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Notes from the Sketch Book

Moving Day!

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Moving day again, so looking forward to settling in for Christmas and getting it ready for my family flying over – I’ll be right back after we have moved a few boxes, unpacked a few more and drunk several gallons of tea!!  In the meantime I made a set of postcards to hand out with our new address if you want to make something similar or wish some one good luck in their new home check out the digital papers pack in our store!

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Feeling foxy part 2 – scatter pattern

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A couple of days ago I posted my little adventures from “Foxwood” with a cluster pattern (not sure if that is the correct technical term but in the dictionary of Michelle it means taking a few motifs, grouping them together and then repeating that group.)

The pattern above is a scatter pattern, random placed motifs in no particular order but I usually try not to place two of the same motifs next to each other.  Work with whatever arrangement is pleasing to the eye and I have added a couple of co ordinates to complete the collection.

Do you always work with one type of repeating pattern? – I usually design random patterns as I find my style suits this but as you can see sometimes a pattern can be made many different ways! I’ll work on some other types of pattern and post the results!

In answering a question that came up the other day for those not confident in scatter/random patterns, start with a few floral motifs and rearrange and resize them to work together like my Painting a field of flowers design.

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Feeling foxy part 1 – cluster pattern

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A little fox doodle with leaping hares!

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Little hand drawn robin red breast!

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Another one for the #365patterns a day challenge!  Venturing into new  textures and drawings today!  You can find more of my 365 patterns on instagram (patternandco)

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Christmas all wrapped up!

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New Christmas wrap!

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House moving

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Looking at flats and apartments is an interesting journey here in Germany! Retreated from the stress with a bit of drawing for the #365patterns a day challenge!  This is a collaborative event with lots of designers, to see the collection of patterns and for more details drop by the caravan blog and check out more of my patterns on instagram (patternandco)

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Inspired by……A Wooden Door

“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,

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I love the way the diagonals intersect!

Below is my sketch, I added a few more lines to create more depth….

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…and then translated the pattern into illustrator to add colour and texture.

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Looks good on the final products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Inspired by pencils and collage

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I have been hunting through a lot of fabric lately, designing new fabric patterns and looking for some pretty patterns for making my own crib sheets, gathering inspiration from coloured pencils, ribbons, hearts and playing with different shapes cut from scraps of textiles.

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I like working with different materials sometimes, getting away from purely drawing or digital work, gives a different perspective sometimes and it’s fun!

 

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