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.
At last, I have made the commitment to finish the final year of my degree, my youngest will be starting school in September and now seems like the right time! After much thought and deliberation, I've chosen to pursue Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. While I'm incredibly excited at the prospect, I'm also slightly nervous and a little apprehensive. Having already done the first two years with a young family in tow, I am under no illusions of how tough it's going to be, despite my wonderful and supportive family. Plus, oh my goodness I have got so much to learn about pattern! So in an attempt to start as I mean to carry on, I've been going slightly pattern crazy by starting with some of my existing work and getting to grips with creatine pattern repeats in photoshop. Hopefully, with some practice my pattern designing will become a little more sophisticated. I'm really intrigued at the thought of looking back in a years time and seeing how my work has evolved!
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!
Molly Mouse is the central feature of my folk inspired tea tin.
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.
For Christmas I got an amazing spangly new set of 24 Turner Acryl Gouache paints, the colours are soooo vibrant! So, what better way to try them out than joining in with Lisa Congdon's 'Daily Painting Challenge' over at Creative Bug. Here's a little montage of the first 4 days: Gingham, Plaid, Scallop and Argyle. By the end I should have 31 patterns.. fun!