My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

A pattern for July – Seashells

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I really enjoyed creating this pattern. It brought me back to collecting shells as a kid and marveling at the patterns and colors. Oh wait, I still do that!

This pattern started with doodles in my sketchbook. I drew a lot of shells! I have jarfuls on hand for reference.
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Then on watercolor paper I painted shells using different colors. I took creative liberties with this step.
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I scanned everything in, and layered the outlines and watercolors together in Photoshop. I also added a textured background. After I had my arrangement set, I repeated it to see how it worked. I had to shift things a bit when the shells overlapped.

I truly felt inspired creating this pattern. It felt very nostalgic for me. And I can’t wait to get back down to the beach to collect more shells.

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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.

11 thoughts on “A pattern for July – Seashells

  1. The combination of line and color works well.

  2. So lovely! 🙂

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