glamour and Glitz

lines of elements from doodling including circles, swirls, dots and lines as well as an evergreen branch and a dandelion puff

I was going to write a whole post about all the work I did over the weekend but I came across this quote from Jessica Savich and thought it did a pretty good job of summing up what I had to say. So Thank You Jessica Savich.. This post took under 15 minutes :0)

For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work.

-Jessica Savich


Behind the Scenes

it was fairly easy to pattern bomb this photo but I did have to do some modifications to make it go over gutter pipe at the top, keep some perspective. again, thanks to Skillshare and Helen Bradley for this knowledge

I spent a ridiculous amount of time teaching my Photoshop program to save files of my patterns, in all the formats I need, with just the touch of a button. I also put together a filing system for my new designs on my computer to help streamline posting them out in the world. Lots of work creating automation and organization in the beginning will give me more time to make new patterns in the future. I’m feeling very smart right now. (Thanks Oksana)

Yesterdays work was not terribly picturesque so I thought I’d share a photo I created over the weekend where I put one of my patterns on the side of a building. Credit goes to Helen Bradley on Skillshare for teaching me how to do this. When you digitally put your patterns on something reasonable like wallpaper, pillows or notebooks it’s called a Mock Up. If you put it on something kind of absurd like a mountain, an elephant, or a building it’s called Pattern Bombing. You will be seeing lots more patterbombing! I did just google pattern bombing for that link and I think it might need a new name… any suggestions? or you think Pattern Bombing is ok even though it has a very unfun (my blog I can make up words if I want to) meaning as well.

This particular pattern bombing is not very pretty. It just shows I can do it. Isn’t that what the learning stage is all about?

I also found out I won a free years subscription to Skillshare! I am so excited! held a contest on one of her Skillshare design classes and I was the lucky winner! Oksana and a few other skillshare teachers, who I will introduce over time, have been a huge help in my new journey and I’m looking forward to what else they have to teach me over on Skillshare.

That’s all for today. and that was NOT 15 minutes… I’ll get better at this :0) 


I’m going for Good Enough

I really want to keep up with my blog regularly. I’ve wanted that for years and I keep starting up again with all sorts of big ideas and enthusiasm. Then I start planning posts and prewriting them… then I reread them. ugh, not posting that. You see the cycle.

So, I’m here.  The idea is that I have 15 minutes to tell you what’s up whenever I come here. It may be sloppy but I’m going for Good Enough.

Setting my timer for 15 minutes right now.

I have been working as a fabric artist for the last 10 years. I recently talked with a friend about illustrating a children’s book that she wrote using my fabric art. A bunch of stuff went through my head regarding fabric and copyrights… blah blah blah.. long story short, I decided I needed to design my own fabric. In this journey I discovered Surface Pattern Designing and have fallen in love with it. I will someday get to that book, but for now I want to design fabric and other ‘stuff’ with my drawings.

If I can keep to this Good Enough system I will share my journey from Fabric Artist to Surface Pattern Designer here in super quick little bits.

The beginning..  last August I created my first repeat design. That means a little block of a design that when set side by side, top and bottom, creates a sheet of the same pattern repeating for infinity. 

That’s all for today and I took more than 15 minutes. future tip.. have images ready images before writing…

watercolor painting sketch clothesline little bird
before it was a pattern
clothes scattered about in a repeat pattern for use on fabric
My first repeat pattern

What’s this? no Bud in the picture?

Hi all,

I’m a bit confused. Meg spent the day in the studio today but she never touched any fabric or consulted with me on her next project. I was just stuck hanging out on her design wall trying to look over her shoulder to see what she was doing on her computer.

I know she recently got a call for entry to submit artwork related to ‘transportation’ so I’m thinking finally she’s going to build that portal to NH I’ve been bugging her about since I came to be. I want to go see that crazy family of hers and some other traveling.

But there on the screen I see some wheels, well, I can’t imagine a portal needs wheels. But wait… what’s that? an old red wagon? seriously? you can’t get anywhere on that thing. That would be a long uncomfortable ride to New Hampshire from Idaho.


Boys playing with a red wagon. Boy in wagon wearing goggles and a cape, ready to fly in the wagon. Another boy pushes from behind

I personally think she should have consulted me, but that’s what she’s planning on submitting for the Transportation exhibit – which is dangerously close to being due btw.

She finally finished that commission for the picnic piece. I do love it but I think a little bird rather than the little fox would have been a nice touch.

Until next week…

Bud the Bird.

woman and boy reading a book on a blanket with a stuffed toy fox

Making Patterns with Artwork Fun!

Megs artwork put digitally on and in a notebook

Oh drat!  I was supposed to get this out yesterday… ok, new news?  Meg thinks it would be super fun if she went into the store and saw her art on stuff for sale, like notebooks, mugs or napkins or other stuff. I agree, as long as it’s me.  Can you see it? Bud the bird right there in the bottom of your cereal bowl! Ha! How great would that be?  

Over the last couple of weeks Meg has been working on learning how to create patterns with her artwork, playing with some watercolor sketches she made a long time ago. That’s what todays picture is, a mock up of what it would look like if she put her stuff on a notebook. She wants to design her own fabric so she can make art with her own fabric. (she does like to complicate things.)

