new tropical pattern design – Calypso

One of my newest pattern designs is a fun little tropical number called Calypso.

tropical pattern design - tropical flowers with a pink background
Calypso – seashell

This tropical pattern design features a few of my botanical illustrations. I drew all of the elements either from life or from one of my photographs.

art table with flower sketch as part of tropical pattern design development
amazing pink frangipanis that grow on a tree near my house

I used a combination of watercolour pencils (Caran D’Ache) and watercolour pan paint (Winsor & Newton), with a bit of bright pink ink thrown in (Dylusions ink spray).

I also really liked the idea of a neutral tropical leaf as a background, so painted a white leaf onto black paper using acrylic paint, which made it easy for scanning.

tropical pattern design - tropical flowers with a peachy background
the original design – Calypso coral

Calypso was created for one of the Spoonflower challenges, and the original design has a peachy background. I have since made a number of different coloured backgrounds which are all bright and pretty.

tropical pattern design - tropical flowers with a light blue background
Calypso – sky

In fact, I loved the yellow ‘banana’ version so much that I had a jumper made through Printful. It has been the perfect jumper to wear on those cold miserable winter days… I really don’t like cold weather but this jumper makes me feel all summery!

tropical pattern design - yellow with flowers on a jumper.

Calypso is now available in my Spoonflower shop on a variety of fabrics, homewears, and as wallpaper. This super fun tropical pattern design is also available for licensing!

I'd love to know what you think!