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Coming Home For Christmas – Starting The Design Process

Coming Home For Christmas – Starting The Design Process

Mine and Amy’s project is coming along nicely and we are well into the design process. In this blog post I will share with you the design decisions we have made and why and where we are up with creating this fab collection for Christmas 2020!

The main colours are a light grey and a dark chic blue with pops of red and green

Designing the main pattern

At the beginning of the process, we divided and conquered. This was the best way as we were still in Lock down at this point so it was impossible for us to be in the same room to work on this together. We have however had great communication throughout through Skype!

We both did our own patterns but in a similar way to how I do my main collections. We chose to mimic my signature style – the grid formation I do in all of my designs. As we developed our collection, we thought it would be interesting to have 2 different patterns within the collection. One by Amy and one by me. I think because we are both strong textiles designers and because of the current situation with COVID and working separately, we wanted to both have a go at a designing a print.

What unifies the patterns is the composition, the colour palette and the similar elements. I am pretty chuffed with the colour palette. The main colours are a light grey and a dark chic blue with pops of red and green. A classy chic Christmas collection is born!

Developing the Collection

After we created the main pattern, we took elements from it to create accompanying placement designs and other patterns. It really has been great so far, as we have had so much time to play with developing the collection, which is not always a luxury!

Now that we have the main designs, we started this week to think about which ones will look great on the products we are going to produce. We have decided to do a range of notebooks and cards alongside dog collars and matching leads! We are so excited to be doing dog accessories, especially as they will be Christmas themed. Your dogs are going to look fabulous!

Above, you can see the designs for the dog collars. We decided to do the most popular breeds out of the 4 we chose, the Golden Retriever and the Dachshund. The designs are taken from the main patterns and then placed into a stripe to form the shape of the accessories. Me and Amy are really happy with these and we can’t wait to get them made.

In our next blog post, we will talk about our final design decisions and we will start to reveal what you will be able to buy in October!

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Amy Lynne Design- Painting the four dogs for Coming Home for Christmas

Amy Lynne Design- Painting the four dogs for Coming Home for Christmas

For this blog post I am going to pass you over to the amazingly talented Amy Lynne as she talks about her painting process and why we have chosen the below dog breeds for our new collection!

About the four dog breads that will be in our collection

Me and Sam together decided on four dog breads to feature in our collection. We made this choice after finding out what the nations top 20 favourite breads were! loyal Labradors, gorgeous golden retrievers, endearing dachshunds and loving beagles were our final choice. We chose four images to paint that would show the compelling natures of mans best friend!

The beagle below is actually my cousins sons dog called “Tonks”. Like all dogs, Tonks is full of character and brings us all so much joy! I felt this was the perfect opportunity to include her in our collection.

What is my painting style?

Detail, detail and lots of detail!


Ever since I was little I have been fascinated by the minute components that make up an object or living thing. I believe there is so much beauty in the detail of nature that I aim to reflect this in my artwork. 
I aim to capture the personality and expression of an animal or person in my paintings. I believe that all humans and animals have been uniquely made with their own character.

What materials have I used to paint the dogs?

I have used Windsor and Newton professional watercolours to paint the dogs. The pigmentation in these watercolours are high, resulting in stronger colours. I love using watercolours as it is such a versatile medium that allows me to blend colours together and also add fine detail. 
I also use Windsor and Newton series 7 Kolinsky Sable brushes and Arches 100% cotton hot press watercolour paper. I find these materials help to create beautiful results!

What is my painting process?

I begin by doing something called “stretching the paper” and taping it onto a board. Secondly, I sketch out the image using a faint pencil line. Thirdly, I paint a base layer of the lightest colour and whilst the paint is damp I blend darker tones in. When that is dry, I finish by adding in detail with little paint and a very small brush! I tend to paint small sections at a time to allow me to focus in on different areas. 


Keep up to date with the development of our project on this blog and social media! She is incredibly skilled and it’s a joy to be collaborating with her 🙂 

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Introducing – Coming Home for Christmas. A Special Collaborative Project

Coming home for Christmas. How did it all start?

Coming home for Christmas all started when I met the lovely Amy, a student from Brighton Met College. She originally approached me for an internship but! I thought her art style was amazing and I just knew we could work on a project together that would be so special and unique. With mine and hers love for the environment and for man’s best friend, we just knew it was fate!

“I first heard about sams buisness from a university friend who got work experience with Sam and told me what a positive experience it was. Instantly I was drawn to Sams beautiful prints that are theamed around nature. Nature is a constant influence for me and features heavily in my work. Sustainability is something that is important to me and I respect how much Sams business is geared around running ethically. In January 2020 (before covid hit the U.K.) I contacted Sam to see whether I could gain work experience with her later on in the year. In January I had an interview with Sam and got the position. I felt I instantly got on with Sam and was excited for this opportunity. We spoke then about possibly collaborating together in the future. Little did any of us know then that COVID 19 would change our lives! However that has not stopped us! Once I finished my second year of university,  I contacted Sam to see whether I could gain work experience remotely and collaborate with her. We have decided to create a Christmas collection together that is going to be around an animal we both love… dogs! We are combining our styles together :)” Amy Lynne Design

Who is doing what?

With Amy’s amazing drawing skills and my pattern design knowledge we are hoping to create a beautifully cheesy Christmas collection. These patterns and drawings will be on a range of dog collars, leads, notebooks and cards, just in time for Christmas.

The main elements of the design are the gorgeous Golden Retriever, a Black Labrador, a Beagle and a Dachshund. All of these dogs have been voted in the top 20 of the nations favourite dog breeds. Combining all of your favourite breeds and Christmas, we thought it would be the perfect combination.

All of the drawings of the dogs are done by Amy. Beautifully painted using watercolours. She is an amazing artist and really takes her time to get the detail right. Resulting in very life like drawings! These combined with my complimenting elements showing less detail, our drawings work well together.

When is this collection available?

We are currently in the design process of this project and we plan to have the collection released for mid October. This collection will be available online, in shops and at the amazing Country Living Fair in London.

I can’t wait to see what we come out with and we can’t wait to show you. Keep an eye on my blog for updates to follow our journey!