Stag 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.

Elements 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.

Set Development

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.

In this ver­sion the ele­ments are arranged diag­o­nal­ly in an upwards and down­wards direc­tions. The bee­tles par­tial­ly blend in with the gold back­ground how­ev­er the addi­tion of small details in the cara­pace adds to the visu­al inter­est. This mono­chro­mat­ic sup­port­ing print uses the total of only 2 Pantones.

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This pat­tern print has the gold bee­tles in a sort of criss-cross mesh for­ma­tion. Their dec­o­ra­tive horns inter­link in an inter­est­ing shape cre­at­ing a strong focal point for the whole design. Placed on a light yel­low back­ground this mono­chro­mat­ic sup­port­ing pat­tern uses only 2 Pantones.

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Golden Stags

This pat­tern design has the gold­en bee­tles arranged close togeth­er inter­linked in a mosa­ic repeat. Their stag horns form an inter­est­ing shape resem­bling of a rosette win­dow. The high­ly dec­o­ra­tive detail of their cara­paces intro­duces Neo-goth­ic or Vic­to­ri­an undertones.

The white of the back­ground offers a bold con­trast, which makes this pat­tern design a com­pelling option for a hero sur­face print, whilst employ­ing a total of only 3 Pantones.

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Here, the bright, gold­en stag bee­tles form tri­an­gles inter­linked in a kalei­do­scop­ic mosa­ic. Set against a sage green this print design offers a rich and detailed pat­tern in an inter­est­ing and mod­ern colour com­bi­na­tion, which uses just 2 Pantones.

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In this con­trast­ing pat­tern ver­sion the bee­tles are arranged hor­i­zon­tal­ly and repeat­ed in a brick man­ner. As they face each oth­er, their stag antlers form an inter­est­ing buck­le-like shape. With the ele­ments sink­ing into the mus­tard yel­low back­ground, this bold print uses only 1 Pantone.

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Hero Print

In this sur­face pat­tern the gold­en bee­tles are jux­ta­posed against the ele­gant, black back­ground, offer­ing not only a strik­ing colour-way but also a fab­u­lous­ly lux­u­ri­ous mood.

They are repeat­ed reg­u­lar­ly in a hor­i­zon­tal man­ner, form­ing an intri­cate bor­der evok­ing orna­men­tal motifs of goth­ic stained glass windows.

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Last­ly, this set round­ed out with a selec­tion of basic, sim­pli­fied pat­terns that use only the sil­hou­ettes of the stag 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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“Insects are liv­ing metaphors for me. They are so alien and so remote and so per­fect, but also they are emotionless.”

Guiller­mo del Toro