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2 Minute Tutorial: Design a Floral with Flow

Anyone can plonk some flowers on a canvas and call it a textile design. The art is in the building of the layout. An all-over print should have flow, balance and interest. Sara, our head of design shows you how she approaches an all-over floral layout using pre-existing elements from The Creative Elements. To help you follow her process, we’re giving you the exact same elements. Download them here and start designing!

1. PLACE YOUR ELEMENTS ON THE BLANK CANVAS

“I start with all my elements on my page down the bottom so I can see what I have to work with,” Sara says. Put each one on a different layer so they can be moved around independently.

2. CREATE YOUR FIRST BUNCH

A floral design is usually comprised of a few interesting bunches that have a combination of flowers in bloom, stems, buds and leaves. “Creating a variety of bunches that compliment each other is key to achieving a design with focus and flow. I rotate and play with the scale of the elements as I go in order to create movement.”

4. DUPLICATE AND EDIT ELEMENTS

“I select some of the same elements and change the colour to create even more elements than I originally had.”

5. STEP BACK FROM YOUR DESIGN

“After creating a few bouquets I have decided there is one element I no longer require and I will delete it from my canvas.”

6. COMPLETE THE DESIGN

“I can now start playing with layout and filling up my canvas to create my finished design.”

How did you go? Any questions — let us know!

Make sure you check out The Creative Elements and get familiar with what we have in case you need a particular thing in an emergency.

Yes, this is a little plug for one of our own brands, but honestly if a job calls for something you’re not confident with painting yourself, this trick will save so much agony. We want The Creative Elements to service you on your design journey and hope it can make your job that much easier. If you want an item we don’t already have, please reach out! We have a whole team of designers and we can jump onto creating it for you with a moments notice.

*the peony pack included in this post is free for personal use. While we like to give generously, we can’t unfortunately permit these to be on sold or used in any commercial print or project for sale. Thanks for your understanding 🙂



Uncategorised - Posted on 9/1/2020
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