Monday, May 23, 2016

Chinese Restaurant Plate Inspiration

Over spring break I was at a Chinese restaurant in California with my family.  This is the plate they set on our table.  I love the whimsical flowers on it.

So I decided to try drafting my own version of the flower in the lower left corner.  Since it is almost symmetrical I started drafting half of the pattern.

Once I had half the drawing done I took it to the window and traced the other half on the opposite side of the paper to get the full image.

The result is similar, but to me it looks more like a butterfly than a flower.  I'd need to go back and stretch out the flower so it is a lot wider.  I always learn things when I doodle!

Happy Doodling,


  1. Very nice draftsmanship and beautiful inspiration source.

  2. I think it's always good to keep your eyes open. One never knows when or what will cause an idea to be born. I would have never thought to draw half then trace, that's a great idea.

  3. It looks like you have a gift for appliqué patterns, I wouldn't have thought of doing that (i can't draw either). A friend of mine made a beautiful Baltimore, one of the blocks she designed with a peacock she took from her wallpaper. Amazing what you can find if you open your eyes. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.