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Notes from the Sketch Book

Bird and Leaf Prints

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Been a few days since I could post any designs on the blog, work behind the scenes continues with new collections set in various directions which is fantastic news but none that I can share at the moment.

What I can share is my bird and leaf prints, summer came and went, then came again and then disappeared with the  storm so I drew a few little birds with what looks like scarves and a bunch of leaves and petals  that fluttered about in the winds!  Hope you have more days of sun than we have, although I have to admit to liking the warm rain!  Not picnic weather but great for a stroll!

SHOP Bird and Leaf Print

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Look Book in the making

I have always been interested in creating a magazine or a book, it would be really cool to gather all my favourite patterns from amazing designers and rock together an fantastic collection of pattern goodness, whilst all the little details are taking plan in my head I thought I would start on a look book of my own designs…here’s a couple of sneak shots!

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Seagulls and Shells

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Sometimes I step outside and forget I no longer live by the sea!  A little reminder for me and soon a move closer to the mountains and lakes will hopefully help!

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Colour Notes and inspiration – Fresh Blooms

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I spy with my little eye lots of fresh greens and spring blooms – inspiration for a set of patterns and designs I am working n at the moment, not to mention it makes the studio look brighter!

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Watercolour Waves

As much as I love working digitally,  it’s good to get back to paper and paints.

I find the hands on approach to making the textures that I often use in my patterns is much more authentic if I paint or draw a collection of ideas.  Yesterday I had the idea of a series of watercolour patterns so far we have spring plaids and tartans…

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Grab them here!  The zig zags are a work in progress….

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And a perfect set of watercolour washed waves papers new in our digital store!

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Underwater Bouquet

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Love it when a pattern comes together, even though it was not the original idea I started with!

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

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Part of 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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Work in progress Forget me nots

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A work in progress inspired by forget me nots (for the a-z of flowers project).  Think I will return to it later, sometimes you reach a point where you are undecided on colours or arrangement and my eyes have been focusing to long on the details I forget the bigger picture, so time to grab the camera and head out the door for a breathe of fresh air and a walk in the spring (yes I said spring!) sunshine!!

 

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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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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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Lovely Days, a flower filled heart to say I love you!

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My entry for the Tigerprint Lovely Days Competition, a heart filled combination of floral motifs, folk art, handwritten type, hearts and love….with a complimentry pattern too! Perfect to say I love you anytime of the year.

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The mixed media version looks pretty on my wall too!

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There is still time (just) to enter Tigerprint Lovely Days Competition, it ends on the 10th of March! But don’t worry they run regular competitions which are great fun to enter, fab for getting the ideas flowing and having been a runner up in a previous comp the prizes are a terrific bonus too!!!

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