How do you start designing a coloring pattern?
The design above started life as a hexagonal cake design for a client, which was put on one side so I could “play” with it. Er, I mean get my creative juices flowing. Ahem!
Knowing the client makes cakes for celebrations helped. She wanted a hexagonal design and was happy for me to do what I wanted.
I wondered what a hexagon would look like with a circle inside, making the circle big enough so it touched all sides of the hexagon. Then I added pie lines – so the circle looked like a pie cut into segments. This left little spaces between the circle and the hexagon just big enough for a small flower or some leaves. So I put 6-leaf flowers in those little spaces.
Put it on one side.
Then I started to play.
Playing is taking all the design elements – 6-sided flowers, sides of the hexagon, pie segments, curved edges of the circle – and mixing them all together.
I imagine adding them all to a blender, pressing “on” and waiting for a minute, then taking the top off and emptying it out.
All the elements are mixed up. Flowers are all over the place, lines don’t join at the corners and join with other shapes to make something – what?
Something like the design at the top of this post.
You can see at the edges the curve of the circle, and the 6-leaf flowers. There are the straight lines from the pie segments and angles from the inside of the hexagon.
What about the bendy lines?
You see the star in the middle? The square around that and the square around the square have bendy lines. These come from lines joining another element. And, of course, a bit of tweaking (technical term) from me to make it all symmetrical (so each side looks like the other).
More on this tomorrow!
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