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everbloom

Hi everyone!

I found inspiration for my pattern work at Allan Gardens, a public greenhouse in downtown Toronto that features beautiful tropical and local flowers blooming all year round. I took tons of photographs on-site and later pruned that collection down to 8 images for use as reference materials.

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For my mood board, I included artwork with muted colours and modern botanical illustrations that I found around the web. The colour palette draws from my photographs as well as the mood board.

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Having developed a clear sense of direction, I started creating design elements in Illustrator through scanned sketches, live traced and traced photos using the Wacom tablet. 

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I also handlettered the name for my pattern, ‘everbloom’, inspired by the greenhouse flowers that seem to be in perpetual bloom, even in the midst of a cold Canadian winter.

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The motifs were more difficult to accomplish than I had anticipated! Due to the amount of line-work I had incorporated in my sketches, my first few tries ended up feeling very busy. I pared each motif down to just 3 or 4 elements and am much happier with the results.

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Similar to my experience in making the motifs, my first attempts at creating a complex pattern felt cluttered and lacked flow. So for my final pattern I tried to keep more space between the motifs.

Recolouring the pattern was so much fun. My chosen colour palette made the process a bit challenging, but this new tool has become one of my favourite parts of Illustrator.

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Just for fun, I made two more patterns with just the small flower clusters and the palm leaf. 

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Thank you so much, Bonnie, for making this class available. I’ve learned some new tools and have gained confidence working with my tablet and Illustrator, which feels great!

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