Monday, 19 September 2011

Repper


Throw away your to-do list and go play on Repper (discovered via The Shopping Sherpa). Repper lets you create patterns from uploaded images; there's a demo version to try for free.

  
Once I got over the glorious kaleidoscopic dizziness (that took a while - pictures of flowers! Whee!) I started finding that the simplest source images gave the most interesting results. These are all from a few comic frames.


Repper lets you save the tiles as well as the images, and that's where I got really hooked. Digitally-created patterns can look bit too clickety-click. But cutting these as lino blocks, and overprinting colours....


I usually start designs with a general sense of what I want them to feel like: 70s hotel linen, shwe-shwe, great-auntie's curtains. This turns that process upside-down.
 

Yet in the end it doesn't feel terribly different from using graph paper and a compass (yes, those are my favourite toys for repeats); just very much faster.









6 comments:

yardage girl said...

Cool!

Masha said...

Oh no! This is my weakness, right there. Playing with patterns. There goes my evening :)

heleen said...

you have made some cool patterns! You can still use your lino cuts to make them.

Sonya Philip said...

Looks like a fun tool. Very beautiful patterns.

Sherrin said...

wow. Five minutes after reading your post, I am installing this! It's awesome! Thanks - so many possibilities. Photoshop/illustrator has been doing my head in!!

The Shopping Sherpa said...

Sorry :-}