Month: February 2016

Pink Vines Pattern

Pink and purple retro flower pattern

This pattern began quite differently. It was originally going to be in shades of blue, green and white, and much more geometric… but it morphed into this. The purple vines are taken from an illustration I’ve been working on, and the bendy vine was an experiment to see if I could match up a bendy line (I did). All in all this is a fun pattern that could look sweet¬†on a duvet or blanket, no?

Junk Shop Flower Garden Pattern

Red blue and white floral pattern

This pattern was inspired by 1970’s fabrics and simple flowers. I imagine it on some soft, warn out needle cord, maybe on a knee length A-Line skirt, a large cushion or some kid’s dungarees.

All of the pattern elements were drawn in Illustrator using the pen tool or the blob paintbrush.

Floral pattern with colour palette

Flower pattern on a cushion mock up

Flower pattern on a tote bag

Red floral pouch

Photo of a dress with a red floral pattern

Vintage Sheet Pattern

Mint vintage sheet pattern

I love vintage sheets. I’ve been buying them up in bulk from charity shops, eBay and Etsy with the goal of sewing summer dresses from them. There is something incredibly charming and nostalgic about them, particularly those from the 1970’s. I don’t know why they excite me so much.

This is my go at making a digital version of a vintage sheet. I sketched most of the flowers and scanned them before tracing their shapes in Illustrator. I created some extra elements using the pen tool before assembling bunches of flowers and foliage.

Digital vintage sheet pattern

Bright Simple Floral Pattern

Bright flower pattern

This pattern was drawn quickly using the blob paintbrush in Illustrator. Its so useful for creating slightly wobbly shapes.

I’m trying to create better colour palettes to use in my patterns, but I find it very hard. I always want to add more and more and more colours, and I need to focus on how smaller colour palettes can work together. I love limited colour palettes when other people work with them, I cant seem to give up chaotic colours though.

Here are four variants on this pattern, in different colour ways:

Floral pattern in four colour ways

Night Owl Illustration

Illustration of a blue owlJust a simple and quick illustration of one of my favourite creatures, the owl.

Floral Kitty Repeat Pattern

Repeat pattern with lilac cats and bright flowers

Cats are such elegant creatures. I love their physical form and the way they can look like they’ve melted. Such effortless existence!

This pattern started out with a completely pastel colour palette, but my love of bright green has crept in and transformed it into a much brighter appearance. I cant get enough bright green.

Getting the flow of patterns right is challenging. The cats in this one are not working quite right – my eyes move across them in diagonal rows – so I need to work on this, its definitely my weakness when it comes to surface patterns. I will get better with practice!


Flower Bunny Illustration

Illustration of a pink bunny

This little bunny is sitting in a nest of spring flowers. He’s wearing a spotted bow tie, and is looking a little like a rabbit in the headlights. I wonder what he is thinking about?

This little chap is based on a crochet bunny I saw in a craft magazine at work. He is drawn in Adobe Illustrator using the blob paintbrush tool, and the flowers are made from manipulated circle shapes built up.

Kitty in the Flowers Illustration

Illustrated black cat in flowers

This weekend has been well and truly rained off by the dreadful weather. Its meant I’ve been snuggled up, furiously pinning vintage fabric and illustrations on Pinterest. There is only so long I want to go before I have a go at drawing something though, and this little kitty cat is the result.

I’ve been very lazy drawing this – its all been done using my laptop track pad and either the blob paint brush or the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. The colour palette comes from the Pantone Pastels + Neons set in Illustrator, with a few extra shades thrown in. I love how the colours are soft but still pop on the pastel pink background, and the black cat has so much contrast against the soft colours.


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