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Colour Challenge from Brandi Girl Blog


My good friend and fellow colour lover, Brandi from Brandi Girl Blog, has issued a colour challenge so of course I jumped at the chance to take part.

The rules are: head over to Brandi’s blog and choose from one of 1 of 6 her gorgeous colour palettes. I’m going with #4 above. Then go ahead and create something with your chosen palette. Once complete head back to Brandi’s Blog and fill in the entry form. The winner will receive a digital copy of her just released colour theory book, Understanding Color, and 3 of her palette prints. You have until July 15, so lots of time.

As you know I’ve been somewhat inspired by knitting at the moment, so I thought it would be fun to create a couple of knitting inspired repeating patterns.

Digital pattern inspired by wool

Digital pattern inspired by knitting

It was nice to finally get a tossed print working and I think the colour palette works well. So what do you think? Will you join in?

June 25, 2013 \ patterns \ 4 comments

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New pattern :: sunshine rain

Pattern swatch called sunshine rain

I finally finished up my little rain cloud pattern. I had a bit of a problem with the dashed lines behind the clouds so I had to make a deviation, which I like better. I’ve added this pattern to Spoonflower and once I have received my sample swatch it will be for sale on the Crimson Pear Spoonflower shop. I think it needs a complimentary pattern, what do you think? We’ve just got new grey couch covers in our family room and they are in need of some new throw cushions, I think this pattern may be just the thing.

May 28, 2013 \ patterns \ 1 comment

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Palette and patterns :: fruit

An open pomegranate

Did you know that iStockphoto release a free vector and image each week? Neither did I until I paid attention to the email in my inbox and now I watch out for them. This pomegranate came free a couple of weeks ago and fitted with my current fruit obsession. Something I haven’t done in a long while is a palette and pattern post so I thought I would make them a regular feature again. Now why did I stop?

2 patterns inspired by pears

My two patterns were inspired by the first round of logo development I did a couple of years ago. I came across a very rough single line pear drawing I did when brainstorming ideas for Crimson Pear. I thought it would be fun to reminisce and include it in a pattern. The second one is actually the middle of my current, but soon to be superseded, logo. I created both patterns using Illustrator CS6’s new pattern maker tool, which I’m not sure I completely understand how to drive and while I sit here and type I can see a couple of errors so don’t look too closely.

January 21, 2013 \ patterns \ 2 comments

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My pod prints and photos that suck

3 pictures of screen printed fabric

I promised I would share these with you and I’m starting to think you’ll be sorry you asked to see them because my photos suck really badly. Oh my – this was the best of a very bad bunch so it will be back to the camera for me if for no other reason that to get it right.

So humour me OK and I’ll explain. You may be able to recognise my pod in a mustard yellow I was determined to use and mixed by hand and I’m so pleased that the colour made it’s way out of my head and into paint. It took quite a while to get the ‘right’ colour which loosely translates to I ended up with a very large quantity that I happily shared with my classmates. I was equally determined towards that blue but I arrived at it so quickly which meant I had such a little quantity that I had to be frugal to make it to the end of the class with some left to use. If you look closely you can see where it started to dry on the screen which resulted in a not perfect print.

On the second day I went for a red twill fabric but this time thought I’d experiment with a stencil pod shape, followed by the pods and then the ‘seeds’. I think the effect is quite striking and I’m planning a complimentary digital design to turn my hand printed yardage into something wonderful – what would you recommend? My teacher insisted I do the sole white pod on red – and I so wish I’d done more of them.

Now, when I take better photos I will share those with you too.

July 6, 2012 \ patterns \ 7 comments

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Inspired by :: August Empress watercolour patterns

Watercolour patterns

Watercolour patterns larger

Remember I said I would share some talent that makes use of watercolour and hand drawn graphics? I wanted to take some time out today to share with you the gorgeous watercolour patterns available for download from August Empress, the blog of the super talented Jo. These are just a small selection that Jo has generously made available on her blog.

I have been an admirer of Jo’s work for quite a while. Her work has such a feminine touch which is so enticing. I especially love how she combines watercolour and layers in a lot of the work she does.

All these patterns are available for download from August Empress.

  1. Geometric Watercolour Pattern – Circles
  2. Geometric Watercolour Pattern – Squares
  3. Chevron Watercolour Pattern
  4. Floral Watercolour Pattern

June 2, 2012 \ patterns \ 2 comments

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First pass with my vintage design

The one thing that has pretty much eluded me with designing is how to create a complex repeating pattern. Not that this attempt is complex but I wanted a brick pattern a per my scribbles. I found a great tutorial on creating a repeating hexagon pattern and applied the technique to this. What you’re looking at here is actually a screen shot of my starting design in Photoshop. The blue lines (the guides) are showing the area that I copied and used to create a pattern.

These are my three designs filled with the pattern and because I couldn’t decide which background colour I liked more I decided to post them all. Which one is your favourite? If you’d like to know exactly how this was done in Photoshop I’d be happy to put together a step by step… just say the word.

January 8, 2011 \ patterns \ 4 comments

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