This was all based on gut reaction. I gathered up samples of patterns, images and colour palettes that felt like they reflected the sentiment and the neutrality of it. Neutral middle distance landscapes became woodland, mountains and beach – urban ones had to have people in them, but in crowds and no eye contact, which became tricky so I abandoned it. Birds were good, leaves ok but not flowers or fashionable curliness, abstract patterns were best. They’re gathered together into themes.
Birds and trees theme
This is based on my bag of print and batik fabrics, and features spots, stripes and more abstract shapes. The colours are richer.
This is a bit more of a mish-mash but I think the strong diagonals and shadows might be an idea to go with here. Also have an idea for playing with splitting the images along the card opening line to give the effect of walking into the view. Not sure about mixing patterns and photos though – think this will get too busy or maybe it’s just a matter of getting the scale right? Think the fresh blueness of these are the thing to pick up on, but note that pictures of people on mountains kill the neutrality.
Basically, there’s far too much stuff here, need to rationalise it drastically