Lotti Brown Designs

-- Artist & Designer - Author & Teacher of Drawing Your Way --

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New Summer 2019 Pattern Collections

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My colourful new collections are now available for Summer 2019…

With a colourful contemporary look, and including delicate florals and traditionally-inspired patterns as well as bold boho styling, there’s sure to be something to inspire you…

Colourful summer collections by Lotti Brown Designs

Colourful summer collections by Lotti Brown Designs

The new designs are available as:

  • fabrics - for your own sewing projects

  • wallpapers - for exciting home makeovers

  • fashions and accessories - for a unique summer style

  • homewares and printed products - to personalise your space

I’ll share a list of stockists and links at the bottom of the page.

Carnation Carnival bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

Carnation Carnival bag by Lotti Brown at Contrado

First, here’s a quick peep at all the new designs…

Tropical Coral fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Tropical Coral fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Patterns of Paradise in coral and blue - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Patterns of Paradise in coral and blue - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Patterns of Paradise in coral and yellow - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Patterns of Paradise in coral and yellow - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in soft coral - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in soft coral - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in bold yellow and blue - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in bold yellow and blue - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in pink and green - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Flights of Fancy in pink and green - fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Carnival Colour fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Carnival Colour fabric collection by Lotti Brown

Stockists

Here’s where you can find the new designs…

Fabrics & Wallpapers

Spoonflower

A selection of fabrics available as yardage, fat quarters, or swatches plus wallpapers. Click here to see…

Boho Patterns of Paradise Yellow & Coral

Spoonflower -- international delivery from Europe & USA

Peacock Feathers Coral & Turquoise

Wovenmonkey

A range of fabrics printed in the UK - swatches, fat quarters, or by the metre - click here to see…

Wovenmonkey -- international delivery from UK

Fashion, Homewares & Accessories

Peacock Feathers pouch by Lotti Brown at Redbubble - click pic to find it in the store

Peacock Feathers pouch by Lotti Brown at Redbubble - click pic to find it in the store

Redbubble

Redbubble - clothing , homewares, accessories - international delivery from a variety of international locations (Don’t worry about customs — click here for customs info)

Click here to visit the store…

Pretty butterfly wings patterned phone case by Lotti Brown at Redbubble - click pic to see it in the store

Pretty butterfly wings patterned phone case by Lotti Brown at Redbubble - click pic to see it in the store

Society6

Society6 - furniture, homewares & accessories - international delivery from USA (furniture delivered to USA only) - click here to see…

‘Patterns of Paradise’ cushion in coral and blue by Lotti Brown at Contrado - click pic to find it in the store

‘Patterns of Paradise’ cushion in coral and blue by Lotti Brown at Contrado - click pic to find it in the store

Contrado

Contrado - fashion, accessories, homewares, furniture - international delivery from UK - click here to browse my store…

Tropical Coral Floral china plate by Lotti Brown at Contrado - click pic to find it in the store

Tropical Coral Floral china plate by Lotti Brown at Contrado - click pic to find it in the store

Artscase

Artscase - phone & tech cases (iPhone & Samsung Galaxy) - international delivery from USA - click here to see…

Coral floral patterned phonecase by Lotti Brown at ArtsCase - click pic to find it in the store

Coral floral patterned phonecase by Lotti Brown at ArtsCase - click pic to find it in the store

Hope you have a colourful summer!

Gray Langur Drawing - Hot Off the Drawing Board

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Hot off this week’s drawing board is something a bit different for me: this absolutely beautiful Gray Langur (also known as Hanuman Langur, Indian Langur, or Sacred Langur)…

Here, I’ve added the first layers of colour to my drawing, with Promarker pens. Next up, I’ll be adding detail with coloured fineliner pens to add a bit more definition to the drawing.

