Friday, September 19, 2014

My First Pattern

Original Design
Pattern in Photoshop

The image on the top is the original artwork done in acrylics. The second image is the pattern created in Photoshop. Before making a pattern the color needs to be reduced which can be complicated. For example there are many, many colors in the original painting. There are brush strokes in which the color may be a bit lighter or darker than the surrounding colors. Essentially, you have to try and get the image to go from millions of colors to 12 or 15. I think I ended up with 20 for this one. By reducing the color you make it easier to change the colors later on.

This is a simple square repeat pattern. The book I am using to learn these techniques is called "Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design" and was written by the same designer who teaches the class I am enrolled in at, Frederick Chipkin. As I said in my last post, he is a great teacher and his book is really wonderful and easy to navigate. I bought the book because his classes don't address all the various permutations involved in pattern design. The book is much more thorough.

My next project to do will be to vary the colorway.

Then on to half drop repeats. I needed a good challenge and this seems to be a good one for me right now! Today was a good day in the studio, one which I sorely needed.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pattern Design


I have been so far behind with things since school began, I don't know where to begin. My schedule really changes so much in the fall it is very hard for me to adjust. As a result, I haven't had much time in the studio, sad to say. But one thing I am doing is learning how to make patterns out of my art work. In all my years as a graphic designer, I never really gave much thought to textile design. I was a book designer and that is what I loved. But I did become quite proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. At least I thought I was until I began this fabulous online course with Frederick Chipkin at Craft.Edu. His classes are very reasonably priced and a wonderful introduction into color reduction (I had never heard of that before) as well as square repeats and half drop repeats. I know that there is a lot more to it but it is a start and for me a good beginning to see if my artwork fits into the textile or wallpaper marketplace. Even if it does not, I always enjoy challenging myself and this class is a real challenge but in a good way.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Color Wheel Stencils

I have always loved making color wheels. I don't know why. I just love seeing the way various colors react with one another. But I really don't like having to draw the templates for them. So imagine my joy at discovering Pam Carrikers line of color wheel stencils! Just what the doctor ordered. I can now make color wheels until eternity and just stick to the fun part. Mixing colors!
You can find the stencils here at Stencil Girl.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Once Again

Bursting Buds
It is hard to believe that once again, this weekend marks the end of summer. In these parts summer is just too short. I will miss my early swims, my long leisurely days with my grandson away at camp, as well as not having to cook too much. Not that I mind cooking but sometimes it is nice just to toss something on the grill, make a salad and call it dinner......My neighbors must wonder about me since I am  always out on my balcony at dinnertime smoking up the hood! Lucky for us we live in a concrete building and are allowed to grill. Many buildings here do not allow grilling on balconies.

As far as the art goes, I am still in the throes of making and using acrylic skins. I love the way the gloss medium allows you to see through them to the layers beneath. It is fascinating to me.

I have been experimenting with painting on Dura Lar but I really don't have the hang of it yet. If you want to see someone who does have the hang of it check out the work of Mary Zeran. I first "met" her in one of my online classes and have been following her work ever since. She paints on huge sheets of the stuff! I like the way the color is so pure on the Dura Lar. Nothing at all to influence the color. I like to keep trying new mediums and substrates. Keeps me on my toes!

Well, enjoy the long weekend everyone!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Flickr Explore

This painting ended up on Flick Explore yesterday. So far it has garnered over 14,000 views. It is quite extraordinary really. I have no idea how these images are found and chosen. Is there really a person on the other end who decides? It seems hard to believe given the huge numbers of images uploaded to Flickr every day. If anyone has any idea of how it works, I am curious to know. It is not the first time one of my pieces has been chosen but this is the most views I have ever received. It made me quite happy since most of the time I am working in a vacuum.

Monday, August 18, 2014

More Pods

Golden Pods
I didn't get too much done this week due to circumstances beyond my control. But yesterday I did manage to finish up a few pieces that I had begun two weeks ago. I have discovered that I like covering the skins with a layer of high solid gel gloss. It smooths out some of the bumpiness of the acrylic skins and gives it another layer of depth.

This one is for sale here.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summer is Flying!

Striped Pods
I cannot believe it is August already. And I am finding it harder to believe that there is only one week of camp left. I have been enjoying my free wheeling/ free painting summer days so much and I will miss them when they come to an end with the start of school.

I am still making acrylic skins rather obsessively! They are highly addictive. I really like these striped ones in the above painting. I made them by using clear gloss medium with black fluid acrylic paint for the lines. They are very organic looking to me!

I have been working on my online store site here where you can find my newest pieces of art for sale. I am trying to get away from Etsy since I hate giving them a cut of my profits. You can also find it by clicking the link at the top of this post that says Online Store.

Going to the movies tomorrow afternoon since it is my husbands last summer Friday. Going to see the new Woody Allen movie with Colin still my heart!