Thursday, April 22, 2010


The top photo is of a yellow prickly pear cactus flower. The blue rectangle outlines the area I cut out in Photoshop with the marquee tool. I took that rectangle and placed it in the upper left corner of a new page.
I then duplicated it, and flipped it horizontally to create a mirror image. I moved it to the upper right corner of the page. I then took the two sections and rotated them 180°. I then moved them to the bottom of the page to created this simple 4 part pattern. This can then be used as a background for all sorts of other images.
The next image shows this same process used to create an 8 part pattern. The more complex pattern of 24 elements is just a continuation of the same technique. I could go on to 48 part images and so on. I like the 4X6 24 part patterns for most backgrounds, but all sorts of variations are possible.
In my second tutorial blog, I show in more detail how to do this. I am always amazed to watch the patterns emerge from the original image and grow interesting patterns by just adding symmerty. My intention here is to share the fun. There are no limits to the potential this approach offers.

Flower Petal Backgorund

The bottom picture shows a pair of jumping cholla cactus flowers. The blue square is the area I cut out to create the pattern of the top image. This could done with any flower to create an infinite number of interesting designs.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Rainbow Background

This series of images show another way to create and use background patterns. At the bottom is a barrel cactus mandala in its natural colors. I then show it after it has been turned into a rainbow. Next, I blur the rainbow to turn it into a background. Finally, I show it with a butterfly outline superimposed.
I can take any of my mandalas and turn them into rainbows or other color combinations. I can also desaturate them into black & white images and colorize those in shades of blue or any color I choose. I can also leave a mandala in its natural colors and simply blur it to create a background. This is another way to get patterns to emerge.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


I have several new skateboard designs with the patterns substituted for the plain background. As Emeril would say, this kicks it up a notch.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Yucca Mandala on Green Pattern Shoe

Here is the yucca mandala on one of my Zazzle shoes with the green version of the yucca frond pattern.

Yucca Background Patterns

I created a pattern using the fronds of a yucca plant. The first image is in natural colors, the second has been turned a light blue. I then show you one of my Bright Blossom Binders on Zazzle in which I superimpose the same yucca mandala over the two backgrounds for very different effects. Interesting, eh?

How about we see what this looks like on one of my Emerging Pattern Ties.

Here is the same pattern in blue with the yucca mandala added. Do you begin to see the possibilities?

Keds Shoes

Here are two examples of how I used these patterns on shoes posted on Zazzle.

Barrel Cactus Thorn Pattern

This is a pattern created with the thorns of a barrel cactus. The first one is the natural color. The second one is turned blue.