Pattern a Day September

Last month I did a doodle a day. I had a lot of fun with it, but I knew I would be busy and traveling in September, so I changed my daily challenge slightly to be a pattern a day without any particular theme. I used a sketchbook I got from my friend, Beverly, and my only “rule” was to use a set of IKEA gel pens for each pattern.

There were a few days when I didn’t have internet access, so I couldn’t upload a photo of that day’s pattern to instagram, but I’m proud to say that except for one very long (18 hours+) Sunday where I was helping my mom at a trade show, I did draw one pattern everyday!

After drawing so many floral and organic doodles in August, I was ready for some angles. The fact that I was using grid paper also contributed to the geometric styles that showed up in my patterns throughout the month.

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There were also a number of patterns that I created where I used the grid for the structure of the pattern, and looser lines and quicker strokes for the drawing.

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Although I had fun exploring line and texture within geometric forms, nature-inspired patterns weren’t entirely left out this month!

Day 5 Pattern a Day September

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You can see all the other patterns from the month in the flicker set.

This was the perfect challenge for my busy September. The only thing I missed from the August challenge was the camaraderie that came from doing a doodle a day along with other artists on instagram. However, because drawing a pattern a day is sustainable for me, and it’s a good way for me to be creative and keep the ideas coming, I’ve decided to do another month of patterns! One of my instagram friends, Dina Thanki (@dinathanki on twitter and instagram), has even decided to join me for the month!

If you are on instagram or twitter and care to create a pattern a day too, use the tag #patternadayoct to play along. September was a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to more daily creativity in October!

9 thoughts on “Pattern a Day September

  1. Hey up Pattern pal :D Thanks you for the link, very kind. I’m so excited to be doing the October patterns with you, it gets me away from the computer and using pens and pencils again which I haven’t done for years, so THANK YOU for that! Anyway, I thought I’d pop by and visit your website and have a nose, it’s fab, only problem is now I can’t get away from it. You have some beautiful work from your simple pen work to the brightly coloured patterns, how talented can you be girl!? x

    • That’s so great to hear! I know what it’s like to get sucked into the digital world, and I eventually realized how important and fulfilling it is to draw on actual paper, and I haven’t stopped since! I’m really happy you’ve decided to join me. It’s going to be a fun month. Also, thanks for the nice compliments. :)

  2. I adore your patterns! I love this idea of doing quicker sketch-like patterns with pen. I’ve been doing patterns in acrylic, which I do like to do, but they take me 2 or 3 days to complete. It looks like this is a great way to generate lots of ideas. I also love your patterns & paws images a few posts down. What a lovely sketchbook. I’m glad I found your blog. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    • Yes, this is a great way to dedicate a little time each day and get lots of ideas out on the page. I like painting too, but it is more involved, and does take more time and space which I don’t always have a lot of! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oh man, watching these come out on instagram has been so satisfying for me. They’re all great! KEEP GOING GIRL, you’re a pattern machiiiiine.

  4. I love your patterns so much!!!!! Also the blog post above. I love those two patterns they are superb, they are exactly what I am looking for on fabric as I want to make myself some skirts. I think you and I need to do a collaboration of pattern fantastica.

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