There are several designs that I have numerous colour options for. There's something magical about recolouring a design and seeing new elements that were not prominent come to the fore. In some cases the design can transform into something completely different.
One such set of patterns is "Cowrie Star". This was one of the first patterns that I created when I first started getting interested in pattern design. The original colouring was an incongruous combination of sky blue, hot pink, lilac and yellow, with dark grey accents. I decided that I didn't like it so I attempted to recolour it (at that point it was still quite early in my design journey). I ended up with a really bold orange, blue red and pink combination. I actually quite like it, but it is quite difficult to look at! 😂 I wouldn't want an entire outfit made out of it, but it would work wonderfully as a bold accent or trim, or in patchwork and quilting.
In the second example the stars are much more prominent and the detail in the surrounding elements is much more noticeable. For a while it was jus these two variations, but I can never resist tinkering so now there are an additional five variants.
In the first two versions the stars and the surrounding, intersecting rings are quite prominent. The desaturated orange/blue version shows more of the background detail. In the pink/sky blue version the star motifs and the surrounding segments look more like isolated motifs compared with the previous three versions. Finally in the last version the pattern looks very different - the larger outer star is more prominent and the surrounding segments look more connected and are more of a feature than in any of the previous examples.
I had a lot of fun trying out all these colour combinations and I really like the results - especially the mint/blue and the retro green with the 70s vibe. I could probably keep going, but at some point you just have to stop! So that will be all... (for now).
All of the variants except the original are available to buy in my Spoonflower and Redbubble shops.
We're a month into Spring. How is it the end of April already?!! Anyway I've just released a new pattern in my Spoonflower shop - "Spring Woodland Wildlife". It's a fun pattern featuring blossoming trees and woodland wildlife in a fresh, soft colour palette - perfect for kid's clothes, soft furnishings and bags.
As I mentioned in an earlier post I opened a shop with Woven Monkey and so I am slowly uploading my existing designs to the platform. It's an interesting process because it has made me revisit some designs that I'd sort of forgotten about. Geo Wheels is one of the first surface pattern designs that I created, originally with white, aqua/mint and red backgrounds. I couldn't resist playing around with more colours and loved the results with lilac, mustard and teal backgrounds so these are now available at Woven Monkey and also in my Redbubble shop.
The challenge over at Spoonflower this week is to create a design featuring a composition of paper cut-outs to be displayed on table napkins.
Instead of creating a brand new design I decided to tweak the teacup design that I created for the Chintz challenge back in November last year where I digitally cut chintzy patterned swatches with a teacup punch. To adapt it for the current brief I removed the foliage from the background and reverted to a solid pattern on the teacups instead of the white heart cut-outs seen in the original design. I also decided to go with a light blue background because I liked how it looked on the napkins.
Head over to Spoonflower to vote! Voting closes on 7th April at 3pm EST.
The latest Spoonflower Design Challenge is Faux Textured Wallpaper. The brief was to "create a repeating design that you can’t help but touch". I had lots of ideas for this, but not necessarily the time or the skill to make them happen. In hindsight I should have saved my Mirror Ball design that I used for the Roller Rink Nostalgia challenge for this challenge. But I didn't, so I had to come up with something else.
I really like my collection of designs inspired by Spanish Tiles. Originally in teal and white, I have tried one or two coloured variations of the Entwined design. A while ago, while learning how to use mask layers in my graphics program, I played around with using textures with that design, so I decided to revisit those experiments for this challenge.
I was originally going to go with a blue and gold colour scheme, featuring blue glitter and gold foil.
But I wasn't completely feeling it, so in the end I opted for this pink and gold version.
The textures that I used here are glitter and gold foil. Did I make the right choice for my challenge entry? Voting is open until 3pm EST / 8pm GMT on 17th March, so if you like what you see, please vote for me.
This design was created for the Spoonflower design challenge - Roller Rink Nostalgia. When I thought of the brief I immediately thought roller ball, so that's what I attempted to re-create and I think that I did a pretty decent job!
I think that it would look amazing on a shiny fabric, like satin and it works really well with home decor and accessory items.
I recently posted about my latest design - A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies - which I entered into the Spoonflower Design Challenge. Part of the design process is to try out different colourways and there were several that I really liked, so I've added them to my Redbubble shop.
The first is a lighter blue version. I love the original teal version, but there was also something about this lighter version that really appealed to me. The second is on a light chevron background. The third is on a black background with white line work, which has a bit of an art deco feel. And the last version is on a purple background. Even though the design elements are the same, the different background colours and textures give four very different results. Maybe I'll revisit this in the future and play around with the colours of the butterflies, flowers and other elements.
This week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is all about kaleidoscopes. As usual I sat down to begin about four hours before the submission deadline! I had kind of decided I wasn't going to enter but then I found myself with some free time so I sat in front of the computer and decided to have a play.
The first elements that I went for were butterflies. I don't know if that was because deep in my subconscious I made the connection between kaleidoscopes and butterflies (the former being the collective noun for the latter) or if I just thought that butterflies would look pretty in a kaleidscope. The colour scheme came about organically once I had selected the butterflies that I wanted to use. It wasn't really a conscious decision, but I knew that I wanted to use pink flowers and then once I had the blue, tealy green and pink elements the purple just followed. It's a colour combination that I find myself using a lot. My signature colours perhaps?
I considered using the pattern function in Adobe draw to create the kaleidoscope effect, but due to the lack of time I decided to simply create a tile with a geometric pattern and then use the mirror repeat function in the Spoonflower uploader to achieve a kaleidoscopic look. Somehow it all came together and I LOVE it! Voting is now open at Spoonflower until Tues 19th November at 8pm EST. I'd love your vote if you're willing to give it.
The theme of this week's Spoonflower Design Challenge is Chintz. Chintz is originally from India featuring repeating, colourful motifs printed on cotton. It gained popularity in Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries where it featured first in home decor (wallpaper, furniture and hangings etc.) , but eventually it began to be used on clothing. It became so popular that European countries banned importing it fearing that it would destabilise their local textile industries.
Over time Chintz has been used to describe a particular type of floral fabric - think Laura Ashley. It fell out of fashion in the early twentieth century, but is now seeing something of a revival. If you're interested in learning more there are some interesting articles on the V&A Museum blog.
While I was researching Chintz (check out my Chintz Inspiration board on Pinterest) I came across a lot of images of teacups and china. Hence the inspiration for my design. I wanted to go for a more contemporary feel, which I did by using watercolour, chintzesque floral designs.
If you like the design please vote at Spoonflower. Voting closes Tuesday 12th Nov at 8pm GMT (3pm EST).
In addition to the purple, I also used light blue, tan and pale yellow backgrounds. All four variations are available in my Redbubble shop and will be coming soon to Spoonflower.
I like patterns and flowers and bright colours.