We have had a couple different topic discussions in our facebook group lately (which you should join if you have not already) and something came to mind today that I wanted to share. How to create beautiful continuity and cohesion in your print collections by batching your motifs.
When painting or drawing your motifs for a small print group or mini collection, try creating ALL of your motifs at once. Create a bit more than you think you might need and really get in there and play with the hand, look/feel and textures. Your creative flow at that moment will pour into that whole group and create beautiful cohesiveness in your group or collection.
Once you have a fair amount of elements lay them all out and see how you feel when you look at everything as a whole. Is there continuity? Do they compliment one another? Is there anything missing? Create a few more if needed and once all motifs and elements are done you can move on to scanning and set ups for your art boards.
I promise that even if some of your motifs are flowers, some are paisleys, dots or stripes that the work will feel cohesive which could help boost sales or create a branded look for your portfolio as you might find new ways your style sets you apart.
Give it a try this weekend and let me know how it goes for you!
Happy Designing ~ Leslie