Recently I revisited some half-finished sketches for new ideas. I found a design for a circle of arrows that ends up looking a bit like a wreath – I’d never quite finished it, but knew how I wanted it to look. A bit more sketching, and I was happy with the block design. Tiling the block produces a simple pattern with some circular motion.
Removing the sashing between the blocks produces a slightly tighter design, with some more interesting secondary shapes.
These 9 x 9 blocks could be made using half-square triangles, squares and rectangles.
Once I hit on a design I like, I like to modify various elements to see what else I can come up with. Following on from Sunday sketch #67, I kept the black bars static but mixed up the red bars:
Like the previous sketch, none of the red bars touch each other; they just float amidst the regimented black bars. Chaos and order in harmony!
All you’d need to make this design into a quilt pattern would be squares and rectangles.
On a recent work trip to Tokyo, I popped into the Shibuya branch of Tokyu Hands, a kind of department store with a pretty awesome stationery section. I picked up a new dot pad! I thought nothing could beat my Rhodia dot pad, but this one is spiral-bound, which means it lies flat as I sketch, and it’s got really stiff front and back covers, which means it won’t buckle as I’m sketching at weird angles. I’m in love. If it had perforated pages, my (sketching) life would be complete.
I don’t know if it’s the new pad, or my recent attempts to introduce a bit of colour into my designs (and Instagram feed), but I’ve had a fairly productive sketching week. Working with two colours (rather than my usual black or blue) has opened up some new sketching directions….
Of course, I had to mix order (the black bars) with chaos (the red bars). Whereas the black bars are spaced evenly apart – two rows and two columns away from their neighbours – the red bars can appear anywhere, as long as they’re not touching another red bar. Yes, even with chaos, I need to impose a few rules 🙂
This design could easily be made into a quilt pattern using rectangles and squares.