surface pattern design, week five

The last couple weeks I’ve shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

This is the last week of Module 1 and it’s been all about patterns! We’ve learned about designing coordinating pieces, patterns for products and designing your own stationery.

Below is a pattern I created from our iron table on the porch. It makes this oval pattern. Which color do you like?

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Happy Thanksgiving and have a great week!

k

surface pattern design, week four

The last couple weeks I’ve shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

This week and next week are all about pattern – how to create pattern, how to layer and create texture, and how to do box repeats. For the box repeats, we first started out doing them by hand. I took some of my paint chips and carefully placed them on the edges, mirroring each side as a seamless repeat pattern would occur. Then I simply scattered the rest in the center. Viola, a box repeat. Seemed easy by hand with an object that was symmetrical. We’ll see when we get to more complicated shapes and on the computer.

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This week I also received my first pattern printed on cotton from Spoonflower. You can purchase it by the yard, as wall paper or as gift wrap here.  I was ecstatic. Here it is a photo of a fat quarter.

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In addition to all that fun, I was totally EXCITED to find out that my pattern was trending at Spoonflower on their Recent Trends list.  Super fun week!

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What have you been up to this week?

k

 

surface pattern design, week three

The last couple weeks I’ve shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

This week was all about color. Oh do I love color! We’ve been encouraged to wear color this week and avoid black. It’s been hard to do, but I see the difference in my mood when I’m decked out in color. Upon looking in my closet, I’ve discovered that I have very little patterned clothing and it all seems to be in either black or in fall colors like browns and oranges. I sometimes wonder how I can love pattern so much, but I don’t wear it.

I’ve been having so much FUN, learning about how to create color keys from photos, how to create mood boards in 3d and online in Pinterest, and how to use these as inspirations for our patterns. Can you say FUN!

See my color key below for Rex Rey’s beautiful collage.

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Here is a 3D moodboard I created.

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Here are the patterns that I’ve been drawn to check them out here.

Lastly, we’ve been introduced to trending. Wow, what a great job it would be to research and follow color trends. I can’t wait until Module 2 and 3 where we learn how to create a professional color trend.

Have a great week!

k

surface pattern design, week two

Last week I shared that I was taking a Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton and that for the next five weeks, I’d be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

Well this week has been about mark making and adding color in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. It has been so much fun. Here is a piece that I’m working on today. Do you like it with the strip or without?

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Below are some other students in the class that are blogging about their experiences. Check out their great work!

Have a GREAT week!

k

surface pattern design, week one

Several months ago I signed up for all four Modules: Designing Your Way, Creating Your Professional Identity, Monetizing Your Designs , and an advanced Pattern Design Class from the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. For the next five weeks, I’ll be posting about my experience with Module 1 Designing Your Way.

The first week is all about inspiration. We’re looking at how and where to find inspiration. I’ve been photographing and sketching. Here are some of my mark making exercises.

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More to come, have a fabulous week.

k

 

 

ny city

We’ve been visiting NY this week. Check out some of the pics. Here is a mural in the lower east side. I just love the street art!

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This was a BEyouTIful floral I found on the ground in China town.

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And of course, the classic shot down the street.

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Loved this mural in the Bronx.

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Below is an exhibit of Jeff Koons at the Whitney. It was SUPER fun!

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We rode bikes along the upper west side to the Washington Bridge. Was great to spin our legs.

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Here is a seat at a local doughnut shop. Piet LOVED them.

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Here is some more street art from the High Liner.

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More street art…

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Last but not least, the view from the apartment that we stayed at in the lower east side. LOVED the view.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

paperphilia

Been having fun playing with paper this week with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton in their paper love challenge. Check out their Paper Love eCourse if you want to be a part of their next class.

My first photo is heart orgami. Super easy to create and fun to leave for that special someone.

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Another exercise we did was to create maps. The next two photos are maps I made of Manhattan with text I discovered from where I sat at the Black Cat Cafe in the lower east side.

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I do love paper. Enjoy your week!

k

curtains and weddings

Hi, it’s been a fun week. I’ve been to a friend’s wedding in Carmel Valley last weekend and this weekend my daughter and grandson visited. Here are some pictures from the wedding venue.

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The crafty part of the weekend was sewing a curtain from a bedsheet with my daughter. This is her first time sewing. Crazy that I just learned a couple months ago. The machine my friend Tami let us borrow is getting used a lot! Guess I may need to get myself one soon.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

hex signs and rain

It rained here in Santa Cruz yesterday. It smelled so yummy. We haven’t had rain in almost a year. I hope this means we will have some rain this winter.

Soooo….I’ve been busy creating hex signs this week. It’s so fun! I painted right on the wood canvases that I made several weekends ago with the babes.

Hex signs are a form of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. I’m from Hershey, Pennsylvania and love that I’m going back to my roots. People originally painted them on their barns as decoration. The barn paintings, usually in the form of “stars in circles,” grew out of the fraktur and folk art traditions about 1850 when barns first started to be painted in the area. Here is my work, enjoy.

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The eight point star is to offer abundance and goodwill to everyone. Here is to abundance of water, which we need so badly in Cali.

Have a GREAT week!

k