A creative process

Though much of my surface pattern design work involves a computer and software, I like the art work itself to start off in the normal way – by hand. 

For a while I’ve been interested to see how a Lino carving could translate to a pattern. And I also had a gap in my knowledge about how to put together pattern repeats. In particular I wanted to create a half drop pattern, which is very commonly used as it’s the most pleasing to the eye. 

So here’s how this particular process went:

The original drawing, inspired by a gorgeous little wren who visits my garden most evenings at dusk, he seems to especially like the clematis montana. 


And during carving, having been transferred to a block: 

And, after several hours at the computer huffing and puffing and generally getting cross, re-doing my calculations, I finally get a seamless matching repeat pattern.

What I love about this is how a single rectangle Lino block can give such movement and rhythm to a pattern. And I love the simplicity of white on Wedgwood blue. Monochromatic colour schemes have such impact I think. 

I actually did around 12 colour ways for this, but here are my favourites 

Generally I like more muted colours. Overly saturated colours look like they’re straight out of the tube (my pet peeve in painting). However, this yellow, so rich and bright and summery would make a lovely tea towel I think. 


9 thoughts on “A creative process

  1. lindywhitton May 11, 2017 / 10:22 am

    Love that little bird – and the repeat is seamless.

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  2. debiriley May 12, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    wow. wow. Wow! Gorgeous!
    I love it Vicki 🙂
    wish I had the techi skills to figure this one out, LOL yours is an Inspiration Cheers, Debi

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    • vickihutchinsartist May 13, 2017 / 2:04 pm

      Aw thank you! Learning the software can be a bit challenging at times, but I’m surprised by how much I enjoy that side of it!

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  3. kelciemakespatterns June 17, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    I love it. I tend to create patterns directly through Illustrator but am looking to branch out into other mediums. Do you feel like lino carving created better results?

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    • vickihutchinsartist June 25, 2017 / 10:58 am

      Hello Kelcie – sorry for such a late reply…well, actually I am trying to build my illustrator skills! A bit of a frustrating process it turns out. This Lino repeat was done in Photoshop, but it really helped me understand how to manually create a half drop repeat. I don’t know if Lino carving created better results (I know you can get brushes that mimic the effect of rolled ink). At the moment I’m trying to develop my process…I think I would prefer to create things by hand in different mediums, then manipulate them digitally. But – I also really like the digital side of things!


    • vickihutchinsartist June 25, 2017 / 11:12 am

      I tried to comment on your blog Kelcie but it wouldn’t post, it said:
      Hi Kelcie, so nice to meet another pattern designer on here. The blog is great, and if I wasn’t so behind with MATS and Make it in Design assignments I’d be doing your assignments!


      • kelcie June 27, 2017 / 2:20 pm

        Thanks for letting me know. I am trying to fix it. I like your blog too!


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