Designing print patterns – one a month

I’ve challenged myself to design a pattern a month this year. Although I designed a few in 2016, I was not as motivated as in 2015 when I also did my “pattern a month” challenge. I enjoy seeing how my skill and style is developing and evolving. Many of my designs are available on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. Visit my Spoonflower shop here.

2017 pattern designs to date. All are available on Spoonflower.

Swimming Laps fabric print. Swim team, swimmers Citrus print pattern - lemons, limes, oranges. Available as fabric, gift wrap, wallpaper Ice Cream Truck Print Pattern by Eileen McKenna  Penguin Polar Bear Christmas print pattern

In 2016 I designed a handful of patterns, primarily 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.

2015 Patterns. From the start I used hand drawn elements from my sketchbook, but also started using hand painted elements as opposed to “painting” them in Photoshop.

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.”

Many of my designs are available on Spoonflower as fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap. 

Interested in pattern design? I’ve written a few helpful posts you may want to check out:

How to create a repeating pattern in Photoshop. For fabric prints, gift wrap, wallpaper and more.

10 thoughts on “Designing print patterns – one a month

  1. Eileen, just saw all of your patterns here and yes you are definitely evolving … I am hoping to do the same with my watercolors … I truly love your work and glad to be following you! Keep it up … wonderful work!

    1. Thank you so much K.C.! That means a lot to me!
      It’s inevitable that if you stick with it you will evolve and grow. BTW I started a newsletter – My Creative Collection – that you may be interested in. Here’s the link to the details and signup: I’m having so much fun putting it together. New issue goes out Friday!

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