How to Create a Photoshop Montage with Repeated Pattern Background


The Garden Gate – Digital Montage – Photoshop

In the previous posts, I showed a simplified rose design that I created and evolved into a repeated pattern.  Afterwards, I created this montage, using that repeated pattern as my background.  I used Adobe Photoshop Cs6 for this entire project.  Next, I plan to create my first e-book, showing how I did this, step-by-step.


How to Design Scrapbook Paper Simple Rose Pattern Repeat Photoshop


Scrapbook Paper or Background for Photoshop Collage

Created July 27, 2013 in Photoshop

If you look several blogs beneath this one, you will see the repeated pattern that I created from one of my watercolor paintings.  On that pattern, there is a division between each repeat.  This is caused when the outer edges of the repeated image vary in color.  I created another pattern with a very simplified design of a rose.  This is one of the patterns that I created by placing a floral print above the pattern, overlaying the design, and multiplying.

I am creating an ebook of this process.  Let me know if you would like to have that free ebook.

Simplify Hand Drawn Pattern for Better Effect










Simplified Paisley Pattern Hand Drawn and Repeated in 1990

If you study the hand drawn paisley pattern that I featured in the previous pattern, you will notice that the design elements are crowded, cluttered, and screaming for individual attention.  I believe that this is more of a problem when hand drawing patterns than when using technology.  Yet, crowded, cluttered designs are not attractive to me.  I encourage students to learn how to simplify their images.  This is important for painting freely; and it is also important creating patterns.

In order to simplify, you need to carefully study your image and select only the essential.  Again, there is that pesky word “essential.”

How to Draw and Repeat Paisley Pattern – No Photoshop Needed



Paisley Pattern Hand Drawn and Repeated in 1990

If you do not have Adobe yet, you can still create repeated patterns.  It is quite time consuming; yet, I do not believe that the time required to explore this option is time wasted.  Technology is wonderful for making things easier and faster for us to execute.  Remember–Fast is not usually the best approach.  Also remember–

“Slow down.  You cannot smell the roses when you are zipping by at 80 mph.” – Jacki Kellum

The steps for designing and repeating a paisley  pattern are as follows:

Draw one paisley pattern.  

On graph paper, mark where you want the repeated patterns to fall

Using a light box, place the one paisley pattern template beneath the graph pattern and using the graph trace it over and over and over.  

If you do not have a light box, you can tape your graph paper to a window that is lit by daylight.  


How to Make Scrapbook Paper or Repeated Pattern from Your Paintings


Repeated Pattern of Watercolor Painting Hibiscus 2 – Using Photoshop Cs6

For many years, I have been intrigued by pattern.  It may have begun when I was a very young child, sitting at the feet of my grandmother, and collecting the fabric scraps that fell from her quilting projects.  I am quite sure that it was enhanced when I began to study Matisse‘s paintings and collages.  Since I am an older art being now, long predating Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc., I have gone through the years of creating repeated patterns by hand.

Creating a pattern by hand–with no Adobe Creative Suite–requires an incredible amount of time and work.  Two months ago, I splurged and bought my first Adobe Create Suite; and my life has changed.  I created this Repeated Pattern in Photoshop, using my watercolor painting Hibiscus 2.  Can’t you just imagine this as a background or a layer for a Photoshop collage–or to be used as scrapbook paper?  If you would like to know how to do this, let me know; and I’ll share the steps with you.

To Find Your Own Painting Style, Tap Into Your Intuition


Tropical Hibiscus 1 – Jacki Kellum – Watercolor – Painted July 2013

The painter who tries to please everyone generalizes in his work and paints superficially.  Painting superficially is just going through the motions of art by merely drawing and painting.  Mere drawing and painting are technical skills, like typing or riding a bicycle.  Anyone can master the skills of drawing and painting. Drawing and Painting are to visual art what the ABC’s are to writing.  They are the external stuff that an artist uses to express that greater thing–the artist’s essence.

A painter’s intuition is the vehicle to his essence–his center, where his art lies.  Although a painter may have completely buried his intuition, it is there ;and a painter must do whatever it takes to reclaim his intuition.  This is essential to finding one’s style.

Michelangelo alluded to this artist’s intuition in saying that his sculptures [his art] lay within the stone and that he merely followed the path that he sensed within the rock.

I can honestly say that when I am truly painting [this definitely is not every time that I paint], I sense this same type of intuitive force that pulls my hand along and essentially makes my marks for me.  In order to hear the voice of one’s intuition, we must quieten ourselves.  We must slow ourselves down.

In today’s paper-plate-society, the era of the multi-tasker, that is very difficult.  In order to truly paint, we need to turn off our cell phones; disconnect our computers; turn off our televisions; and remove ourselves from any of the escape routes provided through technology.  When that is done, we can meet our subject matter face-to-face.  At this point, begin drawing your subject matter [I recommend contour drawing]; and dig deeply before you begin to paint at all.  This digging into the subject is essential to moving beyond the superficial in one’s painting.  After that, the intuition begins to speak. Follwoing the intuition is the way to find one’s individual style in painting.

Knowing why one does this or that while creating is not important–just doing is the key to becoming.  Making art is an intuitive response. – Jacki Kellum

Be Specific to Find Your Own Style in Painting


I was a painter for many, many years before I actually began creating art.  During those years, my painting was plagued by its lack of a specific style.  Even though I created some decent paintings, I would enter art shows and not win.  The reason was that my paintings were just that–paintings.  They lacked my own personal signature.  Any decent art critic can readily spot a painter who has not developed his own style.

Riding the fence with your painting is the greatest impediment to finding your own style. Because painters want others to like what they are painting, they ride the fence.  They try not to be too edgy.

“You can please some of the people some of the time all of the people some of the time some of the people all of the time but you can never please all of the people all of the time.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both side.” – Margaret Thatcher

Although it seems risky, painters must get out of the middle of the road.  Painters must approach their work in their own individual way.   Rather than safely generalizing, painters must become specific.  Paintings that are not specific cannot move to a higher slot in the pecking order.  They cannot become art.

“Paintings that are not specific cannot become art.” – Jacki Kellum