Sunday, 23 June 2019

2019 #10 Topic Introduction: Tiled Patterns

2019 Topic 10: Tiled Patterns



Hello everyone, Keren here with a theme so rich with inspiration and possible topic tangents that could stretch for miles! What comes into your head when you think of tiled patterns? If you're anything like me, maybe your mind meanders to floors and bathroom walls. Chances are you've indulged in a little home base tiled patterning at sometime in your life.

We have so many different types of tiles. Tiles are simply a portion of a whole part. If you're constructing a building, then they're part of the whole; whether a roof or a wall. They are normally solid and made from ceramic or concrete or other substances- but tiles in their basic form can be made from just about anything if there's a group of them and there's a pattern in there somewhere.  While your brain is shuffling through images, let's start with our lovely Lin Brown and a gorgeous project she did on the PaperArtsy blog a little while back using her own stamps:


This next set of tiles are some of the most beautiful I've seen; see the sheen, the quirky little frog duos and all that texture! The pattern is only complete when they combine 4 tiles. That design concept is a great one to incorporate into your own projects.


If we're talking patterns and tiles, why not ones with a stained glass vibe? Who said they couldn't be made from glass?!


The physical arrangement of tiles can lead to a strong design. This almost shadow box piece of home decor gets its pieced-together look from the strong boundaries between the images. The pattern isn't based on images, but based on the boundaries and the colours running through.


Unusually, I've included several of this artist's photographs because they are strong representations of how repeating patterns can be so diverse. This watery wonder of a pattern has three  separate patterns that morph into each other.


We often think of tiling as dimensional, but this Japanese artist has taken it to a whole new level. There is a trend in Japan with tiles like this and depending on the way that you place the tiles, a different pattern will emerge.


Looking for a more achievable effect? Have a go at creating a subtle grid pattern of 'tiles' and then add a pattern over the top, giving it a beautiful look, but without all the grout!


There is a comfort in constantly repeated patterns. This is a piece of Islamic Art from around 1540. The vividness of the blues, greens and turquoise is stunning.


For journalling, this grid formation is an easy way to start a page. It's a clever way of pulling different elements together and the gorgeous sepia tones ooze sophistication.


With another photo from Sebastian Erras, you can see the influence of mosaic. Here's a new tangent; mosaic in a more ordered form, is all about pattern and tiles. There are lots of ways of incorporating this into your art. Notice the graduation of colour creating subtle shading.


The repeated squares or rectangles of tiling patterns isn't dissimilar to quilting. Whilst the substance is different, the design is the same.


These are substantial in their depth and beautifully created. Even though the images are all different, they are linked by the tile design.


This is a clever piece of art from some 11 year old students. The 3 images created from accordion pleating and sliced photographs illustrates feelings and makes a wonderful piece of wall art.


A simple repetition is still stunning. The wear and tear speaks volumes of a hidden history. Imagine the decades of people and transport riding over these cobbles. 


The last of Sebastian's photographs shows a deceptive tiled pattern. It is only on closer inspection that you realise these are hexagons. A simple pattern rotated gives an almost optical illusion. Playing around with simple patterns can give unique results.


'Tiles' within the tiles create a cool effect. Love the colour combinations that Loretta Grayson has produced. I can imagine a whole wall of coordinated tiles.


This last tiled pattern was chosen because it made me want to grab my Fresco Finish Chalk paints and get arty. This is in fact a promotional picture advertising a workshop learning about creating Islamic Art and I bet it will be really inspiring.


You're going to love the projects we have coming up for this topic. We are not doing the linked challenge  for 2019, so if you want to create along with us and this topic, please share on our social feeds so we can see what you get up to. The best places are Instagram @paperartsy or post in PaperArtsy People Group on Facebook. Make sure you tag us in your contributions, we love to see what you get up to in your creative world!

4 comments:

Lucy said...

Great intro, Keren!

Etsuko said...

Wonderful topic info Keren, I love Linda and Rebecca's samples. xx

A Pink said...

Great topic and a post packed with fabulous inspiration. Thanks for sourcing and sharing x

Hazel Agnew said...

Wonderful presentation. So inspiring g. Xx

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