I've been increasingly fascinated by surface design lately. I've always loved patterns but it never occurred to me that I might one day be able to create some of my own. Recently, being able to design on household products has driven me to study the formation of patterns, and I'm slowly learning, researching, and experimenting. Here are the results so far:
I started off by drawing some daisies, then scanning them and digitally painting them in Corel Painter 12 before I took them back into photoshop to apply a few effects. Then it was time to pick background colours, never an easy task for me and it usually takes me hours of nail-biting indecision but I finally came up with three ...
The above turquoise blue was my favourite, but it seemed to work just as well against the chantilly pink and gold yellow (see below). I was aiming for a cheerful, bright and joyful look. Hope I achieved it. The background seemed a little subdued for some products, so I applied stripes in a lighter colour, I then picked a few daisies to enlarge and highlight, and this is the end result:
It's pretty time-consuming but I love it. Am working on a series of flower "Joy" patterns and slowly learning more about the whole process. There's so much dreariness and deppression in the world right now, I thought perhaps a drop of cheerfulness might just help some of us in some small way.
I have as yet to place the pattern on housewares such as lampshades, bed covers and shower curtains etc (I did mention that it takes a lot of time, no? LOL), so those will be up soon but in the meantime kitchen and table items such as place mats, plates, napkins, etc (as well as wedding and birthday invitations and related stationery) are done, so click on the links below to explore further, and let me know what you think!
The whole Daisy Joy Collection is up, on cards and gifts, at: Daisy Joy at Floating Lemons Zazzle
The Daisy Joy Wedding Collection is up at: Daisy Joy Wedding at Floating Lemons Events at Zazzle
The Daisy Joy Birthday Collection is up at: Daisy Joy Birthday at Floating Lemons Events at Zazzle
And the Daisy Joy Fabric Collection is at: Daisy Joy at Floating Lemons Spoonflower