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Classic Pattern Designs - Make a Toile de Jouy pattern

Bärbel Dressler, Bear Bell Productions

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19 Videos (1h 47m)
    • Intro

      1:29
    • Welcome & Overview

      4:22
    • The history behind the pattern

      6:09
    • Influences and styles

      3:34
    • Characteristics

      5:01
    • Exercise 1 Roses

      7:17
    • Exercise 2 Clouds

      2:00
    • Exercise 3 Trees & Foliage

      4:34
    • Exercise 4 Buildings

      3:58
    • Exercise 5 People

      4:38
    • Contemporary Toile

      1:51
    • Planning your Toile pattern

      10:47
    • Creating the motifs

      8:05
    • Digitalizing your motifs

      12:34
    • Editing

      4:25
    • Creating the repeat - part one

      9:51
    • Creating the repeat - part two

      8:01
    • Color

      7:25
    • End note

      1:20

About This Class

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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. 


THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

- 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".

TOOLS AND MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

- 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

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Great intro to making a toile de jouy. Wish my sketching skills were up to the level of the instructor's!
great class, thank you :)
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Bärbel Dressler

Bear Bell Productions

Welcome to my little corner on Skillshare! I'm B?rbel Dressler - a pattern designer, illustration artist - and as you probably already know - I also teach courses here on Skillshare. I'm from a small beach town on the west coast of Sweden called Falkenberg, but now I live with my husband and two children on a hilltop right next to a lake just south of beautiful Stockholm.

Here your can get to know me a bit more, read about what I do and check out all the classes I teach.

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