Designing Focal Point Prints: Design 3 Patterns in 3 Weeks

Designing Focal Point Prints: Design 3 Patterns in 3 Weeks - student project

This pattern will call for some online research and then drawing from my own imagination and creation since I can't find my little tea set I wanted to use for inspiration. 

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Well, for better or for worse, the patterns are [mostly] done. I'm still not totally happy with the finished products, but I think I'm starting to learn what I need to do and not do for the best results. I couldn't get the last one to make a repeating pattern - no matter what I did, if I pulled the pattern into the swatch panel, it wouldn't convert to a swatch. And there really isn't a line in the 3rd pattern -- can't find it anywhere, anyway! :P

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Working with vectorizing watercolors. Lots of learning curves and figuring out how to paint better for easier vectorizing next time. :) 

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Playing with watercolor motifs. I forgot just how much I loved this medium!!! (And realized just how rusty my skills are!)

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Working on motifs! I feel so much more confident and steady while illustrating just since working on the images for the last workshop. Yay, progress!

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I'm not 100% happy with the way things turned out in the end, but I now know what to do in the future with the sketches and illustrations in order to help make the actual pattern better in the long run. So excited to actually complete a project since I've started this process many times, but haven't been able to make it through completion. Can't wait to hone my skills and keep practicing and getting better!

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Motifs are done; just working on coloring everything in. Once I started using my chosen color palette, things didn't look as good together as I imagined, so am still tweaking that part of the process.

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This step made me really nervous, which really makes me sad! I used to doodle and sketch constantly and always have a pencil and pad with me, but I've gotten out of the habit to take the time to actually devote to this. I started super simple with just lines and super rough motifs, but as my hand grew more familiar I noticed the change in my style and my confidence level.

I'm still not done; I'd like to add some native birds to the mix, as well as some different ideas and angles for the sheep and Highlanders, but my husband is ripping into the moldy walls in our bathroom, so I better go assist! :D 

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Some friends and I flew to Scotland in 2013 and traveled the country for two weeks, and I've been longing to go back ever since! My goal is to take another trip next spring and take my mom (a Wallace!) back to where it all began, and show her all of the favorite places we discovered a few years ago.

I don't have an overall pattern named worked out that just "clicks" with my brainstorming, notes, and what I'm planning on doing with my individual patterns, but I'm expecting it to develop as the work continues. 

Abby Glassgow
Farmer's Daughter turned Rancher's Wife