I decided to enter a contest that was sponsored by Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman Fabrics. The theme of the contest was to come up with a modern fabric designs that evoke the style of pen & ink drawings colored with watercolor paints. Well its been years since I last did any watercolour painting so I thought this would be a fun contest to take part in. My design was loosely based upon the Hydrangea’s in my parents garden in New Zealand.
I sketched the flowers, then got my watercolours out and had fun painting them and then went over it with an art pen. I decided to cut the flowers out and arrange them in a bouquet style, then I scanned it in for editing in Photoshop, I wanted to create a more 3D effect by doing it this way.
I mainly use Illustrator so it was a learning curve to create a seamless pattern in Photoshop as it has been almost 10 years since I last used it! I found a really easy to understand tutorial to create a seamless pattern in Photoshop. I tried the pattern with a light yellow background but it kind of looked light green and not quite right. So I went with an even lighter yellow background.
This is the one I decided to enter into the contest, I like it and I will be ordering a sample soon as it would be interesting to see how the colours print on cotton, you can view my entry here. I’m not sure I will make the cut for the final 100 designs, I think there were well over 800 entries and a lot were simply stunning, you can view some of the other entries here. I will keep you posted if I do make the cut!