More Patterny-Pattern Fun

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Christmas, S'Wicked Blog, Wrapping

I’m in between the wonderful MIID Summer School program, and the upcoming MATS course I’ll be taking from Lilla Rogers.

But, I don’t want the learnin’-good-stuff momentum to stop, so I’ve been taking Bonnie Christine’s excellent CreativeLive course, Design Surface Patterns from Scratch. (If you’re interested in surface pattern design, I recommend this course without hesitation—and I’m only about half-way through!)

In an effort to streeetch my creative hours to the max, I decided to combine Bonnie’s teachings with a fun, simple pattern assignment a group of MIID Summer School “grads” have come up with: design some Christmas wrapping paper.

So, inspired by Bonnie Christine’s beautiful color palettes and using many of the tips and techniques she’s shared, I put together the first pattern of what may become a fun little collection of holiday prints I’m calling “Visions of Sugarplums.”

Visions of Sugarplums pattern by Jessica Southwick

Visions of Sugarplums pattern

I’m getting a few of those maddening hairlines in my pattern that from now on I will refer to as Styxian Hairlines, because they truly are a product of the netherworld. (And, yes, I’ve double-checked my work and gone through all the little tricks, but still, they persist. Dagnabbit!) Ah, well, something to do more research into, I guess.

That said, I think this pattern is fun and happy and sweet (ba-dum-ching). And, it has enough going on, that I may take it beyond a one-off, and see what else is waiting to be created from it.