Friday, 4 April 2014

Finding our Creative Style

After yet another move I was looking through some old boxes and found some of the Pen & Ink drawings I used in my interview for my Art Degree...25 years ago. And realised that although over the years I have worked with various different art mediums, I seem to have gone full circle and returned back to Pen & Ink work. I love the intricate detail you can create simply by shading!

tandy louise designs

tandy louise designs
tandy louise designs

tandy louise designs
I then remembered the post that Rachael Taylor wrote in Module 3 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design about keeping the licensing rights to our work and how the freedom and creativity of our early work can be used years aim this week is to create a pattern from some of my early designs!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

What’s your creative style?

What’s your creative style?

What’s your creative style? « Psychologies

Fascinating...and spot on. Find out more about your creative impulses and motivations.

Print Design Trends 2014

Interesting article about following Trends...


1. Type-Only Design

Type-only design comes with minimal distractions thereby conveying the right message in a clear and concise way. For this one needs to be very particular about the choice of words that should be powerful and significant enough to promote deeper message.

2. Image-Only Designs

In print designs, image-only trend works. Image-only layouts with minimal or no typography are visually stunning as images get the due place which contributes in making print design look quite appealing.

3. Luxury Print Designs

If the type of printing is right with luxury printing, it is easy to magnify designs like in 3D printing. Print layouts that have luxury printing tend to shine bigger than the ones that are printed on usual material thereby making the design appear visually appealing.

4. Double Exposure in Print Designs

Wish to give dramatic feel to your print designs? Well, double exposure can help you get the desired results. Double exposure in print designs is a latest trends that is welcomed with wide arms open.

5. White Space

White Space along with text-only/images-only factor included in print design gives finishing design piece some breathing room to make sure that the little details in designs don’t get unnoticed.

6. Full-Page Typography Lock-Ups

All those in print designing know what I am talking about. Books Covers, menus, brochures and many other print designs come with typography lock up that makes the over all design look visually simple, clean and well organized making the layout easily readable.

7. Nature Photography

You might have seen lot many brochures with natural photographs that make them look visually magnificent. Adding to the overall appeal, the high-quality nature photographs help in creating emotions and this trend works for almost any type of industry. The trend will continue this year in print design. 

I agree to the fact that some of the above listed trends are carried forward from the previous years but then with the addition of new ones, you are sure to enhance your creative skills and come up with amazing print design.

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Yoga for Creativity

Some days the creative energy flows and I manage to complete a number of designs that I am happy with, but other days it just gets stuck!!

Yesterday I spent hours working on a commission for some children's fabric; I had the idea in my head but I just wasn't happy with the results. 

This is a common problem for many people who have opened their lives to creativity.

According to Linda Novick, an artist and Yoga teacher;

"The urge to create is inherent in all of us and is an essential component of the human spirit," (Linda Novick  The Painting Path: Embodying Spiritual Discovery through Yoga, Brush and Color.)

Linda suggests that we tap into our creativity with Nadi Shodhana Pranayama  (Alternate-Nostril Breathing), a purifying and balancing technique that leads to a state of deep, receptive calm. The practice can open you to a rush of creativity while quieting your inner critic.

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  1. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed. Gently bring your attention to the natural flow of your breath.
  2. Lift your right hand and fold your middle and index fingers down, leaving your thumb, ring finger, and pinkie open.
  3. Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Exhale, and then inhale through your left nostril. Release your right nostril and close your left nostril with your ring finger. Exhale, then inhale through your right nostril. Practice alternate breathing in this manner for several minutes, or until you feel relaxed.
  4. Slowly open your eyes and take up the oil pastels; draw freely, observing without judgment how it feels to cover the paper with colour.
As a Yoga teacher myself I have no excuse! So I switched off my computer, got my yoga mat out and put my 'practice in practice'! Coupled with a good nights sleep, I managed to finish the design.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Finding Your Passion

From doodles to painting, to editing and creating a final piece, the design process is an endless journey of enjoyment for me.

 But once you start it is impossible to look at anything without seeing a possible design/pattern in it. It is like you open your eyes for the first time to the intricate beauty of all that surrounds us.

A pattern from my Wild Flowers Collection

 August Daisies in the Charente

A simple image, colour or shape can snowball into a whole collection. This connection with nature is what lights my passion for design.
A pattern from my Wings & Stings Collection


Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Working with new colours and styles as part of the Dragonfly Collection. Have noticed that the colours change on different monitors. Therefore really important to print a sample before committing to large quantities of fabric.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Header Design

Have been working on a new header to include my name. I wanted to create a header that reflected my design style. Nor sure if it works..but I like it at the moment!

Friday, 14 March 2014

First steps. ..Facing Criticism!

It is time to put down the paint brushes and start communication with the outside world.

Although I love nothing better than sitting creating, painting, some point I need to start showing people my designs. Especially if I want to develop my design business! It's no good just showing my designs to my they love anything I do!

So here are some that I am working on at the moment.....

This design was made for a sculptor friend who then created the following sculpture, that can be found in the mountains of the Auvergne, France.


More from the children's range....