Sunday, 16 December 2012

Final Samples for fabrics

Final Samples For Fabrics for 'Tropical" Brief

 Tropical fabric 1 - parrot and peacock.

 Tropical Fabric 2 - Floral pink and toucan

Seahorse and urchins

Blue fish and Coral

I'm pleased with how my fabrics samples have come out and I cant wait to develop them further in the new year! I think my designs would look better if there was more variety so im going to get painting more urchins and fish soon!! 
Have a lovely Holliday everyone xx

Final Samples - Bird and Flower

Final Samples For my 'Bird and Flower' Wallpaper Collection within my 'Tropical' Brief

 yellow birds

 flowers and flying toucan

 mexican flowers

 tropical birds

 jungle birds

 Peacock prints

 flower and toucan

Flying birds and blossom

The 'Flower and Bird' collection I did as part of my 'Tropical' themed brief at university has been very inspirational and fun to produce. I think my collection as a whole has moved forward from my earlier developments, and I'm happy with the results. 

Final Samples- fish and coral

Fish and Coral Collection- 'Tropical' Brief

crab and jellyfish

 Coral and Starfish

Narwhal and shells




sea urchin and coral

whale and seahorse

Here are my final samples for the 'fish and coral' collection within my tropical themed brief at University. I think my final pieces have turned out well for this collection and i cant wait to get painting more fish!!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Tutorial Feedback

Tutorial Feedback for Development

I had a development tutorial on Monday the 19th this week for my samples and designs. The feedback I had has really helped me to progress my samples, and are starting to formulate final designs for my wallpaper brief based on the Tropics.

Here are my lines of enquiry for the next few weeks as i start to produce my final pieces:

Under the sea 

Paint up a large whale for more visual work- textures, mark making etc.
Develop my intitial samples into final wallpaper samples.
Create a fabric design sample from each final design, using the same imagary.
Create a neutral, more relaxed colourway sample for each final design.

Here is one of my initial designs for my "under the sea" samples,

Bird and flower

Get photographs taken of my development boards to use in photoshop - I will put these up on here.
Create more refined final designs for my wallpaper samples and show various colour-ways
I may hand-paint a few of my wallpaper samples.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sample Development Ideas- Tropical Wallpaper

Wallpaper Development Samples for Flower and Bird Collection 

I created these designs in photoshop, using the work I have painted over the past few months for my Flower and Bird collection within my brief.  I wanted to create sharp contemporary samples so i decided to add some photographic images that i took at Tatton Park in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Colour Pallet Ideas

This colour pallet fits in well with my brief and has a tropical paradise feel to it. I found this colour pallet at
I tweaked the sample design idea below on Photoshop, to create a more busy sample. The second is my original design board.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Flowers Development

Flowers Using Chinese Paints
Development Board

I painted this collection of flowers to see what different textures I could create. I used line and mark making to create the insides of the flowers and leaves. Some of the flowers worked out well but others not so much. I prefer the flowers that I used a wet paint to create, rather than dry brush strokes of the blue flower. ( top, centre)
I love strong line and colour, and i think this has come across well in this development for my Tropical wallpaper collection.

Tatton Park Gardens

Here are some of my inspirations from photographs i took at Tatton Park in Knutsford. It was a great day out and was very inspiring!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Inspiration for 'Under the Sea' Collection 

Tropical Brief

I snapped these photographs when I was at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port. I managed to gain a lot of my research there, mostly on fish and coral. I have split my brief into two separate collections. One for tropical birds and flowers, and the other for under water tropics. I want to create two feelings of paradise and what better way to do that than using land and water.Here are some images i have collected for my inspiration.
I shall be posting my new 'Under The Sea' drawings and paintings soon. =)

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Chinese Brush Set

Calligraphy Brushes- by Shao Zhi Yan

Id love a set of chinese brushes like this one by Shao Zhi Yan, China. I'm going to have to buy some decent brushes soon. I've found a really good Chinese Arts suppliers recently called which sell  good quality paints and papers. I think this is where I'll purchase my silks from for painting onto in a few weeks.

Chinese Painting Classes

Chinese Painting - New Technique!
Dry Brush Painting

It was the first lesson back at the Chinese painting class the other day where we used a technique called dry brush painting. We painted squirrels. ( I know squirrels are not in my brief but i can now apply this new technique to my University work). Heres my squirrel...

The dry brush technique was effective in creating a coarse texture for the squirrel, which i could use on my bird developments in the next few weeks. i found the leaves rather fun to paint, using repeat marks with the paintbrush to create their shapes.

Inspiration for develpoment

Artist Inspiration - Kelly Allen

Kelly Allen is an freelance illustrator and writer from San Francisco, America. I love her idea of placement and colour, this has been really inspiring to my work, impacting on my developmental ideas for my wallpaper collection. 

Squint limited- Japanese Storks

Squint Limited are a design company for interior products in the UK. They have just recently created a new wallpaper collection. The stalk wallpaper above was nominated for the Elle Decoration British Design Awards this year. 
Squint are a really inspirational company to me because they are contemporary fresh and i love the colours in the are a few others that i liked...

I love the stylish peacocks and their feathers!!! this piece has definitely been an inspiration to my work!!

Paradise Flower and Birds Development

Blue Plumage - Tropical bird Collection
Toucan - with wing texture and flowers


 My inspiration for these designs began from looking in the Zoological collection both at Manchester Museum and Bolton Museum. To create a tropical feel to my designs i used bold exotic colours and decoration.
To develop my drawings i explored different styles of painting. I used black ink and a stick to draw the 'Blue Plumage' bird for my collection. I then painted the feathers in with Chinese paints.
 I'm enjoying the freedom of this practice and I'm going to be using it in the near future, hopefully using Sgraffito techniques!! 

Blue Ruff Bird Development

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Paridise Birds - Development with Chinese Paints

Bird Developments using Chinese Paints

I used traditional Chinese painting techniques to create these birds, using the traditional paper, paints, and pearlesant paints. I wanted to create strong colour and depth to my bird designs to create the feel of a tropical paridise. To develop my work further im going to sample different texture techniques like scratch-back and sgraffito. In my development I want to use the texture of the feathers, to create flower designs and backgrounds for my work.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Griffin and Wong Inspiration

 Inspriation for FMP-Griffin & Wong Chinoiserie Collection

The wallpaper company, Griffin & Wong, have been a primary inspiration to my work for my final year at University. It has inspired me in quite a few ways, from the placement of the birds, to the textures in the birds plumage.