Week Two #PatternJanuary

It took me until in this second week of #PatternJanuary to realize this was a month long, daily project and that I hadn’t done one of those for several years. I used to do a daily project once or twice a year and have been wanting to do one again for a long time. Anytime I’d see one I’d think about it, but then I would think of all the other things I want to focus on and decide against it. This time the project is in line with my goals and things I want to be working on.

Day 8 Fast.

I knew I wanted to make a video, which would illustrate the time it took to do this piece. As I said when I posted it to instagram, it took 2 minutes to make the piece, but it took 4 hours of procrastinating, so how is that for fast?

And the finished piece.

Day 9 Monoschrome.


This piece is entirely watercolor. I made it while I was at an all day craft event.

Day 10 Time.

Time is a spot on theme today, as I've been acutely aware of how much time I spend worrying, anticipating, trying to think of ideas, procrastinating and then finally (feeling like I'm last minute-ly) throwing together my daily pattern. #patternjanuary #ti
This piece is a watercolor background with white pastel infinity symbols on top with a bit of pencil shading to make the symbols pop.

Day 11 Geometric.

It's not finished but here is my #patternjanuary for geometric. Lily of the valley, four leaf clover, poppy and chicory. Time for bed! #robayrepatterns #letsmakepatterns #watercolor

I wanted to create a pattern that had a geometric pattern with a contrasting organic pattern. I still want to try adding some more linework patterns to the background geometric shapes.

Day 12 Mug.

Once again, an unfinished pattern for #patternjanuary : mugs. I immediately thought of my McCoy smiley face mug. It was slow at work today so I started "rendering" some of my favorite mugs in Photoshop. Digital illustration is SO not my thing, but I'm pre
In an attempt to possibly finish my daily pattern early in the day, I started working on digitally illustrating a few mugs while it was slow at work. I knew I wanted to paint my vintage McCoy smiley face mug, but then decided to branch out to include other favorite mugs in my collection. The diner mug was an homage to my father who collected diner mugs, so I designed a mug for him, Red Truck Diner. I was really excited that I had the idea and while I was designing it, but now that I type this it makes me so sad to realize that would have been an AMAZING gift to give him in real life… designing a diner mug specifically for him, especially since he was such a hard person to buy gifts for.

Day 13 Jelly.


This pattern was kind of a bust, and a last minute attempt to get it done, because I have been staying up way too late. My first attempt was to try and make jellyfish with tendrils that were in some sort of pattern, like a Celtic knot. When I was done it just looked like a mess and did not resemble jellyfish or even have a recognizable pattern in the knot. This little art book was what I came up with as a quick alternative to get something done.

Day 14 Dessert

It's been a while since I worked in this #littleartbook. All day I thought about the #patternjanuary theme of dessert, and the same thing kept popping into my head, sprinkles. So I went with it. I thought about self serve ice cream with my best friend and

I LOVE DESSERT! Ice Cream, Hawaiian Snow, Cotton Candy, Cookies, Cake, I can’t think of a sweet I didn’t like. Oh wait, lol, guess I’m not a fan of Chocolate, but you add enough sugar to it and I’ll eat it, for example fudge. When proposed with this pattern theme my mind went wild with the possibilities! I even asked people throughout the day “what’s your favorite dessert?” For some reason the same thing kept popping into my head all day long and that was Sprinkles. At the end of the day I just decided to stop fighting it and went with it.

Week One


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).

4 thoughts on “Week Two #PatternJanuary

  1. I still have a browser window open with your Week 1 post with the intention of commenting and you can see how far that got me! :D I love knowing that this challenge fit in with your goals, and I’m so glad you’ve been sticking with it. There have been a few nights when I did not want to do it, but I’ve pushed through so far, and it feels great. I really enjoy your jellyfish pattern. I think it would look great repeated. I’ve also tried to do some “quick” ones that end up taking much longer than intended. The creative process I guess. Keep it up! Only about a week left!

  2. I have been loving these on IG, Robyn, and Lorelei has been making some too because she likes yours so much! I keep meaning to take pictures of some of her art (she has made probably 20 little stapled books in the past two weeks – not exaggerating) but I need to find time/lighting and that’s tough in our dark apartment when she doesn’t nap anymore, waaaah. Anyway, so glad you are doing the project!

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