Looking at my recent floral repeats, and creating their intricately filled compositions. Here are some favourite recent floral pieces I've been working with...
When creating patterns, I tend to start with multiple drawings of various angles and compositions of a flower or leaf, to create a series of motifs. I tend to use coloured pencils, a mix of different paints, or watercolours. I also do many rough studies and doodles as well, and play around with colours and shading in the paint.
All of this is then edited digitally, to clean up areas, adjust compositions, and offset to create a pattern repeat. After drastic changes, I like to check how the composition sits as a repeat on a larger scale, mimicking wallpaper, for instance.