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.

Aff467 Pattern

A very different pattern today which is intended as either a fabric pattern or, to be absolutely honest, I saw it as a fashion pattern although I am not sure that the colouring for this is quite correct.

Like most of my patterns it is a simple design but it is not intended to look regular or symmetrical and for this reason it prevents the eye from seeing an overall balanced pattern. This should, I feel, make it good for fashion and for fabric other than curtains and cushions which need a more regular pattern in order to create a sense of unity and calm within a room.

The colours are taken from the mid-century palette while the background is the lovely royal maroon. I have not had a great deal of success creating mockups for fashion patterns but I will a little later today try using my mannequin set.

This pattern also tries to fit within my definition of Belle Epoque 2 because it uses a small motif, bright colouring and has a fast repeat which gives it a very decorative quality.

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.

Aff445 Pattern As Wallpaper

I thought I would spend a little time looking at the use of this pattern as a wallcovering when used at different scales and on different types of wall.

As I suggested in the last post, this is not a design which is intended as a feature wallpaper and I thought that it would be more suitable as a wallpaper used on all of the walls in a room. Whilst I still think this, I rapidly came to the conclusion that as an ‘all over’ wallpaper it was a little too intensive. I therefore tried it as I would use it as a feature wall covering and you can see the result above.

At this scale, the pattern is quite noticeable, perhaps more noticeable than I thought it would be when it was in the design stage (this is often the case). At a smaller scale the pattern begins to look a little odd because the motifs are too close together. At a larger scale the design definitely resembles a feature wallpaper which was not quite the effect that I wanted since feature wallpapers need more impact.

However, looking at the final result, I am pleased with the way that the wallpaper looks and with the effect that it gives to the room.

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.

Aff442 Curtains

As I indicated, this pattern was created with the intention of making a textile file which I would then use as a texture. I therefore decided to try the design as curtain material.

The image above shows the design as it would look as curtain fabric in, for example, a hotel or a large upmarket apartment. The background is mid-century nightshade and this is a difficult colour to match and to work with and I therefore decided to make the surrounding colours nondescript and this seems to have worked well.

As you can see from the swatch in the previous post, the motif is small and I have deliberately kept the scale reasonably tiny and this gives a busy and interesting look to the curtains and helps to show off the height of the room. The small-scale also helps to make the pattern unobtrusive where otherwise it would catch the visitors eye and create a look that was too domineering for the room.

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.

Aff410 Nice Monsters

This pattern began life as a very different design intended to create monsters for another purpose but, on reuse, I was able to form something that looks just a little more friendly and which also forms a repeating pattern.

The design uses several background variations in different colours, one of which I did use to create some products with Redbubble. The colours are from my mid-century palette although it is perhaps true that the motifs are my own invention. However, I have no doubt, that similar motifs did exist mid-century were I to search hard enough.

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.

Aff407 Candie

This pattern is very much in the early 1960s style using motifs of stylised flowers which would, in later years, become much more flamboyant but which, for now, were a little more restrained.

The colour scheme is a simple blue and pink for the motif and a contrast and non-invasive scheme for the squares behind. The intention with this pattern was to create a design which looked pleasant and perhaps a little homely. My intention was to create a range of products on Redbubble which were both for homeware and for fashion and you can see the result above.

I did try other colour schemes but none of them seemed to have the appeal of the design above, which was the first one that I created and so there is perhaps a lesson there for me to learn. My wife is always telling me not to mess with the designs that I create because I rarely seem to make them any better!

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.