Wednesdoodles: More Florals+Building Repeat Patterns


I’ve been so busy lately…or maybe I’m just always busy.

Anyhow after a nice weekend getaway at a cottage in Malagash, Nova Scotia with some pals I am back in action in the studio working away on a really fun project with The Flower Shop here in downtown Halifax. This particular flower shop is very near and dear to my heart because I worked there for about seven years, all through art school and a few years after that! I loved being a florist. It was so much fun and very inspiring! During my years there I met some of the most amazing and talented women, who inspired me to do my thing! So here I am working with the Flower Shop again doing what I love to do best!

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I am working on a few floral patterns that will be used for business cards, headers, and advertisements! I’ve been experimenting in my studio with different ways to make watercolour flowers. I’ve been playing around with different techniques and colours.

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Although when you are under a deadline there is really only so much time you can allow yourself to play around! I mean I could mess around with floral paintings for a long, long time!!

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I also spent a bit of time learning about constructing repeat patterns. Check out Design Sponge for a tutorial if you are interested! At first I was not convinced that the cutting an re-arranging of my drawing would work, so I gave it a shot and I was totally blown away to find that it WORKED! I had created a tile that didn’t look like much alone, but it could be seamlessly connected with itself again and again to form a repeat pattern!

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Florals are all over the place these days, and I really wanted to try to find my own way with them. It can be tough when you know who is out there doing what in the world of floral illustration! I found some of my work leaning very close to the look and feel of Riffle Paper Co. (which I adore!) so I had to move myself in a different direction. In the end I landed in a place I was very happy with.

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I am now ready to work this design into a repeat pattern that I will lay into the business cards! I will show you the results next week, stay tuned!


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