Repeat pattern fun for you today! The above is the result of a Skillshare class I recently completed. I've shared Skillshare here before, in this post, and my curiosity has lead me there again. For those of you who don't know, Skillshare is an online learning platform where passionate experts share their skills and knowledge via project based video classes. This class was, Pattern Design: Patterns for Printed Textiles and Product by Kristi O'Meara, Founder and Creative Director of The Patternbase. In it you learn how to create a hand drawn tileable repeat pattern, how to clean it up in Photoshop and how to make it into a usable digital file.
I've been interested in hand draw patterns since laying my hands on Mike Perry's book, Over and Over; A Catalog of Hand Draw Patterns which was around the time Julia Rothman generously shared this pattern making tutorial on Design Sponge. I remember exploring the hand drawn element back then but I never worked anything up on the computer. Kristi's Skillshare class covers most of what Julia's tutorial teaches however it also helped me take action and get my head around the final steps on the computer. I'm definitely someone who learns better through visuals than words which I'm sure is why Skillshare appeals to me.
If pattern making is something you're interested in another resource I have is a book called Digital Textile Design. Funnily enough I bought this back in 2011 but it sat on my bookshelf until recently. Its a little dated in terms of computer software but it still has some useful information which works with newer versions of Photoshop and Illustrator. You might also like to check out issue 21, (the current issue) of Uppercase Magazine, it's packed with surface pattern design.
I'd love to know if you have any pattern resources or suggestions you think I might enjoy. If you feel like sharing leave a comment below.
Enjoy the rest of your week and happy creating!