Thursday, 27 July 2017

Still obsessed...


with patterns, I just cannot stop doodling with gel pens on black paper.


There's something about the intensity of the colour contrast that does it for me.


It seems to me that the repeated patterns create a state of relaxation


and the empty spaces tell a story, too.


I can hardly get enough of doing them, and I'm afraid the house will soon be overrun.


I suspect these will soon be housed in their own little book...terrific, another creative project!


Because patterns are invading my mind, I was playing with a set of coasters that were on the coffee tables, naturally arranging them into various patterns (doesn't everyone?). It was fascinating to see the four mandalas that arose:





Noticing Klimt's mastery of pattern and colour made me wonder if there is richness all around us that I'm just not noticing. What patterns are you seeing in your life?  Are they physical, or something else entirely?  I'm wishing us a day of noticing them all.




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    1. Many thanks, Susan - lovely to see yo visiting here! Thanks for taking the time to comment...

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    1. Many Thanks, Susan, and thanks for stopping by to comment!

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  3. Hi Win, I so love your doodles. Black paper with the right pens is just brilliant and the intensity of colour is wonderful. Doodling coasters around looks like fun too, I suspect there are lots more possible arrangements. Thanks for the lovely comment over at mine too, pleased you like the card. Happy crafting, Angela xXx

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    1. Thanks, Angela...I love that brilliance as well, and anything I can make patterns with is pure playtime! Happy day, my friend! xo

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  4. My 2 top favorites are your floral one and the one made up of little oval shapes. Both are gorgeous. abut all of them are really unique and interesting. Too bad gel pens aren't considered fine art materials by galleries. You could design fabric, WIn.....

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    1. Thanks, Rose - I totally agree that gel pens should become a bonafide art form! And I think designing fabric would be a blast...I'll put that on my list! :D

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  5. Your doodles are just amazing and the Klimt Mandala is a hit!
    Yes there are patterns all around us - everywhere - as I was a kid I saw much more patterns than today.
    Happy weekend ahead for you!
    oxo Susi

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    1. Thanks, Susi...it's interesting, isn't it, that patterns in furniture and clothing seem to be less prevalent now than formerly...is that a pattern, I wonder? :D

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  6. Winn I love your colors on black so beautiful they just seem to leap off the page on a black background, and you create some really wonderful patterns.
    I adore Klimt he is like a wonderful zentangle brought to life. It's awesome the different looks you've gotten by flipping the pictures around when you overlap and layer the possibilities are endless. Patterns actually give me feelings of joy, they are why I love doing
    collage so much. To look at hundreds of pictures and put together the patterns that work together...I think it's a sign of insanity.
    Have a great creative week my friend.

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    1. Thanks, Deann, and I'm totally in agreement about Klimt - he was the Pattern Master, creating mouth-watering, glowing pieces with them. And if I had your wonderful form of insanity, I would feel truly blessed - the way you play with layers is rich beyond measure! xo

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  7. Just wonderful! I love all of you patterns for oh so many reasons. Patterns in life? I think you are spot on there. Mine vary...some physical, many spiritual. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Many thanks, Shelby - I'm in total agreement. Physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - as Ram Dass said 'It's all grist for the mill.'

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  8. OOOH!! What a fabulously colorful post and I LOVE what you are doing with those gel pens! Interestingly, lately I have been noticing patterns everywhere I go, in nature and more often as I walk around town. Can it be something in the air? Grin

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    1. True, Lynne - funny how that works...maybe it's just Creston? :D

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  9. Wow! I am really digging your doodling Win! I can see why you are so drawn(pun not intended) to this process! Very very cool!!
    Time to start noticing more around me- thanks for the thoughts on this!
    hugs,Jackie xx

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    1. Thanks, Jackie - the whole drawing thing really amuses me, since it's the one thing that I've avoided like the plague in my artistic life...never say never, right?! :D

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  10. When I used to work in an office I used to doodle when I was on the phone but now I hardly ever do ! Your doodles might inspire me to try and do some myself ! Thanks ! xx

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    1. I'm a firm believer that doodling is a sign of a sane mind, Corrie. However, I might be a wee bit crazy, so take that with a grain of salt! :D

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  11. Wonderful doodles, Win. I have a black sketchbook and was wondering what to do with it. I guess I just need to pull out those gel pens and get doodling!

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    1. Thanks, Tracy - I think your idea of using your black sketchbook for doodling is a great one...gel pens to the max, baby! :D

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  12. These are wonderful Win! I happen to agree that doodling is the sign of a sane mind (I might be a closet doodler)

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    1. Let's just doodle away until we're cooked just right, Laura - it's such great fun!

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  13. Love your doodling Win...I recently started doodling on Envelopes and like you I too avoid drawing most of the time.

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    1. It's wonderful, isn't it Roz, how there is no pressure in doodling? It's not supposed to be a work of art, and thereby can become one!

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  14. Your doodles almost light up against the dark background, Win! They look awesome!

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    1. True, isn't it Zsuzsa? I've always been fascinated by the way colour looks on black, and I just. can't. stop.

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  15. Oh how cool! I love the mandalas in the Klimt art! Your gel pen art on black paper is super cool too. What brand of gel pens are you using? I always have a lot of trouble layering mine but maybe I have a cheap brand.

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  16. Glad you enjoyed the post, Sal - I'm using Sakura Gelly Roll pens here; they do seem to layer well, or at least I've had very few issues with them!

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