Botanical gardens on photoshop

Some of the flowers has inspired me so much so I decided to work on them in Photoshop.

I like how simple is this flower. Also the colour bleeding is quite amazing.

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I sketched the flower and used Richard technique to work on it. I copied the original flower’s petal colour and insert it in to the drawing petals. I think the outcome looks very Hawaiian.

Then I created a repeat pattern. I was trying to put it on to the original photo but it just didn’t look right. I decided to just create a new repeat on top of the photo, also using the original flower. Then I fought why not add put them together in a very simple repeat pattern.

Another lovely flower. I love the texture of this one. The petals are closed so you can’t see the middle of it.

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I actually traced this one so I could get the texture and the petals just right. I love the out come. I decided not to colour it in but only use the outline.

Putting just the outline in straight repeat pattern or in random overlay pattern and them directly on top of the original photograph. I love the outcome! It’s so busy and you can’t really see that it’s the same flower.

My favourite outcome. I cropped the photograph so you can only see the petals up close. The outlines of the drawing are easier to see when there is less going on in the background photo.


A duck! There was a beautiful pond with ducks. I thought I would do something else than flowers.

I created a repeat pattern with the duck from the original photo and then tried putting it in the duck drawing. I was selecting bit by bit and it didn’t look so great so I decided to do a while duck in one. The outcome isn’t so good.

It wasn’t working because of the white background so I decided to make my repeat pattern very busy. It doesn’t look bad but it looks weird.

I dropped the idea of filling in the duck drawing and just focused on creating repeats. I used the drawing and the original photograph to create one repeat. I created exactly the same repeat  using the drawing and the original photograph and then used the drawing as a background and the photograph on the top.

I did a more drawings of more flowers. Some on the day when I was at the gardens and some at home.

I chose this flowers because I like how the colour of the petals changes. The first drawing I have done in the gardens, it is a blind drawing drawing. The second one I have done at home from a photograph using a fine liner.

I chose this flower because it kinda looks like fireworks. Quick drawing I have done at the gardens.

I absolutely love this flower and it’s colours. It has faded and it looks so beautiful. A sketch I have done at the gardens.

I like how this flower is actually a collection of a lot of small flowers. Quick sketch I have done at home from a photograph.


My work at Botanical Gardens Wales

Today I went on to uni trip to the Botanical gardens. I had an opportunity to exhibit my denim project. Do you remember my denim project? If not you can go back and check it out by clicking the link down below.

Denim Project

This is what it looks like exhibited. The exhibition is there for another 6 weeks!


I also had to write a short statement

‘Renata has produced this piece influenced by David Hieatt’s talk. Hieatt talked about how every item has a story, including jeans. The artist wanted to show love memories and stories that the jeans might have, good or bad ones. Renata has used second hand jeans from a charity shop which meant they must of had a story but she didn’t know what it was so she created her own. Using hand stitch embroidery and a wide range of organic materials to stitch beautiful poems she transferred a simple pair of jeans in to an emotional piece or art. Renata used bright red colour of thread to make the poems stand out, also it is a colour of love, emotions and anger.

‘I wish that you were here,

Or I was there,

Or we were together anywhere.’

Dada Boat, Long distance love.’



Working in to digital print

So I have  finished the 6 final designs and done my presentation so I can relax now. We have a end of year show which goes up on the 31st of May so I thought I would do some extra work for that. I decided to go in to my digital printed samples and add some embroidery to it.

The digital printing and flock. I created this one by digitally printing the bees on to fabric and then adding the honey cones on to with flock. This is an amazing technique which I will probably use in year 2 and 3. This out come isn’t so great because I didn’t really think about the digitally printed fabric shrinking in the steamer and washer so I didn’t scale my honey cones quite right. I don’t think it’s bad, it just isn’t perfect.

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Screen printed honey cones and hand stitched bees. When I was testing my screen if it works before I print on my final digital printed fabric I got this. I used any spare fabric that Steve had laying around in the print studio but I actually like how the dark grey flock and brown organic material work together. I decided to add something to it and because the print clearly looked like honey cones I added bees. I hand stitched 48 bees.


