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Design Surface Patterns From Scratch

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  •   01 The World of Surface Pattern Design

  •   02 Living Your Creative Dream

  •   03 Introduction to Illustrator


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About The Class

learn how Illustrator can easily bring your drawings and doodles to life.

Did you know that you can turn your sketches, drawings and doodles into patterns? Join Bonnie Christine for an introduction to creating patterns to use in your very own fabric prints, stationery designs, website backgrounds, cell phone covers, and much, much more.

This course will take you through the process of working with Adobe Illustrator to create digital versions of your artwork. You’ll learn tips and tricks for working in Illustrator and how you can use the software to create repeating patterns of your very own drawings. Bonnie will guide you step-by-step through the process of transforming sketches and tracings into vector art which can be used for an endless array of printable and online projects from customized stationery to computer wallpaper. You’ll also learn how to assemble your collection of designs into a portfolio you can use to impress potential collectors and buyers.

This course will lay a solid foundation for those new to Illustrator and open up exciting new possibilities for people already familiar with the program. If you are ready to bring your drawings to life in new ways this class is for you.


Adobe Illustrator CS6

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    The World of Surface Pattern Design

  2. 02

    Living Your Creative Dream

  3. 03

    Introduction to Illustrator

  4. 04

    Basic Tools: Pen, Text, & Blob

    Bonnie demonstrates how to use some of Illustrator’s most useful tools to create basic designs.

  5. 05

    Color & Function Tools

  6. 06

    More Tools: Rotate, Duplicate, & Replicate

  7. 07

    Custom Color Palettes

  8. 08

    Essential Tools for Pattern Making

  9. 09

    Tools for Sketching Inspiration

  10. 10

    Inspire & Nourish Your Creativity

  11. 11

    Creating Objects from Scanned Sketches

  12. 12

    Tracing & Coloring Sketches

  13. 13

    Tracing & Coloring with the Pen Tool

  14. 14

    Working from a Photograph w/ Live Trace

  15. 15

    Hand Tracing Over Photographs

  16. 16

    Building Pattern Tiles in Illustrator

  17. 17

    Adding Textures to Illustrations

  18. 18

    An Unrefined Look in Illustrator

  19. 19

    Typography & Students Homework

  20. 20

    Legality of Design w/ Annie Tunheim

  21. 21

    Trademark & Licensing w/ Annie Tunheim

  22. 22

    How to Design Repeating Patterns

  23. 23

    Complex Cluster Patterns - Part 1

  24. 24

    Complex Cluster Patterns - Part 2

  25. 25

    Getting Noticed: Portfolios & Trade Shows

  26. 26

    How to Drape on Pattern Mock Ups

  27. 27

    Fun Stuff: Desktop Backgrounds

  28. 28

    Fun Stuff: Gift Cards & Tags

  29. 29

    Fun Stuff: Clip Art & Shipping Labels

  30. 30

    Spoonflower: Stephen Fraser

  31. 31

    Uploading Patterns for Web Printing


Meet Your Expert

Bonnie Christine

Bonnie Christine is a surface pattern design and author of Going Home to Roost - the blog dedicated to everything handmade and anything homegrown. She loves to cook and garden and is mother hen of the Roost Tribe, an inspirational ... read more

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  • pdf Desktop and Smartphone Backgrounds
  • pdf Grow Your Blog eBook
  • pdf Jouney to Becoming a Surface Pattern Designer
  • pdf Design Printables
  • pdf Color Palettes and Pattern Mockups
  • pdf Keynote Session 1
  • pdf Keynote Session 2
  • pdf Keynote Session 3
  • pdf Math Made Easy with Rotate Tool
  • pdf Industry Resources and Supplies
  • pdf Keyboard Shortcuts
  • pdf My Creative Story
  • pdf Syllabus

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  • Emily Leggett

    August 2014

    I am so glad I took the time to sit through all 3 days of this course. I have been to hour long classes that I can't wait to get out of and this one I sat in for 3 days and I am wishing it wasn't over. I take a lot of continuing education classes and am always trying to learn new things and I have to say this is by far the absolute most informative, educational, inspiring, and motivating classes I have ever taken. Bonnie Christine was an amazing teacher. She took the time to take us through all aspects of the process and even beyond showing us so many things that can be done with everything she taught us in this class. I think she did a great job with the class, was easy to follow and is someone I would love to learn from again. Great job on everything. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn about surface pattern design and Illustrator. Great job to everyone involved in putting this course together!

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    Creativelive Student

    March 2015

    I'm about halfway through my first viewing of the course and I have to say, its been electrifying! There is so much quality information here, its an excellent starting point, and I do think I can start working towards a career in design now. It also makes me want to find more information and courses in the art and design area. Bonnie is such a joyful, honest and enthusiastic instructor and really, it feels like she';s hosting an amazing party for her friends. Thank you Bonnie for doing this course and thank you CreativeLive for pricing it so affordably

  • Creativelive Student

    June 2015

    Awesome awesome awesome course! Thank you Bonnie! Thank you Creative Live! I have learned so much... so much great information packed together in one class. I am so glad I bought the course so I can rewatch it any time I need to.

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