Anna Day

Calligrapher & Designer

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Circle Patterns

Here is Helen's second pattern, except that the colour scheme is different.

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This reminds me of a pattern I struggled to create seven months ago. It now seems easy. Some of the concentric circles are narrower, and I made these transparent so I could use a gradient behind the pattern.

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Black is more dramatic.

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I decided to fill the shapes of the third pattern with bitmap images. In one of Robert Joyner's Skillshare classes I intentionally painted a page of 'mud'. When I attempted to scan it, I found it impossible to reproduce. I ended up taking a photograph, which gave more accurate colours. You can see my project at https://www.skillshare.com/classes/crafts/Essential-Skills-Part-Two/1009532158/projects/68201?via=class-details-projects-page

I saved fourteen scans, each different and none as muddy as the paint. I chose sections from one of these scans to use for this pattern, using squares instead of circles.

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The above pattern is fairly flat because the values are all close, with the orange squares just a bit lighter. I chose sections from two other scans for the pattern below. Here the bottom and right sides of the square are darker than the top and left sides, which results in a quilted illusion. To match this I used a shadow around the circles.

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Although I have created more complex patterns in other Skillshare classes, I found it enjoyable and revealing to explore what can be done with just a few simple shapes.

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