Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Watercolor Floral

Still working on learning repeat patterns. Infact, I have been taking Bonnie Christine's class on Skillshare titled "Water Color for Surface Pattern Design: Working with Adobe Illustrator".  Not only do you create a repeat pattern, you learn how to develop a pattern with watercolors, then learn to swap out the paint colors for any color story you want in Illustrator, and then turn it into a repeat print. Still playing with other color stories for the same print. Now the print itself is not that great, but the point is that I learned so much and Love the process!

Different colors, different backgrounds, different scales -- all with Illustrator! Again, not the greatest print -- but look at all the possibilities!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Oh, the Hue-Manatee!

My daughter Rachel Jaggers, Spotted Pepper Designs, is a great textile and surface pattern designer. She recently had one of her prints published on Bucketfeet shoes. I believe she is ending up being one of Bucketfeet's best sellers. I finally received my shoes the other day. LOVE THEM! and proud of the budding artist that she is becoming!!

Oh! the Hue-Manatee! by Bucketfeet!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Merry Moosemas!

So here's another one of my surface prints. This was actually my first design and  I was particularly interested in making sure the colors popped! I think that happened!

By Designer Barbara Brunson

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Learning to evolve in pattern design - sure is hard!

So there is no question that my industry catering to the independent quilt shop has changed drastically over the years. I can remember when I first started in 1994, I designed soft sculpture like crazy. In 2000, that stopped almost overnight. I re-invented myself and came up with other projects besides soft sculpture, like aprons and purses and knick knacks, oh my! That did great until the landscape changed once more. Time to re-invent aaagainnn -- though granted  ----  lots of room for evolution but not a lot of room to replace my sales in this type of market place because the dollars are spread out very thin over a much larger space. So I practice in all sorts of areas --- like online forums, social networking, etc. And surface pattern is now much easier to participate in. Don't know if I will ever publish and make any money from it but it is certainly fun to develop my skills. See the cute print below:

Barbara Brunson's Sweet Dreamin' Critters!