Creating a half-drop repeat

Arranging the motifs
Arranging the motifs
Arranging the block pattern into a half-drop repeat
Arranging the block pattern into a half-drop repeat
Colouring it up with some gouache
Colouring it up with some gouache

Learning how to create repeat patterns was great fun, but had I fully understood that the silly little motifs I created in a hurry and under pressure one Wednesday night were the silly little motifs I was to use for this exercise the following Wednesday night, I would have … um, probably still created silly little motifs like these.

 

Nevertheless, I think the black lines of these flowers have merit and I would like to experiment more with this look, particularly with trying different colours and medium.

 

I thought I’d be clever and give this design the colourway treatment, but later found out I got that wrong! A proper colourway would mean a second design using different colours, perhaps green and brown, not the same colours in different positions.

 

I should also have created colour chips when I began painting, as I couldn’t replicate the blue when I was finishing off the background at home. Joey said that the thick blue paint created a river effect, and the flowers were floating in it (the darling boy!)

Adding more gouache
Adding more gouache
.....and more gouache
…..and more gouache and some black texta
Nearly finished
Nearly finished
Trying some other weird colours
Trying some other weird colours (this time with pencils)
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