Wednesdoodles: Keep It Up!



I’m still working on patterns and I am really getting into it. I never thought I would say that!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetLast 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!)

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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.

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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! 

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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.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetEventually 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.

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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!




9 thoughts on “Wednesdoodles: Keep It Up!

  1. Your designs look great. I love the repeating pattern in the elephants design and the tumbling mushrooms in particular. And yes I for one still send mail. Not as often as I once did but I still send notes in greetings cards.

  2. Wow! I love your patterns! They’re really pretty and imaginative(did I spell that right?). I really love your work and wish I had someway to share some of my pictures with you. ‘Cause if I could mabey you could give me some pointers. Well anyway I hope to see some of you gift cards somewhere sometime.

  3. I really like these designs, particularly the Easter eggs. I like the way you combined the simple colour with the simple line patterns over the top! Your post has inspired me to revisit designing my own patterns again, so thanks for sharing and good luck with the screen printing stage. I still send mail too and have been trying to make rather than buy cards.

  4. Reblogged this on exploredream and commented:
    My feeling for art and craft is very different .Art is something which one desires instead of learning them..earlier some famous ancient painters interpreted the history of their nation through their rich paintings .This provided people a room of confidence and a glimpse of freedom and happiness..for eg the painting of bharat mata in India by the famous abinindrwnath Tagore provided a symbol of true nation spirit amongst the freedom fighter.Thus one should start taking art seriously as he/she can persue a career in it..

  5. Reblogged this on Benita Kvinlaug and commented:
    I thought I’d try something new today: re-blogging a post. I have no idea what that does, but I guess I’ll find out. I assume it just shows up on my blog, with a link or something from the original post.

    I was really inspired by this post, by the fact that it is such a simple challenge, but so very challenging to stick to. Maybe I could do something like that? I drawing a day? Drawing a new pose per day? I’ve been wanting to approve on anatomy drawing, maybe this is the time to do it. Anyways, I’ll put it on hold until after Uni finishes up, but I’m quite keen to start it up in the future.

    PS: check out the elephant postcard, -> so cute!

  6. I really love the elephant one, it’s absolutely adorable. It would do really well for baby clothes too! And the Easter eggs are just plain down cute, I love them!

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