Recently my excellent friend, Alex, got on me about how unattractive my Tumblr layout was. I made excuses about not knowing the last thing about customizing my Tumblr, and she kindly offered to help. Though you can go check it out for yourself, below is a screencap for the lazy:
I ended up creating a custom background and a brand new header for the blog, since I'm an illustrator and the idea of utilizing a pre-made background makes my skin crawl. I sketched and inked some of my most commonly used art supplies, then slapped some color on them in Photoshop. Originally I was going to do a 'random' tile pattern, but after noodling around for a bit, I decided to make a kaleidoscopic snowflake instead.
Original tests proved the background to be too distracting, so I slapped a layer of the background color on top and fiddled with the opacity until it wasn't so in-yo-face.
The new header isn't quite the usual 'nattosoup' logo, since it's a lot more horizontal, but it was designed with Tumblr in mind.