This week’s design started on my sketchpad. I often doodle half-square triangles or parallelograms, and I began with a shape I’ve used before – overlapping parallelograms that create little cat ears poking out the top (I used something similar in Sunday sketches #114 and #160). I’d never really done much with just that shape though, so I decided to keep working on it. I knew if I wanted to play with colour or transparency, I’d have to recreate the shape in EQ8. So I did.
This design actually started out a little differently… I began with a looser arrangement. The same elements were all there, but the blocks were wider and longer, leaving more negative space.
As always, I’m never completely sure which version I like best. I think in this case, the tighter version with less negative space wins out. I’m not sure why. Maybe because it brings those white squares (on point) a bit closer together and makes them more obvious, which adds another interesting element to the design.
Each design could be translated into a quilt pattern using squares, rectangles, half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles.
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?!