Occasionally I go back to old sketches and keep playing with them to see if I can come up with something I like even more. Often I don’t get the chance, because I get distracted by a new design and move off in a different direction.
I loved Sunday sketch #158 when I posted it, but I soon decided that the design was too busy. I revisited it, introducing some negative space to lighten it a bit.
I kept the original colour scheme, but moved the colours around a bit and gave it a black background. I think that helps to rest the eye while also making the colours pop a little more.
I’ve mentioned before that I love playing with columns of half-square triangles, which is pretty much how this design originally came about. Well, why not pare it back to the basics then, to see what just those columns on their own would look like?
I kinda like this minimalist version, although I wonder if it needs the back story to make sense. Although I don’t know why I wonder that, because none of my other designs has a back story!
Taking it a step further, I decided to add back in more HSTs, to fill those empty black columns.
I added corresponding HSTs, in the same colour, to create columns of stacked diamonds. I kinda like this weird moiré-ish effect.
Here are the three together so you can see the progression from one to the next:
I think I prefer the middle one after all!
I love half-square triangles. I often sit down with a sketch pad or EQ8 and just play with HSTs, trying to create something new or different.
I’m obsessed with creating designs around columns of HSTs. You can see examples of this in recent designs like Sunday sketch #155, #157 and #158, and in patterns like Wildwood and Heartbreaker (the original name of the pattern that became Raspberry Crush when it was published). See the columns of HSTs just stacked on top of each other? It’s such a simple motif but it can be used in so many ways. I love it!
Here’s another design based around the same principle.
Nothing fancy, and perhaps a bit psychedelic in terms of colour 😉 but just another excuse to create those zig-zaggy columns of HSTs. Maybe I should’ve spaced them closer together so I could’ve fit more in?!
I’ve been having a lot of fun lately, designing within rules that I’ve set myself. The rules don’t have to make a whole lot of sense, and I don’t always follow them absolutely, but I find them really helpful in guiding my creativity.
The design below is a 5×5 repeat of a single block: 4 rectangles staggered around a central square. Each rectangle can be a solid, or a half-rectangle triangle unit of two colours: the original colour (red, teal, navy or hot pink), and either yellow or white.
Mix them up enough, and it becomes hard to discern the underlying rules – although there’s enough regularity or consistency across the design that you can tell it’s not completely random or improv.
Even when I’m not creating a completely symmetrical design, I still try to find some balance between elements and colours. In this design, for example, I tried to avoid having more than one solid rectangle in any one block, and to make sure that the solid rectangles of each colour don’t appear more than once in any row or column. I also tried to make sure that adjacent blocks didn’t have the same yellow/white pattern. I’m fairly sure I managed to follow those extra rules, but you might find places where I’ve slipped up. I usually don’t mind, if I’m happy overall with the final design.
The design also works in a more limited palette of only 3 colours:
As usual, I can’t design which one I prefer. This is one of those designs that gets me really excited. I just want to get busy sewing!