This year I've been doing some drawing every day and have been focusing on sketching botanical elements, mainly weeds, seeds, pods, and leaves. These drawings are influenced mainly by my daily walks with my little dog, Belle. Once I started noticing pods, I was amazed by the variety I found and how they change with the seasons. I've now amassed quite a lot of botanical motifs and am working on incorporating them into a series of art prints and fabric designs. I start with black ink sketches as show below. I also often find it helpful to sketch in pencil first to get a feel for what I want to draw. Sometimes I trace over my pencil lines with ink. I've just completed a design for the Spoonflower Fabric 8 competition which I'll reveal soon!