My house is a mess. It’s a disaster. I would add photos to prove my point, but it would be too embarrassing. It should be known that my house is almost never really clean. But, it’s worse than I’ve seen it in a long time. I can barely stand to walk into the living room.

And do you know why? Because art. Because creative passion. Because color palettes and learning new Illustrator skillz with a z. Because I was glued to Illustrator all weekend making repeating patterns in gorgeous, rich color palettes to sell as downloadables on Etsy.

My weekend goal was simple – make a pretty color story based on a particular vintage red color I’m obsessed with. Here’s what I came up with, starting with the base color on the very left:

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My plan: I would create the color story, make at least one pattern, maybe two, and start building up a pattern library over the next few weeks. Then I could translate that pattern into more color stories, and so on.

Well, I ended up making seventeen patterns in multiple palettes. SEVENTEEN! In multiple colors, meaning I now have over 100 different variations of the patterns, with more to come.

Here’s just a taste.

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So, that’s what I did this weekend, instead of clean, or grocery shop, or do any of the other 100 things that need my attention.

That top left pattern is my favorite, and one of the last ones I created. I pulled it into Redbubble. It looks mighty fine on a pillow!

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I’m serious, I’ve become obsessed. It’s a problem – please send help.
I’ve even started collecting Mid Century Modern Design color palettes on my Pinterest page. Just the colors! Green-gold? Yes, please. Mid century modern patterns, mid century modern prints, mid century modern furniture. I love it all.

Here’s some prints I’ve found on Etsy featuring a Mid Century Modern flair.

Mid Century Modern Bookcase, Modern Furniture, Retro Table, art for kitchen, Jax Paperweights, Retro wall decor, Lounge Art, modern decor

From the shop: Tomas Design


Mid Century Art, Retro wall art, Mid century print, Pebbles Wall Art, Mid Century Modern Print, Abstract Art, Yellow, Textured Wall Art

From the shop YoYo Studio


Millennial Pink Forest Green Mid Century Modern Print | Blush Pink Print | Abstract Geometric Art | Olive Green Print | Pink Wall Art

From the shop ThePeoplesPrints


Mid Century Modern Motel Sign Print | Mid Century Modern Art | Neon Sign Print | Mid Century Modern Wall Art | Neon Sign Art | Motel Print

From the shop RetroRoadsidePhoto