Lotti Brown Designs

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

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Parakeet Paradise Pattern Collection

artworks, behind the scenes, color, drawings, fabric, new collections, shopping, nature art, bird artCharlotte BrownComment

I've gone just a little bit tropical for this Parakeets artwork and accompanying surface pattern design collection: Parakeet Paradise.

Parakeet Paradise pattern collection by Lotti Brown

I wanted to create a dramatic and colourful collection with a tropical feel, perfect for summer style all year round!

I was inspired by some Crocosmia I drew from my own garden. A really easy plant to grow: hardy, and tolerates all kinds of neglect. But it looks so wonderfully tropical!

Tropical crocosmia drawings, from my own garden

I decided to put the flowers with some parakeets, for an exotic jungle feel.

Parakeet drawings

And also some begonia flowers and leaves, drawn from a beautiful houseplant I have in my home.

Tropical look from a common houseplant - begonia drawings

Once I had drawn and coloured the flowers and birds by hand, I scanned them into the computer, and started to create first an artwork...

Parakeet Paradise artwork by Lotti Brown

Then continuing to create matching patterns and designs to be used for fabrics and wallpapers.

You can see the final patterns below...

I really love the dark, dramatic backgrounds which set the bright colours off - tropical, but with year-round appeal.

Detail of my parakeets design

Where to Buy

You can buy my Parakeet Paradise collection as:

  • art prints

  • fashions

  • gifts, homewares, accessories

  • fabrics

  • wallpapers

Art Prints Available from my own Online Store

Framed and unframed art prints available from my online art store

Available from Other Stockists...

Some of the homewares and accessories available at my Contrado online store

Click on the shop name below to visit the store...

My own online stores - giclee art prints with international delivery available.

Redbubble - fashions, homewares, accessories including phone and tech cases. Worldwide delivery from various locations.

Contrado - homewares and accessories including chairs, floor cushions, plates, handbags and more. International delivery available from UK.

Spoonflower - fabrics, wallpapers and giftwrap. Worldwide delivery from USA or Europe.

Wovenmonkey - fabrics. International delivery available from UK.

Fabric samples from Wovenmonkey

Fabric samples from Spoonflower

Lotti Brown now at Lemon Head Prints

announcements, color, fabric, new collections, nature artCharlotte BrownComment

I'm very excited to have joined the design community at Lemon Head Prints...

Making a carefully-curated selection of my designs exclusively available through Lemon Head Prints, as printed fabric, or as a range of design products and available, though them, for your design projects.

Explore behind-the-scenes of this fabric collection in my earlier blog post, here...

Take a look at available designs on my profile in the Lemon Head Print design community - and please do get in touch with them to discuss how you'd like to use my designs on fabric, or other design products.

Tropical Design Trend - Behind the Scenes

behind the scenes, color, drawings, new collections, sneak peek, nature art, floral artCharlotte BrownComment

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.