I've been busy over the last week getting to grips with creating seamless patterns in photoshop. I've spent quite a bit of time playing in previous months and making little patterns here and there, but it's been somewhat hit and miss as to whether they're actually seamless or not. In fact more frequently than I would like they've had little glitches and errors and I just couldn't quite work out why! Finally though, the giant penny has dropped and now I'm a bit addicted! This is a re-take on the blue and white pattern I took from a vase of flowers I painted a few months ago. I'm in the process of loading these up onto fabric and products to sell online at Art Of Where and Spoonflower.
It has been absolutely sweltering hot in my little studio and since my windows don't actually open I have been slowly melting, add children's school holidays into the mix and the result is not a lot has been getting created! However, I have been managing to rework some of my existing images in the cooler evenings while mulling over the idea of preparing to open an Etsy shop in the near future. For now, here's my little folk tin with an update all of its own, including a new background!
It's come back around to that time of year again and Mats Bootcamp is here at last, along with a familiar buzz, as friends old and new come together to create art from all corners of the globe. Artists on the whole tend to be a kindly bunch and the Mats community is full of inspiration and support. It attracts the real pro's, the beginners and everything in between and I always come away feeling utterly enriched and often with a new friend or two. The days leading up to the first assignment are filled with the kind of excitement you feel as a little kid waiting for Christmas! So it is with great joy that I can share with you what I've been getting up to during this first week of the mini assignment: 'What's in My Bag'. This has been a fascinating exercise, I suppose we don't often analyse exactly what we carry around with us everyday, but the process of doing just that has strangely taught me a great deal about myself and my own personal style.
My adventure in simple patterns with CreativeBug has been continuing in the background of other work. It's so therapeutic and is a great way to try some different colour combinations and become acquainted with my beautiful set of Turner Acryl Gouache. At some point I'd like to come back to the paisley and paint it in several colour ways. But for now the month ahead is very full with various other arty projects.