My 3x3 design challenge response: folksy pink flowers in stripes, hashed, and geometric styles-- same color palette for four different designs
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Wednesday WrapUp 3 Challenges

My 3x3 design challenge response: folksy pink flowers in stripes, hashed, and geometric styles-- same color palette for four different designs
on Flickr


Each Wednesday check this blog for a strategy, process, or reflection for illustration with the iPad app ProCreate. This Wednesday Wrap Up— rather a WarmUp, I share the projects for this week and the artist teachers who provide the inspiration through free workshops.


I am still learning various pattern designs and have several projects in mind, but wanted a little challenge, warmup, and knowledge to inspire me. It just so happens that three of my favorite artists are providing workshops and/or challenges this week, all of which will help me practice the skills and learn the knowledge needed for my projects.

My projects are patterns for my grandson that may be of interest to others. So, how would I develop a quality project and promote the finished product?

I’m really hoping for a design that my grandson and his mom will like– if others find it delightful, then I’d like it to be available.

So, here’s the information to help me learn.

Artist Teachers

Sarah Watts

First off, Sarah Watts is providing a year’s worth of drawing references for her #sketchbooksquad, and this week engages us with zoom calls with artists who provide tips for managing and DOING a sketch a day in sketchbooks. Join her newsletter to learn more here. See the top link today on her LinkTree here for this week’s series or find the sign up for the SketchBook Squad links.

So far this year, I’ve complete quite a few from Sarah’s reference information. See my Flickr profile and search for #sketchbooksquad. Here’s one of my favorites, which I printed, framed, for myself and a friend: Anemone

one anemone blossom with two leaves and sprigs of small white buds
on Flickr

Here’s another one for the challenge in a totally different style:

portion of a bouquet of sunflowers in oranges, red, and yellows with a dark background in a silk painting style

I appreciate the excellent workshops Sarah sheres this week and the reference photos to build up different styles. Keep drawing is the message!

Bonnie Christine

Next, Bonnie Christine shares a week’s worth of how tos for “Surface Pattern Design“– register at the link. It’s been an awesome few days so far– hearing from her former students and their success and discovering some tips and helps for starting or re-energizing one’s surface pattern career. It’s a fun time, with an amazing prize attached for listening and sending the tips for success– an engraved iPad.

Key to all of this dovetails with Sarah’s message as well: Draw Every Day, whether it’s five minutes or an extended time. Find time to draw every day to inspire yourself and practice drawing the every day things that can become wonderful patterns.

There are more days left, and all things are recorded and viewable until February 26th, so sign up here: Bonnie Christine Secrets.

Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your expertise and encouraging others with further classes for the serious minded!

Shannon Mcnab

My favorite for my projects is the 3×3 design challenge from Shannon Mcnab— I’ve participated a couple times before, as shown in the featured image above, and this one on a similar theme.

Another of my floral folk design  for the 3x3 challenge, in a frame, two kinds of stripes, ladybugs, and just florals.
on Flickr

Shannon’s SketchDesignRepeat challenge provides three prompts, one for each of three weeks of trendy ideas and samples to help inspire one’s own projects. She now calls it the 3×3 Challenge and sign-up is here.

As you can see, I created collections based on a prompt and the samples and suggestions– all provided each week when you sign up. So for one week, work on developing an idea, drawing the assets, and then creating a collection with the palette and with the assets you create. It’s energizing and fun. I’m really looking forward to it.

I truly appreciate the Shannon’s thoughtful presentation and a pop-up Facebook group for the challenge starting tomorrow. Be sure to sign up– I know it will inspire me and provide more of a focus for my own work and projects for my grandson.

Join the Fun!

So sign up for three amazing opportunities from three amazing artists:

I look forward to your sharing, and please continue to be a part of the  #warmup4art series to learn and enjoy our work together! See my sharing at IG @42Sheri and Twitter @42Sheri.

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