While searching for references for my sheds pattern, I noticed that a pile of old do-it-yourself magazines were published about the time I was born – 1958. The typographic styling of old money was wonderfully distinctive then, using a slash to separate the shillings and pennies, Old Price celebrates this era.
To create the pattern I used clippings from five magazines. The yellow one is the central one – placed vertical. The rest are placed to feel more casual. I had to keep jiggling around the combinations so that the negative space (the gaps) was kept even throughout. By slightly arching the clippings around the yellow one creates a subtle horizontal ripple.
The full colour version is the original of course. The duotones are achieved by adding different layers over the top of the black and white version to create different coloured variations. By setting an opacity of 30% gives the effect of a duotone without having to alter the colour mode of the document. I could then experiment with different Pantone colours. Here I have two shades of blue plus two that appear more sepia.
For the last two variations I have changed the yellows to pink, and the reds to green. Perhaps a bit bonkers but rather fun.