Creating digital surface design

One of my new favourite things is making surface design patterns.  There are all sorts of techniques for creating surface design.  When it comes to the hands-on variety I enjoy block printing.  There is a great UK website for buying traditional hand carved Indian wood blocks called Colouricious, and they do an excellent DVD to guide you as you get started.  The wonderful thing about using these blocks with paint is the slight imperfections and unpredictability of the result.  These are due to the amount of paint, amount of pressure, positioning, printing surface, and substrate used to print on, to name but a few.  The little variations are what makes each print unique, quirky, and truly hand crafted.  On the other hand, if you want precision and uniformity in your design then digital pattern making is the obvious choice.  I’m very far from being an expert in digital design, in fact I’m just getting started with it, and I want to learn much more.  At the moment I am working with a limited range of tools.  My dream is an iMac with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator; in reality I have a digital camera, an iPad with the Pixelmator app, and access to colourlovers.com and Redbubble.  My desigimagens therefore are basic, and I like think still quite good given my limitations.  You can find the link to my Redbubble portfolio in the sidebar, and it would be lovely to have you visit my virtual shop and browse.  Here is a photo of some of the designs you can find there.  Please feel free to comment.

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2 thoughts on “Creating digital surface design

  1. You can buy the whole Adobe Creative Suite at the reduced student price; I think you’re technically still a student until the end of the academic year?? You only need your college photo ID to activate the software. I got the whole lot at roughly half price on Amazon. It’s still expensive, but worth every penny….and I haven’t even started on Illustrator yet!

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    1. I’d love to get it Rachel, but I don’t have a computer to run it on. I get to use my husband’s laptop while he’s at work, which is how I’m creating designs on colourlovers.com, but he uses it for the work his 5 parish councils, it’s several years old, and SO slow. I think if I was to load the Adobe on to it it would crash and burn!

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