If you follow me on social media, you will know that I have entered the Spring 2019 Wraptious artist competition. I don’t often enter competitions, but this one inspired me. I thought I would share a little about my process and the art works.
Wraptious sells beautiful artworks and homewares, created from the artwork of a select group of artists. They are UK based and support artists, so I can’t think of a more exciting competition to enter.
My designs are usually seamless repeats, made up of a selection of motifs combined together. These flowers, and the heart, started out as hand-drawn motifs, which I planned to combine into patterns. I loved creating them and was really happy with each individual motif, but when I combined them, I wasn’t happy with any of the patterns I created. I decided that they work much better as individual motifs to be used as “placement prints” and have created some greetings cards using them. See them here.
Each motif started off by being hand-drawn in black pen. Usually I draw an entire flower, not one individual petal, but I liked the idea of creating something very symmetrical, so each flower is formed of just one design of petal. This is then scanned and opened in Adobe Photoshop, where I add colour. The colour palette for all four of the flower designs entered in the competition is the same and when I put the palette together I described them as “jewel colours.” Once the individual petal was coloured, each petal was repeated until I formed a flower. Finally I chose a complementary background colour from the jewel palette to make the flower pop.
I simply submitted the flat artworks to Wraptious, and they created the beautiful mockups below and under the title. Voting continues until 16th June 2019 and my designs are available to purchase from them until 24th June.
Please head over to their page to give me a vote, or even to buy a cushion, art print or canvas, featuring one of these designs. Thank you!