We are certainly well and truly into Autumn now and I do love this time of year with such vibrancy of colours of the leaves that scatter my garden. I was inspired and decided I would update a leaf design I did a few years ago, however, as I was updating it I felt this urge to mix it up a bit and do a new design, something non vector, a more organic design!
I love the texture that is created by stamping.
I used pigment ink stamp pads in gold, bronze, lime green, yellow and red. I wish I had an orange but because I didn’t, I just double stamped the red and yellow to give it a punch of colour but toned down a little with the yellow.
The gold and bronze didn’t really show up so much but the colour is still really nice. It may have been the type of paper I had used, as well as this, I think on a darker background they may show up more. I shall experiment with that one at a later date.
I decided to have a play around with layout of the leaves, I really wanted to create a truly scattered look and I used this piece of paper to experiment for how I was going to put the leaves digitally for my fabric design.
I took a photo of my leaves and then cut them out in Photoshop and rearranged them. I have to admit this was the hard bit, trying to arrange them so to create a seamless pattern that didn’t look too linear and looks totally seamless, it was quite a challenge. My Photoshop skills are much weaker than my Illustrator, practice makes perfect right!
Here is the final version which is shown on a cushion from my Society6 shop. I actually really like it as a cushion!
For fun I entered the design in the weekly Spoonflower competition, along with 381 designs!
I do enjoy getting away from the computer to design and actually really like lino cutting. I am thinking in the New Year that I might do a little night course in it as I would like to have more skills and understand it more. I am impressed that I only managed to stab myself once in the whole process, all in the name of art of course!
I hope to have this design up for sale in my Spoonflower shop before Christmas, I just need to get it proofed very soon!