How to create a pattern โ€“ Part 7: Creating variations

After you have developed a basic idea for the pattern you want to create, it’s time to play!

Nicole was so kind as to let her creative juices roam free! And roam she did … until there was no space left on the page LOL

Play Page by Nicole Dreyer

35 variations! Don’t worry! I do not expect you to create so many different variations, but this will give you some insight into what’s going on in a pattern designer’s head.

The next stage is to determine which variation looks interesting enough to include on the step-out to provide even more inspiration to tanglers. This is the hardest part for me because everyone has a different taste.ย Whenever we ask in the group, there is always one person that likes them all ๐Ÿ˜‰

At the same time, we need to find out which of these variations can be repeated by a new tangler without the need for a new step-out. It’s impossible to create 35 different step-outs from one base pattern!

I will go through each one and explain it in detail. Yes, this is very detailed and a lot to look through.

Play Page by Nicole Dreyer 1

Click the images below for an enlarged view.

Play Page by Nicole Dreyer 2

Play Page by Nicole Dreyer 3

Play Page by Nicole Dreyer 4

After looking at it all, we end up with 10 variations that could be included in the step-out. That is too much! I recommend no more than 5. Too many and the step-out template will be confusing.

These are the variations I would pick to include on the step-out template. Each one is easy to draw without additional instructions, asuming that tanglers understand the various CPT Techniques. At the same time, each variation has its own charm.

Play Page by Nicole Dreyer 5

Out of this one play page, Nicole could create another 11 patterns. I marked them all as “requires step-out”. Below I show just the first 5:

Play Page by Nicole Dreyer 6

Each one of them is really nice, but a new tangler will not understand how to draw these without further instructions.

Creating variations

When you are asked to draw variations of your pattern, you should get plenty of inspiration from looking at this post. And no, please do not draw 35! And if you do, do not expect me to give a reason why I think we can ignore the one or use the other. It took me a long time to go through all of them, but it was a great example and I don’t mind doing that once ๐Ÿ˜‰

Draw your pattern a few times like shown in the example below:

Creating variations

Add to this just like Nicole did on her play page. Here are some ideas:

Keep it simple and do not include too many different variations in the same design!

After your variations have been completed, it is time to move on to the artwork. We will discuss this in the next lesson ๐Ÿ™‚

How to create a pattern โ€“ Part 8: Artwork




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