I’m loving finding out about this Old World Monkey, thinking about where it lives and what it might eat while I decide what foliage to give him as a background for when I create my final artwork from my drawing…

Gray langur drawing with Promarkers - work in progress

See some of my completed wildlife and nature artworks here…

Pop back here to see what happens with this piece, or sign up to my email newsletter, below, for regular updates on works in progress, completed artworks, drawing lessons, and more…

New Nature and Wildlife Collection

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My new wildlife and nature art collection has now launched in the store... for all who love to connect with nature...

Ferny Fox art print

Ferny Fox art print

I will be bringing you further detail and behind-the-scenes looks at all the artworks in this collection over the coming weeks - stay tuned... 

And do sign up to my email newsletter to keep updated and get your free printable art print, especially created for my subscribers to celebrate the launch of my new collection - all the details right below...

Arty Updates

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I wanted to wish you a happy Easter...

Easter primroses

Easter primroses

And to let you know that I'm planning to launch my new nature and wildlife art collection next week...

Easter rabbit - sneak peek from my new collection

Easter rabbit - sneak peek from my new collection

Keep a look out for my new collection next week and sign up to my newsletter so that you don't miss the launch and an exciting gift I've prepared for you...

Leafy Camo Textile Design Collection

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I had loads of fun with this colourful 'Leafy Camo' surface pattern design collection...

Leafy Camo textile design collection by Lotti Brown

The motifs for this collection were created from real leaves and seedheads, which I made ink prints from...

Inky experiments!

I created layers of leaf prints, with all different colours, to create the camo patterns in the final designs...

Please click on one of the images below to see them larger...

These textile designs are now available exclusively through Lemon Head Prints. Please get in touch with Lemon Head Prints if you'd like these patterns printed onto fabric or wallpaper, or have ideas about how you'd like to use the designs.

Sunflowers Art Print - Behind-the-Scenes

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I'm sharing a behind-the-scenes look at my colourful and intricate Sunflowers art print... an artwork that will drench you in summer sunshine and joy! :)

Sunflowers - by Lotti Brown

For me, this is an artwork full of the colours, sounds and smells of Summer – I always love that time of year when, after weeks and weeks of climbing and growing, the sunflowers bloom…

They work so hard to grow as tall as they possibly can, and not only do they manage to look bright, bold and beautiful and spread cheer, but they also store up fat little seeds of nourishment for birds and mice throughout the winter…

What a wonderful flower!

Sunflower

I bet you grew sunflowers when you were a child didn’t you? Did any grow massively tall and make you proud?

For me, sunflowers feel full of hope, working hard and reaching for the sky, and always with a smile on their flowery-faces – what’s not to admire! :)

Sunflowers are beautiful in gardens (if you have the space!) but this work was actually inspired by one summer when the field near our home was filled with big, beautiful sunflowers, growing thick and yellow amongst the maize.

The same field, filled with flowers on a sunny October day in 2017.

The same field, filled with flowers on a sunny October day in 2017.

Such a fantastic surprise to see, and something more akin to the south of France than Yorkshire! Who could fail to feel their heart lift with joy at such a sight…

So I hope my sunflowers will make your heart lift with joy too, to see them, and know they’re jam-pack filled with the colours and sunshine of summer, to give you nourishment through the winter months…

Final 'Sunflowers' artwork

Detail of Sunflowers artwork

Buy It

Giclee art prints and canvases are available from my online art store, here...

The design is also available printed onto more products including art prints (exclusive portrait format) and cushions, bags, tops, and more here…

See all my floral art here...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Is Digital Art Real Art..?

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I often get asked about digital art… how it’s created? …what part does the computer play? …and even if it should be considered ‘real’ art at all!?

Even though art technologies have been around for decades now, they’re still not widely understood, and most people, including many artists, have never had the opportunity to use them.

Of course, there are very many ways of using technology to create art – and I only know a tiny bit really – enough to create the work I want to create…. So we can’t cover absolutely all digital techniques here!

