I tend to prefer bright, colourful flowers like Pot Marigolds and Daffodils. By comparison, I always thought of violets as rather drab and dreary, too much leaf for such tiny flowers and anyway, purple is by no means my favourite colour, especially in the garden. I tend to think of Violet in particular as an 'old lady' colour . . .
But I’ve noticed that when I draw flowers for painting or for making a pattern, it feels as if I get to know them. It’s almost like getting to know a person, like making a new friend.
And that’s exactly how it was with the violets I needed to paint for a new series of February Birth Month Flower Birthday Cards!
In fact, even before I’d made the violets into a birthday card design, my enthusiasm had grown so much that I began to make ‘Violets’ repeating patterns and coordinates to create all sorts of pretty products for my Posh & Painterly store!
I made my patterns using Photoshop and if you’re interested in how to do it, you’ll find some easy to follow instructions HERE, on some of my blogs from 2013.
The main violet pattern was based on an ogee-shaped repeat, instructions in #4. But if you’re a newcomer to repeating patterns, you’ll probably benefit from starting with #1 and working your way through.
If you don’t have Photoshop, don’t despair!
I made some of my best and most popular repeating patterns, such as this one, using paper, paint, scissors and sticky tape!
I found the very clear instructions for making repeating patterns without a computer on another blog, Design Sponge .
Good luck with this - but just think carefully before you get into making repeating patterns - you may easily find yourself getting addicted like I am!