Classic Pattern Designs - Make a Toile de Jouy pattern

Bärbel Dressler, Bear Bell Productions

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19 Videos (1h 47m)
    • Intro

    • Welcome & Overview

    • The history behind the pattern

    • Influences and styles

    • Characteristics

    • Exercise 1 Roses

    • Exercise 2 Clouds

    • Exercise 3 Trees & Foliage

    • Exercise 4 Buildings

    • Exercise 5 People

    • Contemporary Toile

    • Planning your Toile pattern

    • Creating the motifs

    • Digitalizing your motifs

    • Editing

    • Creating the repeat - part one

    • Creating the repeat - part two

    • Color

    • End note


About This Class


Have you ever looked at a Toile de Jouy pattern and wondered how someone could ever make such a complex and detailed pattern? And perhaps you wanted to make one yourself, but thought it seemed too difficult?

In this course I unveil all the secrets behind making this style of pattern design so that you can make a Toile de Jouy pattern of your own - from start to finish.

Toile de Jouy is the very sophisticated and decorative pattern design that first became popular in the late 18th century and has since then become a classic pattern. It is still very popular and frequently used for printing on fabric and paper and products ranging from wallpaper to stationery and all kinds of home decor and even fashion.

It's a fairly complex pattern though and may seem difficult to create, but in class you'll get all the knowledge, skills and tools you need. 


- The history behind the pattern - the story on how this particular pattern style evolved and became the classic it is today.

- Different styles, what influenced the Toile de Jouy designs and what characterizes the patterns.

- With some fun illustrating exercises we'll practice how to draw like an 18th century Toile designer so that you can mimic the style in your own Toile pattern.

- How to plan your pattern, gather source material and create a color palette.

- How to compose and create your motifs.

- Digitalizing your illustrations - how to best scan and vectorize your pattern motifs in Adobe Illustrator.

- Editing your motifs in Adobe Illustrator.

- How to assemble your Toile motifs into a pattern repeat in three different layout styles.

- How to color and recolor your Toile pattern.

This is an intermediate to advanced course, so you should be at least acquainted with Illustrator and also know a bit about how a pattern repeat works and is constructed.

Some lessons contains a lot of drawing and illustrating and if you feel that drawing isn't your strong side yet a tip is to take my other course first, called "Artistic Illustrations - Learn how to draw from objects and images".


- Sketching paper, pencil, eraser, ruler, ink pen of some sort (fine liner, ink brush pen with a small tip, old school ink dip pen etc)

- Scanner or your smartphone (for digitalizing your sketches)

- Computer and Adobe Illustrator

For the drawing exercises you'll find the images you need in the attached pdf "Toile de Jouy drawing exercises" on the right hand side in the project section.

Now let's get started!

I'm really excited to share what I've learned about this fantastic pattern design and hope to see you in class!

/ Bärbel

49 of 49 students recommendSee All

Love this class and technique
This is one of the best classes I have seen yet. It's fun to watch and full of interesting content. The examples are a source of inspiration and and I found the pace just right and the techniques shown well explained and easy to follow.
This was a really great intro to understanding Toile de Jouy patterns and the drawing techniques. I highly recommend this course!





Bärbel Dressler

Bear Bell Productions

Bärbel is a pattern designer and illustration artist from Stockholm, Sweden. Behind the brand Bear Bell she creates pattern designs and illustrations for a variety of materials and products. For example, you can find her patterns on clogs, sandals and shoes. She also runs a set of web shops where she markets a selection of products with her patterns and illustrations. Her design journey only started a couple of years ago, tired of her office job in marketing, wanting to do something much more creative. She quit that job and started Bear Bell Productions. If you want to follow her journey visit the website and blog at

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