Daily pattern painting challenge (part 3)

Just a little flashback to last year, when I was taking part in a daily pattern painting challenge on Creativebug. I've previously posted about the work I created during the first two weeks, which consisted of traditional and botanical themed patterns. The third week was shape-based patterns, and I wanted to share some of the patterns that I painted here on my blog.

Geometric shapes pattern, painted in gouache

Painting shapes is a great way to improve your painting technique - you can go with a fun, relaxed style, or choose to ramp up your perfectionist tendencies and aim for straight lines and perfect curves. I did a bit of both I think :)

Cityscape pattern, painted in gouache

I really enjoyed this daily painting challenge. It pushed me to explore gouache in more detail than I had before, and I was very happy for that because it's now one of my favourite mediums. It also boosted my portfolio of work - several of the patterns I painted during this challenge have already become designs in my Society6 store, and others have provided starting points for further work.

Rainbow pattern, painted in gouache

I love a good daily creative challenge, and have taken part in several more since finishing this one. You can see what I'm up to on a regular basis on my Instagram account, and I'll be writing more blog posts about it in future too.

Daily pattern painting challenge (part 2)

Apologies for the gap between blog posts, I've got so much to catch up on! I've been continuing to work on my portfolio, but haven't managed to write about it here for a while. Let's go back to where I last left off :)

My previous blog post was about a pattern painting challenge I took part in earlier this year through Creativebug. In the first week we focused on traditional patterns. The second week was all about botanical and floral patterns.

Calico floral pattern, painted in gouache

This was probably my favourite week of the challenge, and it was tough to pick out my top three for this blog post :) I love drawing flowers, but this exercise in painting them was really enjoyable. It was a delight to work in brightly coloured shapes instead of concentrating on linework, and I definitely want to explore it further!

Tropical flowers pattern, painted in gouache

One of the tricky things about taking part in a class-led creative challenge is finding a way to put your own stamp on the designs. For some patterns I didn't stray too far from the example provided, but in others I really enjoyed exploring my own take on the pattern.

Wildflowers pattern, painted in gouache

The third week went into shape-based patterns, which I'll write about in a (not too distant) future blog post. Talk soon :)

Daily pattern painting challenge

I'm a bit of a sucker for a creative challenge, but of course there's never be enough time to take part in every one that comes along. For the last couple of years, though, I've really enjoyed doing Lisa Congdon's January creative challenges on Creativebug - so I was looking forward to this year's edition. In 2016 it was a daily drawing challenge, in 2017 it was a creative boot camp, and in 2018 it was a pattern painting challenge. Yay, right up my alley!

Basketweave pattern, painted in gouache

Each day in January, a new short class / demonstration video by Lisa was released, with a different painted pattern for participants to try their hand at. The medium of choice was gouache, although you could use a different medium if preferred. I was glad to get some further experience with gouache, which I haven't used much. It's a bit like watercolour paint, but more opaque and with a flat finish. The colours can be very intense, or diluted for a softer effect.

Argyle pattern, painted in gouache

The first week consisted of traditional patterns, some of which are pictured in this blog post. We did gingham, basketweave, scallops, Argyle, chevron, paisley and harlequin patterns. I think a few of them have possibilities for turning into repeating patterns or developing further :)

Harlequin pattern, painted in gouache


I started the class thinking it would be a great way to stretch my creative muscles again after a bit of a break. It certainly has been that, but it's also been a great way to explore an unfamiliar medium, and to work on my brush technique in a surprisingly rigorous fashion - all those straight lines!

The second week was botanical patterns, which I'll cover in another blog post.