Garden Folk Pattern Design

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.

Garden Folk Pattern Design Arsenic Green Raspberry by Susie Batsford
Garden Folk Pattern Design Sage Raspberry Green by Susie Batsford
Garden Folk Pattern Design Natural Stone Blue by Susie Batsford

Etsy On the Horizon ...

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!

Handpainted Folk Art Tea Tin with Mouse and Chaffinch Bird by Susie Batsford

Repeat Pattern in Blue & White

It's been 3 days since the snow came to Devon, the first snow in 5 whole years and our first ever 'Red' weather warning. Everything really came to a standstill, the UK isn't equipped to deal with these weather conditions. All the local schools closed, much to the children's delight and we now have igloos and snowmen scattered around the garden. In the meantime, I have taken the opportunity to stay warm and concentrate on learning about seamless repeat patterns in photoshop. I've taken some of the icons from my vase of flowers to make this repeat pattern to be used as wrapping paper with my Mothers Day card for Folio Focus. It's taken forever to learn, but I have finally achieved what a year ago, seemed like the impossible!

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Time for a Bit of Hygge!

Being with the ones we love, creating happy experiences, atmosphere and a homely environment, who doesn't love a bit of Hygge!  Although Christmas has come and gone, I am still working on my Christmas portfolio along with a whole host of other lovely peeps led by Victoria Johnson.  Yup, I signed up for a second round of Create Christmas and week 1 was all about Christmas Hygge.  Perfect while the temperatures outside are on the minus scale, the wind is howling and the rain is unrelenting.  So, here's my take on a folk design with a Swedish Dala Horse.

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