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

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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

 

 

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

jeweled dissonance and kaleidoscopes

This is a post on my last summer school brief from a class I’m taking from Make it in Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This week we were given the theme of jeweled dissonance.

I start most of my projects with an inspiration board on Pinterest.  Check out my board.

What got me focused was remembering that when I was little I had a kaleidoscope and how they looked like melted jewels. This was the picture that started me thinking I wanted to create some type of jewel motif.

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Here was the color palette we were given.

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I began to sketch and came up with these sketches

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I loved the second drawing as I was trying to go for the kaleidoscope feeling. I took that drawing, scanned it into PhotoShop and began coloring it in.

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Here is the final motif, not yet in a pattern.

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And here it is in several patterns.

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Here is the print sheet I created for the theme.

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Have a fabulous week!

k

print sheets from summer school

Happy weekend!

As I mentioned in my blog last week, I’m taking summer school, Make it in Design, with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This week we were given the theme of jeweled dissonance. I’ll post my work next week.

What I wanted to share today were the print sheets I made from the tribal and tropical patterns. Let me know what you think.

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Have a great week!

k

summer school

I’ve been in summer school and it’s been really fun. The class I’m taking is with Make it in Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. Every two weeks we are given a brief and asked to prepare a pattern.

The first brief we got was tropical. Here is my pattern. I did a hand drawing of the trees, scanned it and then worked on it digitally.

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The second brief was tribal. Here is the color chart and my final pattern.

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Here is the gallery for the beginning students. Check them all out and I’ll post my last brief in the weeks to come.

What have you been up to this week?

k

 

 

last week of surface pattern design class

I’ve been working on technical repeats on paper (PhotoShop is next module), patterns in PhotoShop, buisness logo, and coordinated presentation sheets. This surface pattern class called The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design with Beth Kempton and Rachel Taylor has been super fun. It’s said because this is the last week and I’ve had a lot of fun checking out the daily homework posts and having fun networking with other pattern designers. Here is some of the work I’ve been doing this week.

Below is my original line drawing of a poppy from pippin lane. I took it and repeated in PhotoShop. Loving the colors; it’s simple and clean.

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The one below here has a middle eastern flair. Again I took my original line art and uploaded it into PhotoShop. I researched the trending colors for fall and decided to use them as they were rich and full, perfect for fall.

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Below is a presentation sheet showing a collection of coordinated patterns. It’s my original line work  and was super fun to do! Can you see this on a set of flannel sheets, curtains or pillows?

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Have a great week!

Kyrrha