Wow – we are already into the 3rd week of tangling together!
This week promises to be very busy! Many of you have mentioned that they would like to add to their existing go-to pattern list. Why didn’t I allow you to add more as they come to mind? Because you would forget the purpose of this exercise: Playing with your existing collection and getting the most out of it! You would also be distracted, spending more time finding the ‘right’ pattern instead of concentrating on this weeks pattern!
In order to add more patterns to your existing list, I need you to ‘play‘ with the pattern you want to include – AND catch up ‘playing‘ with all the patterns that are currently listed in your selection! Let’s begin making patterns your own – knowing the possibilities before you continue adding more and more.
To do that, get yourself a journal or sketchbook to record all your go-to patterns (I use standard printer paper and store it in a folder). You need a double page per pattern! As we go, you will want to add more ideas to each page.
Begin by recording the name of the pattern and drawing the step-out.
Let’s do this together with the pattern I picked for this week: Carpet Daisy by Erika Kehlet. If you click the step-out image below, you will open up a new tab showing you the page that includes a YouTube video and lot’s of sample artwork.
If you have a look at the sample artwork, you will notice that hardly anyone has ‘played’ with the pattern. I took 10 minutes to quickly create this page:
Take a close look now – can you see the potential of this simple pattern? It can be dense, or open and airy. It can get movement by simply changing the rice corn shape to a drop. Change the rice corn to a pointy rice corn or a heart shape and the outcome is completely different. And I haven’t even started embellishing the pattern!
And THAT’S what we will do with our Pattern Library! We will not just simply pick a pattern and tangle – OH NO! We will embrace the pattern, play with it and increase our library tenfold. Learn just ONE pattern and end up with 10 options!
So, before you get started on the strings this week, pick 2 or 3 (or more if you have time) and create play pages for each one. Be nice and share your results with the rest from the group by posting your play page in this album, so we can learn from each other. Then apply these patterns to the 7 strings.
To post your artwork to the Facebook Album, click the link below the tile. You can also browse all the submitted artwork this way!