Lorna Rachel

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Spring in Bloom

It's been a bit of a push to get this finished in time but it's really helped motivate me to work on my patterns and try not to worry too much about their imperfections. This is my first pattern collection and I'm excited with how it's turned out. I combined watercolour and illustrator skills to create this colourful floral collection. 

Pattern Collection Name: Spring in Bloom by Lorna Rachel

Story Behind Collection: I love spring when my garden suddenly bursts into life and hidden bulbs and plants I thought may have died suddenly start sprouting beautiful blossom and flowers. This collection is inspired by watercolour paintings I've done of my own garden and some of my favourite flowers.

Pattern Names: Glowing, Delights, Poppy Joy, Dilegence, New Leaves and Peace

Mood board:

These are a few photos I used to inspire my illustrations and paintings, sadly I have failed at growing poppies for the last few years and so had to rely on some internet images for now. I really want to include poppies as they're one of my favourite flowers and having working on a WW1 project last year they hold a special significance for me. The other photos are from my garden. 

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Sketches/paintings:

I started off sketching in my garden, using plants and flowers around me for inspiration and to establish shapes and ideas. I also had some flowers left over from a friends wedding so used those to inspire my drawings. Utlimately though I prefered the signs of spring that were appearing all around me in the garden. 

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I've recently started teaching myself how to use watercolour paints so I spent some time painting in different shapes and florals based the time sat in my garden and browsing my photos/mood board. 

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Motifs:

I built four main motifs which I used in my patterns, it was fun seeing all the shapes and images come together to make a fuller motif. 

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Pattern Building:

Lots of trial and error but really enjoyed the process of putting patterns together and playing with different colour options. I really wanted this to be a vibrant, colourful collection so I used quite a few different colours in my palette. 

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Final Collection:

Below are my final six patterns in two different colour version - BOLD and SUNNY, I love them both and would have trouble choosing between them. I especially love the bold, bright colours and the painted look of the florals. 

Spring in Bloom - BOLD

Glowing

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Delights

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Poppy Joy

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New Leaves

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Dilegence

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Peace

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Pattern mockups:

I really want the iphone case :) 

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Spring in Bloom - SUNNY 

I enjoyed trying to use unusual colour palettes and colours in different places, it was fun to see how bright yellow or blue would look on a leaf and petal. 

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Glowing

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Delights

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Poppy Joy

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New leaves

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Dilegence

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Peace

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I hope you like my patterns, I didn't have as much time to work on these as I would like but found that the rush of trying to get them finished in time for the competition gave me the added boost I needed to throw myself in and not worry about everything being perfect. I hope to put another collection together with a bit more time but would love your feedback on this my first one. 

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