Classic Pattern Styles - How To Create Paisley Patterns

Bärbel Dressler, Pattern designer & marker lover

Play Speed
  • 0.5x
  • 1x (Normal)
  • 1.25x
  • 1.5x
  • 2x
31 Lessons (3h 28m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:56
    • 2. Welcome & Overview

      1:52
    • 3. What The Classics Can Teach Us

      6:06
    • 4. What Is A Paisley?

      2:14
    • 5. The History Behind The Pattern: Part 1

      4:25
    • 6. The History Behind The Pattern: Part 2

      5:37
    • 7. The History Behind The Pattern: Part 3

      10:48
    • 8. The History Behind The Pattern: Part 4

      2:35
    • 9. The History Behind The Pattern: Part 5

      3:05
    • 10. The History Behind The Pattern: Part 6

      2:30
    • 11. The Paisley Styles

      5:48
    • 12. Pattern Close Up: The Foulard Motifs

      1:53
    • 13. Exercise 1: Foulard Motifs

      9:28
    • 14. Pattern Close Up: The Border Motifs

      7:15
    • 15. Exercise 2: Flower with roots

      9:57
    • 16. Exercise 3: Vase Of Flowers

      9:47
    • 17. Exercise 4: Detailed Pines & Fillers

      10:50
    • 18. Pattern Close Up: The Elaborate Pines

      1:46
    • 19. Exercise 5: Wreaths & Laurels

      11:34
    • 20. Exercise 6: Elaborate Pines

      9:40
    • 21. Pattern Close Up: The Allover Motifs

      2:38
    • 22. Exercise 7: The Stretched Pine

      7:30
    • 23. Exercise 8: Reflected Motifs

      8:15
    • 24. Planning Your Paisley

      4:29
    • 25. Drawing The Motifs

      9:39
    • 26. Digitalizing & Editing

      13:53
    • 27. Adding Colour

      5:18
    • 28. Adding Colour Continued

      12:31
    • 29. Building The Patterns

      12:05
    • 30. Building The Patterns Continued

      9:01
    • 31. Class Project & Next Steps

      2:15
13 students are watching this class

About This Class

3cd61e6e

In this course you’ll design a pattern design in the Paisley style of your own!

The Paisley styled pattern is really old and the mother of all classics. It’s been around for hundreds of years and is still going strong as one of the most popular patterns in interior and fashion design.

It can seem to be a very complex and difficult pattern to create, but in this class I’ll show you a row of different types of Paisleys you can create. In class we’ll take a look at the history behind the pattern, how it has evolved, what has influenced it, how it’s been used and is used today. Then we’re doing a pattern close-up to study the different types, layouts, compositions and the characteristic motifs. You’ll also get the chance to practice your drawing skills and get acquainted with the Paisley style in a row of fun exercises. After that I’ll take you through my process of creating a Paisley pattern using Illustrator.

At the end of this course you’ll have at least one Paisley pattern that you can use for all kinds of purposes:

- As a kickstarter for a pattern collection
- Include in your portfolio and present to companies
- Publish and sell on print-on-demand services like Spoonflower and Society6 etc.
- Publish and sell on pattern banks.

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

This course is for students who wants a bit of an academic perspective when learning about pattern design and not only the how-to. And it’s for all of you who have started your pattern design journeys - whether it’s a hobby or if you’re on your way to make it your profession, or if you’re already there. It’s for you who want a bit of a challenge and take on more advanced patterns.

This is an intermediate to advanced course. Some of the designs we’ll be making are a bit more simple and some are quite advanced so there will be something for everyone as long as you have a basic knowledge in how to create a pattern repeat in Adobe Illustrator, which is what I’m using and teaching in this course.


THE CLASSIC PATTERN DESIGNS SERIES

This course is a part of a series about Classic Pattern Designs. All courses in this series are created to offer you a broader perspective of pattern design, including the history behind the patterns, how it has evolved, what has influenced it, how it’s used - and of course how to make them.

Here are two other classes in the Classic Pattern Designs series:

Classic Pattern Designs - Make A Toile de Jouy Pattern

Classic Pattern Designs - Make An Indian Floral Pattern

LET'S CONNECT

Website, blog & newsletter

Instagram

Pinterest

FURTHER READING, SOURCES & CREDITS

Some images used in the course can be found on Pinterest. If you want more images you can check out my Pinterest boards where I collect images within all kinds of pattern styles.

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/

https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/

http://collections.textilemuseum.ca/index.cfm?page=collection.browseExh&exhId=307

https://www.metmuseum.org/

https://risdmuseum.org/

http://www.heritageinstitute.com/zoroastrianism/trade/paisley.htm

http://www.textileasart.com/exc_kash.htm

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20151021-paisley-behind-rocks-favourite-fashion

http://www.kashmircompany.com/blog/kashmir-paisley-shawl-and-her-enduring-contribution-to-the-paisley-shawl/

Music credit: Bensound.