Turn Your Art Into Patterns

Do you ever turn your work into pattern? It is something I have been playing with on and off for a while now. I think it is a fabulous way to extend the life of your artwork and create something new from the work you have already done. Do you remember the Art Journal page cushions I made way back in January 2016 with Snapfish? Well it is a similar thing but this time I’ve been playing with making repeat patterns using my art.

And I thought it would be fun to share some of the results of this pattern work and challenge you to have a go with your art too, if you aren’t already. Perfect timing as the weekend is upon us so what is stopping you?!

Close-up of Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

For my repeat pattern share today I’ve used the same large cheese plant leaf that I used in my 5 Minute Journal – Quick Cut Outs video from a couple of weeks ago using some of the DIY Patterned Papers I’ve been working with recently.

I added another leaf using the same papers as well as some cheese plant flower shapes too and scanned all the cut outs so that I could manipulate them into a digital repeat pattern using Photoshop Elements.

And I’m sure you already know that once you have your pattern you can always upload it to one of the print on demand outlets like Society6 or Spoonflower, (there are lots of others too) so even earn a little cash from your designs or get them made into your own bespoke soft furnishings if you like!

Here is my pattern first in it’s original colour then underneath that I’ve changed the colours to match the Pantone colour of the Year – Greenery – to see how it would look.

Which do you prefer?

Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern in Greenery

Last weekend we went to the Josef Frank exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey, London, which was pretty amazing and full of colour. I think this pattern is inspired by Josef Frank’s large floral motif designs.

I used the mock-up facility on Society6 to see how the pattern would look on products. It definitely gives it a new lease on life don’t you think?

A mock up of a clock with Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

A mock up of a cushion with Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

A mock up of a tote with Kim Dellow's Cheeseplant Leaf pattern

So my challenge/ inspiration to get you creating this weekend/ week is to make a repeat pattern!

You do not have to make a digital pattern, you can do it by hand, low tech is perfectly fine! Then load it up to Instagram or facebook or wherever you like to hang out, to share and then tag me in. You can find me in most places under my name (Kim Dellow) or come back here and drop me a link because I would really love to see what you make!

Have fun!

ps. don’t forget that my Art Slice inspiration will go live on my YouTube Channel at 1pm (BST) today. Come and subscribe, click on the notifications, to be the first to see it!


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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Wendy M

    Brilliant. I will never ever get my head around illustrator. I'd forgotten about this. So thank you. Fab pattern, by the way. Gorgeous elements xx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thank you Wendy, Hope you get some patterns done, it is a great one to revisit isn't it?

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thank you Tracy 🙂 Hope you have a lovely weekend too and the sun is out for your garden!

  2. Jennifer Smith-Kirk

    Hi Kim
    Deleted my previous comment as I am shattered and re read it and it made no sense at all lol – anyway I love what you have done and can see your pattern as a statement piece on a wall it would look fab x x x

  3. Kim Dellow

    Thank you Jennifer 🙂 I'm always writing nonsense 😀 😀 Hope you get some rest and relaxation time over the weekend!

  4. suzieq23

    I just watched your art slices on You Tube. What fun!! I am ready to try my own patterns and a few of yours!! Thank you.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks! I am glad you liked them and that they have inspired you! Have fun!

  5. Lynda

    These are lovely! Love the first one. I just recently updated my PSE so I need to look at the digital repeat. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Kim Dellow

      Have fun with it and I look forward to seeing your repeats!

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