We get so many questions about how we design and create our whimsical pajama prints, and we wanted to share a behind-the-scenes look at our Bagheera pattern. Keep reading to learn more about our artistic process, or click to jump to our free printable Bagheera Coloring Pages.
Bagheera transports us to the markets of Old Delhi where artisans carefully paint tiny, stylized animals onto vintage postcards, their brushes so fine it almost looks as if they're painting with air. The leopard sits quietly beside an asoka bush, waiting to pounce on the next afternoon snack that passes her way. Bagheera is as poised as she is fearsome, and the vibrant leaves and flowers at her back complement her dangerous beauty.
Our Bagheera print was inspired by antique paintings of large jungle cats and decorative flora, as well as some of the amazing vintage textiles Amy has collected over the years from all around the world. Our designer Christiane hand-painted leopard and plant motifs with a mix of gouache and watercolor on colored cardstock. The paintings are a bit more detailed than the technique of screenprinting allows, so once scanned, they were reworked, simplified and color-separated digitally.
Once the motifs were perfected and put into a repeating layout, we started the process of finalizing the print and color! Amy and Christiane worked together closely, trying an array of different options before presenting final designs to the rest of our small team. When we finally decided on our favorite options, we sent the artwork off to our vendors in India.
We are so lucky to work with an incredible printing factory in India. Skilled artisans translated the digital Bagheera artwork into color-separated screens, and on a recent trip to Jaipur we were able to get a first-hand look at their process. The techniques they use to mix the dyes, stretch out fabric onto long printing tables (there's actually a special dance one of the master printers does while standing on top of the tables to get the fabric flat) and print each layer is really inspiring.
Bagheera Coloring Pages
We're big proponents of finding ways to add mindfulness practices into your daily routine (you can learn more about the benefits of gratitude and mindfulness journaling on our blog), and we talk a lot about using journaling as a meditative outlet. But we're also a team of creatives, and love finding artistically stimulating ways to let go and embrace the present. That's why we thought it would be fun to offer our most popular prints as free printable coloring pages!
The adult coloring trend has been on the rise over the past couple years, for good reason—coloring gives people the space to relax and relieve anxiety. Art therapists and psychology researchers have been talking about the mental benefits of coloring for decades, but more recently we've started to see an increase in coloring books and materials made for people of all ages. Designs are more intricate and refined, and materials like markers and colored pencils allow more sophisticated technique and colors than the crayons aimed at kids.
So without further adieu, let's get coloring!
Below you'll find three printable options for our Bagheera print:
We’d love to see how you color our Bagheera design! Be sure to share yours on Instagram and tag us @printfresh—not only will we be reposting some of our favorites, we'll also pick a winner by the end of May who will receive one set of Bagheera pajamas of their choosing.