Advanced Techniques in Surface Pattern Design

Bonnie Christine, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist

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11 Videos (1h 28m)
    • Trailer

    • Repeat Patterns Refresh: Sketching

    • Repeat Patterns Refresh: Scan + Vectorize

    • Repeat Patterns Refresh: Coloring

    • Repeat Patterns Refresh: Building the Repeat

    • Technique #1: Geometric Patterns

    • Technique #2: Diagonal Patterns

    • Technique #3: Layered Patterns

    • Technique #4: Textured Patterns

    • Technique #5: Lined Patterns

    • Student Projects + Next Steps

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About This Class


Now that your comfortable using Adobe Illustrator, it's time to tackle the more advanced techniques we can use to build complex, beautiful repeating patterns. In this course, we'll quickly cover the basics of building repeating patterns, and progress to more skillful pattern techniques like how to build geometric, diagonal, layered, textured and lined repeats.

This course is for you if:

  • You've been bitten by the 'pattern bug' (you’re obsessed with patterns)!
  • You’ve tried to deconstruct a pattern in your mind that you’ve seen out ‘in the wild’.
  • You’ve ever gotten that annoying error “patterns cannot contain anything painted with a pattern”.
  • You think geometric patterns must require some advanced knowledge of calculus.
  • If a keyboard shortcut has ever literally, changed your life.

PLEASE NOTE: If you're new to Illustrator, I would love to have you join me in my other Skillshare courses! Both Intro to Surface Pattern Design and Surface Pattern Design 2.0 are very comprehensive. This course will assume that you're either competent in Illustrator or that you've taken these courses first. :)


In this course, we’ll be focusing on more complex ways to construct patterns. We'll start with the basics and quickly progress to advanced pattern building skills.

  • The basics of sketching, scanning, vectorizing and coloring your motifs
  • A refresh on how to build simple repeating patterns
  • How to make diagonal pattern repeats
  • How to make geometric pattern repeats
  • How to make layered pattern repeats
  • How to add texture to your patterns
  • How to make lined pattern repeats
  • Time saving keyboard shortcuts

This course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing beautifully colored complex patterns TODAY! My hope is that it will leave you feeling motivated and inspired to follow your own creative dreams!


All you'll need for this course is Adobe Illustrator (begin a free trial here)! This class is taught in Adobe Illustrator CC, though any version of Illustrator should work! :)


I am so excited to begin this adventure with you. Let's get started!

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xo, Bonnie


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GREAT course!!! :-) <3
life saver ! helped so much with repeats that i hated so much! thank you
More good repeat pattern info!!
Linda Warner Constantino

Botanical Watercolor Illustrator





Bonnie Christine

Surface Pattern Designer + Artist


Creating patterns and illustrations with summery sweet hues is my happy place. I'm a self-taught designer, life long learner and all around creativity lover. Having my biggest dream come true is what made me passionate about sharing what I know with others. I believe in making those BIG dreams a reality!

I'm so excited to get to know you! The best place todive right in is by visiting my blog, Going Home to Roost or hitting me up over on Instagram.

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