Friday, 5 April 2013


Poor Barbara had caught a cold from her grandchild, so we've had no City and Guilds for March (yes I know it's April now, but keeping up was never my strong point)! So she sent us a sheet of design exercises to play with. They all relate to paring down images, or designing new images to use in repeating patterns. I started with some photos that had interesting shapes in them

I traced the shapes out on tracing paper, reducing the original images to simple outlines and shapes. Then I scanned the tracings into the PC and did some faffing about, tidying up and generally making the images clean, before filling some of the outlines to make a basic black an white image that I could manipulate by flipping, mirroring and otherwise playing around. There is a really good free programme that I use to do this called Paint.Net. Recommended to me by one of our techies at work, you can download it from here. It does all sorts of good things like layering, resizing, recolouring, transparency and has some interesting special effects.
Having done that I found I had some rather interesting images, a gathering of bottles
washing up looking a lot more interesting than it usually does
icicles transformed
vases starting to look rather architectural
flowing seedheads
and finally a pattern based on some tree bark I was looking at yesterday, not in black and white this time, as I wanted to play with colour and evoke the natural source of the image
I think this is my favourite at the moment, but I've started looking at more ways of repeating designs that aren't simple mirror images


  1. Clever girl on your computer! I think the black and white images are super and have great potential.

    1. thank you Anna, I've been doing more over the past week or so, and am starting to find it rather compulsive!


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