Digitally printed dragonflies and hand stitch. This is the first digitally printed sample I did. It came out very faded. To carry on with the hand stitch I decided to hand stitch the outline of all the dragonflies in grey thread. This is my favourite outcome out of all of the digitally printed samples.

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Digitally printed dragonflies. I really like this print. I like the vibrant colours and the delicate fabric. Because the fabric is so delicate I decided not to do anything to it. It looks good as it is.


Presentation day!

Today I am presenting my work to Lucy. I had to produce 6 final repeat patterns, pecha-kucha presentation. I also have development work in a sketch book, technical and research file. I hate presentations so much and I was very nervous for this one because it is pecha-kucha which I have never done before. Pecha-kucha presentation is a power-point presentation which has 20 slides and each one of them has to be exactly 20 seconds. Lucky we only had to do 10 slides. Because I always do badly on presentations I decided to create cards with bullet points of what I need to say for each slide. That helped so much because even if I got a little bit lost I could always look at my cards.

So I think that the actual presentation didn’t go too bad. Lucy seemed very happy with me and my work. And I am so glad that the presentation day is over!


During this project I have looked and develop the scanned memory theme. It suited me best because it is delicate and simplistic. For my final outcome I had to create 6 digital designs, 4 in Illustrator and 2 in Photoshop.

In this project I was working in a design development process which is a process that all design companies follow. This project was supposed to show me how it works this the real world. And it did. I have stated with a mood and colour board which were meant to help me set the tone for my project and the final 6 designs. In my boards I have included images like butterflies and dragonflies’ wings, natural flowers, x-rayed flower, lace and a dipped in ink looking garment. The images work together so well and set a clear tone of what is coming next.  

Then I went on sketching rough illustrations which were inspired by the mood board. I sketched a lot of different kind of flowers and insets which were then converted in to digital illustrations and then in to finals repeat patterns.

I wanted my outcomes to look professional so I decided to research the best repeat pattern techniques such as straight, mirroring, random, half drop, brick or diagonal. After I have completed that I put 6 of my favourites ones together to make a collection and they almost did. Two of the designs needed to little bit of adjusting. After all the needed adjustments I finally had a full collection.

The collection I have created would work with interiors very well. Wallpapers, bedding, cushions, lamps… To make sure it would work I have decided to put my patterns on to different sets of things, and they look great.

I have really enjoyed this project and working with Lucy Richardson. Learning how to use Photoshop and Illustrator was great and I will definitely be using them in my future projects.


Digital printing

Digital printing. At uni we have a big digital printer that prints on fabrics. I really like this technique! Basically I send my design and it print on any fabric I want. I thought that if there outcomes are good enough I could put them in my end of year exhibition.

I decided to use the original random dragonfly repeat. This is my favourite repeat. The photograph on the left shows the print straight after it was printed, the photograph on the right shows the print after steaming and washing. You can clearly see that the outcome changes after the steaming and washing. It shrinks and looses the colour and that happened to the everybody in the class.

Steve said that this is the fabrics fault and that we should try again, lucky the second fabric worked a lot better. The colour is more vibrant but it still shrunk. I think it will always shrink a little bit because of the steaming.

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Our task was to divide out design in to two different layers. The bottom layer which would be printed on a digital printer and the top layer which we could print in flock, foil or puff. I decided to use a new design because there wasn’t a lot to take out from the random dragonfly repeat. I knew about the shrinking but I didn’t really know by how much it would actually shrink so I made my screen and I was ready to print. However my screen wasn’t perfect but because I’m only in first year and this is just a practise it was fine. I printed the honey cones in flock on to the digital printed bumble bees.

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I really like the out come and I think this is a great technique. I love how I can combine digital printing and hand printing together. To test out my screen before I print on the final digital I have also screen printed on some organic fabric.