Over the past few weeks, whilst the weather was still fine, I sat watching the bees buzzing around catching the last of the nectar. Our garden is in a dip so whilst we take a few weeks longer to warm up in spring the flip side of this is our autumns feel a few weeks longer and we still had lots of flowers and autumnal colour. Shame it doesn’t last just a bit longer.
Spring is a little fickle at the moment, one day glorious sunshine and green leaves budding with blooms in full floweriness and the next day, cold and grey and soggy fallen petals. So ever the optimist lets shout out SPRING with a new collection of patterns and colours inspired from a few blooms I have outside.
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…..
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.
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?
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“Inspired by” a new series on the blog of images and ideas that I see on my daily wanders that inspire me to make patterns. Sometimes the pattern of brickwork can spark a design or the skeleton of a leaf that fell from a tree, a motif on iron railings, it maybe taken literally or develop into something very different.
Today’s pattern came from an old wooden front door,
I love the way the diagonals intersect!
Below is my sketch, I added a few more lines to create more depth….
…and then translated the pattern into illustrator to add colour and texture.
Looks good on the final products.
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