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Chapter 5:
PATTERNS AND DIGITAL WORK
Turks & Caicos, by Veronica Lawlor,
watercolor, pastel, and colored pencil
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Chapter 5:
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70 ONE WATERCO L O R A DAY
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DAY 24
“I enjoy studying patterns; these are from hundreds of experimental
pattern plays.” —Eddie
African-inspired, watercolor
Playing with Patterns
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PATTERNS A ND DIG ITAL WORK 7 1
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TIP
• Thinkabouthowtheendsofyourinitialdesignwillcometogetherasa
pattern.Youmightdosomepencilsketchesbeforeyoudoanypaintingto
besureyoulikethewayyourelementisjoiningonceitistiled.
EXERCISE 24
Paint an element in one color and its different values. To create a tint of a
color, you can add a little white. To create a shade of that color, add some
black. Adding a little of the complementary color will give you a graying-
down effect.
Create a square pattern, and then “tile” it, which means to repeat it in some
way. For this exercise, let’s do a simple repeat: Flip it horizontally across,
and then copy and flip those two squares vertically down. If you look at
Eddie’s example (left), you’ll see how one element has been manipulated to
create a pattern.
You can do this digitally in Photoshop or Illustrator, depending on your
computer skills. If you choose to do the entire exercise by hand, a piece of
vellum, a translucent paper sturdier than tracing paper, can be used to flip the
image and trace it several times. Paint it once you’ve got it all drawn out.
Anything can be used for your initial design for the repeat. Here, Eddie has
taken inspiration from African textiles. You can use anything: cultural
elements, familiar elements such as fruits and flowers, or something personal
to you.
Single element, four times, watercolor
Single element tiled, watercolor
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72 ONE WATERCO L O R A DAY
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DAY 25
“This is a series of watercolor and gold pen pattern designs that I created. I
had been looking at a lot of Japanese fabrics and prints, and they inspired
me to paint, draw, and design these ‘patterns of nature.’ They were an
experiment in abstraction, pattern, and design, and I ended up really
enjoying the process and the end result.” —Margaret
Cultural Patterns,
watercolor on paper with
white gouache and
metallic gold marker
Inspirational Experiment
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