surface pattern

I won!

I am absolutely thrilled to bits that my entry to the Make it in Design testimonials competition has won me a place on the next part of the course! My picture was created with water colour and I used a dip pen for the fine lettering. I loved doing the first module in the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course and it really has changed the way I look at the world, so it felt right to use bright spring colours to express that. My testimonial was one of two to have been chosen by course leader and design guru Rachael Taylor and fellow winner was Kevin Brackley who is no doubt feeling every bit as chuffed as I am!

mariflowers

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Watercolour and FW ink love

I have been away from my studio recently and travelling light with just my tiny water colour set to keep me company. I had forgotten how lovely water colour is and how different it is to acrylic ink, which is what I use most of the time for illustrations. I love both mediums in different ways; FW inks are incredibly vivid and very versatile, but water colour has a beautiful quality to it. The colours are subtle and each one seems to settle on the page in a slightly different way. I am by no means an expert but I do like to play – here are some patterns I’ve been working on, the first three were painted with water colour and the ones beneath that are FW ink.

House and Bat pattern

P-P repeat

pets

jellyfish and seaweed

Fishies

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patterns

I’ve come to the end of my e-course in surface pattern design and it’s been great fun. I have learnt a great deal and I still have lots of exercises to catch up on. My tutor, the wonderful designer Rachael Taylor really packed the course full of information so I shall be going back over it all with a fine tooth comb over the next few weeks. For now here are some of my first patterns made with indian ink straight from the pipette and manipulated in photoshop and illustrator.

swirly-flower-faces1

square-swirls-with-face-motif

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new woodland kerchiefs out now!

I have been away from my computer for a little while so there is a lot to catch up on and where better to start than with Grubbies who have just brought out their new autumn/winter kerchiefs. I loved designing these scarves, they are definitely my kind of thing – autumn trees, fallen leaves, woodland creatures and their colours are bright red and yellow, good for cheering up dark winter days. Due to popular demand Grubbies have decided to sell the scarves in big sizes as well as little ones. An excellent idea if you ask me! And I’m not in the least biased…

owl kerchief

toadstools kerchief