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Taking Inspiration Where You Find It

January 10, 2018

A few weeks ago I received my latest scroll assignment and I was taking my time thinking about what style I wanted to use.  Then, I opened up a new roll of paper towel.

Seriously.

I started looking at the designs on the towels, and it just popped into my head that some of them would make a great basis for border designs.

While this might seem like a strange place to find inspiration for a scroll, there are many examples of geometric patterns like this being used in borders, especially in the 11th and 12th centuries.

So away I went, using the quatrefoil design as the basis for my pattern.  I just followed the vision I had in my mind for color, and I rather like the way it turned out.  The gold outline is Holbein Pearl Gold gouache, and I like the way it stands out against the black surroundings.

12th Night Fret 18

The overall scroll is about 9×7″ and the circle of the Purple Fret is 1″ in diameter.  I think what I like best here are the tiny gold dots on the black background.  Those weren’t part of my original plan, but they really make the whole piece pop.

I may have more paper towel inspired designs yet to come!

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