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Michelle Grace

Surface Pattern Designer




I began my project by finding inspirations from the world around me in flower forms and nature. I then looked to Instagram and Pinterest for further inspiration. My passions at the moment are painterly florals and more digital motif forms and I hoped to see if I can incorporate both of these ideas together.

Here is my original moodboard where I found some of my favourite designers to be influential, including Ohn Mar Win and Bari J.


I then began to sketch and paint in gouache and watercolours.


I used blue as I hoped it would translate well in illustrator. After watching Elizabeth's tutorials I decided to try laying out my design from the centre which I don't tend to do, prefering to work down and across my artboard. It was fun to try something new and I loved how Elizabeth teaches in such a fun way!

Here is my 1st attempt at a pattern using some of my flower paintings. I wanted them to look hand-painted yet digitalized as I love this combination.


Here is my 2nd design called, "Springtime".


I uploaded my design to Redbubble and it's great to see how my design looks as a product and I like the variation in scale!



I have since made my designs into a collection that grew rapidly as I worked on it. I hope it works well as a collection though I have change the theme quite a bit since my original moodboard. My collection is called "Sweet Dreams" which I'm hoping will be used as bedding and homeware. I would love to see a child's bedroom decorated with my patterns!



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