I’ve put together a print & pattern walk-through mini -series so you can see how I start making a pattern, I’ll show you how I put things into repeat in the next part! If you love this print you can get it on phone cases, cushions, mugs, tote bags and other stuff through my Society6 shop
Inspiration & concept
I was inspired by a butterfly print I ‘d done as part of my Keka range, which has also been my home screen wallpaper for ages. I really like the concept of using butterfly wings and wanted to play around with it some more.
Originally the design had been sparked from randomly deciding to buy and photograph a bunch of butterfly wings and then putting them into a simple repeat. I wanted to develop the photo collage element from these prints and add a bit more sass, texture and photo manipulation.
I started with my favourite mono print from last month’s print workshop. Did you miss that post? Get the lowdown here. I got a load of butterfly wings and started moving them about the page to form some ideas.
Scanning made the wings look really weird and grainy so I took some hi-res macro photographs of the collection and started digitally placing and collaging them around my Photoshop canvas on top of the monoprint, which I’d scanned. The next thing I do when I’m creating a pattern is mess about with effects, scales and all sorts of other things I usually ended up with five to ten slightly different images to choose from. It probably took me about 3/4hours to get to my final image, a lot longer than this blog post makes it sound!
Sometimes I want to be able to whack out an artwork in an hour, but I’m experimental and I often create ten or so different versions before I even put an artwork into repeat.
Maybe I will do a screencast creating a repeat to show you guys my process? Would that be something you’d be interested in? Let me know in the comments.