The life of a design - from painting to pattern

The holiday period is so exciting because I get more time to paint and this also means that I can afford to be a bit more experimental. 

While I painted this pattern I listened to music, heard my kids jumping on the trampoline nearby and shortly after prepared a picnic to eat in the sun with them.

But after it's painted.. there is a whole other life to explore with it.

This is the first photograph - which is just a nice close up of the painting that I can play with digitally once it is loaded into my computer. 

This is the first photograph - which is just a nice close up of the painting that I can play with digitally once it is loaded into my computer. 

The first step is photographing it in the right light to get the colours right. Then I put it into photoshop and start looking at how I can turn it into a pattern.

The second step is turning it into a repeating tile so that I can apply it digitally to fabric and wallpaper. This chiffon top looks like it will be SO fun to wear. This is via my Red Bubble store. 

The second step is turning it into a repeating tile so that I can apply it digitally to fabric and wallpaper. This chiffon top looks like it will be SO fun to wear. This is via my Red Bubble store. 

The beauty of working in acrylic AND digitally is that the painting gets to live a full and rich life of its own. Who knows where it might end up? Recently some of my designs have been purchased as iphone covers - and for each sale I get a commission for the design and it is just such a great feeling having my work 'out there'.

The next step is to apply the design to all of the places I think it might look good - like on this bed!

The next stage of the process is listing it as a raw file for printing on wallpaper and fabrics too for people to make their own projects with. At this point I can play further with scale and maybe even pop some colours some more.

But finally, and most excitingly, I then get to go back to the studio and finish the painting to be a painting on its own. It's 'other life' as a pattern can be lived quite separately and I want the work to hang forever on a wall feeling complete.

I'm feeling some metallic detailing coming on to finish this piece and then, the final stop, will be listing it for sale on my website. 

Ah. 

What a wonderful journey!