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Happily ever after

On 09, Jun 2013 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco

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Celebrating a new collection – Happily Ever After!  Pretty floral patterns and designs that will be available on stationery, cards and prints soon!

Following the theme and the reason the blog has been a bit quiet over the past week is because we have another celebration, our wedding day is next week – our own little happily ever after!  Wish us luck!

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Taking time out for a bird walk

On 06, May 2013 | No Comments | In My Pattern and Print | By patternandco

My last post was about too much to do, this kind of reflects that need for a break sometimes and that it is never a bad thing to stop, step away from the computer or the art board and listen to the birds for a while!

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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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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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Table Top Pattern – Little Biscuits

Aren’t these sweet?  Today I got the chance to photography and style a Table Top Pattern.  It’s part of my new  series of photos and blog posts to inspire from creating hands on patterns made from collections of objects – or in this case Lebkuchen!

The textures, colours and shapes are beautiful (and they taste good too!)  The mushroom shaped one is my favourite, along with the irregular stripes (definitely a pattern in the making there!)

Who could resist a Christmas tree made of biscuits (already working on an advent calendar!)

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