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Creative Android Mobile Photography Tutorial By AlyZen Moonshadow – Part 4

We’re delighted to republish the fourth in a series of Android mobile photography tutorials by AlyZen Moonshadow. This series of tutorials started as an experiment for AlyZen to create seamless repeating patterns and in many ways it has now taken on a life of its own. This is is the fourth from the series and we’ll be publishing the others very soon.

If you have missed the earlier parts, please follow the links below:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Over to you AlyZen (foreword by Joanne Carter).


“This one I call “Cat Amongst The Pigeons”. It is essentially just a clipart cat and some pigeons placed over an orange background I created. The clipart comes from aPic, the background from Impressionist Fingerpaint.

In this piece I wanted to see how hard it might be to create a pattern showing an intact image, rather than one that has been abstracted. I deliberately kept it simple and used clipart on a simple background, so I could see the process myself and know what worked and what didn’t.

Here is the orange background made in Impressionist Fingerpaint:



Here I used aPic to add 4 clipart white pigeons (doves).


Next, I used the App PicsArt to alter the image so I have mirroring pigeons around an empty background. I then placed a clipart white cat into the empty space in the middle.


Another pass through the “Offset” facility in PicsArt gave me this arrangement, which I liked.


So, I ran this through the “Collage” facility in PicsArt and got this pattern repeat.


Below is the finished square. I also decided to try vertically stitching together a longer piece.





I'm an iPhoneographer/iPhone Artist/mobile photography artist based in Perth, Western Australia. I love taking images of the mundane, trivial and pedestrian, and turning them into something extraordinary and special. My website is I am also on Flickr at I have my work up on several online sites such as: Redbubble at Zazzle at FineArtAmerica at deviantArt at Society6 at and ArtOfWhere at When not engaged in making mobile photography art and design, I also like to set my images to accompany original music, by creating YouTube videos using iMovie on the iPhone 4/iPad/Macbook Pro. To date, I have created several YouTube videos for the electronic musician ElectroCelt (who also happens to be my husband), you can find them under my publishing name or channel "electroceltess10" on YouTube. My first outside collaboration with another musician, Brian Vassallo, set my images to his electronic music track entitled "I Am Always In Your Heart". I am also a Classically trained musician currently working on composing music on my Yamaha Tenori-On. You can follow my work and my words on my blog