Super paisley

I think I’m getting the hang of this now.

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Paisley stars!

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That’s the other thing I’ve been doing this weekend… I was looking in to getting these printed on fabric but custom print fabric is REALLY expensive!

Star flower

OK I am maybe getting a bit obsessed with the paisley now and should stop and read a book or something. You have to admit it’s pretty though. I like a that it’s so organic, and although there are recurring shapes you see in commercial patterns it’s really creative and not at all restrictive – except you have to be neat or it doesn’t work at all..

paisley starflower wallpaper

There was a book called “The Owl Service” by Alan Garner, which I read when I was young and it haunted me. A girl on her own in the attic of a dark house, compulsively tracing the owl patterns on an old plate, waiting for something terrible to happen..

70s paisley

We used to have wallpaper very much like this. Everyone hated it 🙂

brown paisley

Paisley wrap


paisley wrapping

I’m getting really into paisley today..

Paisley!

Lorraine bought me a big book of paisley and I have been inspired!

First I drew a doodle. I had to trace over it with gel pen to make it neat enough. Then I scanned it in and put it through inkscape to vectorise:

paisley 4

coloured paisley4 patternI used inkscape to fill in the gaps with colour – this was a bit of an accident, I was trying to get it to pick up the outline, but it wouldn’t. However my accident looks pretty good I think! I can imagine this printed on fabric..