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Sunday sketch #361

This week’s block is very similar to last week’s, but the foreground/background drips are a little further apart, and the two drips (in both directions) are the same length. I’ve also added some curved corners to the blocks, which help to create little stars at the corners of four adjacent blocks.

Isn’t this a cute palette, too? Here’s the design showing two full pink squiggles and rotated to show them running horizontally.

I prefer the first orientation, I think. Even though I’m calling it ‘drippy’, and drips tend to run vertically… it feels more fun in the first layout where the drips go horizontally.

Like last week’s block, this week’s design is all about curves (half-circles, or drunkard’s path), squares and rectangles. I think it’d be a fun one to make!

Sunday sketch #360

I’ve been playing with curves lately, so expect more curvy designs in the coming weeks. This week’s sketch is a trippy drippy design based on a repeating block.

I tried this design in a few different colourways, and found that the best palette comprised different shades of the same colour. I also found that it worked best with the darker colour up top, with the gradation lightening as you descend the page.

The designs I’ve shown here use a 4 × 4 layout with top and bottom borders. The blocks are made using half-circles (or 2 × drunkard’s path units), squares and rectangles. If you wanted to recreate this design, you wouldn’t necessarily have to use a single repeated block; you could mix up the lengths of the drips and make it a bit less repetitive.


Sunday sketch #357

I’ve found that one of the easiest ways to iterate a design is to replace one shape with another. This week’s sketch is based on Sunday sketch #356, but it uses squares instead of drunkard’s path units. Those interlocking shapes are still there (see the second version, below), but now they look like flags rather than crochet hooks.

In the first version though, I’ve rotated the blocks to obscure those interlocking shapes.

Here’s the version most like last week’s sketch. I’ve used a palette of three colours (my usual choice of dark blue, bright orange and pale pink), but the layout is such that each colour can still be used for both a ‘positive’ (or foreground) and ‘negative’ (or background) motif.

I like this version, but I wonder how it would look if those diagonal stepwise blocks of colour between the motifs were reduced in size. The sketch is block-based, so I’d have to revise the block itself or just rework the whole design. It would make the whole sketch a bit busier, but I think it could be more interesting. It’s not something I thought about doing at the time, but now that I’m writing this blog post, I can see potential for improvement. I’ll work on it!

This week’s sketch could be made using squares (large and small) and rectangles. And lots of chain piecing!