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Front Row Society Swimwear Contest // High Roller

Shimmy by Barbra Ignatiev

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I am in the running for best swimsuit design at Front Row Society!

The theme is “African Heat” ~ encompassing the wildness of African prints.

My design, “High Roller” was inspired by the lush and pretty colors of the Lilac Breasted Roller, a bird native to Africa.

The birds are so named for their impressive courtship flight ~ a rocking and rolling motion. I also have been wanting to try a pattern in the wild Dutch Wax fabric style so here we are!
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Pattern Development > Steps 7, 8 + 9: Present, Build the Repeat, Tweak & Finalize

allofusrev_designsketches_bji I’ve finished work on a custom pattern for All of Us {r}evolution and here are the rest of the steps regarding creating custom patterns and my whole artistic process.

Other links in this series:

Steps 1-3 > Question, Prep & Sketch Like a Mad Thing

Steps 4-6 > Scan, Manipulate, & Colorize

On to Steps 7-9 > Present, Building a Repeat, Tweak & Finalize…



Step 7: Present the Pattern Sketches to the Client


I will have repeated Steps 1-6 several times to come up with a variety of pattern sketches. Usually I only include 3 options, but this time I was inspired to try all kind of options and went hog-wild with 6! Zoinks!

From here, Kristin and Shannon loved #4, but wanted the feathers to be more filled-in, like #2. I created a new sketch for them, in two different color ways. They loved it, with a few minor tweaks, so I went ahead and built the repeat!


Step 8: Build the Repeat

In this example, I will show a basic repeat. This is the simplest way to repeat a pattern.


Within Photoshop, I worked to fill in the artwork within the artboard as pleasingly as possible, not going past the edges.

Next, perform the following:

  • Select All (Ctrl-A)
  • Copy merged (Shift-Ctrl-C)
  • Paste (Ctrl-V)


You will now have a merged layer of your artwork. I rename this layer “1st merge offset” but you can call it whatever sexy thing you want. I usually put this layer above the artwork, and keep the artwork layers in a grouping below, calling it “1st merge”.


Checkout the image size. (Image > Image Size). Take note of the width and height. Divide each dimension in half. Note that on a scrap piece of paper or memorize if you like.

With the newly pasted layer selected, Filter > Other > Offset.


This is where you’ll need those dimensions you noted. Input them in the correct horizontal and vertical boxes. Click the “Wrap Around” radio button.

Now you can see the image was turned “inside-out”. And there are “seams”, or, in this case, negative spaces without art.

In order to create a smooth, seamless pattern, we will need to fill in those spaces with art and make some adjustments to make the pattern flow and not look like tiled.


For this pattern, I grabbed feather layers from the “1st merge” grouping to fill in the seam. I like to put the seam-covering parts & pieces in a grouping called “seam”.

Once I have the pattern filled in pretty nicely, I like to check the flow of the pattern. To do this:

  • Select all (Ctrl-A)
  • Edit > Define Pattern
  • Fill in pattern name, click OK
  • Create a pattern fill layer (Layer > New Fill Layer > Pattern)


To see how the pattern flows, I usually input 50% scale or smaller. Seeing the pattern in this way helps to identify weird anomalies within the pattern, so you can twerk that stuff OUT.

Note: Within the creation of one pattern, I will go through the cycle of tweaking the artwork and then creating a pattern fill to view the pattern flow several times to get it looking just right. The above image is the result of going thru this cycle probably 10 or more times! Yikes!

Step 9: Tweak & Finalize


Once the flow of the pattern is just right, I will present the design to the client and ask for feedback. If the pattern is for a specific application, I sometimes do a quick mockup of how the pattern will look to help them visualize scale and final usage.

If all looks good, I prep the file at the correct size/scale and send it on it’s way!

Thanks for following along! Do you have any questions? Leave them below in the comments or tell me what you think of this series.

Pattern Development > Steps 4, 5 + 6: Scan, Manipulate, & Colorize

step4_sketch-scanI’m working on a custom pattern for All of Us {r}evolution and thought it might be neat to share with you how I go about creating custom patterns and my whole artistic process.

Other links in this series:

Steps 1-3 > Question, Prep & Sketch Like a Mad Thing

On to steps 4-6!

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Newest Project ~ Pattern for All of Us Revolution

I’m so honored to be working with the ladies of all of us {r}evolution on a pattern for their super-awesome, thoughtful, travel-friendly, revolutionary, eco-friendly, sustainable clothing line. (BIG inhale.)

I’m all for tipping world thought upside-down! Shannon and Kristin speak my language ~ adventure, doing what you love, $$$ earned from doing those things you love and feeling a purpose in life. Happiness!


Follow their journey. They document what it takes to become an entrepreneur ~ specifically, putting a minimalist, ethical clothing line together, and, with the goal in mind to change the fashion industry. They share their experiences and tips to everyone out there interested in making their world and the world a better place to be. I know I’m listening. And even better, participating! Their short videos are a great place to start.

Oh, the pattern!

The pattern I’m working on will be for one of their nine pieces ~ a take-anywhere maxi dress that can also be worn as a sundress. It will be sultry. It will be almost a little TOO pretty. Supremely excited! Stay tuned to Prettified to hear more about the pattern as it develops.

Inspiration ~ Cate Parr


I’m in awe of the work of England native Cate Parr. The color combos and use of blurry watercolor evoke sensuousness and hidden wonder. Makes me want to get out those paints right now and let colors slide into one another. Sexiness alert.

It’s been awhile since I’ve painted a sexy lady. Perhaps it is once again time? Well, if I do so, you’ll be the first to know.




Now living in Los Angeles, Cate has an etsy shop stocked full of gorgeous prints to buy. You’ll have a hard time deciding which ones pick up, so you’ll probably just click off after the terrible indecision plagues you. Just sayin…

PS: This inspiration bleeds over into the next fantastical project I have to tell you about! Well, but not just yet. By the end of the week I’ll spill all, though, I promise.


time to cut the “recession hair”? Rockstar haircut, yes please!

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I currently have what I call “recession hair”. 

I’ve been growing out my hair for the past few years and it’s now past my shoulders.  The great thing about having a longer style is that I only need to get a trim every 8 weeks or so ~ which is pretty economical. Short hair is harder to maintain ~ 5-6 weeks and a style loses it’s shape and is therefore more costly. But now that the recession is apparently over it might be time to change things up and become sassier!

I feel a Rockstar vibe ready to burst out pretty soon. I love this shaggy, uneven rough-cut look and I’d even do that deep dark color.

I’ve found in the past that changing up my hair makes me into a different person. Helping me to get where I want to be. Taking on a new persona. Have you ever found this to be true?

Yes, these photos are from Rockband. Is that weird?

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I made my husband play Pat Benatar songs  until I could get the right shots. This chick is apparently the “Pat Benatar” character in Rockband 2.

OK off to sing some Pat Benatar and virtually rock this ‘do! Gotta test it out somehow. I love singing Pat Benatar.

Next week ~ will be posting some new marketing work! I don’t do too much marketing stuffs, but this one was so much fun I couldn’t pass it up. Can’t wait to show it off!