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Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank

This is my newest design Flotsam & Jetsam on Patternbank. The Patternmash briefing of last month was to get inspired by flotsam and jetsam. I love a little extra practise and was for this design inspired by the natural form of seaweed and colourful sea glass.

Colour is essential, it can make or break your design. Therefore I would like to show you how some designs and their color schemes evolve. After I have finished a design I normally take a lot of time to re-colour and end up with at least two color schemes for a design. This is also great fun! I’ll walk you through a part of the colouring process for this design. First of all, the final design:

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

With the Patternmash briefing a color scheme is provided, and in the first colouring attempt I used all of those colours:

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Since I naturally go for a more limited color scheme, because I personally find it more pleasing to the eye, I came up with this design next, using only three shades of green:

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Then I sort of missed the boldness in the design, so I added blue:

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

I was looking for even more boldness, so I added black and white: 

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

And this made me happy! So the final design has gone through a colour altering process and I ended up with two colour scheme in green and blue. 

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternmash Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternmash Lotta Lorier

The design is now available on Patternbank and could be used for numerous purposes as shown on the product mock-ups below:

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam T-shirt Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Backpack Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Bedding Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Flotsam & Jetsam Phone Case Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Poster hangers

When following the Make it in Design course I got inspired by the home of Rachel Taylor, who is one of the founders of Make it in Design and a successful surface pattern designer. Her home is filled with her designs, from pillows to wallpaper.

It got me inspired to display more of my art in my home. As I said in my previous post I’m thinking about getting this wallpaper for our bedroom. I also found a really nice way of displaying my art in my home though, by using poster hangers!

Last year I used the poster hangers from this super easy DIY project to hang two vintage botanical posters. Instead of hanging a poster though, you can also use fabric!

I totally love the result! You should try it! Check my previous post on how to make these poster hangers. Use your own art (or someone else’s), print it on fabric at a print on demand company like Spoonflower or Motiflow and decorate your wall! Check how my fabric hangers turned out below. Quite nice right?!

DIY Poster Hanger Lotta Lorier Surface Pattern Design

DIY Poster Hanger Marble Marvel

DIY Poster Hanger Marble Sea Lotta Lorier Surface Pattern Design

DIY Poster Hanger Marble Sea

DIY Poster Hanger Marble Sea Lotta Lorier Surface Pattern Design

DIY Poster Hanger Marble Sea

DIY Poster Hanger Lotta Lorier Surface Pattern Design

DIY Poster Hanger Marble Marvel

DIY Poster Hanger Lotta Lorier Surface Pattern Design

DIY Poster Hanger Marble Sea

DIY Poster Hanger Lotta Lorier Surface Pattern Design

DIY Poster Hanger Marble Marvel

Black and white floral

This black and white floral is my newest design available on Patternbank. I am a big fan of black and white and love to create monochromatic designs now and then! I am thinking about getting this black and white floral wallpaper in our bedroom. I think it would look fabulous 🙂

Black and White Floral Monochromatic Patternbank Lotta Lorier

Black and White Monochromatic Floral Wallpaper on Patternbank

Black and White Monochromatic Floral on Patternbank

Black and White Monochromatic Floral on Patternbank

When licensing this black and white floral design on Patternbank, you get these two monochromatic designs that are perfect for apparel, wallpaper, stationery and swimwear! I would definitely like to take a swim in the bathing suit down below! What about you?!

Black and White Monochromatic Floral on Patternbank

Black and White Monochromatic Floral on Patternbank

Black and White Monochromatic Floral Bathingsuit on Patternbank

Black and White Monochromatic Floral Bathingsuit on Patternbank

water colour leafs wallpaper featured in Vriendin

My water colour leafs wallpaper was featured in Dutch magazine Vriendin! Blogger Mamoesjka used this water colour leafs wallpaper in her bedroom, see my previous post for more pics! Unfortunately they did not mention my name. They did mention the company that sells the wallpaper: Motiflow, which is also pretty awesome! 

