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My Pattern and Print

You make me smile everyday!

You make me smile everyday…yes you do!

Sketching the ideas and outlines (at 4.30am because I couldn’t sleep and now lack typing skills due to tiredness! It’s a trade off.)

And something just for fun! A little piece for Art everyday month. Do jump over and check it out!

 

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Hello Sunday.

Sundays are a good day and with the extra hour I have cooked a chicken and mushroom pie with white sauce, baked an apple cake with super vanilla frosting, thrown around a few leaves and worked a bit in between!  This may not happen everyday, in fact you can guarantee that but hey I am happy while it lasts!

 

This cake is amazingly nice and easy! And eating your cake before dinner is perfectly acceptable right?  Happy weekend!

(spiced applesauce cake recipe via Smitten Kitchen)

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Pattern + Textures

Late night art and textures.

When do you work best? I always thought it was in the morning but having sat down late in the evening to doodle I found that it brings out a whole new side to my work!  A bit darker, more heavy on the textures – I shall be mixing up my schedule a bit more!

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Free Ghost and Bats Pattern with Trick or Treat Gift Bag Tutorial

On 07, Oct 2012 | 4 Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco

Put on your white sheet, carve out the pumpkin and grab the lanterns.  I swear I will never be to old for holidays and although the tradition of trick and treating  is not so big here in Germany I still really enjoy making cute Halloween and thanksgiving wrapping paper!

As I was flicking though my holiday patterns I spotted my Ghost and Bats paper and I thought wouldn’t it make a cute, trick and treat, sweet filled party bag for my nephew and nieces back home – what would be even better, as I did not have a full sheet left to work with, would be if I could print out a single A4 sheet of paper and make it into a little gift bag, no cutting, minimal gluing …. insert a few badly folded experiments later until I made one that worked!

I loved it so much, that after getting carried away and making a few too many I thought it would be good to share the smiley ghosts and batty bats pattern as a free digital paper  and you can also try out my A4 paper bag guidelines if you wish to create a few cute and spooky gift bags this Autumn!

All you need is………

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A little Bird told me….

A little bird told me……that the fantastic Tigerprint featured me yesterday!!!  (Insert Happy Dance) and he also said that we should all dream big!!  What does your little bird twitter to you?

(Credit // A Little Bird Told me gift card)

 

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Black + White + inspiration

Flower heads, lace and geometry are not a usual combination but I realised they are some of my favourite things.

Who doesn’t adore flowers (especially those that are gifts!) the texture of the petals to the rich colours, perfect for painting.  Lace also fascinates me, the delicate details and designs, someday I would like to take a lace making course preferably in a beautiful setting in the countryside (suggestions welcome) and I do love shapes, squares and triangles in various forms can keep me amused for hours, from the most basic pattern building up into complex and intricate designs, layering with textures just makes me happy!

What started as a mismatch set of objects helped provide inspiration for a new selection of <black + white> patterns.  Still a work in progress but if you are up for a challenge  why not grab three of your favourite things and use them as a starting point….who knows where you will end up!

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Creating Sunshine and Showers – A starting point

Where do you ideas begin? From a doodle, an image, a colour?

I thought I would try something a bit different and start with some simple shapes from tissue papers, I love the textural properties of tissue paper and the way you can blend colours and so easy to rearrange into different shapes and patterns.

Here’s a few of the patterns that I created from my Tissue paper designs, the Summers End Collection.

I ran with the idea a bit more and the next part is really exciting, seeing and selling your designs!

Working on some fabric and cushion designs from the collection which will be available soon along with the iPhone covers, cards and prints available from our shop.

I love the tactile nature of hands on pattern making and getting away from the computer for a few hours and just letting imagination take over!  Any other creative inspirational ways in which you have fun and begin the design process I would love to hear!

 

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