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Bows ties and puppies


Little pink puppy loves green bows in her hair,

She ties them with great care.

Brown dog likes big blue bow ties,

They match her soft fur and beautiful eyes.

All puppies look smart with a bow tied just eyeweardock right.


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What I am reading at the moment

On 21, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In Likes and loves | By patternandco

Okay these are not new publications but sometimes when you rediscover things that are beautiful and inspiring it’s definitely worth a pause in the day to reread and share.
The Antiquarian Post (online magazines) are the visual journal of Emma James and Bailey Amon.

Emma is a talented illustrator and print designer and Bailey is an amazing calligrapher and stylist.

Each issue explores their current inspirations and obsessions with my favourite two issues being The Antiquarian Post, Issue No. 4 and The Antiquarian Post Issue No.1

Truly gorgeous!
The Antiquarian Post 1

The Antiquarian Post 2

Emma James and Bailey Amon also have a vintage housewares store “Antiquaria” and a “Design Studio” for custom invitations and you can view all their publications here!

The Antiquarian Post 3


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Live trace your way from sketch to vector.

Starting with a inked sketch, it could be a motif, a pattern, or a bit of typography like here, scanned in the highest resolution and open in Photoshop.


Now time to clean and adjust the levels, the aim here is to make the black blacker and the light pencil lines disappear as much as possible.  Levels is a good one and a curves layer can be helpful (Note if your image is not black and white change the image to grayscale)


For me the next stage is really important.  Zoom in and clean,  it can be as quick as erasing a few stray marks, adjusting a couple of lines and generally making sure the image is prepped and ready or try out select colour, tweaking the slider till you get a good balance.  Merge layers if needed, save a copy and drag it into Illustrator.


There are a couple of ways to vectorize an image, depending on the finished effect and result you are going for.  You could use the scan as a base to trace around using the pen tool, working in some tight corners and adjusting and correcting any parts that you want to change (no need to mess about to much in Photoshop cleaning if you are heading down this route) or you could try live trace – if you have not tried this one yet, give it a go!  Object – Live Trace – Tracing Options opens up the menu.

Tick the preview box and play around with all the settings, that is the best way to learn how all the different bits work! My tips, check the Ignore White if you don’t want the white background included in your design and look at the resample slider, often a higher resolution translates to lots of extra details that may not be necessary! When you are happy, save the preset and hit Trace!

Next it is time to play,  you have a vector that is completely scalable, you can expand and select all the separate pieces, tweak, colour, recolour, texture, drag it back into Photoshop, whatever you want!

One last thing to do……Print and send 🙂

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Q&A with Eva Marion Seyffarth

On 21, Oct 2012 | 4 Comments | In FEATURED!, Likes and loves | By patternandco

Eva Marion Seyffarth  is a talented illustrator, surface pattern designer and art teacher. Throw into the mix her recent return from Indigo Paris I was thrilled when she kindly agreed to take a moment from her busy schedule and  answer a few questions for Pattern and co about her inspiration, autumn traditions and impressions from Indigo!

What Inspires Your Patterns and Illustrations?

I think it is simply all the bits and pieces of everyday life. The dancing ghosties (From the surface pattern design collection “In the Woods”  below) for example  were inspired by autumn leafs swirling in the wind outside my studio window. I also get very inspired by music, words and stories (fairytales, children’s stories, poetry or sometimes just a newspaper article).

Do you have any Halloween or Autumn traditions?

Being from Germany we don’t really have any Halloween traditions. Halloween is now getting more popular (I think mostly influenced from the USA) but it’s not a “grown” tradition here.

Autumn traditions … there’s many, well not really traditions, more habits: going for long walks in our colourful woods, a last swim in the lake with hot spicy tea and lots of warm blankets afterwards, my parents arriving with loads of tasty red apples from their garden, sitting around a fire on our rooftop garden on autumn evenings, the first pumpkin soup with apples and sheep’s cheese … it really is my favourite time of the year!


Can you sum up your experiences on Indigo in a few words?

Phew … that’s not easy …

All in all it has been a great experience and a much needed impression of reality in surface design. As a newbie I looked at it with fresh and sometimes maybe naive eyes … but it helped me a lot to get my future career plans sorted. I felt totally inspired by all I’ve seen and by the sincere exchange of thoughts with my fellow designers – but I confess I was a bit intimidated by the sheer amount of designs as well. As a result of the whole experience I have now decided to really go for surface design. It might be a difficult path, but it’s certainly an interesting and rewarding one!

(You can read the full story over at Eva’s blog- Back from Indigo, Paris … zurück aus Paris, von der Indigo! )


All time favourite surface pattern design?

“Unikko” by Maija Isola/Marimekko.

Tools of the Trade?

I work by hand and digital and kind of mix everything. Mostly my designs are hand drawn or hand painted and then finished off using both Photoshop and illustrator.

Thank you so much Eva for your insights and for sharing your photos!

Take a moment to grab a cup of tea and browse Eva’s inspiration and portfolio over at Creative Journey by *Hand and Mind, I love the inspiration behind the 50’s Patio Collection designs and before I go I also wanted to share some of Eva’s fantastic fabric available over at Spoonflower! Beautiful nature inspired designs!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

(Image Credits with the exceptions of the video and tools of the trade pic all images are ©Eva Marion Seyffarth)

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Pattern of the Day LONDON in words an Illustration by Linzie Hunter

On 20, Feb 2012 | No Comments | In Etsy Love | By patternandco

Love this so much, all the words and letters weaving throughout London and over the River Thames.  It’s like a visual memory map of all the places I have visited and lived (although I could happily forget the epic journey to and around the roundabout at the Elephant and Castle lol)

LONDON by Linzie Hunter. Read more…

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