Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Patterns of October

Welcome everyone! Today's post is part of my month long series celebrating the autumn and its holidays. While the focus of this month is primarily Halloween art and crafts, the festivities and color of the fall season have been (and still are being) incorporated. Artwork celebrating the harvesting of the land and the spooks of Scooby-Doo are some of the many flavorful posts you'll find in the archives located to the left. Don't forget that the archives also contain all of my previous Halloween posts if you'd like to investigate some more sparks of crafty/artistic inspiration! In addition, I would encourage you to follow or like my page so you can stay better informed on all the fun going down here! 

For today's post, I wanted to share what I call the "patterns of October." October has so much to offer us in terms of textiles and patterned-prints.  We have colors of: red, yellow, orange, purple, green, black, and brown; phrases like: "give," "boo," "thanks, "family," "spooky," and "creepy;" and objects like leaves, pumpkins, cobwebs, bats, apples, and- you get the idea. There's a lot to play around. It's these patterned touches that liven your Halloween costumes, kitchen table clothes, and holiday party napkins. So why patterns? Patterns are both fun and festive. They add pops of color, giving one the ability to utilize a range of colors. Patterns offer flexibility in that you can mix and match them.  They can piece your collections of solid, primary colors together.  You can base your entire theme and color scheme from a pattern, so when you're at a loss for an idea picking a pattern is a perfect starter. Think of it as picking pattern for furniture or matching articles of clothing. You can apply this same logic to your art, crafts, decorating, and other DIY projects. I have uploaded images of patterned fabric, wallpaper, backgrounds, textiles, and printed paper. They make great backdrops for cards, your computer desktop, and smart phone wallpaper. You can use them to make collages, as trim for bulletin boards,  paper lanterns, and other crafts. The possibilities are endless!






Share The Magic: If you were able to use some of these prints for a project or help inspire a project of your's, I'd love to hear about it! Please comment below at the end of the post or email me. In addition, the images shared today are (like always) for personal and educational use only. Feel free to share, download, and copy these images! Spread the word around your social media accounts. You can also access majority of the images I share on my Pinterest boards. I am thinking about creating a Halloween board, but look there for more pinning!