I am back with a new pattern which inspiration was given to me by my niece Adèle. This was a really exciting collaboration, let me tell you more about it.
Adèle is my niece and is now 7 years old. When she was younger, 3 years ago, she painted a bird on a large piece of paper at school and since then it has been displayed at my sister’s house on a wall in the corridor. I don’t go there often unfortunately because of the distance, but each time I go I’m amazed by this kid’s artwork. The bird fills the whole page and has incredible proportions. You can see that the stroke has been drawn very confidently and it has been painted with watercolour. I learnt later that this bird was a tit (a mésange in french). And I can tell you it is a tit full of character!
You could easily imagine this bird as the hero of a children’s book. As far as I’m concerned, I immediately saw it as the hero of a pattern! It ‘s always been in a corner of my head and I decided it was time to make it live!
To design the pattern, I kept the shape of the bird and the different areas that my niece painted in different colours: the tail, the beak and 3 body areas. I found the 3 areas on the body very interesting to work on because they are big. Instead of just colouring them, I added some textures. To do so, I made my own textures using pen, ink and paint which I scanned and added on the bird in Illustrator. This way I made different birds with different textures.
I decided to have a textured background to give more depth to the pattern. I hand drew clouds and rain drops to represent the sky in which the birds fly.
For the final composition, I placed birds of different sizes and patterns evenly with birds looking to the right or left.
The final step, and one of the most difficult for me, was to choose the colour. As I had nothing specific in mind, I got my inspiration from a flower bouquet that my husband offered me for our wedding anniversary (how romantic, isn’t it?).
I created 4 different colour palettes from the bouquet which I used to have 4 different colourways. You can discover the final patterns below!
Discover the patterns
Welcome to Adel’s tit and its big family!
These patterns look perfect to decorate a kids bedroom. I can easily imagine them on curtains, bed cover, cushion or even wallpaper. I would also suggest to keep a big scale so that all the details of the textures are visible.
Wow! That was such an amazing project. Kids are so gifted and can be a very good source of inspiration. I like their fresh view on the world around and their spontaneity. Thanks a lot Adèle, it’s been a real pleasure to turn your bird into a pattern. I take this opportunity to invite all the kids reading this blog (or maybe their parents) to not hesitate to send me their drawings. I might turn them into unique patterns!