Following on from my last post about challenges, here is my next creative challenge already! I discovered a fab free online magazine called Moyo, thanks to Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls, and it’s really inspired me to start thinking about surface pattern design (even if only as a hobby) as well as being very informative about practical information for novices like me. I have never tried to design a pattern before, which is surprising given my fascination with colour, pattern and fabric, but when I saw the competition to design a series of 3 patterns based on a given theme (ikebana, stylised/arranged Japanese  flowers) I couldn’t resist and I picked up my fave sketchbook and pen and started doodling straight away. I don’t want to reveal too much as I still have 2 patterns to go before I submit my entry but above is a sneak preview into my thought process for my very first surface pattern attempt based on a zoomed in area of the berries and creating abstract shapes from the highlights and shadows on the competition page from Moyo, with guest judge from Tigerprint. Any feedback would be welcome as I’m definitely like a fish out of water for this one!!

Have a great Sunday, whether it be full of challenges or not – I suspect that the snow will add more challenges to my day.


Written by Vicky Morse

The designer behind Accidental Vix and mum of gorgeous and boisterous baby boy and wife to fab and supportive hubby with an aim to just be creative.


Leanne/Ello Design

I think it looks great! I’ve just gotten into creating surface patterns myself (I really should blog about them) and am planning on taking the online e-course that they run in April. I’ve been reading Moyo and saw this challenge too! Wishing you the best of luck with your challenge 🙂

Leanne x x


Thanks Leanne, I was considering the course myself but not sure it’s the best timing for me… Are you doing the ikebana challenge? Would love to see what you do 🙂 I’ve got 3 patterns now but really struggling to bring them all together – one minute I like them, the next I don’t! xx

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