Tessellate Pattern Design
Origins of Tessellate Pattern
This pattern design started as an idea to interlock a series of only four-sided shapes together. Making the shapes as random and un-alike as possible created an intricate pattern with the pattern repeat hard to see.
Black and White First
The first design was simply alternating black on white, which had a retro Mods-like op-art vibe. I liked the design but thought it needed to have something extra. I created a blurred vertical line in Photoshop that could be used to make shadows and highlights in the design.
Creating the Shimmer Effect
Using the burred vertical line – which I call a flash – I created a shimmering effect of gentle folds. It was achieved by adding a series of transparent layers of vertical flashes, positioned above the background layer. Experimenting with each of the blending modes, I found 50% hard light was the ideal setting. When viewed large the effect isn’t all that obvious. When seen from a distance, or scaled smaller you can see the soft folded shimmery effect.
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.