Book Paper Roses in Colourful Fabric Designs

    When I started making this flower, it was a bit of a trial of technique. Mostly I've been focusing on origami lately, which is totally addictive, but this idea here was too tempting; using the book pages and adding in samples of my painted and salted white paper to make a larger flower. And when I discovered all the nifty little programs to play around with photos, it turned into a whole range of pretty crosshatching fabric designs on Spoonflower, smart phone covers and mugs at Redbubble and my personal cards. I'm just an amateur and constantly learning, but this was truly a fun set to create. More colours will probably added on a rainy day soon.

Name: Fluro Rose. See it on cards at Redbubble.
Name: Fluro Rose. See it on cards at Redbubble.

It's satisfying to chuck a whole mass of fluro ink into something. My earlier memories of fluros were of the world escaping the 1980s and leaving chunky jewelry and fluro triangles behind. The paintings of Joy Engleman convinced me that I had underestimated them.

Name: Red Green Rose
Name: Red Green Rose

This is a rather strong version, with the reds and greens leaving little space for eye relief. The fabric is likely to be a little faded to what you see on the screen. I've ordered a fat quarter of it on cotton, so I'll know soon! Meanwhile, see how it looks on a little tote bag.

Nam: Yellow Light Rose
Nam: Yellow Light Rose

I think of this as being a comic book version, for the primary colours in it. The vestiges of typography from the book remind me of the spots from 1950s printing. Redbubble has this design on cards.

Name: Blue Rose Crosshatch
Name: Blue Rose Crosshatch

This is the colouration that matches the website colour scheme and became my Paper Trips card to hand out locally. Blue is a very popular colour but to me, adding a little warm colour lining keeps the feeling from being too cold.

Name: Glowing Sepia Roses
Name: Glowing Sepia Roses

A soft version in sepia hues. The wonderful thing about sepia is that it provides warmth but remains neutral, so you can match it to nearly anything. And it matches Coffee-The-All-Important, so I wrapped it round a travel mug on Redbubble!

Name: Yellow Paper Book Paper Roses
Name: Yellow Paper Book Paper Roses

Another complementary colour match because, well, they work! I popped this little fellow onto mugs and other items on Redbubble.

Name: Soft Purple Crosshatch
Name: Soft Purple Crosshatch

The palest, simplest version. On Redbubble my favourite item with this design on it is the iPhone sticker


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Comments: 5
  • #1

    Michele Davidson (Wednesday, 03 December 2014 07:15)

    Beautiful flower!! Just perfect ~

  • #2

    Lotti Riley (Wednesday, 03 December 2014 18:18)

    Thank you, Michelle! You made my day here and on Twitter, and you're the first commenter ever. :)

  • #3

    Trish (Friday, 05 December 2014 04:20)

    I love the tote bag and the iphone sticker!
    This is a great rose design, Lotti..and the book paper with salted white petals is really something special. Nostalgic and so pretty! xx

  • #4

    Lotti Riley (Saturday, 06 December 2014 03:51)

    Thank you Trish! I'm excited to be able to use Redbubble for those products, given the company is Australian. Even if it's all made in the US or UK!

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