Sunday, June 3, 2012

Repeating Abstract Patterns

I just discovered the most amazing app in the Mac App Store.  It's called Pixelmator and is very similar in many ways to Photoshop Elements that I used for photo manipulation as well as digital painting.

I've only been playing with it a very short time, but I've already discovered some awesome filters that my old Photoshop Elements doesn't have -- namely the kaleidoscope filter and the tile filters: Eightfold Reflected etc.

Wow! A program that allows me to make intricate patterns!  I love it!  I may have to make a new Zazzle store devoted to repeating patterns, or perhaps just a section of my 3D Designs by Jayne store.

I'll have to see how things work out. (My day job really gets in the way sometimes!!!)

Here's the first pattern I made.

First, the original photo (resized)

And here's what it looks like with a Pixelmator filter applied (click on the image to see a larger version of it) :

The first product I used it on is a mousepad:

I also used it on an iPad sleeve.
Gold and Black Damask iPad Sleeve
Gold and Black Abstract Pattern iPad Sleeve by 3DDesignsByJayne
See other MacBook sleeves.

This is so exciting for me -- I've always loved these sorts of designs but had no idea how to create them. Now I can think of a million and one uses for them - sleeves, business cards, pillows, mugs and more.

Of course, I'm a bit late getting to the party (did I mention my day job gets in the way?)

Check out these designs from the talented artists at Zazzle .


I love the colors in this wonderful mug from DriventoAbstractiona, as well as the fact that the design is much larger than the one I created (note to self: play around with dimensions when creating designs).

This mouse pad by mystic_persia really does look like a Persian carpet, with its rich red and gold coloring.
Red Persian carpet mousepad
Red Persian carpet mousepad by mystic_persia
View other Floral Mousepads

Repeating patterns like this one by skellorg look great on solid colored armchairs and sofas - it's a way to bring color and life to a room without having to reupholster! 

iPad Sleeves and laptop sleeves etc are another create showcase for these repeating patterns, like this lovely blue design by SticherladyMandala

Now it's your turn. If you are a Zazzle artist or designer, you're invited to link to your repeating pattern designs in the Linky tool below. Use Option 1 in the Link Widget on the page of the Zazzle product/design you'd like to add. It will show up below as a small thumbnail and when clicked on, will link directly to your product.


  1. Love your designs, especially the Persian Carpet Mousepad. Cheers, Marian

  2. The Linky Tool appears to be down tonight :-(

  3. Great Designs, I love making patterns with Kaleidoscopes as you might notice if you take a look at my Zazzle Store or Blog!

  4. Great patterns. I've made quite a few of these myself lately.

  5. Looking good! I do like this type of design!

  6. I'm just ready with my first pattern design (made with Photoshop from one of my enamel work) and added immediately :) Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  7. Nice designs and application! :-)

  8. Lovely patterned items. I love kaleidoscopes and that linky thing is just awesome!

  9. I love the linky too -- when I'm looking for items to include in my posts, I hate not being able to include everyone, but this allows more people to add their links.