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 designs 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.