Saturday, November 07, 2009

a november pattern for you

Lately I've been making up lots of patterns. My goal is to make up a selection of pretty, yet simple designs which I can use in my own projects. I've found that making patterns sort of soothing and meditative to me - kind of like quilting by hand. And they are time-consuming, too!

I create my patterns using Adobe Illustrator. I draw simple shapes such as dots, hearts, or stars, and add in any colours which are inspiring me at that particular moment. Then I copy, paste, rotate and reflect away.

I thought that it would be fun to make a new pattern for every month to share with you. Here is my first for the month of November, I was inspired by the colours just outside my window. you may download it here:

pattern_november_2009.pdf

You can print it out, and make lots of nice things. Perhaps a little bit for some christmas cards for your friends, to make spice labels or book labels or such, for scrapbooking, or in collages. Perhaps wrap a small gift for a good friend. Or can print it out on to card stock and make up some nice little gift tags or gift cards. Or collect them up, one from each month and save them for the perfect project - I will try to download another pattern every month.

I sincerely hope you like my patterns very much, and that you can find them useful!

38 comments:

ann.e said...

such a sweet and pretty design, thank you!! what fun - I would love to take a class on illustrator some day.

Linda said...

This is lovely! your work is always so inspiring.

Tonya said...

Great design! Yellow and Gray is my fave color combination at the moment.

sarah b. said...

great pattern! i'm really digging yellow & gray lately.

read me... said...

it's a really lovely pattern and also very kind of you to share it!

indigorchid said...

Beautiful design, great suggestions on what to do with it, and.. wow! How generous of you to share them with us! Thank you, and I can't wait to see the rest!

creative holly said...

great idea! it makes a nice desktop background too.

Tiffany said...

thank you :D your pattern is so mesmerizing to look at, and I just love the little hearts. Looking forward to seeing more.

sally said...

so sweet of you, sharilyn! thank you!!

Cassandra said...

Aw! yay! Thank You Shrilyn! Are you going to be making some Christmas cards that will be available in your shop?

Sheira said...

What a lovely idea! I adore the first pattern and already look forward to next month's! Thanks so much for the wonderful gift!

cindy said...

it's wonderful! i'd like to incorporate it into a calendar i'd like to make. thank you!

SAP said...

LOVE it!! Thank you!!

Lori said...

The colours in this pattern are really perfect! They feel like November to me.

thelady said...

thank you, I might print it and frame it, so pretty

Holly said...

so lovely--like all you do.

Angie said...

Beautiful - thank you! I've made it my desktop for instant inspiration.

erinn said...

I never knew I could be in love with a pattern!

Jan said...

Thank you for a beautiful paper - I look forward to using it in my papercrafting. I meant to tell you also, that I love the photo in your previous post....it looks like an imaginary story...

renee said...

I really love the gold and grey combined together. Thank you for making it into a pdf - I feel inspired.
renee

Featherglen said...

I love grey and well, almost any other soft colour. A lovely blog, one I read often. Thank you.

Jodi Tupy said...

This pattern is beautiful!...and I'm loving the gray/yellow color combo. Very nicely done.

suzanjill said...

This is really such a beautiful pattern. And it's always so nice and generous of you to tell everyone how you create things and to let people download your work. Thank you.

Sara said...

Beautiful!

jessica said...

this is phenomenal. love the colors and design...thanks for posting!

SaRaH said...

thank you so much!
now I can't wait for december...

ricka said...

i love it. what a great grey & yellow colour combination. I am looking forward next month..thanks again
xoxo
ricka

happyd said...

amazing! it's so nice that they are hearts.

beautiful work as always :)

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful, and you are so generous to share this with all of us! Thank you!

veesknees said...

Fantastic pattern I have to say a huge thanks to you for this freebie. I am loving the yellow and grey. Vera :)

jodi said...

Thank you for the beautiful pattern. I just printed it out, and it's lovely! A quick question: What version of adobe illustrator do you have? I've been looking into investing in the software, and it seems like there are several "versions" -- any suggestions?

lori said...

so pretty!

Jen Chandler said...

The pattern and color combination are wonderful. You just reminded me how much I enjoyed working in Illustrator before my few graphic design courses nearly succeeded in crushing that joy. I think I'll go back and give it another go.

Happy weekend,
Jen

Rachel said...

I love this! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with everyone.

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely pattern!

Diana Hulme said...

thank you! it's beautiful.

RaeDay!RaeDay! said...

November is my birthday month, and gray and yellow make my favorite color combo. Thanks for sharing. What a lovely pattern!

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