Another week, another fabric design challenge… Spoonflower and Robert Kaufman Fabrics are sponsoring the Fabric8 contest. The challenge is to create a modern fabric design that evokes the style of pen & ink drawings colored with watercolor paints. This isn’t my usual style, so I thought it would be a good challenge to tackle to stretch myself.
When I think of modern fabrics, I think of bright colors and bold styles–again, not exactly what I’d picture for pen and ink drawings colored with watercolors. So, anyway, here’s my interpretation of the theme.
I started in Adobe Illustrator and drew some daisies using “pen and ink”.
I copied the daisies into Photoshop (each to its own layer). Using a watercolor brush, I started painting the flowers.
I figured I’d better limit my colors, so I picked pink, orange and yellow for the daisies.
Here’s a version with them all painted.
Here’s the same version with some of the daisies unpainted.
I like the version with the unpainted flowers, but I wanted to have a watercolor background, and I don’t like the effect with a painted background.
On a separate layer in Photoshop, I created a background blending blues and purples with a watercolor brush.
After playing around with the placement and colors of the flowers, here’s the final pattern.
And here it is in repeat.
I like it, but I’m not crazy about the design–more work to do…
Kathleen Kelly: I love daisies.
Joe Fox: You told me.
Kathleen Kelly: They’re so friendly. Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower?
–Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail