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A-Z of Flowers E is for……

On 30, Mar 2013 | 2 Comments | In A-Z of Flowers | By patternandco

Echinops (Globe thistle).

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This one I have been playing around with for a couple of days wondering which direction to go in.  Loose and sketchy like D is for dandelion or something a bit different.  It happened that the other week I was working on some damask patterns and doodling a few ideas and thought it would be great if I could draw the thistle as simple shapes and work it into a more complex pattern to build a damask!

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In the end I choose a rounder version of the thistle (which leaves me with a million other sketches to return to at some point for inspiration or using in other designs!)

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I’m loving it as a big and bold wallpaper!

The A-Z of Flowers Project is a no pressure, design project – doddle a flower pattern every day or paint one every week, if you need a bit of inspiration or when the moment takes you go with it! Please feel free to join in – patterns, art, prints, mixed media – any type of art and design that you love …… just start with the letter A!

If you do join in be sure to let me know by posting to Patternandco’s Facebook Page and  tag things with #atozofflowers then we can check out each others designs and share the floral goodness!

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Late night doodling

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Relaxing and doodling, new pens and found note book, damask patterns and working in some globe thistles for the A-Z of flowers….late night doodling anyone?

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A-Z of Flowers D is for……

On 24, Mar 2013 | 2 Comments | In A-Z of Flowers | By patternandco

Dandelions!  I love them for their yellow cheerfulness, simple but bright and then the change into  feathery, light and delicate, blow in the wind flowers……stunning!

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The A-Z of Flowers Project is a no pressure, design project – doddle a flower pattern every day or paint one every week, if you need a bit of inspiration or when the moment takes you go with it! Please feel free to join in – patterns, art, prints, mixed media – any type of art and design that you love …… just start with the letter A!

If you do join in be sure to let me know by posting to Patternandco’s Facebook Page and  tag things with #atozofflowers then we can check out each others designs and share the floral goodness!

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A-Z of Flowers C is for……

On 17, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In A-Z of Flowers | By patternandco

chrysanthum!! My grandad used to grow these in all sorts of shapes and sizes for my nan :)

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The A-Z of Flowers Project is a no pressure, design project – doddle a flower pattern every day or paint one every week, if you need a bit of inspiration or when the moment takes you go with it! Please feel free to join in – patterns, art, prints, mixed media – any type of art and design that you love …… just start with the letter A!

If you do join in be sure to let me know by posting to Patternandco’s Facebook Page and  tag things with #atozofflowers then we can check out each others designs and share the floral goodness!

 

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A-Z of Flowers B is for……

On 15, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In A-Z of Flowers | By patternandco

Bachelor’s Button (or Cornflower.)  A pretty flower, I remember drying them as a child , along with lavender!

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Screenshot from illustrator.

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I had real fun working on these but the best part is hopefully one or two of the designs are destined for a specific company,  just waiting to get the official nod :)

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The A-Z of Flowers Project is a no pressure, design project – doddle a flower pattern every day or paint one every week, if you need a bit of inspiration or when the moment takes you go with it! Please feel free to join in – patterns, art, prints, mixed media – any type of art and design that you love …… just start with the letter A!

If you do join in be sure to let me know by posting to Patternandco’s Facebook Page and  tag things with #atozofflowers then we can check out each others designs and share the floral goodness!

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How to stretch an idea into multiple designs.

With all the challenges, projects and competitions about make sure you don’t waste an idea (or design), build on it and let it grow!

That is what I have been trying to do with my designs, starting from a sketch or a doodle or simply a thought and then transforming it into a bigger idea, a pattern or a piece of art and then taking it one step further –  stretching the design by recycling the concept in a new way, freshening up the colours or completely transforming the motifs into something new!

Take my pattern yesterday for the A-Z of Flowers (A is for Anemone) Lets start at the beginning…..

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From initial painting (or sketch) to illustrator – For me this is where I can start to really experiment, drawing out the motifs in illustrator is great, mistakes are quickly erased or turned into something else, colours can be changed, points can be pulled and manipulated a million different ways!

