I’m still working on patterns and I am really getting into it. I never thought I would say that!
Last weekend I took a break from my regular pattern making assignment to whip up a little batch of homemade watercolour Easter cards. I really only needed to make a single card, but once I got going I couldn’t stop myself. I guess I really do love multiples. I love how nice a collection of the same thing with slight differences looks together. So I spent an afternoon having fun with colour and line and mailed sent some greetings in the mail. You guys still send mail right?? (YOU SHOULD!)
In addition to my greeting card project, I continued adding to my pattern wall last week. I switched from white marker and blue papers to more jewel toned papers and coloured pencil. I became even more intensely interested in my work as soon as I started adding colour and working with home made stencils.
This time around, I spent a little more time on each design, and I am really happy with the results. I think my first attempt at pattern work was more about getting into the groove, and experimenting. The patterns that I am working on are for a line of greeting cards being launched very soon for Double Dare Print Studio!
My process has been pretty simple. I gathered up some coloured paper, coloured pencil, and a white marker, and began quickly working out patterns. I worked quickly to keep things loose and flowing, the same way I would sketch out ideas in my sketchbook. No pressure, the goal was to work towards juicy ideas. I spent about two weeks researching pattern, and working on my own in the studio.
Eventually I began cutting out small stencils and tracing them to save time and make things more uniform. I really enjoyed working that way. It made it a lot easier in terms of trying out different types of pattern using the same theme. For example the elephants and mushrooms above were made with a stencil that I cut from scrap paper. I was able to use that stencil many times to try out different compositions.
Creating freehand patterns was also fun! I appreciate the imperfections in the free-hand work versus the traced patterns. In the end I think I ended up with about 60 different patterns. I am really inspired to keep the momentum going and make a book of patterns for my own reference.There’s a lot that can be done with pattern and I am looking forward to exploring!
So now we’ve chosen our patterns to print, and I am currently translating my patterns to vector files on Illustrator, adding text, and preparing the files for the screen printing process! I’ll share the results very soon!