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Wednesday WrapUp Fungi Forest

© Sheri Edwards Fungi Forest Designs


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 struggle this week with a challenge in pattern design.


I am still learning various pattern designs so that’s why I’m excited to participate in the 3×3 design challenge from Shannon Mcnab— I’ve participated a couple times before, working in limited palettes and various themes.

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.

Last week–

I’m still working on, although this is the first pattern, which I submitted for Nice to Sea You:

© Sheri Edwards Nice To Sea You Designs

I like the palette and and the theme, and I’m still designing this for my grandson. Last week was soooooo busy with an out of town adventure that I could only submit this one AND missed my Wednesday Wrap Up.

This Week

Lots of time this week to get a good start on this week’s theme the last of the 3×3 design challenge: Fungi Forest.

To create all the designs, I started by creating each motif and saving as a transparent png to import to create the patterns. I’ve included forest flowers, including crocus, a moth, some filler weeds, a snail, and two mushrooms. I also created a line art background with texture in two background colors– the sea green and an orange/salmon. It’s the same palette as the “Nice to Sea You” so I will be able to mesh these together as well.

My last two designs are my favorite, one the green and one in the salmon color I added a contour line to each motif, and I may also create this pattern without the contour lines. I do like how the line adds emphasis, but not too much.

I also tried a diamond pattern that turned out pretty well. I’m still working on that style:

As I’ve noted– I’m still learning patterns and I do tend to add too many motifs, I think. Here’s a look at all the designs I created:

© Sheri Edwards Fungi Forest Designs

Thank you, Shannon!

As you can see, I created three collections based on a prompt and the samples and suggestions– all provided for each of three weeks by Shannon Mcnab. [ the 3×3 Challenge and sign-up was here]. I truly appreciate Shannon Mcnab‘s thoughtful presentation and pop-up Facebook group for the challenge.

Each week, I developed an idea, drawing the motifs, and then creating a collection with the palette and with the motifs. It’s energizing and fun. I’m really enjoying the thoughtful way I’m learning to grow a collection, and hope to see you in the 3×3 design challenge from Shannon Mcnab next year!

I know it has inspired me and provides more of a focus for my own work and projects I have planned for my grandson.

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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