Spring garden | Skillshare Projects

Nieves Herranz

Designer & maker



Spring garden

After past week's AMA with Elizabeth I've been thinking about playing a little more with colour. So I've tried a different colorway, this one is warmer and softer. I'm not sure which one I prefer, any opinions?



Hi! I've really, really enjoyed this course! I took it without thinking in making the exercises because I'm really busy this days and I only wanted to have a general look at it because I love Elizabeth Olwen's work. But I got really inspired seeing the video lessons and finally I gave it a try. (I apologize for my English, not my first nor second language, I'm trying my best, but it's late here and I'm tired)

Ok, that's the story: I skipped the moodboard part because I was in a hurry and I wanted to use some sketches I did last summer but never have the time to make them into a pattern.


I hesitate between cats and flowers, but finally went for the flowers. Not very original, but I really like floral patterns and I like to draw flowers and vegetal elements.

Instead of a moodboard, I decided to get inspired by a color palette from a picture that I love (I won't share the photo as it's from a blog and I don't know if it's ok to publish it here, even credited). That's my palette:


I decided to work directly in Illustrator, so I scanned my drawings and retraced them with the pencil tool.


When I started to design the block I found out that I was short of elements so I draw a few more, some in my sketchbook and some directly in Illustrator.

I wasn't happy with my first repeat, so I took a lot of time to change and re-change the position and scale of the elements, and I tried many layouts. The problem was that I always could see a square, not the original square block, but a different square created by a big flower too prevailing. It took me literally hours to find out the reason, and a few hours more hours to figure out a way to fix it... somehow. I re-watched the videos about designing the pattern block and analysed some patterns that I love, and I think I finally learnt something about flow and balance. For me, that's the hardest part of pattern design. I'm really happy about that even if my final pattern is not totally ok, it still needs some work, but it's ok for the moment.


I intended to do something more bright, but I think the yellow tones didn't stand out over a fair background, so I finally choose a dark green. I'll maybe try some colourways when I have the time.

Thanks Elizabeth for a fantastic course!


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