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One of the creative exercises in Module 2 by Make it in Design was to look to our own culture and use its influence in a design of our own. I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and even have some Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. I have never been particularly drawn to Pa Dutch folk art but was surprised when I researched it to find many similarities with my own drawing style. I created a pattern that uses colors and motifs influenced by Pa Dutch folk art while adding my own flair.
I created a mood board with some of the Pa Dutch folk art I found in my research.
Then I drew some motifs, scanned them, and traced them in Adobe Illustrator. I chose colors from the designs on my mood board.
This is the final pattern that I created. While it has the same colors and similar motifs to the images on the mood board, it looks very different because I added my own flair and style.
Finally I uploaded the pattern to my Redbubble shop and added it all sorts of products.
“Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye.” ~Dorothy Parker
I love combining collage and doodles with fun colors in my art journal.
I cut one of my printed patterns into curving shapes.
I then cut those curving shapes into strips and glued them into my art journal.
Then, I chose some coordinating and constrasing colors to add doodled details.
Next, I started drawing doodles and concentric lines in the shapes created by the paper strips.
I added color with my Pitt Artist Pens.
To complete the design, I added patterns of connected circles. I left some white space in the design to give your eye a place to rest.
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