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Anna Day

Calligrapher & Designer



Spring Fantasy

I live on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, which is subtropical. Most plants look fairly similar all year. So I decided to create a spring fantasy. I want a lush garden using colours that I associate with spring. The plants will be imaginary.

Moodboard for Leaves, Flowers, and Birds


Moodboard for Palette Colours



I won't use all these motifs, but they give me choices.



Digitized Drawings



The pattern designs I most admire at present, such as some in my moodboard, include details within many of the motifs, and a variety of overlapping elements. I tried to emulate this style in my first pattern.


Here is a picture with some repeats on a very pale yellow background. The class notes requested a 3x5 grid, but it was impossible to upload even a 2x3 grid. I tried four times and kept getting the message: XHR returned response code 500. I assume the file was too large or somehow too complex even though I made sure it was under 2 MB. Finally I just cut out this piece. Even then I had to use low quality JPG, so apologies if some of the lines are blurry. The red-violet colour seems to have changed too.


Here is the same pattern on a black background. The black is perhaps less suggestive of spring, but it makes the colours more vivid.


When I was almost finished designing my complex pattern, I got inspired by a chance combination of elements I had put to one side. This simpler pattern is also layered, with leafy branches as a background, and small flowers scattered above. The flowers intentionally are not attached to the branches. Some people may find these pastel colours more evocative of spring.


Here is the block in a 2x3 grid with a pale yellow background.



Luckily it was possible to use my 2x3 grid in this pillow mockup.


I would love to drink tea from this mug.


Thank you, Elizabeth, for a challenging and enjoyable project!


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