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Garden Friends Collection

My name is Emily and I live in Lawrence, Kansas. I love to do illustration and surface pattern design. I hope to make a career out of them someday, but I am still just starting out. I fell in love with patterns after I took Elizabeth’s first class and I am excited to learn more with all of you in this session! I can’t wait to see everyone’s work!

Here is my moodboard:


Nursery patterns are my favorite as I love to create art for children. For this collection, my theme is 'cute bugs living in a garden' so I have gathered some inspiring patterns and photos of flowers for my moodboard. 

Here are some of my initial sketches:


Here are some of my icons after I've digitized them in Illustrator. I feel I tend to have more of an illustrated pattern style as opposed to geometric.


I have been having fun putting this collection together! I decided to make some coordinates as well. Here is the pattern square for the main pattern:

And the full pattern:



Here are the coordinates. I put little holes in the leaves like the caterpillars have been eating them!




Thank you so much for all of your comments and feedback!

Below, you can find my previous project:


Hello everyone! 

I started sketching ideas for this pattern a little while back. It was going slowly and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Then, I joined this class and found Elizabeth’s lectures so inspiring and helpful that I ended up creating a whole collection out of it!

I wanted it to be a playful pattern, suitable for children. 

I love working with cute, nautical themes; especially little ships and light houses! 


It's been great fun making patterns! I want to get started on another soon.

Thank you for looking! 



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