Sunday, December 14, 2014
Early in 2014 I started exploring creating some of my own patterns in Photoshop Elements. Back when I created my patterned birds and frog pieces, I used patterns that I exported from Electric Quilt. The problem I found with using these patterns, is that they are not perfect repeats. When you use them to fill a space, and the space is much larger than the pattern, you can see where the pattern tiles.
I started creating some patterns of my own that will repeat seamlessly. One of these patterns was a series of arches or upside down U shapes. When I colored the pattern, it reminded me of fish scales. And from that idea came my series of fish pieces. I used some of the same background images as from my bird pieces, and I found some fun and whimsical fish motifs in Electric Quilt that I exported as jpg files.
I built my designs in Photoshop Elements the same as I did with my patterned birds, printed them to fabric, and appliqued them onto a batik background fabric. I chose some batik fabrics that gave the impression of being under water. I free motion stitched both the background fabric and the top layer applique. The following pictures are the entire series of these whimisical fish pieces.