I've been experimenting with pattern in the studio lately. I designed and made some large blocks for block printing.
Often the first thing I'll do with a new block is print it out with black paint on white paper to play with the repeats and secondary designs.
Next I'll test out some paint colors on colored backgrounds. I start with white fabric and paint a wash of acrylic ink and water to achieve the color I want. Once the background is dry, I'll mix and apply paint to my block and start printing. Here are some recents results:
As you can see, I like to keep the colors fairly close in family, or neighbors on the color wheel. These designs will end up as home decor items (pillows, lamps, etc), wallpaper, and more. I think the rabbits are my favorites so far!