Behind the Scenes of My Flower Shop Fabric Collection

 

Today I wanted to share a little bit of the behind the scenes of the creation of my latest fabric collection, Flower Shop.

My Flower Shop Collection with Blend Fabrics is a pen and ink study of botanicals where bold black and white blooms pop against a pink and aqua canvas.  Watercolor details adorn ikats and iron-gate prints in pink, grey, lime, blue and black, coordinating effortlessly with darling dots and stripes.  These hand-painted patterns capture the loveliness of a corner flower shop.
Artist Josephine Kimberling's original drawing and it produced on fabric

This collection is near and dear to my heart, as it's the first one where I chose to break out of my "known" vector style, focus on creating with my natural hand and include traditional media such as watercolor and pen & ink. I remember feeling so alive when I was creating these prints and also scared to death! Funny how they are two sides of the same coin most times when creating.

My original pen & ink botanical drawings

My original pen & ink botanical drawings

My favorite print is the "Pen & Ink Botanical". Each day I would wake up and tackle a flower or two. Each flower took hours to draw, and I drew them all with a regular pilot ball point pen (& no tracing, of course). I enjoyed being in "the zone" and drawing with so much detail and focus. It was a true labor of love.

Close-ups of the original drawings

Close-ups of the original drawings

This one is my favorite! Poppies...

This one is my favorite! Poppies...

I also had a blast creating these 4 watercolor prints! The "Painted Gate" print is another favorite as one of the many joys of working with watercolor, is watching the paint kinda go rogue and give you unexpected colorful and watermarked surprises. That's what happened with "Watery Ikat"! I like to work when the paint is still wet and I love how this pattern captures the paint colors running into each other. Pretty dreamy results!

Original painting on the left, fabric on the right in 2 colorways

Original painting on the left, fabric on the right in 2 colorways

Original painting on the left, fabric on the right

Original painting on the left, fabric on the right

The "Flower Shop" print was also a blast to create! You usually don't see me creating limited colored prints as I really enjoy explosions of color! But this one felt really right to capture the looseness of my hand and sketching with watercolor.

Flower Shop

Flower Shop

What is a flower shop without some sort of stripe? As awning stripes can be pretty boring sometimes, I thought of colorful ribbons and how they are used to tie up beautiful bouquets. "Ribbon Stripe" embodies this concept. I incorporated both watercolor and pen & ink techniques in this design and enjoy how it compliments so many of the other prints in the collection. 

Ribbon Stripe and Crafty Dot fabrics

Ribbon Stripe and Crafty Dot fabrics

For "Crafty Dot" I thought of hole punched patterned papers and how they get sprinkled around a work space like confetti. I love the size of this dot and how it's a bit larger to create a really bold and fun feel.

I haven't started creating with this collection yet. I usually do photo shoots but with my business redesign and moving at the end of the year, life just got in the way.

My Flower Shop fabric collection was released in September 2015 and you can pick some up online at Hawthorne Threads.

Which is your favorite pattern? What can you see making out of this collection?