Create a flower design
I had a great time on Saturday afternoon at a design workshop run by Emma and Mel of The People’s Print. They run their workshops in a studio in an old warehouse in West Hampstead – a bit too far away for some of you, but if you can get to North London, I can recommend them.
Our aim was to produce a design with a hand-painted look, inspired by wild flower meadows. We started by tracing flowers, so my design was more garden flowers than wild flowers, because I used a garden flower book for my tracing. We used black paint to produce silhouettes which were then scanned into a computer.
We used Photoshop to create our designs. I learnt how to upload the flower paintings into Photoshop and use them to create a design. We used layers to create depth and kept the background clear so that we could change the colour of the background. We even put a layer on top of the background so that we could have a patterned background. We then learnt how to make a seamless repeat. The 3½ hours went by so quickly, there were so many things I wanted to try. I’ve come home inspired to try more designs; I have lots of ideas running about in my head that I want to have a go at!
We decided to go for a Liberty print look, so worked on a small, 6 cm square, canvas, but I think this technique would work at any scale.
We finished the workshop by printing our designs onto silk. We used A4 silk pieces which come on a paper backing and go through an ordinary printer – very useful for testing your design; seeing how it looks and that the repeats work.
This workshop was very timely, as August's design competition theme is Summer Flowers - look out for details next week, but in the meantime, why not have a go at designing your own floral pattern?