Saturday, 24 December 2011

Pattern board Opt 2 ........

As promised ,please see below my alternative colourway option , inspired by my Singapore colour board ! I quite like where this is heading & think the option on the right is my favourite !

& here is the Colour palette again for easy ref.

See you all soon x

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Little pattern exercise...........

To follow on from my colour boards post from last week, I thought I would show you a few of the designs I had been working on ! All work in progress but I couldn't resist adding them onto here !
So as a reminder please see the inspired colourboard below. As mentioned previously this image was captured when we were in Dubai. We went in a four by four landrover trip across the dessert & got stuck ( short term tank goodness ) at the top of a sand dune ! It was a amazing experience & one to remember.

I am liking the colour option on this pattern board & of course S.T.R.I.P.E.S. I am a big fan of stripes !

& here's a little close up of my random placement print idea ! I think this could work really well on a jotter or folder  ! Just a thought ! x

Stay tuned as I also worked on another colourway for this print board & I was quite pleased with the overall look ! I plan to post this later today to head back if you get chance.

Enjoy your day, it's nearly Christmas x

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Pattern adore continued........

To follow on from my 'adore' boards I posted on here yesterday I thought I would have a little rummage around on the internet & see what prints are currently in store that really catch my eye ! So for today, have a good nosy at the options I came across at Asos that really intrigued me .....

I am liking these cutsy bows ! It has a very hand drawn feel to it as well ! Thumbs up from me x

Then we have this little number ! While I do try & move away from the flower power designs myself, I do love the colour usage in this option !

The highlight electric blue & bright orange really work here ! I could imagine this print on a large selection of stationary options too ! I personally would like to see this as a long scarf ! Would work really well me thinks !

This is a quirky little option. With a bold orange background & outline drawings there is something about this that I really like ! The actual design of the man with the big hat isn't my cup of tea but I do like the way the thin black outline works on the print ! Interesting .......

Then last but not least ! This t-shirt is quite cute ! I like the lettering used here  but would have prefered to see it used on some pj's ! With an AOP option for the bottoms. But again just my opinion !

Talking of Pyjama's, I hope to show you a selection of design garment boards I produced a few years ago now when I did some licensed design work for 'Hello Kitty' & 'bubblegum'. Stay tuned ! x

See you all soon x

Monday, 19 December 2011

19th of December ? Yikes...........

Hello All.

Good weekend peeps? We had a wonderful family day on Sunday, taking my gorgeous Spencer to see Santa Claus at the Windmill animal farm! We even got to go on a little cute train ride to Santa's grotto ! Spencer is still a tad young to know what's going on but we really enjoyed spending time with him together as a family ! Just think this time next week it will be Boxing day !

So to go off the Christmas track for five minutes I want to show you a little bit of what I got upto last week ! I am still enjoying developing my print & pattern style for the Surface pattern ecourse I am currently registered on & got the chance to develop some Mood boards which will help me going forward when developing my own style of work in the future !

It's an exciting time on this road of discovery into my own style of pattern design !! MY 'adore' boards are just that, snippets into the styles I 'dig' with descriptive words of the work I hope to achieve in the future.
This ecourse has been inspirational & has pushed me forward into a direction that will truly reflect my personality ! Taking elements from what Rachael has taught us in the course & hopefully making it my own, I have designed the way I know best. These boards sum up my way of working & ideas going forward & will be my focus point in remembering that ! Watch this Space...........

Do you like ?

I hope to do a few more posts for you this week as I am on a little working mission today ! I am also in the process of completing a few children's commission prints so will take a few photo's of these for you later in the week !

 Stay tuned  & enjoy your Monday x

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

I couldn't resist.......

Me again ! 

As quite a few of you had an ickle nosy at today's post,  I thought I would share with you one of my placement print developments inspired by the colour palettes ! I have a lot of questions going around in my head at the moment about where my work is heading & the direction I want to go in ! So I decided to work with the question mark for this ickle print below !

Can you guess which colour board this has been inspired by ?

Do you like ? I would appreciate any feedback ?
Spk to you all soon x

Hello All,

As you can see the posts are a little sparse at the moment. With Christmas not too far away & a few projects I am trying to complete, unfortunately this isn't at the top of the list ! I do however want to share with you a few of my experimental colour boards I have been working on  for ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design featuring Rachael Taylor.

Module one consisted of four week's worth of daily & scrumptious posts that included design exercises & interviews  with some amazing industry experts. This course has really inspired me ! The first Module is now over but you can still register for 2 & 3 & they also plan to re-run Module 1 in 2012 which is good news.

While I have really enjoyed reading the daily updates, I haven't had enough time in my day to develop the ideas further. This has been very frustrating as I have a million ickle things running around in my brain & I need to dedicate some time to develop these ideas further. I think the Christmas break will be one of mince pies, mulled wine & doodle overload ! Love it x x he he

I did however get chance to experiment a tad with some colour palettes over the weekend & here are a few boards in progress.

