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  1. Today I'm sharing the pattern I created on the Intermediate Track of the Make It In Design Winter School 2018. 

    I was taking all 3 tracks of Winter School - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced so had 3 creative briefs to work with and a 10 day submission deadline. I decided to start with this one first out of all of them as I'm fairly confident with florals and floral motifs and I do like colourful patterns, my thinking was that I'm comfortable with this one so start with it and that will get the creativity flowing for the other two briefs.

    In the end this brief took me longer to complete than both of the other two together, but using this one as a creativity kickstarter really did work for me and this is certainly an approach to designing patterns and prints that I will be using again.

    I thought I'd share a little bit of my pattern creation process, I always start with pencil sketches, I normally have around 5-6 A4 pages of possible motifs and choose my favourites from those for the design I'm working on.

    BRIGHT BLOOMS FLORAL SKETCH

     Once I've sketched the initial motifs in pencil I then ink them in and scan them onto my laptop. Even though I won't use every single motif I've drawn in my sketching stage I still ink them up and scan them in as there's every chance I will use them at some point in the future, you can never have too many motifs. 

     

    Once I've cleaned all of the motifs in Photoshop, I pick my colour palette, for this pattern I used the one that came with the brief, I then started to colour all of the motifs and layer them onto a square tile in Photoshop, when I've done that and I'm happy with the pattern I then repeat the tile in a larger square tile and bingo!  

    Floral Explosion!

     Claire Salisbury Studios - Floral Explosion

    I ran out of time to complete the second creative brief, Kabuki's Kingdom, for this track but I'm going to get that one done as soon as possible.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Love Claire

  2. Love is in the air, it's Valentines Day tomorrow and I wanted to share the love so I've created this doodled heart illustration for you to download, print off and colour in, it's a little freebie from me to you, just click on the link to download.

    VALENTINES HEART COLOURING PAGE PDF DOWNLOAD

    {click here to download Valentines Heart PDF}

    Here's a couple I coloured earlier:

    RED ZEN DOODLE HEART COLOURING PAGE

    BLUE ZEN DOODLE HEART COLOURING PAGE

     

    And of course H has coloured one in too:

    RAINBOW ZEN DOODLE HEART COLOURING PAGE

     

     

     

    Happy colouring in  and happy Valentines Day!

    Love Claire

    * Please note this doodled heart colouring page is for personal use only.