Peony and Parakeet

Pattern Design Simplified

Spring Flowers by Peony and Parakeet.rsvMany artists love painting faces, but I feel drawn to patterns. It must be the little engineer inside me who, after seeing almost anything, needs to know: could this be simplified and repeated?

Don’t get me wrong: I am not a big fan of over simplifying everything. Living in a country of snow and white box like houses with white sofas, I have had more than enough of simple forms. But when simplifying involves some clever thinking, hundreds of ideas have been created instead of one.

Namely, you can tweak and change simple structures almost endlessly.

It is like an engineer has made the skeleton which an artist can decorate.

Designing a Hand-Drawn Pattern

The paper above began when the engineer in me found a scanned image of a handpainted paper. The circle pattern was printed on it. Then it was given to the artistic side of me which went a little crazy.

Spring Flowers. Hand-drawn pattern by Peony and Parakeet. Download PDF to draw this!The pattern that the engineer had created was dull but the artist made it breathe. The result was analyzed carefully and a new surface pattern was born! This design is simple but fun, perfect for the use in collages or even for making cards or gift papers.

 Creating Variations

I also made another version of the same design. Creating variations and studying various color combos is so fun! I always decide to make just a simple paper but end up adding smaller and smaller details!

When decorating these papers I never know beforehand whether I will cut them to pieces for collages or frame them as they are. But I always scan them once they are finished so that I can use them again if I want to.

Variation of Spring Flowers design, by Peony and Parakeet

Instructions for the Hand-Drawn Pattern

I have written detailed step by step instructions for the pattern which I call Spring Flowers.

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5 thoughts on “Pattern Design Simplified

  1. Pavi, you are amazing! Such creativity AND generosity! It was my lucky day when I discovered your blog! I am retiring next month and so want to expand and grow, in several areas- spiritually and creatively. I will definitely let you be my art teacher! 🙂

    1. Gina, your comment really made my day! Thanks so much! Have fun creating and finding all the treasures that are hidden in your mind!

  2. Thank you so much for your help! I love doing the flowers and am going to get my grandchildren to try too! I’m subscribed and enjoying mysef.

    1. Femi, thanks! I love the idea of drawing the spring flowers with grand children. I believe that art has no age boundaries and base my blog on that thought too!

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