my creative resolution

Watercolor, Illustration, Surface Design

Polar Bear, Penguin Christmas pattern

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At this point, you’ve  probably put away your Christmas decorations. I apologize for being out of season, but I’ve designed a pattern with some of my Christmas countdown artwork, and am excited to share it.

In 2015 I designed a pattern a month. It was a very motivating challenge, so I’m doing it again in 2017. This Polar Bear, Penguin, Christmas pattern is my first design of the year. And I’m currently working on a design with my watercolor nutcrackers. Interested in pattern design? I’ve written a few helpful posts you may want to check out:

2015 Patterns

In 2016 I designed a handful of patterns, mostly using watercolors and hand drawn elements. I’m especially fond of the ink daisies overlaying the watercolor background. I plan on using this technique again.

I think the most successful patterns were created after the fact – when I didn’t set out to design a pattern. I created the artwork, and then said, “I like that, I think I’ll use it in a pattern.” Time to look through my sketchbooks and paintings! Many of my designs are available on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. 

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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.

5 thoughts on “Polar Bear, Penguin Christmas pattern

  1. This pattern is fabulous, Eileen! I love the (old fashioned) tree, and the polar bear is adorable. His wreath collar complements the tree beautifully. Well done you! 🙂

  2. Wow I really liked all of them 😍 Your work is amazing Eileen 💜 I love those patterns 👍🏼

  3. Hi Eileen,

    I just wanna say to you, you are doing great job here.Great patterns.

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