An everyday item becomes a fabric pattern

I have got myself merrily side tracked creating this. I set about to do one of my everyday drawing challenges  and then decided to scan and digitally manipulate it into repeat pattern. This is how fabric prints are designed.

scissors sketchHere is my original sketch for prompt #105 on the EDM challenge list As you can see they are scissors. If you click on the image you can see a larger version. The drawing was done in a Strathmore mixed media sketchbook using watercolours,  and pitt pens. As I worked the scissors I decided that I did not want a shadow behind the objects because I wanted to turn it into a design. I knew I was going to take it into photoshop and set the objects on a transparent background and I did not want to have clean out the shadow.

scissors patternOnce I had scanned it I decided I liked the red handled pair and created 3 versions each with different coloured handles.  I then arranged them and set them into a repeat pattern. Fabric designers do this so that the pattern repeats seamlessly across the fabric. This is what the pattern looks like in repeat. I have a larger version of this which people can see if they click on it.

scissors patternMost people like a simple background of one colour. So at this stage you could make the background white layer a colour.

scissors pattern But I like to play with pattern on pattern. It makes it more complex but I like complexity. If you click on the image you will see in the larger version that there are wavy lines behind this.

scissors pattern I liked the effect and tried some chevron stripes. Once again if you click on the image you will see better what I am talking about.

scissors pattern

Then I decided I wanted a lighter feel so experimented with laying another pattern behind the scissors.

scissors pattern I then tried a subtle second texture over the grid.

I am still experimenting and having fun with this. Of course I created and stored the scissors as a photoshop pattern preset too- so now I will be able to set it behind other pieces! I feel a sewing theme coming on.

Its interesting what can be done with simple sketch let me know if you want to see more because I think I started something… Off to go back to photoshop!

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13 Responses to An everyday item becomes a fabric pattern

  1. Lynn says:

    Sharon, thank you for sharing. I love the repeat pattern and you have inspired me to create a lino cut repeat

  2. Odarka says:

    Wow! Your talent is inspirational!

  3. Anneliese says:

    Very interesting result! And show us more …!

  4. This is fab! Would love to know/see more. We are freeware only but I’m guessing that you could use Gimp in a similar way – if you had the expertise?

  5. Andy Lloyd Williams says:

    That is absolutely fascinating, Sharon. I love it!

  6. Beth in IL says:

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing and I would love to see more.

  7. conni says:

    Yes, more please! I knew if I came here I’d find inspiration!

    And thanks for your kind comment on my blog. My husband and I loved Steeleye Span and Pentangle. Those two groups, in particular, instilled in us a love for traditional British music that has endured for all of these years!

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