But I do want to share with you how I use digital art technologies to create art – and why I’m certain that this art form should definitely be considered ‘real art’.

My own artworks all actually start well away from the computer, which isn't always the case for digital art, but is still quite common these days as artists look to take the best of traditional and digital techniques.

I sit down with pen and paper – I draw and add colour. I use a black fine-liner pen, and promarker inks. I find drawing in this traditional way allows me to draw naturally and in my own particular drawing style.

I love to draw so I make it the basis of my digital art style

I think using these ‘traditional’ drawing methods to create the artwork gets the hand-drawn feel into the final artwork, and creates a unique textural quality that can be hard to create in pieces created solely on the computer.

Drawing some forsythia flowers to put with my iris drawings

I draw each flower or bird separately, as this makes them much easier to work with once they are in the computer.

Sometimes more than 20 individual drawings are put together to create a single artwork

I scan each drawing into the computer, and import them into Adobe Illustrator using the ‘Image Trace’ command, which vectorises the scanned image. 

Importing the scanned drawings into the computer programme

This means that it translates the marks into a format that can be understood by the programme software. This means I can use the software to manipulate it, change scale, and even colours.

The settings I choose when vectorising control how the drawing will appear, so I usually play around with these a bit, to make sure it looks how I want.

The background white page needs removing once the drawings have been vectorised.

Once it’s scanned and vectorised, each drawing needs the white paper behind it separating from the artwork and deleting (see images above and below), so that we can use each drawing free of the background.

Luckily as it's on the computer screen we can zoom in to check for stray bits of white from the paper background that was scanned in along with the drawing.

I've put a coloured background in, so that I can see the motifs (drawings) clearly. Then I can start moving them around, and resizing them to create the layout. It’s easy to duplicate the motif, and it can be flipped or rotated to give variety, too.

My iris drawings are now ready to be moved about on the screen to create the layout

I usually work on the layout first, before turning my attention to the colours...

Motifs/drawings all cleaned up and ready to start the design

Creating an initial framework for the layout/composition

Although the drawings are scanned in ready coloured from my drawings on paper, the colours can seem washed-out from the scanning and vectorisation process

I usually start by making them more saturated, and most often I work to adjust each colour individually, selecting it and using the colour sliders to select a colour I like, to see the effect.

Changing the colours, making them stronger, and more textural

Sometimes I work with colour palettes I created at an earlier date, and change all or some of the colours I drew originally to colours from this palette. I like the colours in my artworks to have a bit of a ‘shimmer’ to them, so it can take many experiments to get the right effect.

Experimenting with colours - work in progress

I usually create the background towards the end, using my drawings as the basis to create coloured shapes that give a textural effect. I love to try out the opacities feature to make these shapes semi-transparent, and a bit more interesting.

Trying out a darker version - not sure!!

I also often make the coloured background semi-transparent, too, and put a scan of a piece of fabric I’ve hand-painted in inks, behind the background. This creates depth and texture in the background.

This calls for lots of color tweaks for the background layers as I work hard to get an overall effect that gives the feeling I’m aiming to create.

If I’m creating a repeating pattern I will need to make sure that each edge of my rectangular swatch matches exactly to the opposite edge, so that everything matches up when it’s repeated out.  I also need to try out the repeat, and tweak many times, to make sure there are no unattractive ‘lines’ or ‘holes’ appearing in the patterns. This stage can sometimes take very many hours.

Once I’m happy with the design, or art piece, it’s saved as a low-resolution, web-friendly image, and also exported as a high quality PNG or TIFF, suitable for print.

Saving a version of the file - this isn't the final version - still more tweaking!

Although the artwork is created digitally, it only exists to eventually be printed out in physical format – whether this is a high quality giclee print for framing, a greetings card, or even put onto wallpaper or fabric.

In this way, the digital component is just another tool that the human artist uses – the mouse is the equivalent of the paintbrush or palette knife, and the screen the canvas. The computer doesn’t create the artwork, it’s simply a medium that the artist can manipulate, to make the vision in his or her head into a physical reality that others can see too.

