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Spreading sunshine with sprinkles on top
Spreading sunshine with sprinkles on top

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NEW PATTERNS: I'm sharing a mood board with three patterns from my new Australian print collection. This collection features a fresh tropical-inspired color palette with psychedelic prints and a painterly vibe. Prints in this collection are available for purchase and licensing. Visit my website for details. I’ll be sharing more patterns in this collection soon.⠀⠀

Pattern development backstory. Before I dove in and started gathering supplies to create each pattern, I spent time researching the nature of the coast and ocean surrounding of Australia. The details in the natural elements, the veins in the leaves, the shadows on the sand, the ripples in water all create interesting shapes—and changing shapes. I wanted to incorporate these bold and beautiful patterns of Australia in my designs. Contrasting colors appear and disappear over time and make an object blend in when seen against a background. That magical transformation fascinates me. The light and dark leaves, the rocks on a shore, the sea vegetation, tree branches in the wind, and all the pockets and shafts of light in an underwater a reef are captivating.

For this pattern collection—only three of many designs are shared above—I used a variety of design tools including paint and inks for creating splashes and stylized waves. I used simple mark making and printmaking tools to create camouflage and textural skins with a hint of the psychedelic. For many of the designs I created a sense of movement using blurred mark-making and splattered and splashed art. Adding layers and layers to each design gave the added elements of natural texture and depth. All designs are available as hi resolution Adobe Photoshop files or Illustrator files—and many are available in multiple color ways.

Stay tuned for more Spring/Summer 2020 patterns including abstracted animal prints and natural elements with an Australian mood.

For creative projects and collaborations, contact me via my portfolio at www.chriscocomedia.com. You can follow me at www.instagram.com/chris_coco_olson

Always thankful for the talented photo folks over on @unsplash for the lovely mood photos: Scott Webb (leaves); Taweeroj Eawpanich (surfer); Tim Marshall (ocean waves).

View the blog post here: http://www.chriscocomedia.com/pattern-bliss/2018/9/18/tropical-heat-in-new-australia-prints

#activewear #tropical #pattern #licensing #jungalowstyle #moderndecor #stationery
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One of my favorite parts of the surface pattern design process is selecting a color story. Today in the studio I’m working on a geo shapes pattern using 3-colors plus the background color. I’m sharing a timelapse video of the early stages of developing the color story for the print using the recolor artwork tool in Adobe Illustrator. In this process video I explore some new options using a new color story while keeping the dark background color constant. Click on the link below to watch the short video posted on my blog. #vectorart #abstractart #AdobeIllustrator #processvideo #artprocess #timelapse
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Editorial artwork I created a few weeks ago for International Women's Day to celebrate and honor all those amazing women who make the world better each and every day. I am eternally grateful for the women before me who fought for my rights.

Follow me on Instagram at @chris_coco_olson to see more illustration and design.

http://bit.ly/2GgmZ7Z #Internationalwomensday #empowerwomen #womenwhodraw #editorialillustration #womensrights
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Starting in January I’ll be launching a brand new design section in my Client Portfolio featuring Kidswear—with the latest pattern trends and color palettes to match. Today I’m sharing a sneak peek at a sampling of baby and toddler prints with a hint of nostalgia and a cozy heritage vibe. I live in Colorado and I admit I’m smitten with the mountains, the snow in the winter, and the bright sunshine all year long. And this wondrous place definitely influences my designs. Check the collage for a few examples of my Telluride collection—named after a favorite town and ski resort. It features a classic color palette with cobalt blues and rosy reds. More information on my website here: http://www.chriscocomedia.com/pattern-bliss/2017/12/13/telluride-prints #textiledesign #kidswear
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So thrilled to be featured on the Pattern Observer blog today as a guest expert this month. If you are a surface pattern designer, this website is filled with so much beauty and inspiration. My guest post today on PatterObserver is all about artists and social media.
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Indigo wash stripes. A new summer print by Chris Olson. Details on the blog post. #activewear #stationery #kidswear #bohopattern #indigoprint
Indigo Wash Stripes
Indigo Wash Stripes
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Sharing a detail of a new print in a floral collection with a feminine tech vibe for Spring ’19 season. Collection features digital inspired florals that are sleek with a soft and feminine twist. Fresh designs added to my portfolio weekly. You can find more samples of my designs on Instagram. Click on link for the color palette. http://bit.ly/2tvDHWf #surfacedesign #textiledesign #activewear #floral
Tech Garden Print
Tech Garden Print
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Does it feel like summer in your neighborhood? I live in the chilly mountains of Colorado and an afternoon painting is the perfect way to escape to an imaginary enchanted garden. It's something I like to do to feel warm when the temps are in the 40's in June! Hope you enjoy this floral fantasy. The floral featured here is a detail of a new design--more details on the pattern collection to come. Details on the Pattern Bliss blog: http://bit.ly/2sjc9pX #tropicalprint #enchantedgarden
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It's always fun to grab the paints and go wild with mark making tools. Some interesting textures and colors happen while stamping away. This project is just beginning. Getting messy in the studio today.

As always, you can find more of my designs over on Instagram here: @chris_coco_olson. (My Instagram link: http://bit.ly/2rBnKQ0) And more details about my designs in this blog post about mark making: http://bit.ly/2r149ZA #markmaking #abstractart
Red Paint and Mark Making
Red Paint and Mark Making
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I just added four new color ways for my Dulce pattern in the Balance Collection. Dulce means sweetness and that inspired the tropical sorbet vibe of the four new color options. Details on this pattern collection here: http://bit.ly/2oxRlcI #textiledesign #textiledesigner #activewear #athleisure
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