holiday christmas bouquet
artwork, Design, Drawing, patterns, Pen & Ink

Joe’s Christmas Bouquet

I love flowers, especially Christmas holiday bouquets. I'd rather have fresh flowers decorating my home then any other type of decoration, any time of the year. After 44 years of decorating our home for Christmas my husband and I have pared down the inside decorations. We love the Christmas tree. A beautiful wreath on the… Continue reading Joe’s Christmas Bouquet

Jewel tone terrazzo
Design, patterns, Surface Patterns, Wrapping Paper

Terrazzo Holiday

Having so much fun with the terrazzo patterns. I updated the original design to make it a technical repeat pattern using the original blue shades I used in the previous post. I’m a fan of those beautiful blues. Since the holidays and Christmas are right around the corner I thought I’d rework the colors using… Continue reading Terrazzo Holiday

Design, design school, patterns, Wrapping Paper

Generic Occasions

October on Make It In Design's The Colour Gang was about simple color pallets for generic occasions. While a lot of folks don't send cards snail mail anymore, some do, and also give gifts, and "just because" cards are always fun. In fact, the trend is coming back to sending speciality made cards. I mean… Continue reading Generic Occasions

Autumn leaves
Design, fabric, patterns, Surface Patterns

Shades of Autumn in Two Colors

Being a member of The Colour Gang on Facebook is such a boost for me in the creative surface pattern design arena. The Colour Gang is a Closed Facebook Group administered by Make It In Design (the British company I’m currently enrolled in pattern design courses). I’m having a blast  learning new concepts, gaining in-depth… Continue reading Shades of Autumn in Two Colors

White fern in black of night surface pattern
Design, design school, patterns, Surface Patterns

White Fern in Black of Night

What a fun creative brief. I’m in The Colour Gang group at Make It In Design which every month sends out Creative Briefs, fun exercises, research, all sorts of fun stuff about color, surface pattern designing, the latest trends in color and excellent information on how to get yourself visible. This month is Monochromatic and… Continue reading White Fern in Black of Night

Mmarylou_wade_cb2_retro_mockup
Design, design school, patterns, Surface Patterns

The Colour Gang – Make It In Design

I signed up for another great venue with Make It In Design (MIID). They started a fantastic Group on Facebook called The Colour Gang that is all about surface pattern design and COLORS! It truly is a very informative and hands on learning Group. August was a free month for anyone who already was a… Continue reading The Colour Gang – Make It In Design

jungle luxe-bugs trend brief 1 ver 2-05
Design, design school, patterns, Surface Patterns

Summer School 2018 – Make It In Design

WOW! What a challenging, fun Summer School 2018 session I just completed at Make It In Design's The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, an online school located in Manchester, United Kingdom. For the month of August I was given two Trend Briefs and two Creative Briefs (assignments) to complete. The Trend Briefs will be judged… Continue reading Summer School 2018 – Make It In Design

3.6 swimsuit pattern collection
Design, design school, patterns, Surface Patterns

Geometric and Graphic Trends

Above is my take on the 3.6 Geometric & Graphic Trends (ladies swimsuit patterns) for this Creative Exercise in Make It In Design online course. It was a bit of a challenge, taking me a couple weeks to complete. There were a lot of research lessons in this section, which led to a whole lot… Continue reading Geometric and Graphic Trends

Design, fabric, patterns, Surface Patterns, Wrapping Paper

Table Linens

For this Make It In Design exercise my Brief was: Design a coordinating set of table mats and napkins Pick one color palette from the WGSN Colour Evolution report that was supplied to us in the course, and use only those colours and white Create a simple pattern concept or a formal repeating tile Use… Continue reading Table Linens