Rorschach Beetle

This surface pattern set is a response to an “Opulent Creepy Crawlies” trend, which explores the theme of insects and studies their ornate detailing. This often results in crafting these bugs into mirror imagery and kaleidoscopic arrangements. 

This sur­face pat­tern is an inde­pen­dent ‘Karolful.Designs’ design and is avail­able for pur­chase and/or licence through Adobe Stock. Please fol­low this LINK to view the entire “Ento­mol­o­gy” collection.

Alter­na­tive­ly, please get in touch to dis­cuss cus­tom arrange­ments that suit your project’s needs.

Collection Overview

The set of pat­terns show­cased here are part of a wider series called “Ento­mol­o­gy” that encom­pass­es a wider range of designs that depict six dif­fer­ent species of beetle.

Over­all, this series is uni­fied by its colour palette, and the usage of the same tech­niques. Pat­terns with­in a giv­en set depict a spe­cif­ic insect, explor­ing var­i­ous colour-ways and arrange­ments. Each set also includes a stand­alone illus­tra­tion of that species of beetle.

Colour Palette

The PANTONE TCX colours cho­sen here are inspired by palettes from Kidspat­tern. The two main base colours for this set of pat­terns are both  shades of yel­low: a radi­ant ‘Aspen Gold’ and a warm ‘Gold­en Rod’. These are meant to evoke the opu­lence of gold­en scarabs from ancient Egypt.

To pro­vide a con­trast­ing coun­ter­weight a ‘Jet Set’ black was aded. Last­ly, to round out the palette a sage green shade was picked, ‘Chi­nois Green’. This last addi­tion offers a flavour­ful mod­ern twist.


Insects have wide range of impacts on the plan­et’s ecosys­tem. Due to this impor­tant role in our lives, iconog­ra­phy that depicts them has become thor­ough­ly embed­ded in human cul­ture, ­from arts and crafts to mythol­o­gy and religion.

The bee­tle rep­re­sents hard work, devo­tion, per­sis­tence, as well as coop­er­a­tion and solidarity.

Many insects are val­ued sim­ply for their beau­ty. Insect imagery is com­mon­ly cel­e­brat­ed in jew­ellery, tex­tiles, and ceramics.

Element Development

The depic­tion of the insects was stylised to high­light their dec­o­ra­tive aspects. The orig­i­nal ele­ments were ful­ly vec­torised and use a total of 4 colours. How­ev­er, they can also be eas­i­ly sim­pli­fied into 2 colour ver­sions. In this set you can select a ver­sion that best suits your project.

A full illus­tra­tions set is avail­able to licence HERE.

Development of the Set

I select­ed each colour from the palette as a back­ground and then devel­oped a cor­re­spond­ing arrange­ment. Togeth­er, these pat­terns cre­ate a match­ing set that can be used across a pletho­ra of poten­tial prod­ucts whilst retain­ing a con­sis­tent look. This bee­tle col­lec­tion is ready to go and easy to use.

Here the bee­tles are sim­pli­fied to use only 2 Pan­tones and blend in with the back­ground. They are posi­tioned at an angle, cre­at­ing a diag­o­nal and dynam­ic arrange­ment. Clus­ter­ing them togeth­er cre­ates the illu­sion of them form­ing chains. The final result is a rich, tex­tured, ver­sa­tile sur­face pat­tern. 

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Here the bee­tles uses mere­ly 2 Pan­tones and are arranged in a kalei­do­scope for­ma­tion with­in an ornate, checked design. The shape of the insects merge togeth­er to offer a mod­ern, slight­ly abstract, and cre­ative arrangement.

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White Background

This sur­face pat­tern has the bee­tles arranged in a ver­ti­cal man­ner, in both upwards and down­wards direc­tions. Addi­tion­al small dots of colour are inter­wo­ven between them.

The illus­tra­tion uses a total of 4 Pan­tones, thus incor­po­rat­ing the full scope of the palette, mak­ing it a per­fect hero print.

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The ver­sion above fea­tures a sim­pli­fied sin­gle-colour bee­tle that is arranged in a brick repeat. The design resem­bles black lace, mak­ing this a som­bre­ly ele­gant design.

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This sur­face pat­tern also fea­tures a hor­i­zon­tal arrange­ment but this time on a green back­ground. It is more spa­cious and there­fore a great option for a sec­ondary print.

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Black Background

The ver­sion is laid out on a dark back­ground. It is par­tic­u­lar­ly strik­ing due to the high con­trast between the gold­en bee­tles arranged ver­ti­cal­ly and their back­drop. It resem­bles an piece of ornate gold­en jewellery.

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Last­ly, this set round­ed out with a selec­tion of basic, sim­pli­fied pat­terns that use only the sil­hou­ettes of the bee­tle. These are easy to recolour and great for using in small­er sizes. For exam­ple, as a sup­port­ing or back­ground print.

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“Nature will bear the clos­est inspec­tion. She invites us to lay our eye lev­el with her small­est leaf, and take an insect view of its plain”

Hen­ry David Thoreau