Traci Bunkers here! I'm going to give you a peek into my sketchbook to show you some of my patterns. I basically have 2 types that I'm showing here. The first version shows patterns that I've doodled in my sketchbook, and the second version shows patterns I've created from hand-carved stamps. When I feel like doing something in my sketchbook, but I just want to do some mindless drawing and I don't want to have to "think", I play with doodling patterns like these.
I start by drawing the structure, then start adding the patterns and color with watercolor and markers.
This is a great way to brainstorm ideas for motifs and patterns to use in my artwork.
Plus, I find it very soothing to work this way.
The next images are from my hand-carved stamps.
I like carving simple designs from erasers that when stamped repeatedly, create a new pattern.
The top of this page in my sketchbook, along with some of the others, show some drawings to get an idea of what I wanted to carve. Then after carving the stamp, I played with stamping it in different directions to see the different patterns it would make. (The image in the bottom left is stamped from a different stamp.)
This stamped pattern can also be changed with different repeats, and use of color.
With this pattern, I carved a positive and negative version of the stamp so that I could get a different effect from coloring in both versions.
This pattern looks very different between shifting it half of a repeat and a full repeat.
Here I had fun playing with color both horizontally and vertically to create an overall pattern.
Playing with stamped repeats is a quick way to create patterned backgrounds. It's also an easy way to try out different repeats and color combinations by either stamping with different colors, or by coloring in with different colors.
I like to have different challenges on my blog from time to time, to help keep me motivated to make art. Both of these types of patterns were done from those challenges--30 Days of Drawing and 30 Days of Carving. Starting October 1st, I'm doing another round of 30 Days of Get Your Art On. I'd love for to to join me!