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Paper Love Inspiration

I love paper.  I am a paper Junkie.

Now that we have the confessions out of the way I can say paper for me is an inspiration.

I draw on it, paint on it, cut out shapes, print on it, fold it and make secret plans…..

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Paper is such a big part of my daily life, from list making (always with doodles down the side) to making presents look as beautiful on the outside as the inside, designing on it everyday and creating decorations that string together all my ideas.

It’s my favourite way of making a mood board and pulling together colours and textures for my latest collections.

Happy Sunday Colour Crush Pink, Peach and mellow yellow

I have the greatest time designing patterns for paper products – florals, stripes, geometrics, watercolours, the list is endless and there must be at least one or two pieces of patterned paper for everyone.  What is your favourite paper?

 

The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here.

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Participant list

Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D’Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge

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Pattern design and Pinterest PIN HOP

On 14, Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

I love pattern design and I love Pinterest (If you are interested in patterns, colours collections and trends I have a large collection of boards over at Pinterest that I fill weekly) but what happens when you combine the two – you get a FANTASTIC PIN HOP!!

It officially starts on the 15th of June and features over 40 fantastic pattern designers with some brand new exclusive designs!  We each choose a theme from 4 concepts – urban metropolis, midnight garden, historical adornment and optical day!

It was a hard choice but in the end I selected midnight garden, a collection of night flowers, moths and dark leaves in a palette of midnight blues of course, silver moon and a pop of red!

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The pin hop is organised by Tina Olsson / FYLLAYTA and to see all of the patterns be sure to “hop” over to the Pin Hop June 2013 pinterest board.

If you prefer a more traditional blog hop you can drop by Mary Tanana / Groovity who always has super designs and do check out her brand new Modern Yardage fabric!!!

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All images Copyrighted © Michelle Drew 2013. All rights reserved.

 

Shout Out Sunday – Learn new skills and find new designers!

On 02, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

A new weekly post – Shout Out Sunday!  A (polite) yell to all the new ideas, designs and designers, incredible courses and websites that I have stumbled upon over the week!

First up Learning new skills:  It is never too late to learn nor can you ever learn to much.  I like to think I know Photoshop and illustrator inside out but that is far from the truth, there are always different ways of looking at things, new skills to acquire, fun ways of painting that I have never explored, experimenting with different techniques.  Learning boosts creativity, injects new life into your work and ups your skills, a win win situation and with the two new courses below taught by incredibly talented designers (at a price that is not gonna break the bank!) how can you not sign up!!

Typography is everywhere and is so on trend in many areas of surface pattern design and graphic design.  In the Art of Typography Faye Brown will take you on a journey through typefaces and how to use them effectively.

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Full information and course outline.

It’s a bargain at only $20 but  by using the extra special discount code – PPFRIEND take an extra  25% dscount!!!

The next course teaches an invaluable skill – creating perfect repeat patterns in illustrator!

reign repeats skillshare course

This class packs a lot in, designer MaJo will show how to use the basic Illustrator tools to bring to life your ideas. You’ll learn how to create different types of repeats, how to get your hand-drawn sketches vectorised (even if you don’t own a scanner), how to apply colour and then easily re-colour your design to create new colour ways.

Full Information and course outline.

Lastly I want to shout out a really special directory, The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers, not least because I am in it, but because I share the space with many talented designers and it is the first FIRST surface pattern designer directory (live since January 2013) showcasing some of the best new FIRST surface patten designers, if you are searching for a creative to take your next project forward then why not flick through and share, we are all incredibly talented and the directory is already attracting major clients, with the second edition in the planning only good things can happen if you take a peek!

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Find New Designers // Twitter // Facebook

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Grandma Chic

On 07, May 2013 | One Comment | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

I keep thinking of camping lately, relaxing by a river or the sea for a weekend, sunshine, outdoor eating, a tent or a camper is the final decision.  Either way I am going to spruce up my holiday with a bit of chintz!

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pillow vintage tulip

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All images Copyrighted © Michelle Drew 2013. All rights reserved.

If you are  interested in my work  please contact me  and I will reply as soon as possible.

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Pretty in Pastels

On 30, Apr 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

Gorgeous Pretty pastel love from Etsy. All links are clickable so feel free to spread the joy to the designers and creators!

You can follow more of my treasury lists and find out what I have been up to on Etsy here.

$4.75

$34

$5.5

$28

$20

$2.5

$30

$30

$68

$65

$35

$68

$12

$30

$30

$315

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

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Blossoming

On 20, Apr 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Loving the lighter mornings and sunnier days, things are blossoming in many ways!

Baby bump is growing and wriggling everyday and I love it, patterns and designs are being snapped up and worked on as we speak and finally the online shop is open! I’ll be adding more and creating the official launch later but sometimes you just have to make a start, small steps lead to bigger steps!
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Summer Fun (#365patterns) Pattern 11

On 06, Mar 2013 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Just finished a collection of summer patterns and this one was kinda left on it’s own.  That couldn’t happen so I have added it 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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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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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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