Digital art still uses the artist’s skill at composition, draughtsmanship and colour. The machine can’t create an artwork from nothing. The human artist makes decisions, and creates the piece from their personal vision.

You will be able to see the final version coming soon to my online store

I must admit, it is nice, though, to be able to tweak layouts until they look right – and to change colours easily. This is vital, too, for creating patterns and designs from my artwork – moving motifs precisely to create repeating patterns, and developing alternative colourways quickly and easily.

I think this is one of the main advantages of creating art digitally (at least in part) – it gives the utmost flexibility to the artist, which is a wonderful gift.

I love the hands-on, ‘traditional’ drawing I do with pens and paper most of all – it’s an intense experience, and I feel really involved, and very connected to my subject.

I really do love the digital bit that comes afterwards, too – with so much scope for experimental play, trial and error, to see just where I can push my art.

Take a look at the final print in my nature and birds collection also available in my print store or on printed products, home wares and accessories here…

Let me know how you like to create your art? Do you like using computers in your art? What part do they play in your art?

Do you think that digitally created art is ‘real art’? Let me know in the comments right below the post… 

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Tropical Design Trend - Behind the Scenes

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I've been working to design for future print and pattern trends coming in Spring-Summer 2017 - and I've been looking at brilliantly coloured tropical trends with the design community at 'Pattern Observer'

I'm going to take you behind the scenes, just a little bit, and show you how some of these designs came about...

Tropical Jungle collection by Lotti Brown - click on the image to see a larger version

I decided to create a small tropical collection, 'Tropical Jungle', for the theme, with my motifs centred around some fantastically colourful orchids I have at home...

Gorgeous orchids were one of the main inspirations to this collection

I drew these many times from every different angle, and drawing both the individual blooms, and whole stems, and separate leaves and foliage to create enough motifs for the collection...

I also wanted some birds in my jungle, so drew some tropical-looking birds from artist source-books, so that I could also add these into the design...

Bird and flower drawings for my tropical collection

Although the colours you see here usually don't end up in the final design, I like to colour my drawings as this gives depth and texture to the design, and often creates the starting point for my colour palette, too.

How some of my orchid drawings developed into the completed pattern

In the image above, you can see how my drawings are scanned into the computer, in colour, then arranged about the screen, using Adobe Illustrator, to create the pattern.

You can see how the original colours (left) were enhanced to become the very vibrant hues in the later part of the design process (right)...

Individual colours, and the whole colour palette, can be tweaked many times until I'm happy with the effect.

I built out the collection with drawings of peace-lilies, and  the foliage of the 'lipstick plant', (both of which I have as houseplants at home) to create a collection of patterns that I felt continued the theme but gave a bit of variety too.

So here are the finished designs - click on the images below to see them larger...

And to see the detail...

Detail from the main Tropical Birds pattern

EDIT - September 2016

These designs are now available exclusively through Lemon Head Prints - please do get in touch with them if you'd like this design printed on fabric or wallpaper, or have any other ideas about how you would like to use this design.

Are you ready for some colour..?

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Are you ready for some colour?

I am! In the middle of winter, what better way to cheer ourselves up than with a wonderful splash of vibrant colour...

I've been so excited this week to take delivery of some of my new products featuring my designs, and I can't wait to share them with you...

I do hope you're ready for some colour...

First, some cushions from my store at Zippi - I was so happy when these arrived - the colours are wonderfully vibrant, exactly as I imagined, and the detail is perfect...

Click on the images to see the full-size version...

They come in a lovely, soft, suede-effect finish, and are a nice large size (42cm x 42cm) and are wonderfully plump :)

Check out all my designs, cushions and more at Zippi (worldwide delivery from UK)

 

This week I also received three new phone cases (of different designs and case-type) from my new licensing partner DeinDesign...

