Last week, I got a head start in spring cleaning and participated in a portfolio refresh challenge put on by Elizabeth Silver. It was all about not reinventing the wheel when creating and seeing how I can make older stuff into something new. I looked through some old (and not so old) work and refreshed them a bit. I thought it would be fun to share all my before and afters.
First I took this old watercolor doodle I did probably 5 years ago, and turned it into a seamless repeat pattern.
Next I freshened up the colors in this wood slice pattern.
Finally, I turned my Easter Polar Bear Cub into a Birthday Polar Cub.
That little feller will be available as a birthday card shortly in my Etsy shop!
I could do lots more spring cleaning in my portfolio for sure. And in other places in my life and home . . .
I've been going a little pattern crazy lately.
I'm trying to grow/refine my portfolio by creating more collections -- a group of 6-10 patterns that exhibit the same theme and color palette. Only 1-2 of these patterns are complex, and the rest can be rather simple.
Here's the collection I've been working on. I used this potted plants pattern as a spring board...
I love the vibe and color palette of this pattern, so I figured it was a good design to spring a collection out of it.
Here's a peak at some of the other patterns I'm developing in this collection.
I actually really love constraints. Limiting myself to certain colors and themes is really freeing. I'm not sure when I'll declare this pattern collection "done," but not yet. There's lots more fun to be had within it.
I think the trickiest part will be giving names to all the designs! Titling artworks (and blog posts) is kind of a headache for me. I'm usually not very poetic about it and just call it like I see it. I'm thinking I see a "Dots in Lines" pattern and "Pinwheels" pattern up there.
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