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Water Colour Leafs Wallpaper Lotta Lorier in Vriendin

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Water Colour Leafs Wallpaper in Bedroom Mamoesjka

 

Cut and Paste trend 2017/2018

I am in week three of a design course of Make it in Design. It gives me a lot of insight in trends, trend reports and trend forecasting. I made two moodboards this week of two coming trends, namely the cut and paste trend and the stoneware trend.

I just love this cut and paste trend, which has been evolving over the last couple of years. There is an artistic touch to it that I love! And those colours! I’m planning to design some patterns within this trend.

The second one is of a trend that has been going on for a while but also still evolves and this one’s called: stoneware. I made this mood board with my own designs since they fit really well into this trend. 

Cut and Paste Trend Fashion 2017 2018 Lotta Lorier

Cut and Paste Trend Fashion 2017 2018

Stoneware trend 2017 2018 Lotta Lorier

Trend Stoneware 2017 2018

 

Terrazzo Design Challenge Patternmash

Today I entered this terrazzo design for this months Patternmash challenge. Designing with the trends is something I still need to grow into. Therefor I love the challenges of Patternmash, which are a great way to practise and experiment with different styles.

Terrazzo Patternmash Surface Pattern Design Lotta Lorier

Terrazzo Design

Hannah Kirkbride, the designer behind Patternmash provides you with a theme and color scheme to work with. This months challenge was al about terrazzo tiles. I absolutely love this style! In the past I already experimented with this style in Photoshop but thanks to this challenge I found new ways of creating such patterns in Illustrator. And that is exactly what is so exciting about designing: you learn something new every day! Yay, my design is featured on the home page of Patternmash

Terrazzo Patternmash Lotta Lorier Surface Pattern Design

Featured on the home page of Patternmash

I am really curious if you can spot this trend on the streets in the later part of 2017 or at the beginning of 2018. I would sure like a dress or a bomberjack with this design, the bathing suit is also pretty cool. At least I know I will continue with this style for a bit, so I’ll get back to my design table! You have a great day!

Terrazzo Swimsuit Patternmash Surface Pattern Design Lotta Lorier

Terrazzo Swimsuit

Terrazzo Bomberjack Patternmash Surface Pattern Design Lotta Lorier

Terrazzo Bomberjack

Terrazzo Dress Patternmash Lotta Lorier Surface Pattern Design

Terrazzo Dress

 

My process of creating abstract texture patterns

Last month I dived into abstract texture pattern making. You can make texture patterns by using photos that capture any kind of texture. If you look around you will see textures everywhere. In this blog post I want to tell you a little bit about my process of creating abstract texture patterns.abstract texture patterns blue shades lotta lorier surface pattern design

Lots of floors have great textures but you can also find them in nature; trees obviously but also grass or leafs, the sky. Even under the shower I see textures and potential patterns! For these abstract texture patterns I have used photos of leafs, cement and tree bark. You can see some examples below.

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Textures to make abstract patterns

I also use brushes made out of textures of paper, dirt, ink etc. There are endless possibilities to experiment with!

What I love about the abstract texture pattern making process is the making it seamless process: removing the lines with the offset and stamp tool in Photoshop.

Photoshop is a great program if you are working with abstract textures. It has a lot of nice features, the only thing I miss are the artboards, which are great in Illustrator.

A lot of the abstract texture designs can afterwards be vectorised in Illustrator, so the design will be made out of vectors, which means that you can stretch the design. In Photoshop you are stuck with the size that you chose before you began.

For the abstract patterns made out of brush textures I usually start with a large canvas. Most brushes can go up to 2500 pixels, so I usually use a canvas of 5000 pixels. My first marble pattern in dark blue and blush hues and the variation in green hues was also made using these kind of brushes. Turning these into vectors doesn’t really work well, so the initial design should be large enough to be printed on a variation of products.abstract texture patterns pink shades lotta lorier surface pattern design

In this post I show you the abstract texture patterns that I have been working on within the last month. I love everyone of them! It is not always easy to picture them on products though, so I made two kind of mood boards/mock-up boards to make it easier to see where these abstract texture patterns could be used for. Any comments are welcome below!

