Origins Of Flash And Blob
Flash and Blob is an early pattern design created by starting with a rough blob-shaped hole cut out of card used as a template to produce the spots, plus an inked strip of wood veneer printed onto card. The two elements of the pattern are then combined in Adobe Illustrator and recoloured.
Angling The Flash
The flash element was originally vertical, for the design I angled the shape to make the pattern more dynamic.
- The Blob shape is the first element which can be coloured independently.
- The Flash is the second element that can be coloured.
- The background can also be coloured independently.
At the time of writing this page there are 41 colours in my swatch library. I have created a coding system that can be replicated later. Using the same element-order above, I worked through combinations of each of the 41 colours. For instance a code such as B 33 0 31, means design variation B, with the blob coloured 33 (black), the flash 0 (white) with a background of 31 (cyan).