Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden - student project

Final Pattern: Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden - image 1 - student project

Butterfly Garden - image 2 - student project

My final swatch is a climbing vine pattern filled with whimsical florals and stylized butterflies. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, though I will probably continue to try other color schemes- the bones of it are pretty close to what I was hoping to achieve!

11/28 Update: Pattern Swatch Progression

Butterfly Garden - image 3 - student project

I started with a very busy all-over pattern that didn't leave much white space. I was also attempting a very limited color palette for the botanicals to help the butterflies pop- but realized it was a lot more dimensional with more color.

I kept coming back to the idea of a trellis or climbing vine though, so I moved towards that 'climbing' feel:

Butterfly Garden - image 4 - student project

From there things were looking too delicate, so I played with proportion to get a chunkier, more care-free feel:

Butterfly Garden - image 5 - student project

From here I'm just planning to fine-tune the pattern and refine the color palette.

11/21 Update: Digitized Sketches

Here are the digitized drawings from the sketches I shared earlier today. I'm pretty happy with the general look, but want to go back and infuse a bit more pattern into some of the florals and leaves.

Butterfly Garden - image 6 - student project

11/21 Update: Sketches 

These are the sketches I've done so far- mostly studies of butterfly wing patterns and some vines/florals. I'm planning to go back and sketch some more once I've gotten them digitized to see what weights/textures are missing once I have them a bit more refined. 

Butterfly Garden - image 7 - student project

Butterfly Garden - image 8 - student project

Mood Board

Butterfly Garden is a pattern I’ve had in my head for a while, one I want to design as some portion (curtains? wallpaper?) of a shared room for my young daughters. I’m envisioning a climbing floral vine with ornate butterflies landing throughout, with lots of texture and pattern incorporated into the wings and leaves and a whimsical, child-like playfulness.

Butterfly Garden - image 9 - student project