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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas


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Wandering around Munich with all the Christmas festivities starting has inspired some new papers with a vintage Christmas feel – instant download from our store now and get into the Christmas swing!



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Inspired by Spring Pastels

Yesterdays post on Pastel trends got me all creative so I made a series of soft and fluffy cloud art in pastel colours – very pretty!






Kind of makes up for waking up to snow piled up to the windows again!

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Textures and Triangles in Photoshop (365patterns) Pattern 3

On 20, Feb 2013 | One Comment | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

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Went back to my roots for today’s pattern – Textured Triangles.  As a texture artist I have a vast collection of textures, images, paper and photos that I have created and use every day.  I have built up my own library over many years and I love experimenting and using them in my art to!

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Textured Triangles started out as a simple vector, simple shapes, simple pattern.

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I decided to work over in Photoshop as I have saved and scanned a huge collection of hand drawn line textures and handmade brushes which I wanted to use in this image.  Using one of my crisscross lines as a pattern fill starts the texturing process.

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Next a denim fabric overlay with a curves layer on top to lighten the overall effect!

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It’s starting to take shape.   Turning up the music……the work tends to flow and leads the way, in this case I wanted a more organic feel so I opened a new image and played around with less structured and different textured triangles.  (this is only going to be an overlay so it can be quite loose and imperfect)

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I made a couple of different patterns from the loose triangle images, duplicated the layers and flipped them over, adjusting the opacity and blending modes.  With a bit of tweaking and adjusting, I even added one of my tulip photos (layer 1) because I loved the soft colours that poked through………..
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…………..I finished a beautiful textured design.  What do you think?  Do you work with textures digitally or more hands on?

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Weekly Wrap – Art everyday Month


A weekly wrap from around the studio as I missed posting every day for the wonderful Art Every Day Month, a challenge created by Leah Pilken Kolidas over at Creative Every Day.

Day 7 : Working on a vintage floral digital ink and paint mix! Working between the two mediums is really satisfying as I get my hands dirty and creative, then I can switch to fleshing out the art and adding texture!

Day 8 – Completed a more traditional floral piece set for a repeat pattern.

Day 9 – Inspired by a found green fern.  The best way to refresh my energy and gather new inspiration is to step outside!

Day 10 – New black and white pattern for note pads!

Day 10 – It was a black and red day!

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Art Everyday – Moving in the right direction

Moving in the right direction is spot on for today!  I have over the last few weeks been building an online shop and working through all the parts, the design, drawing up licenses, learning a whole new set of skills from basic html and css to integrating a shopping cart! Pretty proud of myself as all the pieces are starting to come together in a cohesive brand!

So today’s Art everyday month is a visual reminder of how things are pointing in the right direction!

You can keep up to date with my progress and updates over on my Facebbook page or say hello on twitter!

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Hello World! Behind the art.

On 03, Mar 2012 | 4 Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco


I should have put this as my first blog post! 🙂


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Just living is not enough

On 25, Feb 2012 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco


Credits: Falling into Grace free Textures from Insight Designs

Quote: Hans Christian Anderson


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Hearts and Paper Crush Digital Scrap Art

On 14, Feb 2012 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco

Working on the new paper collection for Insight Designs inspired me to create a “Digital Scrap Art”.  I love the mix of modern, grids and patterns…..

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