My Creative Resolution – Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

Valentine’s Day Patterns


Last February I designed my second pattern, ever, in the Valentine’s Day theme. As I continued throughout the year, designing more patterns, my style evolved and my techniques changed. I wanted to design another pattern, this year, in the same theme, to see how I would approach it differently. Even though last year’s design was created with hand drawn elements – it was painted digitally.

Last year’s pattern:
Learn more about that process here.

This year I painted, in watercolor, several squares in pinks and reds. I thought it would be interesting to arrange them as tiles. The squares would be uneven and irregular because they were hand painted. Then (separately) I painted several hearts and the word love. In Photoshop, I arranged the watercolor squares, and “knocked” the hearts and words out of the squares, and created a repeating pattern.

The original artwork:

This year’s Valentine’s Day Pattern:

I got extremely enthusiastic about my design and, even though I haven’t purchased a single Valentine’s Day gift, I ordered a roll of gift wrap from I either have to start shopping for things to wrap, or start crafting. Hmmm, I have some ideas!


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.

10 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Patterns

  1. Sweet and creatively beautiful! xo

  2. I love this year’s pattern and it’s so cool that you can see your own creation in a product! 🙂

  3. This is so awesome – I’ll have to look into how you do all that – you are a real techno genius artist! 🙂

  4. Pingback: Try String Art! A heart shaped tutorial. | my creative resolution

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