Piñata Party Pattern Process

The pattern shown here is now available for sale as fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap on Spoonflower!

Hello from Courtney Beth Keller! I'm sharing my process today in creating a pattern design. The pattern concept I am working with comes from one of Spoonflower's weekly contests: Piñatas! For those who are unfamiliar, Spoonflower is a website that prints custom fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Each week they hold a pattern contest which are open for popular vote, and I find the topics are often very inspiring and propel me in my creative process. Below, I will share the wandering path that is my creative process, including a bunch of spitballing and trial and error. In the end, you can see my entry for the contest and a mockup on a paper lantern as I envision what my pattern might look like if used on a commercial product. 

First, I begin by sketching some of the elements that piñatas make me think of: 

I scan  my sketches and using Adobe illustrator, I select my favorites and then colorize. This is really just the beginning - I could play with color for days on each pattern I create. I'll share a variety of examples below, and you can see how I will try many different layouts. This process is a wonderful one that can end up resulting in happy accidents, but also allows for much deliberate experimentation in order to create the desired result. 

Once I find the sweet mix that I like, I often create a mockup using the pattern design on a three-dimensional object. It helps me to envision how it might be used, and is always inspiring to see my pattern appear on a realistic texture and shape. 

My Piñata Party pattern will be available for purchase as fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper(!). I hope you've enjoyed this sneak peek into my creative process! Cheers, Courtney Beth Keller of One Little Printshop