Today I wanted to celebrate tolerance, diversity, and pride. As a mother of two wonderful LGBTQA people, I was planning on making at least a few rainbow designs for them. Also, I love rainbows.

Other than that, the geometric theme continues, again, using my new-found skill in making wavy lines in Illustrator.

These colors truly make me happy.

 

That’s it for me. See ya tomorrow!

Oh yeah: Redbubble link!

Yes, I’m changing the name of my challenge. Practically no one’s watching (and if you are, Hi!). I think it’s catchier, and it can encompass all the different things I’m doing. And I don’t have to remember if it’s Print and Pattern or Pattern and Print.

Today I put my new found Illustrator skill to use to create something I’ve always wanted to do; It’s not really an optical illusion, but it’s optically interesting. I played a lot with color, but ultimately, I found it to be most striking in black and white.

Here it is on Redbubble!

I found this to be a compelling pattern so I threw it onto a few other products as well. Here it is on a Flare dress on my Art of Where store where I oriented it lengthwise:

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And on a beanie, which I may just have to order for myself:

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That’s it for me! Until tomorrow!

My geometric theme sprint continues. Today I set out to do something completely different from the design you see below. I love the final result though, especially those rich, subdued colors.

And better yet! I learned a new technique in Illustrator to make this happen! Almost everything about this design is the result of accidents, experiments, trial and error and a lot of me saying “What happens if I do this?”

My process started out in Illustrator where I created the shapes, overall design and the color scheme. In photoshop I mellowed down the colors a lot, added some noise to mellow it even more, and did some color correction to get it more balanced.

That’s it for me today! Guess what, it’s not even 9pm yet! A record!

Oh, and here’s the Redbubble link to all the products!

Until tomorrow!

Last week was a free for all and I ended up with 7 very different patterns. To give myself a focus, I’ve decided to do Theme Sprints.

This first sprint will be Geometric Design, one of my very favorite things to do. It appeals to the mathematical side of my brain and it provides an endless source of inspiration, color palettes, and more.

I’m thrilled with today’s geometric pattern, it’s simplicity appeals to, and it allowed me to spend some time making different color stories. I put my favorite up on Redbubble, but eventually all these versions will make it up there.

 

For Redbubble, I created two versions – a print, non-repeating version, and a repeating version for larger items. Here’s one of the variations on a large throw pillow.

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This pillow, along with 55 other items with this design, are available on Redbubble!

Until tomorrow!

Do a layered feather pattern, I said. It’ll be simple, fun, and quick, I told myself. I was wrong. The Adobe Illustrator file got so big and unwieldy that every action took ages,

My process in a nutshell: draw some simple feather shapes in Procreate on the Ipad. Migrate those into Illustrator and vectorize. Add color, texture, shadows. Create the repeating pattern on a 9.5″ x 10″ square. Export into photoshop to make final PNG for upload.

The pattern itself is fairly simple – I created three blue tipped feathers and arranged them in an overlapping pattern to create the appearance of a feathered being. Fun for a pillow or a dress!

Self grade: C+

The good: I like the speckles and gentle colors. The bad: The contrast isn’t quite enough and I think the fact that they are feathers could be a bit ambiguous. The style isn’t much to my liking.

Tomorrow is Saturday, and I’m hoping to do something a bit more ambitious. A friend told me she’d love to see me do more badass ladies from history portraits. I’m intrigued.