Flash and Blob Surface Pattern Design

Flash and Blob Pattern

Flash and Blob woodcut print

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.

Colour Combinations

At the time of writing this page there are 65 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 65 colours. For instance a code such as C-100-101-110, means design variation C, with the the flash 100 (white), blob coloured 101 (black), with a background of 110 (cyan).

Creating This Page

There are an astonished number of combinations using the 65 colours for three elements means 65 x 65 x 65 = 274,625 minus the 65 times where all the elements are the same colour = 274,560!

With so many colour combinations it would be impossible to show them all (a lot of them would also be hideous too!). Here I have chosen a selection of combinations that I feel are interesting. Smaller screen sizes are designed to display less colour examples.

Buying My Designs

Products featuring my pattern designs are available to buy from my shops hosted by Spoonflower and Contrado. As well as fabrics by the metre, they can produce my designs in a range of home decor items including; tablecloths, bedding, cushions, wallpaper, cushions and wrapping paper / gift wrap.

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