After the crazy Christmas season stock levels were looking a bit low. That could only mean one thing – time to order more fabric! I always like to spend January designing new prints so once I had a collection ready to go I put in the fabric order. If you don’t know anything about the pattern design and fabric printing process check out the about page. The first new print to be released was the sea turtles design which you can read about here.
With so many new items being made I thought it would be a good idea to make a quick list of what’s coming up in the next month. Lots of items are being restocked too so if there’s anything out of stock on the website don’t forget to sign up for product alerts on the product page. If you spot something on the list that you would like just let me know!
Reusable makeup remover pads
The reusable makeup remover pads were hugely popular over Christmas – I couldn’t make them fast enough! They’re really pretty and they’re kind to the planet too. Here’s a list of the new makeup pads coming soon:
Turtles Houseplants Bluebells Chickens Unicorns Apples Giraffes
Plus lots more extras of the favourites already on the website too!
The pencil cases were another firm favourite over the festive period. Their handy size means they can be used for all sorts of purposes. A handbag makeup bag, a travel sewing kit, or even a teabag pouch.
If you’ve not heard about beeswax wraps yet check out my post about them here. These are a super easy way to start your journey towards less single use plastic. A lot of the fabric allocated for these was just to make sure stock levels are topped up but there were a few new ones too.
Bluebells Turtles Houseplants
Wash bags are another product that are super versatile. Being made with water resistant fabric means they can be used for a whole host of reasons.
It’s great having the water resistant fabric for the aprons. It’s just so much easier to have a wipe clean apron if you’re a messy chef! A few of these completely sold out over Christmas so it was time for a restock.
The last post saw the first stage of the cow print design. Continue on to see the next steps…
After the realisation that the oil pastel drawing wasn’t going to work for the base of the print design, it was time to go back to the drawing board. I’ve been enjoying using thick pencils recently so I started there. I knew I wanted to use something that would pick out the layers of the cow’s shaggy hair so a simple pencil seemed the best way to go.
Although I liked the effect the oil pastels created for mimicking the cow’s hair, I felt that they missed some of the details. The cows had such beautiful faces and really pretty eyes so I spent most of my drawing time focused on the face.
I think the pencil drawing captured the character of the cow much better than the oil pastels did. I’m really pleased with how the face came out, isn’t he just so adorable! I still wanted to get across the texture of the fur so I decided to digitally colour the hair. On Photoshop I planned to use several layers of photographs of fur.
Thankfully the pencil drawing scanned in much clearer than the oil pastels did. By fiddling with the levels and exposure, I was able to get a really solid outline. This works great for print designs as it shows up better on fabric. I was also able to clean up all the little lines that I’d drawn slightly wrong so I was completely happy with the drawing – thank you Photoshop!
Stay tuned for the final blog post in the cow print design series to see the finished print! You’ll also find out what items I decided to make with the printed fabric. Feel free to drop me a message in the next post if you want to reserve anything.
It’s time for a new print design and for this pattern we’re off to the farm.
Growing up in the Derbyshire countryside definitely gave me a lot of inspiration for my print designs. From the patchwork field landscapes to the farm animals on the doorstep, it’s come through in my work more than once or twice.
I’ve already created a couple of designs inspired by farm animals. The chickens came first (no pun intended) when an escaped flock of chickens made a break for it down the village road. The gorgeous colours of their feathers made me grab my colouring pencils and blend those tones in my sketchbook. If you’ve not seen the chicken print design before, click here to take a look at this chicken pencil case.
Next up was the goat print, inspired by my sister’s love of goats. They are pretty great little fellas aren’t they.
When I was thinking of what prints to design next, I took a look back through the photos I had taken over the years and came across these beautiful cows.
I absolutely love the cow’s hair (hair/fur/coat?). The texture leapt out at me and the blend of colours was lovely and warm. I knew right then that the cows would be my next print design.
The wiggly texture of the hair drew me to oil pastels straight away. I thought this would translate really well so I rummaged through all my pastels to get a warm colour palette.
I really liked the effect of the oil pastels but I wasn’t sure it would translate well as a print design. The rough nature of the oil pastels look nice on paper but they don’t scan very well in to the computer to make a digital print, so it was back to the drawing board…
Check out the next blog post for the next instalment of the cow print design!
Hopefully you’ve read the previous two blog posts and have seen the progress of the banana print design so here’s a sneak peek of the finished designs!
Beginning with a classic half drop repeat, I like the negative space that’s created from the shape of the bananas. I’m thinking this would look fab on a pencil case, might have to see if I can find some banana stationery to match it…
I always like to make a random repeat version of prints too. They take a lot longer to design as you have to arrange them just right and then make sure there are no gaps in the finished print, but I always think they’re more versatile and can cover a bigger area.
I also made the random repeat print with a green and a blue background, but I just can’t decide which is my favourite… Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below! P.S. Does anyone else have a sudden desire for a dress made with banana fabric or is that just me?
Every print I design starts with a hand drawing – you see why I named the business Drawn by Rhiannon right? I always like to have either a photo of the item I’m drawing or the actual item in front of me so I can get all the proportions and colours spot on. Luckily I had a few bananas in the fruit bowl so it was off to a good start.
If you read my last blog post you’ll know that I have a particular style in mind for this print design which starts with a thick pencil drawing. I tend to like to draw lots of scruffy lines in light pencil to begin with and then go over the best lines with a thicker pencil when I’m happy with the shape.
The next stage is digitising the sketch to get it ready to make into a digital print. Some sketches translate better than others and luckily the bananas were one of the easier drawings; just a bit of tidying up around the edges and removing the sketchbook seam line and it was ready to go!
With the outline sorted it’s time to start on the colour. I use all sorts of different materials for colouring but I’ve decided to use watercolours for the fruit print range. I love how the colours blend so well and show a great range of tone and light with a few brush strokes. After scanning it in to the computer and defining the colours, it’s ready to be dropped into the outline image.
With a few layers and lots of blending, the colouring-in is complete! I’m super chuffed with the colour effect created by the watercolour paints, but let me know what you think by commenting below.
There are so many things I love about running my own business but designing whatever prints I want is definitely my favourite part of my job. I’ve got loads of new print ideas in the works for this year so I thought I’d get started on the first one.
Last year, after hours and hours of drawing, I designed the pineapple print and thankfully you guys loved it! It was one of the most popular prints of 2018 so I’ve decided to expand the idea into a print range full of all sorts of different colourful fruits. I’m taking a slightly different approach with these fruits as I’ve been wanting to try out a new colouring technique for a while now. My plan is to draw the outlines of the fruits with a thick pencil then create watercolour washes in different colours and collage the colours into the outlines on Photoshop. Check out the next blog post to see the results!