Artist brush pens
I recently got into the freedom and spontaneity of drawing with felt tip pens and decided to upgrade from the low cost kid's packs to an artist pen. So, as a treat last time I was in London, I dropped into The London Graphic Centre in Covent Garden. They have an array of artist pens to try and they're happy for you to scribble on bits of paper to test them out. [Warning I discovered later that the shop is twice the online price - but OK for a small purchase!]
After a few testers, I settled on a pack of Ecoline brush pens. They just glide across the paper and you can create water colour effects with them! If you use them on watercolour paper, you can scribble and then really slosh on the water. I use both brushes and a special transparent blending pen that comes with the set.
All this water and colour, gave me the idea for a Summer pattern based on drawing and splashing.
I started by drawing the stripes.
It's very therapeutic and relaxing. I must have drawn about 20 pages of them.
If you enjoy ASMR videos (a form of soothing relaxation) you might enjoy this real time video of the meditative art process:
Next, I taped down the striped sheets and splashed them with water droplets.
The feel and concept
How to create a seamless pattern from the original drawings?
The pattern comes to life!
For this pattern, I have chosen a selection of Summer themed products. Here are two of my favourites - the double deckchair and the wedge espadrilles. It is really rewarding to see a finished design magically appear on a fabulous product.
I absolutely love this double deckchair! It is a very unusual product. I can imagine people using it to take selfies - trying to fit everyone onto the chair.
For the shoes, I angled the pattern and used two different scales to create the final effect.
Next creative steps
During the creation of this design I had a lot of little swatch papers that I had printed on to test the scale and colours. I took them along to my weekly figure drawing session and drew right on top of them. I really liked the effect. How do you like this cheeky bottom?
I have been busy drawing new bottoms today! You can see me drawing on Instagram @shimmyshimshop
What product would you like to see in the shop?