The idea for patterns first came about when I began to read Rasen no Kakera, a Japanese manga series by Tachibana Kaim. One of the first impressions was the beautiful color covers, where rich fabric patterns adorned the characters and background. After looking at it more closely, I realized I had seen many similar patterns on the Japanese washi and origami papers. As an artist, I realized that if I scanned in the patterns off these papers, I could create a similar style by adding it to my own drawings. As a website and wallpaper designer, I also realized these same patterns would be very useful in my own sites and backgrounds of wallpapers.
When I mentioned the idea to my friend, Tigris (a fellow fan of Rasen no Kakera,) she was also eager to use the patterns on her own designs. After that, I thought that a lot of other people might be interested in using the patterns, and if I was going to scan them in for my personal usage, it would take little effort to make them available to the internet community as well.
Plan in mind, on my next trip to Little Tokyo I picked up several packets of the washi papers. One packet came from Kinokuniya bookstore, while the other two came from the Yuki discount store. The total number of different papers came out to be 24.
Then, on a trip to Hawaii for the Golden Key Western Regional Conference, we spent some time in the UH bookstore, where I picked up another packet of washi papers. This time they were all blue, and on sale too, so how could I resist? With the addition of 8 new patterns, the total now sits at 32 patterns.
Future trips to Little Tokyo may end up in more purchases of washi paper or origami paper packets, and the collection of patterns here may increase. However, that has not yet decided, but all in all, 32 is a respectable number of images.
After much procrastination, scanning, and editing in Photoshop, this site was prepared and opened to the public.
These images are free for you to use however you see fit - whether in websites, wallpapers, artwork, or other graphics. No permission is needed. If you need to edit one because you want to change the size, color, or anything else, go right ahead. These graphics are meant for you to use in whatever way you wish.
If you are feeling generous, you could credit the patterns as coming from this site and use either a text link or one of the buttons below to link back to the site. (Please link only to http://patterns.ming-ling.net/) However, no credit is necessary.
Please do not rearchive these images elsewhere. Instead, direct people to this site.
This site is link free. No permission is needed to link to these pages. You can use a text link or one of the above buttons. (Please link only to http://www.ming-ling.net/patterns/) However, direct-linking of images is not allowed and will not work anyway.
Because the images on this site are quite large (850x850 makes for a big file size), I had to jpeg-compress the images more than I felt comfortable with. However, as an anal graphics designer, I also have all of the patterns saved in loss-free bitmap format. If you wish a specific pattern in bitmap format for any reason, please leave a message in my forums. In your request, leave your email and specify which pattern and which size (large, small, or tiled) you want, as well as a method of sending the pattern to you (ie, instant messagers.) Email is not preferred as the large files are nearly 1mb each, and sending files by email is both slow and clunky, not to mention many free email services may not give you enough space in your inbox to hold them.
This site, its graphics and contents are (C) 2002-2003 to Ming-Ling. None of the patterns were originally designed by me; I scanned in a variety of Japanese washi papers I had bought for a relatively low price. Tiled images were minorly edited by me in order to make the images repeat smoothly; they are not perfect, and some tiled images repeat more exactly than others. Rasen no Kakera was created by Tachibana Kaim and is (C) Tachibana Kaim, Wings Comics, and Shinshokan. Fan Dancers was created by Ming-Ling and is (C) Ming-Ling; reuse is expressly forbidden.
This site's layout was designed and created in Adobe Photoshop 6.0 using the patterns I scanned and the font Gill Sans MT Condensed. The html/css was written by me using Notepad, because I am too lazy to try and learn Dreamweaver. Any errors are solely my own.
This site is a part of ming-ling.net, a collective of my personal sites.
This site and its contents are (C) 2002-2003 to Ming-Ling. Rasen no Kakera was created by Tachibana Kaim and is (C) Tachibana Kaim, Wings Comics, and Shinshokan. Please refer to this site's image use policy/disclaimer before downloading graphics.