A pattern a day – #365 patterns

I am one month in to #365patterns and the creative ideas are still flowing freely! I have been building up my hand drawn motif collection and daily patterns are coming together as collections. My goal to be creative everyday has been accomplished.

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#365 patterns is a fun project developed by Melanie Burk of Fifth & Hazel and Alma Loveland of Ollibird over on the Caravan blog.

The rules are easy – create a pattern everyday and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #365patterns. No one is keeping track! (you can create as often as you wish). I have taken my participation quite seriously mind you ,so prepare to see me there everyday. It is just how I like to roll. I am also really enjoying the Instagram community over there.

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I thought I would share some of the work I have been creating. I am happy to say I have been learning lots from this practice.

My use of scale and repeat have all improved.I am trying to work with all forms of pattern making – block, half drop and random.I am working with florals,geometrics, abstracts and trying my hand at conversational prints too.It’s the perfect place to  experiment and see what flies.

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I have been trying to push myself out of my color comfort zone. It’s always easy to gravitate to color combinations that you love and find easy. My goal has been to try more and different color combinations together. I can tell you that there have been days I have created a fine mess! I am still at the stage where I work best with 2-3 colors and their tints. I would love to be more daring, but still need  a bit more practice combining it all.

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My daily pattern making has motivated me to approach my surroundings with eyes wide open – always on the lookout for new inspiration, textures, and motifs that can be applied.It has encouraged me to combine different motifs into collections.

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What I have found most rewarding (and very interesting) about #365patterns is that it has helped me to discover my true style. When I stay true to my style, this pattern making process comes very easy to me.I feel happy and content with my designs. When I try to work with other styles that are not “me”, I feel uncomfortable, frustrated and always thinking…this is just not me. It has been an interesting discovery. Does this make sense?

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Think you might be interested in joining us? You can start anytime!
Please come and friend me over on Instagram. I love a little bit of visual stimulation and would love to see your pics!


10 thoughts on “A pattern a day – #365 patterns

  1. wow, that’s a really interesting idea… and well done you, I struggle with 12 pictures for a calendar! I particularly like the third one down (not counting the sketchbook shot).
    …and suddenly, everyone is on Instagram, and I only just heard of it!

  2. Hi, what you say about finding your style is the same for writing. It takes a lot of practice to find one’s writing voice. I especially like your third example (from the top in colour). It’s wonderfully organic.

    • That’s my favorite too! Henrietta ~ “Style’ is a funny thing because when working in my style I feel very comfortable and things just seem to flow, however,I feel like I should be pushing my limits and working out of my comfort zone and experimenting…while still incorporating my style…Ack! Creative work is not easy, but it is fun. I really enjoyed your blog!

  3. What a great idea! I’m trying to build up my portfolio so this would be a really great habit to get it! I’m really just beginning my journey into surface pattern design, thanks for an inspiring post!

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