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December, the last desktop.

1 December, 2010

A computer wallpaper with paisley doodling all over the background in turquoise ink with three choral inked shapes (for holding icons) and a fancy "December" written in the middle.

I don’t really do Christmas and it’s hard to know what kind of colours will best suit all around the globe for these desktops, but I settled on a lovely turquoise, coral and canvas colour scheme for December’s desktop because it’s one of my favourites. It reminds me of the beach… hot sand, cool water and sunburn!

This design is actually going to be my last in the monthly desktops. Over the last two years I have drawn 24, can you believe it? It’s been a fantastic exercise in finding my aesthetic, without it I really don’t think I’d have found a way to integrate my drawing style with my graphic design style. In the future I will probably design desktops when I have down time, and they’ll be the kind of thing you can use any time of the year! I may even revisit some of my favourite desktops from the past two years and make them appropriate all year round.

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I spend around 12-24 hours on each desktop, inking and drawing each element before scanning everything and pulling it all together in Photoshop for each desktop resolution. If you’d like to throw in a couple of bucks to contribute to the time spent drawing each desktop as well as my general hosting costs for definatalie.com and my flickr account, your donation will be much appreciated. <3


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
You may not upload this desktop to other websites, nor may you use it for any other purpose than to wallpaper your desktop. This also means it’s uncool to alter it and reupload it somewhere as your own work.

A Beautiful Life

My Saturday featuring The Finders Keepers market.

7 November, 2010
A close up photo of a coffee in a bowl-like mug with no handle, and there's a pretty vine pattern made out of powdered chocolate in the froth.
Coffee is the best way to get a Natalie to start the day! We had our Saturday morning all planned out, we were going to check out the new Coorparoo Markets and then move on to Finders Keepers but parking at the rejuvenated old Myer Coorparoo building AND breakfast in our tummies were seriously lacking, so we decided to have our most important meal at Cafeine.

Photo of my breakfast, a mushroom and feta omelette in a souffle dish with three pieces of bread and some tomatoes with pesto sitting on spinach leaves.
This mushroom and feta omelette with pesto stuffed tomatoes is the best.

After breakfast we went to the Coorparoo Markets, finally, but we didn’t take photos because we were busy checking it all out. There’s a level of random market thingies and doodads (including tiny helicopters that are amazing) and a level of fresh produce. Horah for close fresh food markets!

Photo of red roses in focus in the foreground with an old red brick building behind them slightly blurry.
After our local jaunt we headed to The Old Museum for the Finders Keepers markets!

Photo of a large red brick hall entrance with decorative brickwork over arches and around columns. People are coming in and out of the door.
I love this building and the surrounding gardens, it’s such a nice venue for a market.

Photo of me against the side of a red brick exhibition building wearing a floral dress with denim cut off shorts. I'm making a pretty goofy face and pose.
I wore clothes!

Photo of large blue, fawn and cream coloured pom poms hanging in a huge bunch from the ceiling of a large room
THE POM POMS! The colours are right out of the poster I illustrated for the markets!

Photo of stained glass windows with mostly purple and lilac coloured glass squares with an odd oranged coloured square here and there.
Photo of a large hall with lots of people around looking at cute craft shops. A cluster of huge pom poms hangs from the ceiling in the centre of the very large room.
I’m not kidding, I want these for my birthday party :D

Photo of a hand bag stall in the middle of a large room amongst lots of other crafty stalls and shoppers.
This is the okt-ober dee stall, and see that cute handbag? This one? I LOVE IT. Oh my goodness it’s the cutest.

Photo of large blue, cream and fawn pom poms hanging from the ceiling of a very large room.
Seriously, POM POMS.


Photo of colourful fabric bunting strung up outside against large white clouds in a blue sky.
Photo of white lanterns of various sizes hung up on railings, with lots of people milling about in the background.
Photo of Nick, a pale skinned fat man with an amazing beard, sitting on a hession covered milk crate holding up a large orange and white umbrella.
Nick is staying strong in the face of craft and whimsy overload.
Photo of a large garden bed full of long stemmed purple flowers.
Photo of the Story Bridge while driving over it, the grey steel structure like huge mechano scaffolding arching over the six lane bridge.
And then we went over the Story Bridge and tended some errands. Saturday success!

