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I am so excited this week to be starting module 1 through Make It In Design. Previously, I have participated in their summer courses and really learned a lot. Surface pattern design is an real interest of mine and I’m taking that big step to learn more about it. Over the next five weeks, I’ll be posting what I’m working on during the course.

This first week started with a simple pattern exercise to get the juices flowing. I created a this black and white pattern by cutting black and white chevron scrapbook paper and then doodling between the lines.

pattern exercise - cut paper - 9-21-2015

We also had the task of playing with mark making. I have never done this before, so it was fun to try out new media. I have always wanted to play with good old fashion ink, so I got myself a pot and a calligraphy pen. My kids also brought a feather home, so I figures, “why not!” and got down and dirty. What a mess! But the results are so cool! I will say that I cracked my calligraphy pen pretty quick. There is definitely a gentleness involved that my heavy hand didn’t quite understand.

mark making

I also got to work on creating my first motifs. I had the hardest time trying to figure out what I wanted to draw. Do I start with Christmas? What about Halloween? Or then there are the ever popular florals. What to do, what to do! That’s when I turned to my trusty friend Pinterest and started scrolling through my boards. I landed on these pictures of succulents. I like the different shapes and colors and felt it was a great place to start.

succulent motif - mark making

This is the pattern that I created from my motifs. It isn’t quite a technical repeat, but we aren’t working on that just yet.

Succulent Motif - CE part 2I have really enjoyed the first week of module 1. I can already see a difference in the way I am approaching pattern design and can’t wait to see where this course takes me over the next few weeks!