This past summer, one of the inspiration sources for the Summer of Creativity at the Textile Design Lab was Scotland, so I started designing with the first thing that came to mind: Thistle. Since I love working in watercolor (and because I had just received some new Daniel Smith Watercolors) I started with a simple watercolor floral and some nice squares because the DS colors granulate so beautifully that I wanted to incorporate some of that gorgeous texture into my designs.
After getting the flowers done, and scanning both images into my computer, I began manipulating the tiny squares of colors. After many tries, I wound up with some texture that reminded me of felt – or of wool – as in the wool you use to make kilts…that was the “Aha moment”. I managed to pull some Scotland into the collection with texture!
So I played up that texture as much as possible and developed plaids in two different colorways. The cream spoke to me because it was so soft and variegated with caramel and dusty blue tones. Then I deepened the colors and the rich mulberry shades of the darker one were equally captivating.
Next up, I’ll talk about the floral elements.