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Daffy Down Dilly (#365patterns) Pattern 9 Daffodils

On 01, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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“Daffy-down-dilly came up in the cold, Through the brown mould, Although the March breeze blew keen on her face, Although the white snow lay in many a place.”  Amy Lothrop

Happy St Davids Day and to finish it off a few daffodils and a  lovely roast lamb with rosemary, tatties and parsnips!

Added  to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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I heart You (#365patterns) Pattern 8

On 26, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Bunnies because it is Easter soon!

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Added  to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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Spring Flirt (#365patterns) Pattern 7

On 25, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco

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Spring flirt is such a perfect title for today, I had hoped over the weekend that the snow and cold was making way for a little bit of spring.  I’d spied a few clumps of snowdrops huddled together and the buds on the trees looked liked they wanted just a little bit of sunshine and then……came Monday morning and a fresh blanket of snow!  Spring is being a tease!

SO I stayed in the studio and dreamed up my own spring start with snowdrops and winter aconites…..hopefully crocus will join them soon!

In the meantime these little beauties are available in the shop.

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Added  to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

 

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Heirloom Beauty (#365patterns) Pattern 6

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This started life as a little watercolour on the corner of my sketchbook.  I like to flick through old notes and sketches, looking at things with fresh eyes, adding textures, playing around with the colours!

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Heirloom Beauty is also available on a range of products!  isn’t that neat!

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Added  to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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Love is all around us (#365patterns) Pattern 5

On 22, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

Pattern 5 is a mixed media, tissue paper, paint and texture mash up all within a repeat pattern.  (Easier to make than say lol)

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Added  to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)

Also available as a print!!

*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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Where the floral folk gather (#365patterns) Pattern 4

On 21, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Before I forget Pattern 4 of 365!!! Where the floral folk gather :)

Added  to the 365 Patterns design Challenge on instagram, please join me over there (patternandco)
The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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What I am reading at the moment

On 21, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In Likes and loves | By patternandco

Okay these are not new publications but sometimes when you rediscover things that are beautiful and inspiring it’s definitely worth a pause in the day to reread and share.
The Antiquarian Post (online magazines) are the visual journal of Emma James and Bailey Amon.

Emma is a talented illustrator and print designer and Bailey is an amazing calligrapher and stylist.

Each issue explores their current inspirations and obsessions with my favourite two issues being The Antiquarian Post, Issue No. 4 and The Antiquarian Post Issue No.1

Truly gorgeous!
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Emma James and Bailey Amon also have a vintage housewares store “Antiquaria” and a “Design Studio” for custom invitations and you can view all their publications here!

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Textures and Triangles in Photoshop (365patterns) Pattern 3

On 20, Feb 2013 | One Comment | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Went back to my roots for today’s pattern – Textured Triangles.  As a texture artist I have a vast collection of textures, images, paper and photos that I have created and use every day.  I have built up my own library over many years and I love experimenting and using them in my art to!

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Textured Triangles started out as a simple vector, simple shapes, simple pattern.

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I decided to work over in Photoshop as I have saved and scanned a huge collection of hand drawn line textures and handmade brushes which I wanted to use in this image.  Using one of my crisscross lines as a pattern fill starts the texturing process.

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Next a denim fabric overlay with a curves layer on top to lighten the overall effect!

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It’s starting to take shape.   Turning up the music……the work tends to flow and leads the way, in this case I wanted a more organic feel so I opened a new image and played around with less structured and different textured triangles.  (this is only going to be an overlay so it can be quite loose and imperfect)

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I made a couple of different patterns from the loose triangle images, duplicated the layers and flipped them over, adjusting the opacity and blending modes.  With a bit of tweaking and adjusting, I even added one of my tulip photos (layer 1) because I loved the soft colours that poked through………..
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…………..I finished a beautiful textured design.  What do you think?  Do you work with textures digitally or more hands on?

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Stitch me a flower (365patterns) Pattern 2

On 18, Feb 2013 | 2 Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Inspired by a beautiful post over at 79 ideas called Orange Monday Such fresh colours and the prettiest flowers.

I couldn’t resist a blue version and have added them both to the 365 Patterns design Challenge* please join me over there (patternandco)

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*The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

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Happy Spring Day (365patterns) Pattern 1

On 17, Feb 2013 | One Comment | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Happy Sunday and happy spring day, the sun was actually shining for a couple of hours today so after stretching our legs at the local botanical garden and photographing a fresh bunch of tulips for a photo editorial I sat down with a homemade blueberry muffin and a cup of tea to make something fresh and floral!

And with my new Instagram account I joined the 365 Patterns design Challenge.  Please join me over there (patternandco) I am feeling a bit lonely!!!

 

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happy spring day(1) patternandco

Sending a big shout out to Melanie Burk and Alma Loveland who issued the challenge to create a pattern a day and share on instagram…..anyone can join.  The 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog.

You can also catch some more great patterns by searching over at Instagram using the tag #365patterns.  There are some fab designs from my online surface pattern designer buddies whom I will be shouting out and sharing the love soon…go check it out :)

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