Again I was thrilled to see they looked so lovely and bright... this is just a first look as they came out the package....

First look at my new phonecases from DeinDesigns...

As my phone is also my camera, I will be doing a little photo shoot with them next week, with my camera-phone modelling, and my husband's camera-phone taking the pictures...

Deindesign do phone and tech cases for pretty-much any phone or gadget, so if yours (like mine) is one that's not-so-common, you are sure to find it in their store (delivery from EU)...

Click here to see  what's in my store at DeinDesign

 

And just in case that's not quite enough colour for you.... here's what I've been working on this week - trying to get these lovely colourful nasturtium flowers down on paper... we have snow forecast for tonight, so this might be my last chance...

Drawing pretty, orange nasturtium flowers

I hope the weather stays pleasant wherever you are, and I hope you have a creative and colourful weekend ~ Lotti :)

Autumn Inspirations & Drawings

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Hello, I've had a bit of time to get out and about, enjoy the autumn colours and natural inspiration, and even do a few drawings...

Here's what I've been noticing and drawing over the last few weeks...

Pattern Updates

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I just wanted to share a few of the recent happenings here at Lotti Brown Designs - there's currently lots of behind-the-scenes work going on, as I work to bring my patterns to more products and places...

I've found time this week to finish off a few drawings, and have been scanning a whole stack of artwork into the computer, ready to start designing with, soon...

Lovely autumn golds, greens and browns in all my drawings at the moment...

I've also been admiring these beautiful placemats and coasters, in my 'Fantasy Fall Flowers' design, which are available from my Zippi store (international delivery from UK)

Gift idea - 'Fantasy Fall Flowers' placemats and coasters by Lotti Brown Designs (available at Zippi)

And with Christmas only a couple of months away now (...yes, I know!!) I've been busy working with some seasonal designs, which I'm sure you will be seeing more of in the coming weeks...

I have a few days off next week, so I'm hoping for some sunny weather to enjoy some proper relaxation (no DIY this time!) and to perhaps get out and about a few places for some seasonal inspiration, too... :)

On my Drawing Table...

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Here's what I've had on my drawing table for the last couple of weeks ...

I am enjoying the drawing stage very much, but also looking forward to putting these into Adobe Illustrator too, and starting to play....

Experiment with Pebeo Mixed Media Special Effects Paints

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It's just been my birthday, and my husband got me some new paints to play with, so I thought I would share my first experiment with my new Pebeo Mixed Media Fantasy Prisme paint...

Playing with paints :)

The paints are in beautiful shimmering colours, and dry to create really interesting honeycomb shapes, which I hope I will be able to use to create textured interest and backgrounds in my surface pattern designs (you probably won't see them in such a direct form as this again by the time I've played around with them in my designs... but you never know!)

But anyway, this was my first experiment with the paints, all about having some fun and seeing how it all works...

If you want to have a go yourself, you'll need to clear a little bit of space, and work on a flat surface. 

The paints are thick, so I chose to work on a sturdy foam board, and put it into a wooden pebeo paint tray (which you could work directly onto) for ease of lifting and carrying whilst waiting for the paint to dry...

As they are multi-surface compatible, it is possible to work directly onto shiny/non-absorbent surfaces like my foam board, metals, glass or ceramics.

My first experiment with Pebeo Fantasy Prisme paints

I used Cerne Relief paste outliner to create little pools into which I could pool the paint (it's very liquid so needs containing somehow) - surprisingly hard to keep a steady hand (more practice required)!

Then used pipettes to drop the paint onto the surface - you use quite a lot of the paint, and it is quite strong-smelling...

As the pools of paint dry, shapes start to form...

It takes several hours before the paint is 'dry' (tacky to touch still)... and a whole three days before it's totally hard.

But the effects are stunning...

Fantasy Prisme special effect paint makes honeycomb shapes as it dries

And here (below) is the experiment, totally dry... I love it...

