For ages I wanted to create a collection of patterns (by ‘collection’ understand a family of patterns that work together in terms of theme and colour) and I got the extra push I needed when I read about the latest UPPERCASE competition.
I finally made some time for it since to take part you had to be able to submit between 5 and 8 patterns that worked well together, which is a lot more than I normally create.
I ended up creating two collections of four designs:
and Walk In The Meadow
If I had to sum up the process I followed, I would say that I made three key creative choices when I designed these two collections:
I chose my theme: back when the competition was taking place, I wanted to draw flowers. Lots of them!
I chose a limited colour palette: for these patterns I decided that three colours (and their hues) worked best. I was in a mood for soft, almost vintagey colours so I chose a soft blue/pink, a golden yellow and white as my key colours.
I set the tone and decided to be bold: I liked how some of the flowers looked when they were really big so I decided that for these two collections I was going to work with two bigger designs, one intricate/slightly more complex design and a supporting, very simple one.
Most importantly, I tried to be free and have fun in the process.
And part of the fun was to see my patterns applied to products! (Unfortunately I didn’t win the UPPERCASE competition; but it didn’t stop me!)
Today I have been working on some new tea-themed patterns. Although I am generally quite happy with the patterns themselves, there is still some work to do at the colour level in order to create a collection.
I recently challenged myself to create more patterns in order to diversify my portfolio and show a different set of skills. The challenge was to create one pattern a day for a week. It went pretty well until I was given some work with a deadline for the end of the week so I had to cheat a little and I did only four instead of the planned five. You have seen my ‘Candy Weather‘ design already; here are the other ones I came up with:
Today I would like to share a pattern that I designed yesterday. It is very simple but I like the sweet, pastel colours. That’s why I called this one ‘Candy Weather’ (‘weather’ because there are some ‘weather elements’ in it too).
I don’t know… maybe it’s because I am a bit ill that I find them so nice to design this week. I would even say almost therapeutic in a way. Very much like colouring books. And they are fun to make. Anyway enough blabla, here are the new additions to this week’s collection: