Continuing on, I decided to utilise some of the skills I had acquired during my previous floral explorative studies; now was the time to incorporate colour, line and pattern.


This study used a stylised approach to flowers you would see in a garden, specifically within my Mum and Dad’s garden. Poppies have been stylised, and the Forget-Me-Not’s and Viola within the rockery section of the garden have been described with Derwent INKENSE pencils and a Derwent Water Brush, with a particular use of the pencil and brush to create texture. Faber Castel PITT Artist Pens were also used to suggest the quality of grass/fronds/leaves. This was an enjoyable experience in mark-making, but more than that it gave me the confidence to use these new instruments, having never used them before.


Having applied the principle of vibrant and exploratory mark-making with the INKTENSE pencils and FABER CASTELL pens, I decided to draw directly from life. I ┬ápicked up a reduced bunch of flowers from Aldi (only a few were still in the land of living, but considering I only paid 5p for them I couldn’t complain) and spent no more than 10minutes on this ‘sketch’. I was really bowled over by how fantastic and descriptive these instruments could be when used in conjunction with each other; a dynamic texture, colour and pattern has been created. A cohesive, fluid mark-making exercise turned out to be really successful.

Creating surface pattern/background with simple INKTENSE pencil shading and Derwent Water Brush. The image on the left is the original design, whilst the image on the right has been enhanced in my Mac ‘Photoshop’ via the Enhance tool. I absolutely love the colour and texture of the design and will experiment with applying some of my designs over the top of it; printing directly onto the surface and cutting out shapes and adhering them to the surface will allow me to explore the possibilities of the proposed final digital design.



Playing around with stylisation and motifs; layering and mark-making. Additionally, I have incorporated a kineticism within these designs which draws the eye all over the page…allowing the viewer to choose favourite elements and interpret patterns, which would be incredibly useful when researching for a future client/s.


Observational studies of one leaf at various different angles. The skill of observational drawing will be essential to me as a practitioner as it will differentiate me between the designers who cannot draw. Drawing is paramount to an artist!! It allows ideas to be conceptualised and carried through to a full and thought out design.


What better to create my own individual samples incorporating offcuts of thread and yarn, contained within 5″x 5″ Cellophane Card plastic wrappers. It’s amazing what rummaging through an old box, full of items you never thought you would ever use again, can bear!! These little cellophane wrappers would allow a perfect ‘window’ against a backdrop of light. not only that, I wonder how the light would intensify the colour. Would the thread and yarn act as a barrier? Would this create fantastic silhouettes, or would the light permeate their structure to create amazing patterns and vibrant colour?

Each little ‘wrapper’, even though the idea is stylised, is inspired directly from individual sections found within the whole of Mulholland Drive. The size of thread and yarn, colour and pattern were all meticulously chosen to represent my elements of this amazing painting.

I will attempt to experiment with the adherence of one of these designs to a translucent fabric such as Cotton Organdie. My Light Box will act as the light source for my final design.