What do you notice? — Patterns

Noticing, something we all do some times.  I don’t know about you but I find that I walk through life not always conscious of all the grandeur of patterns around me.  Nature gives us a glorious resource full of sparkly eye candy and we just pass it by.  Even more than smelling the roses, it’s a hyper awareness that I try to develop so that the patterns pop out and imprint and come back to life in different ways.  To play with this idea I started with this snippet from a journal page. A tag with the word notice and a small bit of magazine photo with flowers; some patterns shown on the edges.

IMG_8373 - Version 2And began play editing with a pattern making filter called Cassini in Ribbet.  Here is what emerged using that and some other filters from the photo above.

pattern 1This one appeals to me with it’s organic shapes and a hint of what is behind, using this I went on.

pattern 2to this, softer, burrier

pattern 4to a modified design and reverse color

pattern 3back to th original and a difference in color and overlay another I really like which reminds me of a mod forest.

pattern 5


color drop out

pattern 6to a vintage overlay.

This exercise has given me a basis for looking at patterns differently, making marks in different ways and taking off in a whole new direction.

What patterns do you like and why, what do you do to make patterns?  Share it in your comments.


*****The winner of the stenciled flowers from Embellish With Stencils is Gill Watson from the UK, congrats to Gill.  Thanks so much for participating everyone and your wonderful comments always.  I am inspired to create everyday because of your warm support.******






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13 Responses to “What do you notice? — Patterns”

  1. Judy Shea August 26, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I love textures and patterns. I see them everywhere.. the sidewalk, the clouds, the buildings.. so cool to stop and notice. Then the molding pastes and heavy gels on a canvas, make me happy. Can’t wait to create again.

  2. Bleubeard and Elizabeth August 26, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I like how you played with what seemed like random patterns in the first photo, and wound up with many beautiful examples of pattern. This is a lesson we could all take to heart. Pattern plays such an important part in our lives, from the clothes we wear to the art we make. Thanks for this insight.

  3. Kay Wallace August 26, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    I am never more aware of pattern, shape, color and size as when I am in the woods, where you find me today. Perhaps that is why I notice the seasonal colors in your play with patterns today, Corrine! As an artist, I do try to be aware and notice things around me. Perhaps I have always done so, but as an artist am just more aware of it. I love the vintage pattern with which you ended your editing play!

  4. Janet August 26, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    Oh These are beautiful Corrine! Love you dearly

  5. Janet August 26, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    I have loved patterns and texture since I can remember and I notice them everywhere. Mostly I draw patterns as I’m not at all good with digital things. I sit and draw zentangle patterns in the evening while My hubby watches TV.

  6. Julie Mackinder August 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I always notice texture as much as pattern when I’m going about and take endless photographs. I love what you have done with your original source and most especially the fifth image down.

  7. Dorthe August 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    This is like reading a novel, getting better and better, Corrine..
    I don`t know what you did, or how you palyed with that pattern of yours,-but you created so many gorgeous
    pieces,- the one with modified desing, is amazing looking.

  8. Dawn August 27, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Brilliant post Corrine, lol very thought provoking again. I adore sitting and playing with patterns, any kind will do ha ha, I love the repetition and find it so very relaxing.
    Hope you had a fab time sweetie, huge hugs x x x x

  9. Gill August 27, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Thanks Corinne – I’m emailing you now!

  10. Lisa Isabella Russo August 28, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    Absolutely lovely patterns! I love them! I don’t use that many patterns in my art, but I love to look at them…

  11. Linda Vincent August 29, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    These are wonderful patterns….I would love to see you work Corrine.

  12. Laurie Kahn August 31, 2013 at 7:32 am #

    I found these really soothing! The pattern is great, can be used alone or paired, so inspiring!

  13. Marjie Kemper September 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    It’s amazing how such a simple repetitive pattern can become so dreamy and mesmerizing… love this!

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