Patterns in action, appearing on real stuff, being used for mock ups, pattern bombing= decorating absurd things with pattern designs, just having fun with my patterns

My Need for Order Satisfied

I doodle on everything and everywhere, my sketchbook is a mess and I wish I could have my illustrations organized so I can find them when I want them. I tried cutting them and pasting them in different files but it was still a disaster until… I ran across this genius idea.

I can now draw to my hearts content and when I like something I trace over it on tracing paper where I can even make little pages of one subject if I want. Then I can scan in and  easily  manipulate them in photoshop or illustrator. 

such a small idea. such a big impact. 

Behind the Scenes

it was fairly easy to pattern bomb this photo but I did have to do some modifications to make it go over gutter pipe at the top, keep some perspective. again, thanks to Skillshare and Helen Bradley for this knowledge

I spent a ridiculous amount of time teaching my Photoshop program to save files of my patterns, in all the formats I need, with just the touch of a button. I also put together a filing system for my new designs on my computer to help streamline posting them out in the world. Lots of work creating automation and organization in the beginning will give me more time to make new patterns in the future. I’m feeling very smart right now. (Thanks Oksana)

Yesterdays work was not terribly picturesque so I thought I’d share a photo I created over the weekend where I put one of my patterns on the side of a building. Credit goes to Helen Bradley on Skillshare for teaching me how to do this. When you digitally put your patterns on something reasonable like wallpaper, pillows or notebooks it’s called a Mock Up. If you put it on something kind of absurd like a mountain, an elephant, or a building it’s called Pattern Bombing. You will be seeing lots more patterbombing! I did just google pattern bombing for that link and I think it might need a new name… any suggestions? or you think Pattern Bombing is ok even though it has a very unfun (my blog I can make up words if I want to) meaning as well.

This particular pattern bombing is not very pretty. It just shows I can do it. Isn’t that what the learning stage is all about?

I also found out I won a free years subscription to Skillshare! I am so excited! held a contest on one of her Skillshare design classes and I was the lucky winner! Oksana and a few other skillshare teachers, who I will introduce over time, have been a huge help in my new journey and I’m looking forward to what else they have to teach me over on Skillshare.

That’s all for today. and that was NOT 15 minutes… I’ll get better at this :0) 

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