The second, and last, assignment in the Make It In Design Winterschool 2017 was creating a pattern with the theme: OPULENT, WONDROUS NATURE, with the words in mind “animals”, “eclectic”and historical”. (Click here to check out the first one.)

I’ve chosen to draw (fantasy) insects with a touch of Jugendstil details and some soft colours. This time I did a mock-up, just to see how it would be on a wall….also because I found the photo was very suitable for this pattern ;).


My moodboard (pictures via Pinterest; credits for the original makers, of course).




After inking all the illustrations with the help of my lightbox, I scanned them in, cleaned them up in Photoshop and made a composition in Illustrator.



I coloured the pattern in photoshop and voilá…
The first picture is the repeat pattern tile (quite a big one…).


This mock-up photo was course material, provided by Make It In Design.
Would you decorate your home with this wallpaper?

Vice Versa



The first brief for the Make It In Design (MIID) Winter School 2017 was about
GLAM, theme:  BOHO ROCK.
I found my inspiration in the 70’s rock era, with the colourful music, pop/rock-icons, fashion, movies and sexual/ transsexual/ spiratual lifestyle. I tried to bring back this men and women cross-pollination in my illustration. For that reason I called my pattern VICE VERSA.

(With a special ode to the movie A Clockwork Orange, by Stanley Kubrick and artist Salvador Dalí.)







Winter School

I’ve won a spot on the Winter School by Make It In Design!


So from January 9th “I’ll be off” doing two pattern assignments during four weeks.
I’m very excited to start the course… To be continued!

(In 2015 I joined their Summer School and it was so much fun!
It was my first real contact with surface pattern design and from there on the fascination got bigger and bigger!)


MIID Summer School – Brief #3 – part 2

Well…..I still can’t believe it, but within a few hours since my first post today, I can tell you that I just submitted my design! Where are the moments of stress and sweat and tears? I don’t know! I didn’t have them! What a great way to start my holiday!

In part 1 I showed you the sketches I made to play with in photoshop. Below you’ll find the ones I used for the submitted work. It was like cooking with sketches, choose the ingredients, mix it up with some blending options and smile at the result. I could work on more patterns, try some different things, make a repeating pattern… But as this is the beginners brief I don’t have to do that just yet. But I liked working with these elements so much I might work on some more patterns (repeating) and maybe I’ll try some mock-ups, etc.


As I’m writing this I suddenly remember that I wanted to add a square-raster. Oh well, that’s something for the next time.


This is the result I submitted, my SPACE-JEWEL pattern! I think when I make some kind of pattern family with it, I can use it as wrapping paper for my MF Petite products in the future, because it fits my Madame Fourmilion identity very well!

Thanks Make It In Design for providing this summer school! I learned a lot, and most importantly: I want to do more patterns!

MIID Summer School – Brief #3 -part 1

Last week I received the third and last brief of the Make It In Design Summer School, pattern making. This brief is all about jewels (with a addition of the word ‘dissonance’). For a friend I’m designing a cover for his music project (not sure yet if it will be on tape or vinyl, but I began sketching gem stones and ended with a space theme, so his brief really connect with the first thing and I decided I wanted to add the space theme too. I’ve chosen to use black and white (and what’s in between) only.

I first collected some pictures from my pinterest boards to a digital moodboard. Because I’ll be on holiday in a few days, and gone during the official deadline, I don’t have too much time to collect loads of cool pics (I can spend too much time on that…) and I just started working on the brief.

I painted some possible backgrounds, collected a few sketches I made earlier (like the space thing for my friend’s music), copied some textures from magazines to make cuts-outs later on and browsed through my beautiful book MINERALS – nature’s fabulous jewels – by Arthur Court & Ian Campbell, photographs by M. Halberstadt. (I higly recommend this book!).


Instead of creating beautiful jewelry-jewels, and because I don’t want to use the computer too much for designing this time, I decided to cut, paste and draw geometrical shapes as gem stones. Below you’ll find some sketches.


The next step is to scan all my sketches and play a bit with it in photoshop and illustrator. More of that later.