I recently entered a competition with a UK based creative studio called Tigerprint. They work directly with Marks & Spencer stores in designing their products. Think all kinds of stationery, greeting cards, gift wrap, gift bags and accessories, as well as pencil cases, notebooks, pens and more. This month's competition was mark making. I had never really done this before. It's simply the process of making marks and turning those marks in to a unique pattern.
I wasn't sure if I was going to enter and then one Saturday afternoon, I was sitting outside my daughter's dance studio and decided maybe I'd start sketching. So, I opened my purse to get my handy Poppin' notebook (that I always keep on me!) but all I had to draw with was a ball point pen. I started marking a few marks and thought maybe this could look cool. After I got home I got out the paints and paper and made a few more marks. I combined all of those together, added some color and here is the final result! I mocked both colorways up on some gift bags to see what they would look like. Pretty cool, huh? I entered it and a few short days later, I found out that I made the shortlist! (Which sounds kind of weird but it just means I made it through the first round of cuts) Out of 960 entries, they were narrowed down to 71 and the winner was chosen from those.
Click here to see the full blog post and my design on their site! Unfortunately, I wasn't chose as the winner, but that's ok because I found a new way of making patterns and got a really cool result. Both patterns are available for licensing, just give me a shout if you're interested!