One thing that is great being a member of The Colour Gang is it makes you think about colour palettes and how re-colouring existing motifs can really revise an older pattern design into something fun and new! As an example, I recoloured my "Coastal Critters" motifs (originally designed as placement prints for round plates!) and used them to make some eye-catching, sea-themed repeat patterns. I did try to put all 3 creatures into a single design, but that just didn't work. I also tried using differently coloured creatures in a single design (I tried so many combos) but that didn't sit well either. Sometimes simpler is better. So I finally realized that making 3 separate designs, each with its own creature and monochromatic colour scheme (based on my Japan-inspired "Neon Nights" colour palette from a few posts ago), somehow worked the best, in my opinion! Now I love these! So here they are..."Blue Jellyfish", "Pink Squid" and "Green Octopus"! I hope they make you smile!
Check out my previous post for the brand new colour palettes I developed in the Colour Gang for this month's "Cultural Influences" theme, including one I am calling "Neon Nights". Here is the first re-colour of one of the two designs I originally created to submit to the Uppercase Magazine cover contest (it didn't get printed in the magazine, but my other submission did!) The first image is the original design, as submitted to Uppercase. The second one shows how the re-colour based on my "Neon Nights" colour palette really changes it! I love both, but would be very curious to know which you prefer?! As a designer, it is always hard to decide between going bright or more subtle, or a combo of both. Oh, and I think "Flower Burst" would be a great name for this one!
Ohhh, I'm going to like this month's theme in the Colour Gang--Cultural Influences! I love to travel, and was fortunate this summer to visit Japan, so I'm going with Japan for the first January Colour Challenge. Step 1: create a colour palette inspired by Japan! Using photos from our trip, I created two, deciding to forgo the more "traditional" images of Japan (kimonos, temples, gardens, etc.) and focusing on the less traditional. The first moodboard, "Neon Nights, is all about the "wacky" side of Tokyo/Osaka...neon lights, Robot Restaurant, Kawaii Monster Cafe (google it!) The second one, called "Warm Fantasy" has scenes from Tokyo DisneySea which my kids (and I) thought was beautiful, particularly the Arabian Coast area and Magellan's Restaurant (with Ariel's Playground in there too). Colours are amazing in Japan! Next step: some new pattern designs!
My Last Pattern Design of 2018! "Living Collections" was Inspired by the Collections at Kew Gardens, London
Kew Gardens in London was wonderfully inspiring for me. I took so many photos and managed to make some of the "specimens" I saw into this repeat pattern design (part of a new tropical-themed pattern design collection!) I've also included a few photos that inspired this pattern!
One of Kew's purposes is plant conservation, and it is thought-provoking and alarming that some of the plants in the Palm and Temperate Houses here are the last of their kind and now extinct in the wild; in one case, there are two plants of a specific species growing at Kew and all specimens of this species that now exist in the world are clones of the two plants here.
A couple of weeks ago in the Colour Gang, the creative challenge was to create a tropical-themed pattern using one of 3 (or all 3!) colour palettes given. The one I decided on was called "Midnight Forest"...featuring dark grounds, exotic forests and their inhabitants. So here is my brand new "Dream" pattern design...can you spot the "inhabitant"?
Just thought I would share the Christmas pattern collection I've been working on this past week in FolioFocus 2018 (alas, the last week of this super fun course!)...A festive bright colour palette and a more muted and delicate one. I know which I prefer, how about you?
"Generic" Designs for This Week's Creative Challenge in The Colour Gang...Far from Boring and Not Really...Generic!
This week's challenge in The Colour Gang was to design "generic" occasion designs for multiple uses. So here are 3 new designs, each with a simple (but fun!) colour palette. I really pictured them as packaging on those beautiful artisanal chocolate bars I see in markets and foodie shops! And make no mistake, "generic" doesn't mean boring and well...generic! Contact me if you are interested in licensing these (or other) designs!
Couldn't resist adding more patterns to my "Holiday Sparkle" Collection, using the fun alternative colour palette in this week's Colour Gang creative challenge. So here is my re-coloured "Light It Up!" pattern and another fun colour way for my "Snowflakes" pattern! I see this on really, really fun holiday gift wrap and stationery, wine bottle bags, anything festive really! Follow me on IG at @unblinkstudio to see more of my most recent pattern designs!
Just for fun today I stayed with the Colour Gang's monochrome colour palette challenge. I designed my Birds & Blossoms pattern and added a coordinate first, in black and white, but then decided to try it out in blue too! Then I decided to try the blue one with a lighter background! Which one do you like best?? I also might move away from the monochrome palettes and just go wild with colour too! Contact me to inquire about licensing my pattern designs!
Working with some new colour palettes I created while doing a creative exercise in the Colour Gang yesterday, I created this new UNICORN design with a couple of coordinates! This mini-collection is available to license!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio