Watercolour florals repeat pattern

Watercolour florals repeat pattern - student project

Another hugely inspiring and informative class Bonnie - thank you so much! I love creating artwork by hand so this one was especially enjoyable.

I got into SPD about a year ago and have been a little obsessed with it ever since. I am trying to work on my skills and 'portfolio' of designs (cannot call it that yet) every single day, if I can.

I used a bunch of flowers I got given back in December as inspiration (rather than doing a moodboard). They are possibly the best bunch of flowers I've ever been given. I couldn't stop looking at all the different forms and amazing, vivid colours whilst i had them - this photo doesn't show all of them. I made another very digital looking pattern from the same bunch a while back, but thought they deserved a go in watercolour too. 

Watercolour florals repeat pattern - image 1 - student project

Here are some of the bits I painted. Some of them dried in a crazy way (which was good for some, not so much for others).

Watercolour florals repeat pattern - image 2 - student project

The first colour palette I composed was from the bunch of flowers itself. I absolutely adored the purples and oranges in the flowers so focused on those. It resulted in a pretty bright palette! So for the second one I chose something a bit different. I've had a photo on my phone for ages of a pretty ugly main road, but I'd stopped to take this pic because I just thought the colours I could see were beautiful, and worked great together. I knew I'd want to use it as a palette one day. This one is way more muted!

Watercolour florals repeat pattern - image 3 - student project

Watercolour florals repeat pattern - image 4 - student project

My final pattern feels very nostalgic to me. It reminds me of the type of pattern I might have had on a nightie when I was little, or inside the cover of a children's book. I can also picture them in a country house kitchen, on the curtains or an oilcloth tablecloth. I have much to perfect, but I'll definitely be using this technique again! 

Watercolour florals repeat pattern - image 5 - student project

Watercolour florals repeat pattern - image 6 - student project