Experimental special effects and textures

I can't wait to have another play with my paints - try more colours, and having tried out several different techniques for mixing colours together in my initial experiment, I've got some ideas for which effects I like best, and which, perhaps, don't work so well.

Pebeo also do a 'Fantasy Moon' paint collection, which creates hammered and marbled special effects, as well as other mixed media paints (none of which I have tried... yet).

More paint play soon I hope, but next week I think the only paint will be emulsion - we have a week off planned, to pull out our existing kitchen, and fit a new one (retaining and repainting the cabinet doors), which will also contain a cubby-hole that's going to become my new home office - I'm currently under the stairs with my computer, but in my new space I'm going to have a window, which will make me very happy :)

Behind the Scenes of a Fabric Collection

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I'm still busy working away on the live briefs set for us by the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design Ultimate Portfolio Builder course, so I thought I'd share a quick behind the scenes look at what I've been up to with just one of the briefs...

The brief is for a collection of fabrics, to be presented to a quilting fabric company in the UK, Dashwood Studio,  I've been working mine around the theme of Japanese Garden - and I've been busy drawing the motifs and elements to make up the designs within the fabric collection...

My own photos of magnolias and cherry blossom are invaluable as inspiration

Beautiful flowers and foliage from a Japanese garden - from my own photos, or plucked from my own garden....

Foliage is just as important as flowers in a Japanese garden

I am working with a limited colour palette (limited in quantity of colours, but I am free to choose the colours themselves) and have been working hard to get a variety of colours in the collection, plus get the tones across the collection just right...

It's challenging but in a really great way - I'm having fun...   :)

Hopefully I will be back to share the final designs with you before too long, as well ~ Lotti :)

UPDATE: 4 September 2015 - you can now see the final designs here...

Summer Garden Sketching

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I'm really enjoying the summer sun this year - and took advantage of the nice weather to make a sketching trip with my artist friend to a local garden...

I took lots of photos to inspire future projects.... gorgeous flowers all in bloom...

I decided to settle next to these beautiful daisy-type flowers for some sunny sketching...

Perfect, happy summer daisies

I worked quickly and sketched in light pencil, forming the main shapes, and making notes about the detail. I sketched as many flowers as I could during the time I had, then inked in at home the following day, (during a very wet, rainy weekend)...

Some of my daisy drawings (unfinished) plus some abstract drawings inspired by flower seed heads from my own garden

Some of my daisy drawings (unfinished) plus some abstract drawings inspired by flower seed heads from my own garden

I will be finishing off my daisies this afternoon, and intend putting them together with some more flowers to create my designs...

Whilst in the gardens, I also met these little cuties...

Watch the birdies - I think I will be sketching these soon too!

Cottage Garden on my Drawing Table

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I've been busy trying out new ideas as part of my surface pattern design course - I'm learning to push myself out of my comfort zone with regards to subject matter and technique, and enjoying some creative play (hopefully I will share some of the results in a few weeks - working on lots of different things at the moment!)...

Still, the urge to draw the flowers I see in my garden persists, and I've been taking advantage of the host of cottage garden blooms in my own garden and brought some inside to study more closely...

Here's what I'm drawing this week - I wish you could smell these too - the leaves of each are wonderfully scented...

Click on the image to see it larger...

Being inspired by flowers from my own cottage garden

I do love this time of year, but feel there are so many things I want to draw, and only so much time - I take lots of photos too .... but there's always something I say I will have to just look forward to drawing next year ;)

Enjoy your week ~ Lotti x

Sneak Peek - On my drawing table today ... Fritillaries

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Hi - I just thought I'd share a little sneak peek of what I've got on my drawing table today... I'm fitting in a nice bit of drawing while waiting for some files to upload... And enjoying sitting by the window in the sunshine and drawing these gorgeous fritillaries (check out the incredible patterned petals!)...

Feeling inspired by these gorgeous patterned petals - fritillaries