This could quickly become complicated and probably boring. The short story is, if she designs her own fabric and makes her work with her own fabric she can do whatever she wants with it without worrying about copyright – did you know that all that fabric is designed by artists? Those patterns are their artwork. I am so excited about the creation of her own fabric. I may just have to molt, redesign my own feathers so I can look like one of her pattern.  What do you think… should I stay gray? 

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Bud Interviews Meg

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Fabric bird on artists shoulder

Bud: I have Meg Marchiando here with me today.  She is an artist who makes happy fabric art. She used to run a website but she was bad at it, so I run it now.

Meg: nice Bud.

Bud: Right, So Meg, how old are you?

Meg: uh, um it’s not going to be a normal interview is it?  My daughter says I’m 4 and she’s pretty smart so I’m going with 4.

Bud: And, ahh, what’s in your purse?

Meg:  Bud, some general rules.. don’t ask someone’s age (particularly a woman’s) and don’t go through someones purse

Bud: particularly a woman’s?


Bud: So, you told me how old you are.. what’s in the purse?

Meg: OK.. umm A rubber duck, my library card, my license

Bud: but you’re 4. you can’t drive – and hey- can I see the duck?  What else?

Meg: pulls out velcro pen pencil fingernail file…

Bud: Booring… show me the good stuff

Meg: Lip gunk, a broken glasses repair kit, water brush a 6 sided die travel toothbrush hair tie punch card for chocolate bear watercolor set phone

Bud:  ok, enough.  How about your bottom dresser drawer?  what do you have in there?

Meg: My bottom dresser drawer? are you trying to make this an interesting interview or are you just nosey?

Bud: mostly Beaky (no nose here), but I also want to be know for asking the ‘hard’ questions

Meg: wool socks and sweaters.

Bud: Sweet, now I know where to go for nesting supplies

Meg talking with Bud who is sitting on a puffy fabric chair on top of a stack of books
Bud still perched in his groovy girl chair Meg looking justifiably exasperated

Bud: is cereal soup?

Meg: No

Bud: But I’ve seen you put potato in a bowl with lots of milk and call it soup, what’s the difference?

Meg: there are herbs and spices in with the potato

Bud: so if you put cinnamon on your cereal it’s soup

Meg: sure, that’s a fair argument

Bud: great! well, thats it folks, Today you saw Meg tell her secrets, spill her purse and crumble under the hard question of what is soup. Until next time. 

– Bud the Bird ..  

ok, let me see that duck again.


Let’s Start at the Beginning

My Version of Her Story - by Bud the Bird

Old picture of Meg, apparently 'toiling'

Meg was recently asked how she got started on these art pieces she likes to call #quirkies – I put the hashtag there because you can go to Instagram and look it up, believe me… she likes to call them #quirkies. She fumbled and rambled and reminisced until the story finally came out and it was actually kind of interesting. I’ll weed out her rambling and give you my version of what she said.

Long Long ago while living a lonely life in Northern Idaho, Meg toiled under the pressure of creating new and interesting art quilts. She… (Bud.. dial the drama back a notch, I wasn’t lonely.)

Fine. She was making art quilts and really loved making the characters, probably because one day she knew she would create me and I would enrich her life so immensely. I would.. (Bud… I thought this was about ALL of my art).

Right, anyway… she worked out the story of the quilt with the characters and a few little things to go with them, then she would start thinking about the background. She would say ‘Boooring’ it felt like the background was just filler and took away from the action. Instead she would leave them empty, usually a solid color and would fill them up with stitching and possibly embellishments like beads or whatever – I agree, booring! I’m bored. Can I get to the part about me now?

How does she twist her face up like that?

stitched stick figure leaping with joy as a painted bird watches from a tree
'Bird Watching' a little quilt I actually love even with the 'boring' background.
boy made of paper doing cartwheel, watched by bud the fabric bird
This is the prototype of 'Jack' he is about 2 feet top to bottom (or bottom to top in his case)

Ok, back to the dark ages. The fun part of the true story includes a wire bicycle decoration on her wall and her thinking it would be fun to add a character riding it or better yet, doing a one handed handstand on the seat of it! –  I totally want to do that! She drew a boy doing a cartwheel and created him out of layers of paper, cut him out and everything. But he warped and peeled and just didn’t do what she imagined. Then she got the brilliant idea -I can say that, I’m not the artist here- to make him out of fabric with a stiff backing. She created ‘Jack’ stitched him up and fell in love with the idea of building these characters without backgrounds.

fabric boy doing a cartwheel across 2 walls spanning a corner. upside down wearing shorts. 2 small tufts of grass on either side of him

She hasn’t looked back since. (actually I have once or twice but I still seem to stay with the idea of making the story without the scenery). No interrupting Meg, this is my telling of the story. So anyway, back to what I was saying… She has made pieces as big as a wall and as small as, well, me. The super fun thing about the small ones, even the big ones, is that they can hang in unusual spaces, they can cross corners and come off the wall, they can hide in little nooks and crannies around the house. Visitors to our house love to find the little surprises hidden around.

There it is, the ancient history (Bud, can I cut in and say I’ve been making these #quirkies for about 5 or 6 years now?) Meg… this is MY story of your story, so no.

Thanks for reading everyone. I hope Meg wasn’t too annoying with her butting in. I should have done this when she wasn’t around.  Enjoy the rest of your day and I’ll see you here next week!