Pattern design techniques: Adding complexity

Designing interesting and original patterns and motifs is an essential skill in textile and jewelry design. Let's see some simple and classic techniques that are taught in major design schools. These techniques will learn you how to start from a simple and ordinary shape and create a more complex and original design.

1. Pick a colored paper and draw roughly a simple shape. It can be anything, such as a cross, a leaf, a flower. etc.
2. Draw a frame around the first shape as simple or complex you prefer.

2. Cut with scissors around the outlines to divide the frame from the inner shape.

3. Place one shape of the top of the other, either symmetrically or asymmetrically.

4. Use tracing paper to trace the new, more complex shapes.


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