A Half-Drop Repeat of Sweet Potatoes and Avocados

My plate is full of ideas with little time to execute them. This kinda bums me out, to be honest. If only I could clone myself...

After weeks of feeling overwhelmed, I’ve come to my senses, finally, and I’ve decided to focus by limiting my projects and to devote my time to learning all I can about creating collections of patterns. A couple of weeks ago, I was in the process of learning how to do half-drop repeats in Photoshop. Then, distracted, I started to work on developing new ideas, but today, I picked up where I left off. I re-watched Bari J’s e-course and by using the avocados and sweet potatoes from this post as motifs, I came up with this pattern. I like it! I also started playing around with color indexing to make more color ways, and so far, it’s pretty damn tedious. But still, it would be a good thing to know. Tomorrow, I’m going to experiment with the indexed version by exporting it to Illustrator to see how it handles being converted to vector. We shall see!

PS. I’ve been binge-listening to a new-to-me podcast called Girl Tries Life with absolute vigor. Victoria Smith’s interviews and stress reduction tips are immensely helpful. BIG LOOOOOOOVE.

Andy Boy's Broccoli Rabe Packaging

andy boy broccoli rabe

I watched a few more Skillshare tutorials on how to make repeat patterns in Photoshop. The half-drop repeat is pretty popular and is usually taught via the offset filter. Bari Ackerman’s class is different in that she creates repeats manually with guides and grids. This is awesome because it allows flexibility to mirror certain tiles while giving the design a less rigid and grid-like appearance. I followed Bari’s tutorial to create the repeat above — without mirroring. I wanted to use it, but since I have text in the repeat, I thought the words would look weird backwards and all.

I ate broccoli rabe for the first time this week. I’ve been buying veggies of all kinds in the hopes of fostering a good gut biome. I read that it’s healthy to rotate vegetables daily (our bugs sure are picky). Timing can get tricky though. Variety is great, but freshness is also important. For example, Swiss chard tends to go limp rather quickly. I guess a menu plan would maximize variety and freshness.

My Very First Half Drop Repeat

pomegranates and avocados

I first watched Mel Armstrong’s Skillshare class on how to do a half-drop repeat in Photoshop about a month ago. The steps looked simple enough and encouraging, and I just knew I’d be able to learn it pretty fast, like in an hour or two at most. To my surprise, it took me a lot longer than expected — about two days to feel comfortable with the steps on my own without errors. Kelly Kratzing’s videos helped a lot. She, too, learned the half-drop repeat from Mel, but Kelly elaborated on the steps a bit more, which was immensely helpful. Many thanks to both for sharing the wealth! Anyhoo, here’s my first half-drop repeat pattern, an ode to pomegranates and avocados.

half-drop repeat pattern