Who am I to preach about making everything for yourself when here I am, broadcasting over a pre-made blog template. Now, I'm no computer whiz, but the least I could do is give this place a little something of my own, right? I thought so, too.
It started with a sketch:
When dealing with a background, fabric design, or any sort of image meant to be repeated over a continuous surface, getting your image to tile seamlessly is the most important and most difficult task. I went for a fail-safe gridded design to save myself the agony this time around.
I overlaid my sketch with (conveniently translucent) marker paper and began to fill it in with my very favorite artist/designer markers, Letraset Promarkers (the recent reincarnation of my old standby, the Letraset Pantone Tria) and Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pens (Pigma Microns are good too, if you're not in it for the investment).
Scan it in, straighten it up, crop it just so (if you don't have an editing program, Picnik has a decent, free, online image editing program), upload it, and voilà! Homemade web page background.