When I started processing these 2 little flowers, I had no inkling of what delights lay ahead. I wanted to create a different image than just 2 pretty flowers.
Here follows my little adventure down the rabbit hole.
I used PicsArt to crop the image and bring out the edges of the bigger flower, using the Watercolour and Cartoon filters. (I thought I might cut out the flowers later to use as clipart for a pattern design). Then, I ran the image through Repix, adding some Drips, Daubs, Freshen, Hollywood and my favourite brush – the Undoer! ;-).
The colours looked a bit flat, and you know I LOVE bright, translucent colours. So next I used Photo Editor to play with changing the background colours. I chose a blue-purple colour to substitute the grey-green of the background. This immediately brightened up the image considerably.
I thought I’d introduce some other elements to this image, so back it went into Repix. I added some delicate flying dandelions, a bit of dust and I freshened up some dark areas too.
At this point I thought to myself “Now what?”
I didn’t want to destroy the flower images by simply mirroring them in PicsArt, which would have abstracted them to geometrical shapes…pretty, but now what I had in mind. Instead, I wanted to preserve the image but still be able to use it as a repeat. I ran the image through Pic Mirror and saved all 4 incarnations of it – UpDown, DownUp, LeftRight and RightLeft.
Here are all 4 incarnations, in case you’re wondering what I’m on about.
I wanted to keep the flowers big in my repeat design, so I chose the biggest frame layout in PicsArt. I used the 2 biggest images that Pic Mirror gave me, i.e the UpDown and DownUp reflections. And combined the 2 results to create this module/tile.
I noticed, to my great delight, that I’d somehow managed to create a half-drop repeat design. (Which means I’ll be experimenting more with using Pic Mirror to try an work out a formula for it to work each time. I love solving puzzles). Half-drops, by the way, are notoriously hard to do well without resorting to Photoshop on the computer.
I wanted a little bit of abstraction to the colouring of my pattern repeat. PicsArt has a nifty Solarize filter that solarizes the right side of an image, thus giving the image a pleasant gradient effect.
This was getting more and more exciting by the minute. I next put this image through various frame layouts in PicsArt’s Collage section, until I came up with this repeat that I loved.
This gave me not only a half-drop as well as a brick repeat, but also a closely-knit, self-repeating geometrical tile effect, which could be repeated again and again. It would make a great mosaic-effect wallpaper for a room, blown up big. Or on a bathroom floor as tiles. ♥
Here it is repeated as a double, horizontally.
Note to self (and anyone else interested in these ramblings of mine) re: important steps to remember in selecting frame layouts in PicsArt…
1) first create a mirror repeat in Portrait mode – use the “2 long verticals” layout, load in 2 identical images (created in Pics Mirror previously as UpDown or DownUp) and flip one so it mirrors the other.
2) next, do the same for the other image. So, if you processed the UpDown image first, now do the DownUp image. Remember, if you flipped the right side for the 1st image, flip the same side for this image too.
3) now, choose the Square collage mode in PicsArt. Use the “2 verticals” layout. Load up the processed UpDown Mirrored and DownUp Mirrored images. Play around with moving the images within their frame until the image appears seamless. It’s important to load an image done in Portrait mode into a Square layout, as (and here’s the science behind the magic) it allows you to move the images within the framework.
4) congratulations, you have now created a module or tile that will repeat and also give you the illusion of a half-drop. If your image is multi-directional, i.e can be viewed from either vertical or horizontal points of view equally well, then if you turned your module or tile 90° and ran that as a repeat, you’d get a brick repeat. (Half-drops = vertical shifts, Bricks = horizontal shifts).
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