I’ve been learning how to turn my water color sketches into patterns. I talked about it last week here. This week I wanted to share with you my first water color placement pattern. My next goal is to create a hand drawn and a water colored font. FUN!
I’ve been working on creating repeats with water colors. I’m loving this technique. I take an original water color and scan it into Photoshop; clean it up and then import into Adobe Illustrator, where I make it into a vector and create a pattern. Here is a peak at some of my simple watercolor motifs.
Below is the Illustrator half drop repeat. I’m loving the half drops as they hide the pattern better.
Here are some new colors I’m crushing on at the moment and want to use in my next crafty art project or pattern. The dresses are from dottie angel. I whole heartedly admit that I have a HUGE crush on her. Love her blog, her style and her sense of ease. Sadly, she no longer blogs and has temporarily shut down her etsy site, where she sold these gorgeous smocks. Maybe some day, I’ll get to meet her in person.
I just bought the smock pattern and am going to attempt to sew my first smock. You can buy the pattern here. What I love most about dottie’s smocks the upcycled fabrics and of course the inspiration for this post, the COLOR.
Last week I started the last module of pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor. This module is called The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. The first week has been all about drawing. We’ve gotten lots of great prompts that are completely out of my comfort zone like: people, animals, robots, lions and aliens. It’s been fun to draw. Below is a peek at my sketches throughout the week.
I just completed the third pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This module is Monetizing Your Designs. We’ve been learning about freelancing, licensing, and manufacturing. Lots of GREAT information and I highly recommend all three modules.
As part of the this module we got access to WGSN, trend forecasting services. The website is packed with tons of information such as image libraries, design libraries, clip art, forecasting, color tools, image library, design tools, market intelligence, and MORE! I highly recommend check it out.
Here is a sneak peak at the spring/summer 2016 colors.
I like them muted and soft. I’ll have to put together a pattern with these colors.
This week Surtex is happening in NYC. Surtex is the premier event for selling and licensing original art and design. This year it is on May 17-19 at the Jacob K. Javits convention center. They are anticipating having over 6,000 attendees from all over the world. Some day I would love to have my artwork there, being represented by an agent. Here are a couple of the artists that are being shown there that caught my eye when I was browsing the participants from my warm bed in Santa Cruz.
Jenn Ski’s beautiful collection called Tiki Tok. She has such a wonderful mid century feel to all of her designs. Check out her website.
Irene Chan’s super cute children’s designs is below. Her designs are fun and playful. Check out her website Eneri, which is Irene spelled backwards.
Below is an illustration from Helen Dardik’s. Her blog is called Orange you Lucky. Super cute with tons of bright colors. Here is her website.
We’re in the second week of the third pattern design class at the Art and Business of Surface Design with Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton. This module is Monetizing Your Designs. We’ve been learning about freelancing, licensing, and manufacturing. Lots of GREAT information and I highly recommend all three modules.
The 2016/2017 Autumn/Winter trend report at PatternBank is out and available. 2017 is looking like there will be lots of lovely colors and I love the patchwork patterns. You can buy a copy of the report on their website.
Been working on a pattern for Pattern Mash and was featured on their website along with other designers. Here is the pattern, which I would love to make into a tea towel.
Does anyone have any recommendations on manufacturers for tea towels in the US?
It’s been a fantastic week, lots happening in happy valley. The garden is in now. We’re having a drought, so it will be interesting to see how I can water less, but still have a small garden.
Also, got news last week that my hex sign art was chosen to be featured at a local store called Stripe Men. It’s an awesome store in downtown Santa Cruz right off Pacific Ave for men decorated in mid century furniture and vintage items. They provide an inspirational playground for customers to find products from some of the best local talent, like me 😉 The art show is on Friday, December 4 from 5-9 PM and the art will be on display and for sale through out December. Super EXCITING. Everyone is invited.
Lastly, I am super stoked to be featured a couple weeks ago on a blog called a Daily Dose of Pattern. Check out may pattern and if you like patterns, check out Esther Bley’s patterns. She does some really lovely work.