I have been busy working on a personal project last week, designing fabric for the curtains on our lovely pink VW Campervan. It is interesting how the design evolved over the week and it will be interesting to see designs printed up on the fat quarter samples.
I knew I wanted to have some floral or nature inspired theme in the design, something that said summer camping and reflected the VW Camper in some way.
The first thing I needed to think about was the colour palette and for this I used Adobe Kuler which is fantastic for getting colour palette’s for your projects. I used these five colours as a baseline but did not necessarily stick to exactly these colours.
The design above is the beginnings of my design using the inside stitching on the door panels of the Campervan as inspiration.
I did these sketches of Hibiscus flowers as they always remind me of summer.
Hibiscus sketches into digital pattern repeat.
I really like these Hibiscus repeated patterns but my husband wanted to have an element of the VW Campervan in the design so I played around with that idea.
I sketched the VW Campervan using the mouse as I didn’t want it to be perfect and have that hand drawn quality.
I like adding some of these designs to my Society6 shop to see how they would look on products and I quite like this t’shirt with my VW Campervan drawing on it.
I then went completely off track with my design and had a play with a photo I took last Autumn of some trees and I have to say, I quite like how this has turned out and might get some cushions made up from my Society6 Shop.
I decided to go back to the nature theme and do some leaf doodles and incorporate them into new designs.
The rounded squares in this design reflect the VW Campervan windows and I also subtly incorporated the VW Camper sketch into this design. I quite like the retro feel of this design.
A couple more designs using the same colour palette and similar motifs.
I really like how these designs look on cushions in my Society6 shop and I think it will either be one of these designs which I will use for the Campervan curtains. What design is your favourite, I would love to hear your thoughts?
I look forward to receiving the fabric samples to see which design works best for the interior of the campervan, and then I may have a crash course in curtain making if I am brave enough!
I have enjoyed the design process for this project and have a few more projects lined up over the next few months that I hope to share. For this week, I will be working on my new website which I hope to have up and running very soon with a new look for the blog hopefully if I figure it all out!