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A-Z Journal - G is for Gotcha

Onwards with my very, very slow progress through my A-Z journal. I'm up to G and have used the pattern Gotcha by Karin Godyns for inspiration today.

Yep, I know you're going to take one look at my design and think that it looks nothing like the original pattern, and you're right! But, what I really love about playing with patterns is seeing where they take me. If you've followed along here for a while, you'll know I'm a big fan of "what if?"

When experimenting with Gotcha I really liked how the drawing order made sections of the pattern appear to be in front of the others like a weave. I started to wonder.......
  • What if I curved the strokes in to the centre?
  • What if I worked on a wonky grid?
  • What if the back strokes followed along the lines in order to reinforce them and create more depth?
  • What if I alternated the direction of the starting strokes in each grid square?
What I like about my results.........the whirling appearance - no "petal" appears to be either in front or behind the other. They are both. I like the floral look. Put some centres in and they could be flowers.  I also enjoy working on a wonky grid which forces me into drawing some awkward lines that create interesting (both good and bad interesting) results. Challenging :)

What I don't like is that I've lost the woven look of the original pattern which is what attracted me to it in the beginning. 

Below I experimented with alternating the starting stroke direction:
Have a great day!


Comments

  1. beautiful !! and that's what I love with your drawings,they often looks different of the original patterns, they are less academic and, for me, more poetic !!
    I love them !!
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    béatrice

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    1. Thank you, Beatrice! I've always tended to go my own way :)

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  2. I agree with Beatrice. Love how you did this wonky style.

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    1. Thanks so much, Bonnie :) I love being able to add a bit of wonkiness :)

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  3. Thanks again. I always enjoy your twist on these designs,

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    1. Thanks, Cheryl! I definitely have fun trying to make them my own :) hx

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  4. This is ever so beautiful, Helen!!! It flows beautifully deep into the corners. You are the master of floral designs and I wonder whether there is a tangle you cannot floralize. Gotcha is not an easy tangle (for me) to wonk around with the way you did, but I gave it a try and although there is nothing floral with mine, they are a Gotcha variation.

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    1. Thanks, Susie! I think that my brain is just oriented to seeing the potential floral in everything.....I can't seem to help gravitating to it. I love your variations. It is so interesting to see where the same pattern takes us in entirely different directions.

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  5. OMG..... Thank you Helen! I loooove the way this tangle has turned out!

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