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It’s November and I’m on time!

1 November, 2010

Preview image of green and blue dark fishnet patterned wallpaper  with gold textured frames hanging from the top of the image. A big loopy lettered "November" sits in the centre.

November is here and I’m already planning for my 30th birthday (in December)! We should be having hot and humid sunny days but recently all we’ve had is storms so the mood for this month’s desktop is a bit thundery. I’m also continuing my fishnet obsession. It’s all I want to draw!

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I spend around 12-24 hours on each desktop, inking and drawing each element before scanning everything and pulling it all together in Photoshop for each desktop resolution. If you’d like to throw in a couple of bucks to contribute to the time spent drawing each desktop as well as my general hosting costs for definatalie.com and my flickr account, your donation will be much appreciated. <3


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
You may not upload this desktop to other websites, nor may you use it for any other purpose than to wallpaper your desktop. This also means it’s uncool to alter it and reupload it somewhere as your own work.

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Don’t dream it’s Oct-over (groan)

5 October, 2010

The preview of my desktop for October in action - Purple scrunched up silk with pale green paisley doodling around the borders and October written in chunky script.

If I sneak in and deposit these desktops right here, no one will have any idea that they are five days late…. right?! Unfortunately, no. I know you’ve been waiting and I’m so sorry for the delay. My sister got married and I’ve been doing all manner of things but now October can officially begin!

The fabric texture you see here is actually a scan of the silk dupion used in my wedding dress. No, it wasn’t purple! It was red! I tweaked the colours ;)

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I spend around 12-24 hours on each desktop, inking and drawing each element before scanning everything and pulling it all together in Photoshop for each desktop resolution. If you’d like to throw in a couple of bucks to contribute to the time spent drawing each desktop as well as my general hosting costs for definatalie.com and my flickr account, your donation will be much appreciated. <3


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
You may not upload this desktop to other websites, nor may you use it for any other purpose than to wallpaper your desktop. This also means it’s uncool to alter it and reupload it somewhere as your own work.

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Free to loving homes: your September desktop

4 September, 2010

Desktop wallpaper in watermelon colours, with a hand lettered "September" across the middle.

September is here, only four days late… can you forgive me?! I hadn’t forgotten, it’s just I was busy you see and I have a funny feeling the first few days of the month are going to set the trend for the next few weeks. The colour inspiration is quite obviously taken from a juicy watermelon, one of my favourite fruits of all time. Pretty and delicious!

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I spend around 12-24 hours on each desktop, inking and drawing each element before scanning everything and pulling it all together in Photoshop for each desktop resolution. If you’d like to throw in a couple of bucks to contribute to the time spent drawing each desktop as well as my general hosting costs for definatalie.com and my flickr account, your donation will be much appreciated. <3


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
You may not upload this desktop to other websites, nor may you use it for any other purpose than to wallpaper your desktop. This also means it’s uncool to alter it and reupload it somewhere as your own work.

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In a modern faery queen’s world

6 August, 2010

Photo of a beautiful young Asian woman wearing a white dress with feathery plumes in her lilac coloured hair. She's sitting on a mountain of coffee coloured and white material, some tulle.
When I came across this photo on Tumblr I loved it at once, probably because it reminds me a little of Kate’s work. Han Jin looks as though she were a faery queen, I love that pose. I might try to sketch it! See the rest of the Spring Breeze editorial from Vogue Korea.

Photo of a crisp white kitchen with lots of light, floating shelves holding neatly arranged baskets, glasses and other things.
Even though I’m a fan of overblown, ridiculously detailed design work I yearn for light, white open spaces. Our kitchen was born in the 1970s, and the brown and muted orange and darkness really bothers me, but we rent so there’s not much we can do about that! Photo credit: Samantha Pynn via decor8.

