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.

Aff469 Wallpaper Design

This was designed to be a wallpaper pattern and it was also intended to be very close to my ideas of Belle Epoque 2 since it has a small motif and a fast repeat which is designed to give it more of a solid look and so make it more flexible in use.

I saw it both as suitable for a feature wall because of the colouring but it should also prove suitable for more than one wall although, I agree, not all of the walls. I am looking forward to spending some time using this design as a texture in one of my wallpaper sets.

The motif is intended to resemble the kind of designs produced during the 1960s although it is perhaps true that at that time it would not have been used at so small a scale. The colours are taken from the mid-century range of colours that would have been used at the time and they do, indeed, look very mid-century making this a suitable wallpaper for a mid-century modern room today.

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 Curtains

Following on from the post this morning, I tried to use my mannequin set to create a fashion image but unfortunately I was unable to produce a realistic looking design from the mockup and so I had to reconsider what I was to do with this design.

As well as fashion, I realised that it would be suitable as a fabric pattern and the most obvious and demonstrative use would be as curtain material. I therefore had a look at the sets that I had available and decided that a traditional British drawing room set would be the most appropriate. The illustration that you see above is the use of the pattern as curtain material in a very upmarket drawing room where I think it looks nice.

Having looked at the image several times I am now convinced that it makes a better curtain material design than it would have a fashion pattern.

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.

Aff466 Wallpaper

Bearing in mind what I have already said about this design’s origin, you would perhaps expect me to use a mid-century modern type room or even a mid-century interior in order to display the paper. In fact I did try this and it looked extremely good but, as I perhaps anticipated, it looks even better in a modern setting.

This set is designed to represent an upmarket apartment and here the wallpaper is used on one wall with the wall containing the windows and curtaining in a solid colour. If this were being used for real, the wallpaper would be used on two of the walls with the remaining two walls being plain. In fact, the curtains take up a good part of the left-hand wall.

The scale is the right sort of size to show off the motifs but without making them too much of a feature. One annoyance which I could not see when I first produced the image but which I think I can see now is that the pattern does create a line of motifs running across the wall. This is something that I, and most other designers, try to avoid like the plague but now that I have seen it, and it is only slight, it is difficult not to see it in the pattern.

I think that this wallcovering gives a pleasant, open and very friendly look to the room and I am pleased with the result.

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.