Minnows and mussels … alive, alive-O

Several moons ago I began to re-design my minnow stencil. I got back to the task last week with a lot of wheel spinning and not much progress. Over the weekend I perused some of my favorite design books (especially Principles of Pattern Design by Richard M. Proctor.)  I want the final stencil to be 12×16″, which will make it useful as a 4-way repeat for the widths of fabric I plan to use. Within that, I want the individual repeated units to be 6×8″, so that the final stencil will encompass 4 of these units. Playing with minnows, mussels and water swirls, here’s a sketch of the basic unit.

I scanned this into my computer and played with variations using Photoshop. Here are some results. C and D appeal to me most. I’ll be working with these as drop-repeats in the next post.


Author: Kit

I use the materials and techniques of the Japanese art of katazome (paste resist stencil dyeing) to capture my experience of nature. My work celebrates daily meetings with the wild birds, plants, and lake breezes of my local urban surroundings.

3 thoughts on “Minnows and mussels … alive, alive-O”

  1. Yes, I agree with you about C & D. I can imagine C on a long cloth, accentuating the length and flow, D on something “squarer”. Such an appealing design..-= judith´s last blog ..more feathers =-.

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