Friday, September 10, 2010
Here are stars, a diamond, and a dodecagon made from triangular cutouts of flower petals. At the top, is another array expanded to wallpaper pattern. Do you begin to see the possibilities here? This is another way that surprising patterns can be allowed to emerge from the natural plant elements. It is nature plus applied symmetry.
Up until now, I have been creating background patterns on a rectangular grid pattern. While those are very interesting and have many uses, these radial patterns make a lot more sense for use with the mandalas.
These are made by taking triangular cutouts from flower petals. They were originally pink, but I turned them blue by desaturating in Photoshop and adding a color overlay. I then used the horizontal flip function to create a mirror image and fused them to create symmetrical triangles or diamonds. By rotating them around the central axis 12 times, we get these patterns. I could have worked at making them fit together seamlessly, but I allowed the lines between the triangles. I created a layer behind the rays with a suitable solid color and then applied a radial gradient to it so that the lines are darker in the center and gradually lighten toward the periphery. I think it is a nice effect, but you may or may not want to include it.
I think you will appreciate that there are endless variations that can be done with this.
With these ocitillo designs, I advanced the techniques in several ways. I kept the mandala simple and expanded it as what I am calling a mandala arrray. I used other elements around the mandala to create this complex of interlinked components. I then expanded the array into a 9 plex pattern above. This can be further expanded to create a wallpaper. This in itself can become a background. One could blur, fade and darken or lighten it to serve as such.
I used triangular cutouts to create the dodecagons(12 sided polygons) you see at the top. I took triangular cutouts from foliage and flowers and radiated them around a center to create the designs you see here. These can serve as center or other elements for a mandala or be used as part of an array as shown here.
I can add even more symmetry to these designs, by taking the triangular cutouts, duplicating them, flipping them horizontally, and fusing them to create the triangles. There is so much that can be done with this, and to me the fun is in the surprise. You can't tell ahead of time what pattern will emerge from this process.