I promised I would post this DIY article of the citrus pattern. Have a fun hands-on day creating a pattern of your own with your favorite fruit. I would absolutely love to see the result of your work, please post it on instagram and tag @mar_reyes_a
Let's do this
Step 1. Cut an orange in half, and pass it over a plate with ink (no matter what color the ink is, you can change it later in photoshop). Stamp the orange over paper sheets. Allow the ink to run out so you can create different textures. You can almost see the pulp of the fruit there!
Step 2. Time to use some watercolors. I decided to draw the background of the orange slices with watercolor. All you need to do is draw a circle within a circle, leaving a small white space between them. Like this:
Step 3. With the "wet on wet" technique, paint round circles with shades of orange and bright yellow (best to use ink if you wat to have a brighter finish). Be sure to leave a light area to create volume.
Before the watercolor is dry, sprinkle some salt over it and do not remove it until it is all dry. This will create the orange skin texture.
Don't worry too much if they don't look perfect, remember that imperfection is beautiful.
Step 3. Scan all your creations at 600dpi resolution.
Step 4. This step will require some photoshop skills. Open all your creations in photoshop and a new document were you will work your final design.
Pick a slice from step two, adjust levels and hue saturation until they look good to you and paste it in the new doc. Then grab an orange slice from step 1 and place it right above the last one. Change the color from black to orange with the Hue Saturation tool. I added an extra circle layer in the bottom to have a beige background on the orange slices instead of transparent or white.
At last, you can add a layer of pink for the background like me or any other color or texture.
Step 5. This step is for advance pattern designers. Place your orange slices together with the complete oranges in the proper place of your art board so it works as a seamless pattern design.
Step 6. Mock ups are so fun, they allow you to imagine how your design would look applied on your favorite surface.. let yourself explore on different objects. Make sure to tag me on instagram @mar_reyes_a to see your designs.