Friday, September 10, 2010

Radiating Backgrounds

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.

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