Aff485 Pattern

Having discovered that I can make wrapping paper mockups, I thought I would set about making some wrapping paper that could be used both as straightforward paper and also as paper in order to make gift bags.

The design is a simple one using mid-century colours from the colours in use at the time together with motifs which would have been common then, as they are today. The idea behind the design was to create a pattern which looks happy and uplifting without being too strong so as to overwhelm a parcel, be it big or small. Having given this matter a little thought I decided that I would probably show this as it would look as a gift bag design.

It perhaps goes without saying that this design fulfils my criteria for Belle Epoque 2 since it is colourful, has a small motif together with a fast repeat.

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.

Aff482 Carpet

If you refer back a couple of posts you will see that aff482 was a simple pattern in black-and-white. This is a restyle of that pattern but this time the colouring has changed in order to produce a carpet pattern.

I have kept with mid-century colours and this time the background is now regal red and the motif is in the lovely poppy red. Changing the colour normally changes the look of the design and this now appears to be quite different. I decided on a carpet and I thought immediately that this would look good on the hall and stairs in a traditional United Kingdom house. The set is therefore part of a set I created a long time ago and represents the hallway of a very normal two-storey house with another hall at the end off to a lounge and, out of sight, a doorway off to the left giving access to the study.

The pattern is intended to show off a long length of carpet and, of course, this makes it ideally suited to a long hallway and the run up a straight staircase. The scale is quite large in order to show off the pattern and to give the stairs some dimension.

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.

Aff483 Pattern

This is an odd pattern that looks, I think, quite nice when seen from a distance but odd when looked at close to. Unlike, I suspect, other makers of surface patterns, I work in a small area to produce the design but at the same time looking at how the pattern will look at various scales including quite small.

It is therefore possible for me to see how, for example, a wallpaper pattern will look from a distance or to the visitor to a room.

Although this wallpaper looks odd close to, from a distance it has a very simple up and down movement which enables it to add dimension to the wall. It also has a 3D look where the white areas recede. Once again, the motivation for this is mid-century and the colouring is also from the same decade.

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.

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.

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.

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.