Posted on July 22, 2015

Mountains of Pattern

Last month I learnt how to make digital patterns, and then DIY got in the way. But as I slowly work my way back to creativity, I’ve found myself obsessed all over again with mountains.

Last year I made a book called ‘My Experience with Mountains’ featuring the glorious hulks of snow-capped landscape that I’d witnessed on a trip to Glencoe.

Mountains take your breath away and provide (creative) perspective. They are giant and almighty making every problem seem less, reduced, inconsequential next to the majesty of a mountain. And they’re free to enjoy. Immovable. Permanent (earthquakes notwithstanding), unique, in abundance. A feature of our world; a natural beauty.

So I’ve started experimenting with ideas and creating patterns to complement all I have to say about mountains: the marriage of art and words in mountains.

Doodling and scribbling. Looking up co-ordinates and plotting out colour-ways. Mountain mists and mountain tracks.

I’m drawn at the moment to winter white, mauve, lilac, misty blue, purple.

Mountains of Pattern - patterns inspired by mountains

And I’ve started a little Pinterest board to save my mountains of pattern inspiration:

Follow Rebecca Johnstone (Magpie)’s board Mountains on Pinterest.

What are your thoughts on mountains? Which mountain ranges are within your grasp? I’d love to visit the Andes and the Pyrenees…

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  • Reply Jasmine July 25, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I love mountains too Rebecca. Our property over looks a lovely mountain range which changes colour throughout the year. At this time of the year they are deep blue. Have you seen Laura Blythman’s gorgeous mountain prints?
    I’d love to own them all!!:)
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    • Reply daintydora July 26, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Oh wow – I hadn’t heard of Laura – thanks for sharing the link :) I love that she uses collage and so many colours.

      Your mountains of blue sound beautiful. I love that the time of the year and the light change the world around us so much – I totally get how Monet painted the same scenes over and over in different light!

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