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Abstract texture patterns on apparel

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Abstract texture patterns on beachwear

vtwonen blogger used my design

I have some exciting news for you today! Vtwonen blogger Mamoesjka used one of my designs as wallpaper in her bedroom! I think it looks absolutely fabulous! And the color is just perfect. Take a look!

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I made this water color leaf a year ago and turned it into a repeating pattern. When Mamoesjka asked if she could use my design as wallpaper, I actually – quickly – made a new pattern with a larger scale and less obvious repeat, so it would fit its purpose even better. I really love how it turned out and the pictures are just awesome!

wallpaper mamoesjka vtwonen motiflow lotta lorier surface pattern design

The wallpaper is a new product at Motiflow; the online shop where you can also print my designs on fabric. Motiflow will launch the wallpaper at the Creative Life event in Utrecht, which will be held from the 24th until the 26th of March.

If you join the Motiflow workshop at Creative Life you will make a cute bird, designed by Janneke Ursem and you can choose one of my other designs for the background!

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Creative Life Event Motiflow

So, what do you think?! Feel free to leave any comments below. Just click on any of the pictures to purchase the Swirling Leaves wallpaper at Motiflow or to check out my other designs!

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Fun and colourful patterns

My latest patterns are all about colour, fun and simplicity. I’ve been designing more with (kids) apparel in mind and I’ve been trying to match up some of the latest trends with my taste.

As I scroll down my Instagram feed I have to say that my love of celadon green and pink cannot go unnoticed 🙂 I especially love the coral pink and yellow combination..

I love creating these simplictic patterns at the moment, since I do not have a lot of time at hand. I wish I had more time to explore, create and experiment and also make more intricate patterns because I have a lot of ideas! Slowly but steady though I get the feeling that I am finding my signature style. It is in sight, although still foggy.

I will definitely keep working with textures and life traced photo’s in the future.. Right now I am converting a photo I took from a tree bark into some really nice to be used for swimwear and I will convert the photo’s I took from the roses I got for free at the supermarket into a pattern to be used for women or girls apparel. So there is definitely more to come 🙂 stay tuned! Also feel free to leave any comments below!

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Sweet Lemon

Spring Fever Surface Pattern Design Lotta Lorier

Spring Fever Lilac Mint

Spring Fever Surface Pattern Design Lotta Lorier

Spring Fever

 

 

 

Dalmatian Print Surface Pattern Design Lotta Lorier

Dalmatian Print

Pink Panther Coral Pink Yellow Surface Pattern Design Lotta Lorier

Pink Panther Print

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Stripes Pink Orange

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Mouse Celadon Black

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Botanical Summer

 

 

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Nautical Stripes

Etsy shop open!

Yay, I opened an Etsy shop! Now you can easily order products of my hand! I’ve been thinking about opening an Etsy shop for a while but I wanted to be able to offer high quality products.

To be able to do this I needed a new sewing machine, since my old one did not have a lot of options and sometimes gave me a hard time. So, a few weeks ago I purchased a new sewing machine that I am very happy with! It has a lot of options and now that I am able to offer the quality I opened an Etsy shop with products made out of my fabrics.

At the moment the shop consists of pillow cases, chique clutches and greetings cards. In the future I will add more. Please let me know if you have a good idea or a request by contacting me!

Pillowcase Marble Dark Blue Blush Surface Pattern Designer Lotta Lorier

Pillowcase | 18×18 inch | Marble Marvel | Deep Blue Blush

Pillowcase Marble Emerald Surface Pattern Designer Lotta Lorier

Pillowcase | 18×18 inch | Marble Marvel | Emerald Gold

Clutch Marble Marvel Etsy shop Surface Pattern Designer Lotta Lorier

Clutch | Marble Marvel | Deep Blue Blush

Clutch Marble Marvel Etsy shop Surface Pattern Designer Lotta Lorier

Clutch | Marble Marvel | Deep Blue Blush

Greetings card Bonjour Etsy shop Surface Pattern Design Lotta Lorier

Greetings Card | Bonjour

Greetings Card Love You Etsy shop Surface Pattern Design Lotta Lorier

Greetings Card | Love you

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