Color and Pattern

Color and Pattern by Khristian A. Howell

50 Playful Exercises for Exploring Pattern Design

Format: Paperback / softback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781631590412
Buy from an Online Retailer
$25.00 $20.00

Explore patterns, an art form that touches every consumer and shows how to make it work in real life with 50 exercises.

Khristian A. Howell is a color and pattern expert who fuses her eclectic range of styles into bold designs for product and spaces. She loves to play with ideas of hard and soft, light and dark, feminine and masculine to create depth and interest in her designs. It is the mastery of this push + pull that creates ease and balance in the work. Her work has been featured in ELLE DECOR, Real Simple, and HGTV Magazine. She contributes frequently to Better Homes and Gardens and Fox 32 Chicago. 

Format: Paperback / softback, 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781631590412
Illustrations: 200
Size: 9.25 in x 9.25 in x 0.5 in / 234.95 mm x 234.95 mm x 12.7 mm
The Impact of Pattern Design
>Gathering Inspiration
1. Start an inspiration journal
2. Inspiration Hunt: Study a bouquet of flowers
3. Take a walk with your sketchbook or camera
4. Inspiration Hunt: Shoot or sketch 10 patterns in nature5. Inspiration Hunt: Shoot or sketch 10 different types of foliage
6. Inspiration Hunt: Take a trip just for inspiration
featuring Jessica Swift
7. Inspiration Hunt: Go “shopping” for samples
8. Visit a museum, art gallery, or festival
9. Inspiration Hunt: Shoot or sketch 10 architectural patterns
10. Create an inspiration board
featuring Mary Beth Freet
11. Start a Pinterest account
12. Gather color inspiration
Exploring Motifs
13. Create geometric motifs
14. Play with doodle motifs
featuring Rachael Taylor
15. Sketch floral motifs
16. Reinvent folk motifs
17. Explore ethnic motifs
18. Design a foulard
19. Play with children’s motifs
featuring Abi Hall
20. Create conversational motifs
featuring Arrolynn Weiderhold
21. Add texture to motifs
22. Convert hand-drawn motifs to digital
featuring Jenean Morrison
Designing Repeats
23. Create a repeat by hand
featuring Leah Duncan
24. Create a repeat with Adobe Illustrator
featuring Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer
25. Design a brick repeat
26. Design a mirrored repeat
27. Experiment with directional motifs
featuring Rashida Coleman
28. Experiment with tossed motifs
29. Design a small-scale print
30. Design a large-scale print
31. Create a dense print
featuring Elizabeth Olwen
32. Create an open print
33. Add depth and layers to a pattern
34. Add texture to a pattern
35. Create a repeat by hand
featuring Leah Duncan
36. Create a repeat with Adobe Illustrator
featuring Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer
37. Create a repeat with Adobe Photoshop
featuring Stephanie Corfee
Developing a Collection
38. Study successful collections
featuring Sisters Gulassa
39. Craft a story for your collection
40. Use images to tell the story
41. Choose multiple palettes
42. Develop the collection
43. Explore a multicolor palette
44. Explore a simple palette
45. Explore a tonal palette
46. Explore a high-contrast palette
47. Create balance with scale and density
48. Create cohesion with style
featuring Ana Davis
49. Create cohesion with color
50. Create an eclectic collection
featuring Ampersand Studio
About the Author

"Khristian's fun, fearless approach to design inspires us to not only celebrate color, but to celebrate it with confidence. She thoughtfully coaches those who love color, trends, and decorating, but would also be a trusty guide to help the perfect palette or aesthetic come together along the way. Khristian's color and pattern expertise, combined with her commitment to approachable design, are a reminder to embrace the bold and fill our homes with livable, lovable style." - Allison Maze, Digital Home Editor,

"Khristian is a fantastic artist to work with! She is highly creative and very insightful. In an industry where it's not always easy to find originality, her work is truly fresh, unique, and trend-right! Her business mindset makes her an art director's dream. . . . so thorough and a pleasure to work with!" - Kaitlyn Deasy, Art Director, Enchante Accessories

"I am writing to express my deep appreciation for the professional and well-informed work of Khristian A. Howell. I have had the pleasure of working with her throughout the years, most recently in my role as a Lead Designer at one of the US's most well-known outdoor brands. Khristian has always brought a great sense of color and trend direction to her work. She has a great eye for detail as well as for pushing the boundaries, especially in color and pattern forecasting. She brings the right amount of classic appeal and mixes it with a modern edginess to present a fresh approach to color and pattern. Khristian's ability to execute a vision that is well-curated, rich in expression, and thought-provoking is unlike any other I have worked with. She is a stand-out professional in her industry and I am very excited to see her work expressed in the form of a book. . . . I can't wait to get my hands on it." - Rachel Asimakopoulos, Designer/Art Director

"I have been fortunate enough to feature Khristian Howell on my morning show several times. Khristian's knowledge of color and design is tremendous. Even more impressive is her ability to make it approachable and easy to understand! For someone like me who is terrified of color and patterns, Khristian made it simple and fun to bring brightness into my life! She is personable, passionate, and as bright as the colors she brings to life; viewers adore her--as do I!" - Melody Mendez, Anchor, FOX 32 Chicago

"Khristian has been a joy to work with over the last few years and is always quick to respond to our many (and, most of the time, super-last-minute!) requests for content :) If we ever need some good decorating tips or color suggestions, she is a great one to call! Thanks for everything, Khristian, and best of luck with your book!!" - Natalie McIlwain, Editor, Better Homes & Gardens

"Khristian A. Howell is one of the most talented artists I have ever hired in the past. She is extremely gifted in colors, always on the frontline in trends, and understands what her clients are looking for. She not only knows art/design, but she also understands the business aspect of it. Lastly, she is very easy to work with and a very motivated artist." - Peter Cho, Founder/CEO, Anthology Fabrics Inc