All final designs are entirely freehand drawings, without using rulers or repeating patterns with a computer program, and many of them are original size. They may not be as “perfect” as computerized drawings, and often they don’t turn out mathematically exact, but it gives them the feel of an original.
It also makes it easier for you to add lines, patterns and ornaments of your own.
I’m rather tempted to fill my designs with intricate details, but I also want to encourage you to change things, not to take them as they are. So before you lay aside a design as “too boring” or “too simple”, why not try this:
Take a black (or any other colour) pen or fineliner and add something of yourself to the design.
Tip: First test the pen on a trial printout (on the same paper) to see how the lines coming from your pen fit in with the rest of the design. That doesn’t necessarily mean they have to match in thickness and hue, but that they are in harmony.
- Double up some lines or reinforce them.
- Add ornaments and embellishments.
- Fill shapes with patterns or mini doodles.
- Draw a fancy frame around them.
- Tile them and connect them by drawing some “grouting” between them.
There are zillions of possibilities, even before you start colouring in!
Need inspiration? Have a look at my Pinterest board Ideas for Doodles, Tangles & Mini Patterns.
Or take a design and turn it into something else, like an embroidery pattern, a quilt, a stained glass window, a rug, a jumper… If you’re into certain crafts, you’ll recognise those designs because they will “talk” to you.
Please post your own creations, ideas or suggestions in the comments!