A photo of a room with a giant picture of a cherry blossom tree (I think!) on the wall and lots of whimsical things strewn about on the floor including: parasols, rocking horses, old suitcases and an old-fashioned record player with a trumpet device (can't remember the name of this!)
Practically, having a room like this might be a nightmare (depending on how much space you have available and how often you like to dust – i.e: never for me) but it’d be an awesome set up for taking outfit photos. Susie Bubble posted these photos of the Townhouse Escape in London a few days ago, I’d love to stay there.

An old framed plate from The Harmonia Macrocosmica featuring concentric circles rotating around a globe at the centre.
This is a plate from The Harmonia Macrocosmica, you can buy prints of some of these beautiful plates from Transmission Atelier Inc.

The Harmonia Macrocosmica is a star atlas written by Andreas Cellarius and published in 1660 by Johannes Janssonius. The first part of the atlas contains copper plate prints depicting the world systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus and Tycho Brahe. At the end are star maps of the classical and Christian constellations, the latter ones as introduced by Julius Schiller in his Coelum stellatum christianum of 1627.
via Wikipedia

A very skillful painting of a young white skinned man's face, he's got short brown hair and full red lips and a floral pattern stretches across most of his face. He eyes the viewer questioningly.
It’s nice to randomly come across an image and find its creator is Australian. This painting is by Deidre But-Husaim, an artist from South Australia who scours through photos of models daily in order to find the perfect reference material for her floral tattoo makeovers. See more of her work.

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Links across the bloggiverse

2 August, 2010


Jane Austen’s Fight Club. Posted for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t seen it on Jezebel yet ;) Chally at Feministe kindly did a transcript for it too!

10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life
Here’s the thing: it really bothers me when people dismiss the internet because they have limited experience with it and/ or they don’t understand it. The paper I’m writing actually touches on the topic of how the internet has enriched my life, and until now I thought that my observations and experiences were fairly common but as it turns out, it might not be such a common thing. I don’t use the internet for porn or downloading things illegally, is that such a shocking notion? It could well be…

I don’t have kids, and I vote
News with Nipples points out that people without children, without an easily digestible mantle like “working families”, are being ignored in this election. It doesn’t mean we don’t exist… in fact, there are a lot of us! If you’re not a 20-40 something with kids, the pollies don’t really care to talk to you. You’ll probably ask difficult questions, like “Why do you keep calling legitimate asylum seekers ‘illegal boat people’, you daft donkeys?” or “What are you going to do about housing prices, or baby boomers who keep buying all the low price housing to use as investment properties, because we can’t find affordable entry level properties and our parents keep giving us shit about renting?!”

Something I have been thinking about a lot
Marisa reflects on how the relentless pursuit of perfection in beauty has actually hurt her. It’s a really beautiful piece of writing, I encourage you to go read it in full, but here’s a snippet:

I guess what I’m trying to say is that there’s no point in robbing people of what makes them different or unique and they may very well end up resenting you for the imposition into their lives. What you may consider a defect or an oddity, they may consider a vital characteristic of their personality. And you do not have the right to take it from them or to characterize what it means for them.

Hand drawn logo for the Royal Bank of Sustainability. Features "RBS" and a lot of hand drawn illustration surrounding the letters on cut out brown card.
Louise Evans does design/ illustration the way I do it! It’s always confusing trying to explain my style, I end up saying I’m a graphic artist or illustrative designer. You must go see the rest of Louise’s work – lots of papercutting and hand drawn type!

How can Sarah Murdoch lend her good name to this toxic show?
Melinda Tankard Reist asks how Sarah Murdoch, who sits on the “National Body Image Advisory Committee” can be part of the terribly lady-hatin’ Australia’s Next Top Model. Most of the interesting stuff is in the comments, where Charlotte Dawson learns that flaming people on the internet makes you look like a not-very-nice person. Actually I don’t think she’s learnt that lesson yet… I think Melinda mentioned on Twitter last night that Dawson was STILL commenting! Oh dear.

The sisterhood? Jesus. How about common decency?
I knew this election would be different. Because a woman is running for the top job. Because it’s perfectly ok to dissect her hair, her clothes, her love life, her fracking EARLOBES instead of talking about her policies. Note to you: it’s not perfectly ok. PLEASE STOP. And please stop bitching about other women while you’re at it. Bernard Keane smacks the Australian media on the wrist.