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And I have  totally fell in love with these colours! TIP: This is where a mood board comes in handy as I only hit upon adding the blue having slept on the design and awoken this morning. It was in my original painting but I decided to go with reds and purples to be a bit more truthfully to the Anemone – fresh eyes really help sometimes, (so does a blue sky outside!)  Not a problem though I can either rework the colours or save the palette for another design!

Talking of recolouring one of the quickest way to digitally transform a pattern or motif is to change and mix the colours up! As I started with Anemones I restricted my colours to purples and pinks to begin with but I also really like the retro vibe of the orange and muddy greens or the vintage blues!  They would look so pretty printed on cloth!

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Always try to think outside your box! If you make patterns make a placement print! One for myself – If you love florals try something coordinating with geometrics!

Take elements and work them into a different arrangement!  Flowers are great because they work as patterns (think of a field of flowers) or an illustration (like a bunch of flowers)

And try adding different textures! Experiment!

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One thing that is new to me is adding quotes to images!  I will often hand write a little sentence like the one above but I wanted to challenge myself further and make the quote and pattern big and bold!  It’s turned out to be a fab print that is hanging on my wall!

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Finally taking the idea  down a new path – a little sneak peek at a design collection I am working on!

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If you are designing with a purpose in mind, for a client, a competition or project and the pattern or print doesn’t fit but you love it don’t hide it away, make it into art work, start your own etsy shop and if you are into surface pattern design definitely read Developing a Print Collection, great ideas to turn one pattern into a whole collection!

Here’s my designs over at my shop.
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How do you stretch an idea?  I’d love to hear!

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A-Z of Flowers A is for……

On 13, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In A-Z of Flowers | By patternandco

Anemones!!! I had a hard time choosing between Agapanthus, Allium and Alstroemeria (maybe I should have done a bouquet – next time!) but in the end I went for the fun and colourful Anemone.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow I will show how I “stretch” an idea and/or motif and turn it into different designs!

And a big thank you to all who are jumping aboard the A-Z of Flowers Project!  I look forward to seeing your work!

The A-Z of Flowers Project is a no pressure, design project – doddle a flower pattern every day or paint one every week, if you need a bit of inspiration or when the moment takes you go with it! Please feel free to join in – patterns, art, prints, mixed media – any type of art and design that you love …… just start with the letter A!

If you do join in be sure to let me know by posting to Patternandco’s Facebook Page and  tag things with #atozofflowers then we can check out each others designs and share the floral goodness!

 

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A-Z of Flowers Let’s begin

On 13, Mar 2013 | 17 Comments | In A-Z of Flowers | By patternandco

With winter lasting forever (I still can’t quite believe the amount of snow we have had in the middle of March!) I am beginning to miss my flowers and plants, all the green leaves and little cheerful buds.

So inspired by the 365 patterns challenge…..

(For those that don’t know the 365 patterns a day creative design challenge is a collaborative event with lots of designers, if you like making patterns you’ll love it! To find out more drop by the caravan blog or take a look at my 365 Patterns!)

……I decided to start a new project The A-Z of flowers! It ties in wonderfully with 365 patterns and fits my love of sketching and designing floral prints.

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As an avid gardener I have always had a garden brimming with flowers that changed constantly and an allotment (until I moved to Germany!) When I was younger I trained with the Royal Horticultural Society and worked for a fabulous small private run garden – it was a joy to work all seasons and although now I have traded the planting and growing with designing and pattern making I still love flowers!

Please feel free to join in – patterns, art, prints, mixed media – any type of art and design that you love …… just start with the letter A.

If you do join in tag things with #atozofflowers then we can check out each others designs and there is no pressure to do one every day or even every week, if you need a bit of inspiration or when the moment takes you go with it. (Please grab the blog button below and share the idea – it would make me very happy!)

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I found a wonderful site to get the ideas flowing Flower Possibilities that lists a selection of flowers from A-Z, I have a few favourites, like Lillie’s that I definitely want to include and will be flicking through my gardening books and resources and hunting out and about with my camera to gather ideas for sketching!

Stay tuned for my A is for……..later :)

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Inspired by Spring Pastels

Yesterdays post on Pastel trends got me all creative so I made a series of soft and fluffy cloud art in pastel colours – very pretty!

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Kind of makes up for waking up to snow piled up to the windows again!

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