Following on from last week, another sketch that incorporates a design element and its reverse colourway.
Black on white, or white on black? I like the fact that your eye settles on one before realising that the other’s there too.
I took this design a little further, extending those chevron-limbed arms out in both directions.
Because of the overall colour placement, the left side of this design seems to be the ‘opposite’ of the right side – but really, they’re both the same, just offset by one row. I just love this effect.
Like last week‘s design, this one could be made using half-rectangle triangles and long vertical sashing, or columns of angled strips. It would work well in solids (of course), but could also be a great way to feature one or two bold prints.
I think of my sketches as being two-colour, even thought it might be more accurate to call them monochromatic – I usually use one pen (black, more often than not) and then rely on the paper itself to act as the second ‘colour’.* Apart from making my life a bit simpler, two-colour sketches help me to focus on the design itself rather than get distracted by colour.
Another benefit of two-colour designs is that they’re great for playing with reverse colourways. It’s much easier to create a design and then incorporate its opposite.
This design reminds me of zippers or tire treads. Depending on how you look at it, it could be white on black or black on white. Even though it looks like the top and bottom parts of this sketch are in reverse colourways, they’re not; only the direction of the ‘zips’ is different.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using half-rectangle triangles and vertical sashing, or long columns of angled strips.
* I know, I know: black and white aren’t colours. But you know what I mean.
In preparation for publishing my own patterns in the next few months, I’ve been working with a graphic designer on a new logo. I don’t have access to Adobe Illustrator anymore (I couldn’t justify the cost), so I played around with some ideas for the designer in PowerPoint (yes, PowerPoint!).
Sometimes the best part of playing is the messing around you can do afterwards….
It’s hard to tell what this started out as (you might see the similarity when I unveil my swanky new logo soon!), but I like where it ended up. With a bit of tweaking, it could probably be made into a quilt pattern using half-rectangle triangles, half-square triangles and some strips.