Category: Surface Patterns (page 2 of 2)

Party Dogs Pattern

Pattern with black dogs on a yellow background

This pattern is inspired by those dogs you see out for walkies who smile with pride at their owners, like walkies is just the best thing ever.

Black dog illustration

Here’s a close up view of one of these doggies. Look at that smile!

I drew the dog character directly in Illustrator, using the blob paintbrush and laptop trackpad. He’s lovely and imperfect because of this.

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

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!


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