a straight lined shape anywhere on your flake and in any shape you desire.
Leave room to make more shapes as this is how you will get an "electric"
this flake, I made 5 diamond shapes along the right side of the flake.
Also notice how they are larger at the top and gradually get smaller as
they work down the side of the triangle. This is just a personal
preference. You can make the shapes any size and shape you want.
It is your design, so let your imagination run wild!
you have made your basic design, turn the flake into a "negative".
This is done by drawing a line along the bottom of the canvas, as described
on this page.
If you draw your line in the right direction, you will now have white shapes
on a dark background.
along the INSIDE of the first shape. You can do this on the top or
bottom of your own design.
the same cuts until all the shapes have been made into "outlines".
Starting at the top and working your way to the bottom, or vise versa,
will give your flake movement while unfolding and will give you a SMOOTHER
ANIMATION. You can play with this for different effeX on your
flake's unfolding animation at SnowDays.
all shapes have been "outlined", put another negative flip on your flake.
all the shapes will turn white.
the "outlining" again. Cut out all the shapes on the inside from
top to bottom, or
to top. Continue with these steps and try to keep the "outline" approX.
the same width with each repeated step.
the flake negative a third time.
the "outlining" again.
the flake negative a fourth time.
with these steps for as long as possible. As seen above, I have actually
"lost" the bottom shape, but will continue these steps as long as there
is only one shape left.
how each negative flip makes the shapes smaller and farther away from each
is the Event Horizon. I only have one tiny piece of the largest diamond
left and it
large enough to "outline" again and turn negative.
start making Positive Flips. This is done by drawing a line along
the bottom of your canvas in the OPPOSITE direction.
several Positive Flips in a row. Each flip will give the effect of
as you travel through the various negative DIMENSIONS.
your positive flips until you reach your original design and cuts.
All the cuts we have made thus far have been in the dark areas, so we still
have all this white area to "play with"!
this flake, I decided I would do another set of geometric shapes on the
left side of
creation triangle. Once again, I started on top and worked down.
also left a white center, so I could make an ApeX there later ;)
You can learn about
ApeX approX. half way down on THIS
with the other side, once the shapes are cut out, I turn the flake into
in the outline, and turn the flake into a negative again...
continue the process.
again, each of your shapes get farther away from each other with each negative
going until you once again reach...
Event Horizon. Once more, I cannot continue making the same cuts
without turning one of the shapes completely black. This is where
you begin making your positive flips again to return to your original design.
is the end of the Electric GeometriX process of this flake.
this flake was been made with all straight lines, I still have permission
from the SP's to continue on if I please. So I went on to make an
APEX in the center and then
out some eXcess lines. Then finally, I reconstructed some of the
original diamond shapes to make them thicker and more noticeable.
Finally, the SP's said "ENOUGH!", and I ended up with a flashy flake that
looked like this...
Click on the above image to see flake #4933023 in action at Snowdays.ME
GeometriX are wonderful by themselves, or you can use them with any other
of flaking technique to add some "flash" to it! Make however many
shapes you like, and outline them in whatever order you please. The
variations are endless and once again only limited by your imagination.
hope you will enjoy making your own Electric GeometriX flakes!
originally published on Canada's ThanXgiving Day '07 - October 8th!
for SnowDays.US on March 1st / 2015)