How to Make a Repeating Tiled Pattern

Start with at least 2 copies of your original artwork. You may want a couple extra copies in case you mess one up. One will be an exact size copy and the other will be reduced to fit inside of that copy once that page has been quartered and moved into position. You need to measure the white space around your original piece of art to determine the reduction of the second copy. You may need other embellishments to fill in this white space if you so desire once you get to that stage in the procedure. Go to your nearest copy center and have copies made of your original artwork so you don’t destroy it. Everything must be centered before starting the project, so make sure that you have even white space around your artwork.

For example, if you have an inch of white space on the top and bottom you will want an inch of white space on the left and right sides. Below is a quick step diagram of what you will be doing in this procedure.

You will need a ruler, pencil, removable tape, double stick tape, and some kind of cutting device preferably a sharp blade that will cut without destroying the edges. Crisp clean edges are what we are after. Make sure to measure your white space and figure out your reduction size of the second copy. It will most likely be around or under 50% of the original size. You can fill in the white space that is left with hand drawn art, embellishments or clip art. Just don’t let any copy go off the edges except for the master art in the corners. You can also do all of this on a computer if you have the right software. It is so much more accurate in a design program.

Using this piece of art as an example of original artwork. Notice that there is quite a bit of white space around the four sides. Measure the distance of white space around your artwork and figure the reduction you will need for the second copy. Here is an example of how to figure out your reduction. If your white space total area is 2 inches total and your original piece of art to be reduced is 5 inches, you can use a calculator to figure out the reduction. So enter 2 divided by 5 into your calculator, your answer should be .4 or 40% of the original size.

After you get your two copies made, make sure that the artwork on the same size copy is perfectly centered before you start the project. You can do this easily with a ruler and a pencil, just don’t mark on your copies in a way that can’t be removed or covered up easily. You may have to trim off some of the paper on one of the sides to ensure that everything is centered. The image cannot go up to or over the edge of the sheet. There must be white space around all four sides, it should be even white space left to right and top to bottom. The image must be perfectly centered top to bottom and left to right.

Now that you are sure the image is centered you can begin the procedure to create your repeating tile. Print out page 1 and page 11 of this document to help you visually see where you are going with this project. It is so simple to create a repeating tile of any piece of art as long as you follow these directions. Take the same size copy, and with four small pieces of removable tape, mark the letters A, B, C, and D on the tape. Now put those pieces of removable tape on the corresponding areas of the same size copy outside of the image area, in the white space available like the diagram below. This is so you know where the tiles come from once you cut them into quarters.

After you have the copy marked, cut the copy in half vertically and horizontally, perfectly through the centers. This is not as easy as it sounds. Try taping the copy to the cutting board in the four corners and the sides, so it doesn’t move after the first cut. Use removable tape for this so you don’t destroy your copy. Do not trim any paper from these quartered pieces. Now look at the instructions on page 11 of this document and place the four tiles into position according to the diagram on page 11, butt the pieces together and tape them to hold them into place. You should have an image in all four corners with white space now in the middle and image right out to the edges in the corners.

Your copy should look like this now with the four pieces of artwork moved into place and taped to hold them in place. Once you get this done you are finished with this piece for the moment. Set aside and go to the reduced copy.

Take the reduced copy and trim it as close to the edge of the artwork as you can. With a pencil lightly mark the vertical and horizontal centers of the image so you can place it perfectly centered onto the first copy. Once you have the image trimmed out and a light pencil mark denoting the centers, you can place it perfectly centered onto the first copy and secure with some double sided tape. Remove the marks once you have the image centered.

You can erase the pencil mark lightly with an eraser or use some liquid white out to cover the marks.

You should now have a piece of art that is setup like this template. Make sure all of the center marks have been covered and that the artwork in the center has been secured with double sided tape.

If you have too much white space inside your template, now is the time to draw in or place some new stuff to fill it in. Just don’t put anything out to the edges of the sheet.

I have placed some other items on this sheet to indicate filling in the white space. Your design will be different, but the same method applies.

Once you have your design finished take it to a copy center and have a master pattern created. This will clean up the art and give you a one piece master that is not layered with loose copies. Make sure to have

The master copy made on a piece of copy paper big enough so that the image goes to the edges. You can also scan the art into your computer.

This method of making a repeating pattern can be used for many different applications.

You can create a pattern for a border around your room with simple geometric shapes or abstract designs. You can use this method in quilting to create custom repeating squares in different colors that will line up perfectly on your quilt design. You can use the method in a smaller format and create awesome borders on your computer designs. Make custom borders for scrapbooking using just about any artwork, picture or graphic you can find. The sizes can vary as long as you use the formula in this booklet to create the pattern.

The uses are only limited to your imagination.

Note: You can fill in the white area that is left after your finished tile is created. But do not draw to the edges of the finished tile page.