Inspired by Spring On the West Coast 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I have been inspired by spring time on the west coast. Over the past few weeks, I have been outside photographing, and illustrating magnolias. I didn’t think these sketches would have gone towards a magnolia themed seamless pattern. Originally I set out to create a new painting. 

I will eventually make that painting, I just need to figure out what I want to do first. 

This is actually the first time I got to witness the magnolias bloom. I have visited Vancouver in the past during this season, but never for longer than a few days.

In a few months I’ll be celebrating the one year anniversary of our big move to Vancouver. It’s unbelievable to think about. It certainly doesn’t feel like I’ve been here for more than 6 months yet.

Take a Look at The Magnolia Collection

I did a lot of research into what other artists had done with magnolias. Especially when it came to surface pattern design. I love florals but so do a lot of other people so I decided to challenge myself into creating something a little different from the crowd. 

While doing my research I noticed that I couldn’t find many that followed a trellis pattern.

Pink Magnolias

Purple Magnolias

Yellow Magnolias

The pattern took a little while to develop. Balancing the flowers and the negative space was enough to make me want to pull my hair out! We got there eventually.

I’m very happy to add these to my portfolio

Where Can We Find Your Magnolia Seamless Pattern?

You can find my patterns available on a variety of products through Society 6

It’s also possible to licence my work for your own projects. Send me a quick email and I would be happy to provide more information. 

If you like what you found here, a share goes a long way. 

Stay Creative,

Justin Erickson


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