This week I have continued to paper cut and collage, and have also kept on designing. I have cut/collaged some small motifs, taken from my previous drawings which I have/will take into designs.
The patterns below are taken from the paper cuts I did that were inspired by the statues at Tiwanaku. I previously made a design similar to the left-hand design, but it was completely digital. I think the cut version is a big improvement, I really like the texture that it brings to the design, and it fits in much better with the rest of the collection. I then played around with the placement motif I created, which also works quite well repeated.
Below are some simpler repeats that I made using the same shapes, which I like, especially the ‘zig zag’ design. I think it would well small scale, on a product like a pencil case or a notebook. The design with the yellow background is quite blocky, and a bit too simple for me.
I really like the left-hand design below, and I think it is a really strong design for a notebook, with the pattern going around the side and onto the back, with perhaps ‘notes’ or some similar text to the right. I think because there are so many colours used, the white background makes it look really fresh and crisp. The design on the right would be an all-over repeat, with the collage taking up the majority of the surface. I have done/am planning to do a few of this kind of design, where the collage is all over, not cut up and arranged as it is on the other designs. I think it looks really nice and uncomplicated, and it gets across the texture element of my theme.
Next, I need to work on my main hero designs, to make it easier for myself to create co-ordinates, as most of my designs only feature one motif each (or several very similar) and I need to expand my design options!