I've been having a little print party in the studio this week. Whenever I have an idea for a print design, inspired either by a project I'm working on or by something I've done in my sketchbook, I paint some icons to work up into a print. Sometimes, these icon pages sit around the studio for a while until I get a chance to scan them and play around with some repeats. I had recently accumulated such a pile of these pages that I decided to set aside some time to work on them. I have spent the last few days scanning, manipulating and designing. Here are two of the designs, and the others are in the pattern design section of my portfolio.
This print is from a group I call Vase Envy. It began as a sketchbook page I had done in the spring. I had been inspired by the shapes and colors of some traditional blue and white vases I had seen in a catalogue. It was such a fun page to work on, i decided to paint some more vases and make a pair of prints out of them.
During the Make it in Design Summer School, I had created an illustration for a farmer's market tote bag. I couldn't resist making a vegetable print to go along with it. I have a few more icons of garden tools, and I think those will become another companion print in the near future.
I began my design career as a print designer back in the days before the computer played such a big role in design. Gradually, the computer came in and I loved the seemingly endless possibilities of designing digitally. I began to focus on designing floral prints exclusively on the computer. I enjoyed working on prints directly in Illustrator, but I began to miss my paints more and more. Now, I love to paint my icons by hand, and then scan them into the computer to manipulate and design. It has been a long while since I have done a floral print, and I think the next print party will involve some watercolor florals.