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1/20/16Pattern Play with Jeanetta: Symbols Part 2

PatternPlay_Symbols_Pattern Hello, it’s Jeanetta again, back with part 2 of this month’s Pattern Play on “Symbols”. Last week we learned about the importance of symbolism and it’s origins. For this week’s Pattern Play, I take the topic of symbols and interpret in my own way, creating loose shapes and icons for a fun pattern I am designing for a pillowcase. Here’s my process.

Materials:
Watercolor paper
Gouache paint
– Paint brushes & water
– Scanner
– Photoshop

1. Using gouache and a brush begin by doodling shapes onto watercolor paper.
Tip: I used few colors knowing that I could change the colors easily in Photoshop later.

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2. Fill up the sheet of paper with a variety of designs that you can pick and choose from.
Tip: Make shapes that are both line art and filled in with color such as squiggles, stripes, zigzags, stars and other shapes in different sizes.

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3. Scan your sheet at a high resolution (I use 300 DPI). In Photoshop, brighten up and enhance the colors.

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4. Select the individual shapes and drag (or copy and paste) onto a new document, arranging in a loose pattern layout.
Tip: When making the layout, vary the shapes in size, position and spacing by rotating, reflecting and duplicating them.

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5. Continue to arrange the shapes and resize them and then change the colors to your liking. I chose teal, blue, yellow, orange, purple, gray and peach. I also used a Photoshop brush to draw in blue dots and dashed lines filling in the negative areas.
Tip: Using layer styles in Photoshop add color to each shape with a color overlay.

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6. Here is the finished pattern!

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7. Sometimes a repeat pattern isn’t required when applying the pattern to a product on a print on demand site. I created the pattern as a placement print in the final panel size and uploaded it to the site for printing. Here is the digital mock-up I received! I love getting these mock ups. You can really see your creations come to life!

PatternPlay_Symbols_Pillow Meet me back here next week to see the final pillowcase and a fun twist we are putting on it!

Artwork ©2015 Jeanetta Gonzales
Photography by Kim Cruickshanks

Project by Jeanetta Gonzales for The Jungalow.
For more Jeanetta, visit her website and follow her on Instagram.

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2 responses to “Pattern Play with Jeanetta: Symbols Part 2”

  1. Raquel says:

    Hi!
    Thank you. I wonder where I can make good quality items with design patterns. I live in Spain, do you know somewhere? Gracias. :)

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