Week One of #PatternJanuary

Let's Make Patterns"

Pattern Extraordinaire Anika Starmer (Aisforanika) along with printing experts from Bumblejax.com have organized a project to kick off the new year. They have invited folks to create and share a new pattern every day inspired by her daily prompts and (fingers crossed) I have been able to keep up so far for the first week.

If you are looking for a fun and creative project to kick off the year, let me recommend @aisforanika's #patternjanuary project. Today's theme is happy, and color makes me HAPPY! It can be hard to find during the winter, here in northern Illinois so I was

Day 1 Happy. I thought about how much color makes me happy, especially during the long and dreary winter, so I made this simple but colorful watercolor pattern.

Tree pattern

Day 2 Forest. I decided to revisit a digital pattern I made, only in watercolors.


trees pattern


Here is the original digital pattern I made in 2008.
Day 3 #patternjanuary: #Olive. I'm not an olive fan, so I went into this thinking I'd focus on olive as a color but then this happened

Day 3 Olive. Despite everyone around me LOVING olives, I’m not a fan, so when I originally saw the theme I thought I was going to go with a olive color theme, rather than the food.


But then this happened, and so I just went with it. I wet the paper and then touched dots of green watercolor down and let it bleed out and then all they needed were pimientos.


For the facing page I just did a collection of green patterns.

Little art book

Day 4 Water. My holiday vacation was over and I was back to work so I made this water themed pattern while I was at work. I used prisma color markers and acrylic pens, in a stapled book made from office scratch paper.

Earlier in the week I had a couple of ideas for #patternjanuary #collection. I settled on a book I was going to work in and decided I'd go with the idea of making a pattern of gelli print scraps. Then I even found a bag full of tiny scraps is collected, t

Day 5 Collection. I actually had a few ideas for this prompt and I hope to go back and do that other idea soon, as well as rework this one, only a lot larger. I decided to make a pattern from scraps from my gelatin prints, and lo and behold I found a zip lock back filled with the tiniest of scraps. It was meant to be! Then when I reached into the bag of scraps the first thing I blindly pulled out was a tiny stapled book (also made from office scratch paper) and I knew that I had to use it.


Day 6 Marks. I originally had the idea of filling a whole book with mark making patterns, but I’ve been down and sick as a dog this week. I watched some creative Periscopes and filled some pages while I watched. I ended up only getting 10 pages done and made this flip through.

Today's #patternjanuary is a #tbt. Immediately when I saw the theme #favorite, I thought of this #handcarvedstamp from 2011, based on my grass-quote "you are my favorite" painting series. I assembled these prints into a pattern and voila! The black is the

Day 7 Favorite. After seeing the prompt I immediately thought of this stamp I made in 2011, based on my grass quote “You are my favorite” series of paintings. The stamp is just black ink and the green is individually hand water colored in later.

That wraps up week one. Check out the hashtag #patternjanuary and #letsmakepatterns on instagram to see what others are creating!


Hi, I'm Robyn and I was Hatched from a Kinder Surprise Egg. Graphic Designer by day, Maker of things by night. I have worked as a graphic artist professionally since I was 16 years old. Went on to get my Bachelors of Art from NIU. I like to share my Artwork online at flickr.com/photos/robayre and on my own personal website http://www.robayre.com. I also have an online shop http://www.robayre.etsy.com where you can find more of my "crafty" sorts of things, as well as a random piece of artwork here and there. Oh, and I'm also an occasional contributor to Artomat (artomat.org).

One thought on “Week One of #PatternJanuary

  1. Now I’m back to this open tab that’s been sitting here waiting. :) Thank you for sharing about the challenge! I’m loving your patterns. I like how you mix it up each day and use different materials or sketchbooks, etc. I have this tendency of trying to pick out a favorite, but I can’t decide. Love them all!

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