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.