I just listed a new item on my Smidgeon Press Etsy shop. This little number was the result of some happy experimentation with print materials and pattern design.
After working for nine days in a row, I finally had a whole day off, so I spent the morning doing what most leisurely Portlanders will do: hanging out in a coffee shop. I went down to Floyd’s Coffee Shop in Old Town and started scribbling in my sketchbook. To make this particular pattern, I used the edge of a piece of paper to draw straight lines and kept drawing until I took up all the space. All seemingly random patterns have an underlying structure of some kind, and this one is no different.
While I was drawing, I established a couple of rules: one, that all the shapes had to be triangles; and two, that triangles of the same color could not share an edge – that is, I didn’t want two triangles to accidentally make a shape that was not triangular, since I knew I was going to carve this into a block and print it. This pattern was the result.
The red and blue are printed from the same block. I simply flipped the block the other way. I did a bit of experimenting with paper, methods of printing, and colors. This one worked out quite well and is, I think, is my favorite manifestation.
P.S. – Isn’t that antique folding ruler lovely?