Friday, April 10, 2015

A Little In Love With Patterns

Whale Repeating Pattern

It seems like lately everyone is talking about designing your own patterns. Maybe it's just me, but I want to jump on the fabric designing band wagon. I've got a folder full of scanned sketches that are so ready to be turned into fabric. I see french foxes, blue whales, animals wearing party hats, and multi-colored pears in my future.

A few of the tutorials that have been helpful for me in figuring this all out:

This is the original non-digital tutorial that helped me wrap my brain around how to make a repeating pattern. You literally cut a piece of paper and tape it together in a different configuration and keep drawing.

Use your own paintings to make a pattern digitally like this tutorial from The Jungalow.

Even Seamwork Magazine's latest edition has an easy looking tutorial to make a repeating pattern using scanned flowers.

And this one doesn't have the pretty pictures that the rest do, but I found this GIMP tutorial useful, since I don't have Photoshop.

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