We use cookies to provide the best site experience.
Ok, don't show again
Close
Ruusu
We headed out early that day to beat the summer heat. Helmets on and bikes and scooters in tow, we made our way along the lake and towards Zürichsee's eastern shore. There we would find a scenic and mesmerizing river delta. The parks and quays in the surrounding area provided the perfect setting for the children to experiment with their speed and independence.


As they raced ahead, they giggled with excitement knowing that there was no way we could keep up. They didn't get far. Around half way between where they had left us and the end of the park, they had stumbled upon a sea of pink: a magnificent display of roses in full bloom. The sweet smell that filled the air was unmissable, almost as enchanting as the flowers themselves.

"What is that smell? I want to eat whatever it is."

Like everyone else in the park, we grabbed our cameras and did our best to capture the moment. The visual was one thing, but it was impossible to grasp the entirety splendor radiating from the sea of roses in a single shot. There were so many dimensions: color, shape, form, and aroma.
Shapes
We learned that drawing a rose, that actually looks like a rose, can be a difficult process, requiring quite a bit of patience. Using the photographs that we had taken in the park that day as our starting point, we set about trying to capture what we were seeing using simple lines. It was important to capture that fact that each flower was unique. Some were simply larger than others were, but we also noticed that there was quite a lot of variety in terms of how far along the roses were in their budding process. The roses whose blossoms had almost completely unfolded required fewer lines that were set further apart, capturing the fact that the petals were already open and therefore larger. The opposite was true for those that were still budding. After various iterations, we felt that we had captured the balanced and natural feel of the flowers. Their placement was chosen to reflect the vastness of flowers we had observed, while still depicting the softness and delicate nature of the individual blossoms.
Wallpaper color
Pink was a natural starting point for this print; quite simply, it reflected the reality of what we had observed. We had experimented with shading, but decided to keep the print simple. For this reason, we felt that we needed to use color and tone to ensure that the flowers dominate. The beauty of the flowers meant that this print was destined for little girl's room. We therefore chose a "pretty pink" and coupled it with white for the flowers. The result was warm and cutesy.
With a view to providing maximum contrast to really showcase the beauty of the flower shapes we opted to create a second version. Here, we kept the background light, assigning a darker shade to the roses. Again, pink was an obvious choice for the background, but this time we kept it even lighter. Against a pale pink background, the roses were drawn in black, providing a slightly more masculine touch to the design.