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Watercolor, Illustration, Surface Design

Dahlia flower pattern {My pattern for April}

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Whew! Just in time! I’ve been contemplating April’s pattern for awhile now. I originally thought I’d use some of the flowers I created separately with watercolor and put them together in Photoshop. But it wasn’t working – too stiff looking:
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So I went back to what has worked in the past. I sketched some flowers and leaves with Sharpie on Bristol (nice and smooth) and scanned them in. I pieced them together in Photoshop, added color, and repeated the pattern. I’m happy with how it came out. I love the loose sketchy feel.
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I tried to stay true to the colors of the plant I picked up at the supermarket. I think it’s a Dahlia. This little plant has been my inspiration all week! I do feel the color comes across a little Christmasy. Maybe it’s the shape of the leaves? I tried adjusting the hue in Photoshop and liked the results, especially the blue!

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If you’d like to see my other patterns click here. 🙂

 

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

8 thoughts on “Dahlia flower pattern {My pattern for April}

  1. It’s a beautiful pattern, the colors compliment each other in all of your color schemes. If I had to decided which one to use, it would be really har. The first one is fall-y, the second one springy and the third one summery. Love them all! 🙂

  2. Super! Great job. Very colorful and cheerful …

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