Wednesday, December 9, 2015

scatter lesson

alyce wondered if there was a trick to scattering doo-dads. she's noticed there is a tendency for them to cluster unevenly. hopefully this system will make sense.

i think there is a tendency to just go up-down-up-down in a zig zag pattern and they end up on the ends with nothing in the middle.

my method scatters from left to right and most letters get two dots. skinny letters get one. wide letters get 3 or 4. there may be some variation depending on which letters are next to each other.

then, there are 5 different positions (or levels) from bottom to top. they are numbered to the left of the E in elizabeth.
i literally say to myself 1-3-5-2-4-1-3-5-2-4
as i make the dots.
the first dot is at the bottom of the first stroke. the next dot - to the right jumps up to the middle or level 3
then on the next stroke the dot is at level 5 (top)
then back to level 2 then level 4 and so on.
the way W worked out, 4 hit on the first stroke which allowed for a 1-3-5
on H, if it was time for a 2-4, it would have only had 2 dots.

ALYCE had a tricky sequence. after the first 1-3-5  i went 4-2 because it is nice for Y to have 2 dots.
C is tricky, too. it usually only gets one dot.
maybe you can start with a 2-4 and then 1-3-5

after you have your first set of dots, you can go back and fill in empty spaces with something different.

let me know if this system works for you.

for filling in stars or snowflakes on wide open space, i always avoid a level grid pattern. i offset the grid so that it is a diamond pattern, but not elongated, just a grid at a 45-degree angle.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you!!! Your explanation and examples are great. I'll look forward to using your system. I'll let you know how it works for me. I appreciate the time you took to do this.