Sheri's main pattern for her Seaside Stories collection that includes hermit crabs, seashells, seaweed, sea anemone, sea urchins, coral, snail, seahorse, lantern fish.
Art Blog, Artist Gems, Thank You, WarmUps

Wednesday WrapUp Seaside Stories


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 progress this week with a challenge in pattern design.


I’m still working on the patterns I started for the  3×3 design challenge from Shannon Mcnab. Read about it here: 3 Challenges3×3 Part 13×3 Fungi Forest [part 2].

Last week–

I shared my “Sea” prompt progress, which is a project for my great-grandson: Sea Hermits. This week I added to them.

I had shared that work in a wonderful art community for which I belong, Jennifer Nichols’ Creative Journey Community, a subscription-based art community. It’s neighborhood, really, with artists from around the world, sharing kindly as we learn art together with Jennifer’s awesome Procreate classes. For subscription information, go here: Membership Information for Creative Learning Community.

Based on suggestions from the community, I revised my main pattern that allows my great-grandson to retell the entire story of the Eric Carle book, “A House for Hermit Crab. I slid the shell-less crab behind it’s new shell and added another shell below it. I added a smaller starfish below the anemone, and I enlarged the seahorse. It’s a drop pattern, and I’m pleased with the result:

Sheri's main pattern for her Seaside Stories collection that includes hermit crabs, seashells, seaweed, sea anemone, sea urchins, coral, snail, seahorse, lantern fish.

I’m retaking pattern repeat classes in the Creative Journey so I can add coordinating patterns, and I have a few started. I’m not happy with the stripes, and I’d love to create a “curvy” pattern. I’ve taken that class twice already without success, but this just might get me the inspiration to finally get it.

So far, I’ve created a stripe, a plaid, dots, waves, a shell/urchin/starfish version, and the original, simplified version of the hermit crab, without all the motifs needed for the story.

The striped version includes patterns from the main pattern– from the different shells.

Here they are in portfolio page:

Sheri's portfolio of art pieces for her Seaside Stories collection.

I’ve already ordered towels, a bath mat, picnic blanket, and placemats for my great-grandson on Society6, and I can hardly wait to get them and forward them to him with the stuffed hermit crab, Eric Carle book, and a nonfiction book.

What’s Next?

I’m still taking my repeat pattern classes from Jennifer to create for this little set patterns, but I’m glad I have a caring community in which to share.

Jennifer Nichols is an artist teacher with a desire to share and guide others in learning art with Procreate. I’ve been taking her classes and joined her community that will fit any novice or professional artists needs. Thank you, Jennifer, for creating the welcoming environment that enables us to learn together.

Take a look and consider joining:

For links to mentioned artists, see Artists Resources page.

I look forward to your sharing your experiences and art “neighborhoods”, 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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