Happy Easter

Made myself a new room so that I can sit back this afternoon, put my feet up and watch TV.

Happy Easter!

Aff482 Pattern

This was made as one of the early Belle Epoque 2 designs and has simple motifs closely spaced in a fast repeat, the whole pattern building to give less of a bity look and more of a solid all over feel.

Various colour variations have been tried and, so far as the design is concerned, this is the best way to show off the pattern although deeper coloured designs really begin to shine when used as carpet.

The colours are mid-century chocolate and magnolia while the motif is a simple one which could have come from the same period. I will try and post an image of the design as it would appear as if it were carpet later.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff481 Pattern

This was designed as wallpaper and as an all–over pattern but once it was near completion I decided that, although the pattern had a fast repeat and fitted the Belle Epoque 2 criteria well, it would show the lines across the wall much too strongly and I had second thoughts.

The basic design is a version of mid-century motifs using mid-century colours in, what I think, is a pleasing arrangement. It should have made a perfect wallpaper but, as they say, the proof is in the final look and in this particular case I thought it was not worth proceeding with. Rather than throw the design away I changed the colours, although keeping them mid-century, and produced this pattern which I like very much indeed. Now, this pattern would look good on a feature wall or even as soft furnishing for cushions although not, because of the thin lines, for curtains.

The background is poppy red while the lines are magnolia, colours so beloved of those in the 1960s and 1970s decades. The lines are made a little stronger on some of the motives to make them stand out a little more and so give the pattern some ‘depth’.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff480 Gift Bag

I was pleased with the parcel that I made using wrapping paper and so I thought that I would create a gift bag which is just the sort of item that would use this sort of wrapping paper design.

I have not made it too obtrusive but it does look, hopefully, inviting and would make you want to open it to see what was inside. This is something of a new departure for me so I am still developing my ideas and trying to see what works and what doesn’t work.

The design is classic mid-century while the colouring is also from the mid-century range of colours that were being used at the time.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff476 Gift Paper

Gift paper designs can be used to wrap up parcels to give as presents at birthdays or at Christmas or, of course, the paper can be used to make the gift bags that is possible to buy already prepared. For this purpose I decided to use the design as if it were printed on wrapping paper and then used to wrap up a parcel the size of which could resemble a shoebox.

I know I have a tendency to overcomplicate the designs that I use to show my patterns and so I have simply created the box tied with string and I have left the background plain which I think produces a better result.

Having finished the first design I think that this gives a good impression of the way that the pattern would look produced as wrapping paper which had been used to wrap a gift. The scale of this is such that it works for a box this size although using paper of this scale to wrap up a much smaller box, for example jewellery, does not work so well.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff476 Gift Paper Pattern

Gift bags or at least the paper to make gift bags and to wrap up presents into gift parcels is a big market and one that I have looked at although I have not as yet made any real effort to design and create suitable patterns.

However, comments by other people and a moment’s thought has shown me that my designs and patterns could be well suited to this use and this pattern looks as though it would make very good gift paper. The design uses mid-century motifs and strong colouring designed so that the main red motif stands out and catches the eye.

The background is canary yellow, a common mid-century colour and from the British Standard range of colours as are the two reds, poppy red and Post Office red. I am currently trying to create a suitable 3D set to allow me to show this as wrapping paper and I hope to have a further image to show you later today.

One further nice touch to this pattern and one that I think will apply to many gift paper designs is that they seem to fit the criteria for being Belle Epoque 2 designs.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Aff475 1950’s Style Pattern

This is one of those patterns that is instantly recognisable as a 1950s design and is one of the set referred to as ‘Atomic’ because the motifs originated from the quite marvellous scientific images of atomic activity that were being produced and shown to the world in general.

As well as being instantly recognisable, they are also well liked by people although, I believe, that they have a slightly more limited usage. Sometimes we like decoration of a particular type and enjoy seeing it although we are less likely to use it in our homes. The reason for this, I think, is the there is a lot of contrast in the colours and in the motifs and this makes the pattern a little too disturbing and colourful to be suitable for either wallpaper or soft furnishings.

However, this does not stop me from creating these patterns and of this particular one I like both the colours, which are mid-century, and the motifs which I think would look perfectly in place during the mid-century 1950s.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.