Floral inspiration



It’s not long now till the New York shows, Blueprint and Surtex.  Actually, I think I say this every time I blog or have done for the past couple of months or so! This will be my first time exhibiting in New York so naturally, I’m really excited to be taking part.

As you can imagine, I have been very busy producing work for the shows and still will be doing so over the next few days, until the shows are over. Afterwards, I’ll consider taking a mini break, just to relax my mind and take a breather, as we say on this side of the pond.

The artwork I have been producing most recently, is from the MATS Bootcamp course, run by Lilla Rogers. We have already nearly completed our third monthly assignment for this one. So, for month three, we were asked to produce a floral, journal cover. I haven’t done any florals for quite some time and was definitely up for this challenge.

We usually begin with a mini exercise and May’s mini was all about roses. As I was working on other artwork, I didn’t get to do any primary drawings. It didn’t bother me too much, as I work quickly and I actually prefer to do my research, produce initial drawings and then develop my ideas, all within a couple of days. Before starting on the final design, I prepared myself by gathering some floral inspiration and creating a moodboard. I’d like to share with you what I have collated for the assignment. It consists of a chosen colour palette, composition and flower ideas, as well as a range of techniques that I wanted to try out.

Floral inspiration


If you’re familiar with my work, you’ll notice that I love bold and pastel colours. As part of the brief, we were asked to work with darker tones, which initially, I was excited about, but with a little trepidation. I would like to expand my colour range, so it will be interesting to see how my designs look with a more sophisticated colour palette!

From the floral inspiration moodboard above, you can see that the colour scheme has  black, olive and khaki green shades, as well as a slate blue colour. Within this mix, I’ve added a few brighter colours because I don’t want to feel too much out of my comfort zone. Well, not all at once, anyway!

1_ Jonus Wood – Just love the shapes, colours and linear detailing.
2_ Dora M Batty – Beautiful composition and colours
3_ Maxine Sutton – Gorgeous abstract composition and silhouettes
4_ Zara kimono – Luscious colours and assortment of flowers
5_ Karl James Mountford – Lovely composition and controlled sketchy style
6_ Laura Kientzier – Exquisite painterly style and colours
7_ Ophelia Pang – Love the contrast in colours and leaf shapes
8_ perfectimperfectliving – Pretty flower shapes

I’ll keep you informed with how I get on at BluePrint and Surtex, and I will show you in a future post, the outcome for my floral, journal cover.

Emma Jayne x