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August desktop, horah!

2 August, 2010

Hand drawn desktop design with green toned starburst, clouds, paisley and bunting with a banner saying "AUGUST".

Down this part of the globe it’s been the 1st of August for a whole day and I hope you won’t hold my tardiness against me. Maybe you’re only just starting the month in your part of the world? Then I hope I’m posting this in time!

I quite like august as a word in its own right, if you’ve never heard it used before here’s a definition:

au·gust

   /ɔˈgʌst/ [aw-guhst]
–adjective
1. inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic: an august performance of a religious drama.
2. venerable; eminent: an august personage.
from dictionary.com

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I spend around 12-24 hours on each desktop, inking and drawing each element before scanning everything and pulling it all together in Photoshop for each desktop resolution. If you’d like to throw in a couple of bucks to contribute to the time spent drawing each desktop as well as my general hosting costs for definatalie.com and my flickr account, your donation will be much appreciated. <3


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
You may not upload this desktop to other websites, nor may you use it for any other purpose than to wallpaper your desktop. This also means it’s uncool to alter it and reupload it somewhere as your own work.

Fancy

Friday Fance: A jumbled assortment

16 July, 2010

Black hand lettered text saying "Friday fance".


Tassels. I’m totally thinking about tassels lately. Flett Bertram’s tassel dresses (seen on Style Bubble) remind me of my Nana’s house and how she’d have these tassels hanging from the old keys stuck in the doors of her display cabinets. I actually have one of those display cabinets now, and a long tassel dangles from the old key!

Eleven plus sized bloggers, mostly wearing black fashionable clothes, posting for a group photo.
The YFF Conference took place in New York City over the past weekend and I was sad that I couldn’t make it there, because the ladies looked like they were having so much fun! My ego was suitably assuaged when I saw the girls on live chat and they said they missed me :D

An illustration on aged paper of the torso of a man with neat parted hair, his silhouette is filled with flowers coloured lilac, pink and yellow.
I really like the work of Kelie Bowman, and was kind of weirded out to see how similar some of her new work is to some of my old work (particularly Riddled with Paisley).

Four conceptual shoes on their sides are positioned in a kind of totem pole. The top is the last, second is a white boot upper with no heel, third is the sole and heel in a stalactite style, and the fourth is a similar stalactite style sole and heel.
I’m sure Helen Furber‘s sustainable shoe designs have done the rounds in the last fortnight but I couldn’t not post this! I love the stalactite style heel, especially when it’s encased in clear material.

An open notepad with red ruled margin on the left but the "typical" ruled blue lines are undulating across the spread instead of laying flat!
My friend Pete shared this gem of an “Inspiration Pad” on his Google Reader shared items. I can’t read French but I think the pad was designed by Marc Thomasset – you should go see the other spreads in the pad too!

I’m checking out this new image collecting community called Pinterest. Are you a member? I’m over here! If you’re not a member and you like the look of Pinterest, I have five invites. First five people to comment will get an invitation! (You need to make sure your email address is included in your Disqus account though!)

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The clear blue skies of July

28 June, 2010

Computer wallpaper for July featuring black background and white and light blue doodling as well as places to put your icons.

I’ve been doing a bit of drawing and experimenting for myself in the last week, and one of the things I’ve liked doing is drawing in white gouache over a black inked background. Doodling with a paintbrush is becoming a frequent thing for me because it helps relieve a lot of hand and wrist pain I suffer from gripping pens too tightly.

Flickr have changed their layout recently, so I hope that you can still grab the resolution you need like usual. If you’ve got any issues with downloading do let me know.

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I spend around 12-24 hours on each desktop, inking and drawing each element before scanning everything and pulling it all together in Photoshop for each desktop resolution. If you’d like to throw in a couple of bucks to contribute to the time spent drawing each desktop as well as my general hosting costs for definatalie.com and my flickr account, your donation will be much appreciated. <3


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
You may not upload this desktop to other websites, nor may you use it for any other purpose than to wallpaper your desktop. This also means it’s uncool to alter it and reupload it somewhere as your own work.