Two Jugs Wallpaper

The origins of the Two Jugs pattern design

Design Taken From Painting

The Two Jugs design began as a canvas I painted in 2013. I liked the jug elements but felt they were too spaced out. Cutting out the jugs, I could move them closer and overlap them to produce a more interesting interaction. Duplicating the jugs and slightly altering them meant there wouldn’t be such an obvious pattern repeat.

Three Colourways

There are three sets of colourways, A, B and C. Design A uses the same jug colours from the painting, but with different background colours. For design B I recoloured the jugs to be blue. Finally design C, I made the larger jug creamy white which has produced an interesting engraving style.

Background Colours

There are a total of 24 different background colours which I have tried combining with each of the designs. Roll over each photo to find out the code.

Blending Codes

I used Adobe Illustrator to explore yet more combinations, by altering how the layers blend with the backgrounds. I have detailed the blending methods used in the two digit codes for each design, so that they could be replicated or altered to suit a client’s wishes…

NOrmal, DArken, MUltiply, Color Burn, LIghten, SCreen, Color Dodge, OVerlay, Soft Light, Hard Light, DIfference, EXclusion, HUe, SAturation, COlor, LUminocity.

Placing The Pattern In A Location

To give context I combined a selection of finished designs with a straight-on shot of the chair used in my design for mid century modern chairs. Adding a fake carpet and simple skirting board. For every image I altered the colour of the real chair to complement the surface patterns. For each design I also created a simple version that was just the pattern, to show how the design could be used for fabric, lampshades, and other surfaces.

Creating This Page

With so many colour combinations it would be impractical to show all of them. Here I have chosen a selection of combinations that I feel are interesting.

* Smaller screen sizes are designed to display less colour examples.
Rolling your mouse over an image will display its code.

The Future

The pattern would be great for wallpaper but also fun for gift-wrapping and fabric too. I would love this design to have another life taken up by a manufacturer. Please contact me if you would like a high resolution file or to talk about how we could work together.

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