I have taken inspiration from my travels for all these colourways ! Some images are a little bit random but it turns out they actually supplied me with some unique ideas & colour options ! See what you think !

I love this picture ! How can this petite guy carry such a large crate of boxes !! This was taken by the docks in Dubai & I find it really quirky & have been developing some prints based around this image so do head back in a few days for examples x

This glistening image above was captured from our hotel window in Singapore !

& last but not least this one really makes me giggle! When we were in Dubai we were lucky enough to be able to go to the desert ( is it desert or dessert ? ) for a four by four adventure road trip ! & I captured this when we were stuck at the top edge of a huge sand dune !

 What's also great about this course is even though the daily posts are no more, the course is still open to view by it's members for some time yet. This means I can keep heading back to be re-inspired & get my design juices flowing. yippppeeeeee x  

Don't forget to check out the course & Rachael's work further if you haven't already! Click here ! 

I hope to show you a few examples of the patterns I am working on over the next few weeks so please do head back ! x

Enjoy your day peeps x

Saturday, 10 December 2011

A bit of Blog love........

Afternoon peeps,

It is a very brief post today as I have some work load I need to finalise before I pick my little boy up from Nana's & switch off for the rest of the weekend !

Anyone noticed a little difference in my header ? For some reason I have noticed it has reduced in size & now looks a bit lost at the top of the page with lots of white surrounding it ! I have also noticed when checking my blog out on my iphone my title name is in a very basic font & just looks bland ! Me not happy ! But as I am a busy bee at the moment with some commission work as well as finalising a few new ideas, I need to just deal with it !


So I thought I would add a more colourful & quirky option on this post for you to view & let you know that in a few weeks this blog will be getting some much needed TLC at long last x Expect some exciting changes

Enjoy the weekend peeps x

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Exciting announcement.......

reveals the colour of 2012 !
So there it is guys ! Anyone already ahead of the trend & using it in their current collections ?!
Think I might have to play around with some of my print options using this new colourway ! Oh la la , excited just thinking about it x

Make sure you head over to the Pantone website for more information on the 2012 option :

P A N T O N E 17-1463 Tangerine Tango

Heres a snippet of info I have take of the webpage that will help you to locate it when working on Illustrator or photoshop !

A little swatch card treat for you too x

& look what else I came across on the post ! The vibrant pantone mug ! I am so in love right now ! I own quite a collection of Pantone mugs myself, which don't really sit in with our shabby kitchen. However with a new house move on the way ( fingers & toes crossed v tightly indeed ) I think a new & more colourful collection of pantone mugs are in order ! Right another thing to add to my wish list !

Oh I am in such an exciteable mood ! It's a mixture of seeing all these scrumptious colour picks & the fact I just went & viewed my daily update of the #surfacepatternecourse I am currently registered for ! More about that when possible ! oh & did I tell you I am also registered for Modules 2 & 3 ! Yippeeeee x so much to do , focus di focus !

Night all x

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Smile Peeps.......

Wednesday ? Again, goodness me,  I really can't believe how quick the weeks are going! It willl soon be Christmas ! yikes ! I better get organised ........

This beautiful phrase is taken from one of my many books :Happiness with love by M.i.l.k.

The design & layout has been created by me x

So Later today I plan to add on a few of my previous experience design boards for your review but until I get everything ready to post I thought I would leave you with a ickle phrase for the day .

Monday, 5 December 2011

It's Christmas......

Hellloooooo.... me again with yet another selection of print ideas. As we are officially in December I thought it was only right to show you a few of my previous season print developments ! I plan to show you a few more in a couple of days so watch this space.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Pantone Heaven.............

It's Friday peeps, which means the weekend has nearly started. So today I wanted to let you guys know about the Pantone & Mudpie pick a palette giveaway on the Pantone blog !!

Not only is this a great way to get your hands on the scrumptious Pantone Mugs ( I own quite a few of these colourful beauties ) but you also get to see a snippet of some of the AW12/13 boards created by Mudpie which is a bonus ! So here is a little insight in to the key AW12/13 trends taken from their blog post :

Now if you head over to the Pantone Blog you will see more of these colour boards for AW12/13 ! What a treat on this Friday afternoon. Why thank you Pantone & Mudpie x x

Enjoy your day peeps x

Thursday, 1 December 2011

A few print ideas.....

I am working in the studio today exploring a few basic AOP colourways & design thoughts. So I thought I would show you a tiny snippet of what I have been working on......... Do you like my bold design line detail going across the print ? This is mainly for copyright purposes & of course isn't part of the design but I think it does the job !

On the above option I took a few colour options from one of my earlier post images referenced ' say no to flowers '!

These prints would work well for youth & also for a few stationary lines maybe ? What are your thoughts ?