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Create Handmade Patterns You Can Sell!

teacher avatar Sophia Maria, Illustrator / Teacher

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    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Colour

    • 3. Doodle

    • 4. Cutout

    • 5. Arrange, Repeat and Adjust

    • 6. Design

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Bold tropical style floral patterns you can use for anything! Be it your own stationary, a piece of branding work that requires a floral touch or even if you'd like to get started in surface design. A great way to give a handmade touch to floral patterns

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Sophia Maria

Illustrator / Teacher


From London! I work mainly for Editorial illustration but also I dabble in the stationary and print industry. I have one published childrens book and hopefully more to come.





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1. Introduction: Hello. My name's Sophia. I'm an illustrator and artist based in London. Today I'm gonna be teaching you how to create some really cool brightened Bunky floral patterns for for whatever you want. Really? T cell. That's always a good one. You could put them on home wares to sell. I put on stationery so you could use it as part of a branding project. If you're a graphic designer, the route the great on scarves on leggings. There are some great websites now where you can upload your own patterns on, put it across a bunch of products and sell it or just by yourself. Um, yeah, it's really fun. The best thing about this is we're going to be doing a handmade first, which I think is more fun. Andi. It's also it just feels more creative to be sketching away and doodling away and seeing what that happens. What happens with that? I think with handmade creations, it's definitely you're more likely to stumble over happy accidents, which is what we like. We like happy accidents. It's quite a simple one. You're gonna need a copy of Fighter Shop doesn't need to be a recent or anything you're just gonna be cutting out the elements. A scanner isn't necessary. If you've got a really good, uh, like an iPhone or a decent camera phone, a sketchbook, obviously an array of and pencils or whatever. Um, just just a bit of time. It's great for an office, Noon or Sonny Mama Sunny. A rainy day. It's a rainy day. Um, on just an open mind would be great. Yeah. So I hope you enjoy. I'm gonna go to my sketchbook now begin. 2. Colour: So I think the most important thing to start with is picking a color palette that you like . Basically, Posca Penn's a great I've just also picked a selection of just random pens and pencils that I have with me that in my favorite colors. But really, it's completely up to you completely up to your tastes and what you want to use it for. A good way to test the colors that you picked. It's just by doing a little swatch I would love how bright that is. See, this is up to May. This is that going super Miami already, which I love. And I think Miami wise a lime green would be useful. Or like a turquoise that maybe like Ah, see, that's a bit too light. Something like this. That's kind of funky. Ah, one else. What else do I have? Maybe gel pen. These were bitten. It works like that. Yeah, This should pump it, pump it up. Think about Posca pens, is they? We'll give you nothing. And then all of a sudden, absolutely, that we get I can't go. Maybe a red. Yes. Okay, so my main colors gonna be this color. The orange, the yellow. Remember these? How? Vintage barrel. That's one this blue under the screen which is running out. So we may have to ditch that. We're gonna have to ditch the job and guys this green. So go ahead on pick some colors. Um, actually, maybe a dark to contrast could be good as well. Maybe a nice look at that that could also work. So, yeah, takes in time picks and colors and come right back. 3. Doodle: So now you picked your colors. Um, don't worry about starting a new page. That's that doesn't matter. The next thing to do now is just basically doodle away. Um, as if you were doing or on an old school book or something like that. We need an array of different shapes. Andi of different shapes with different qualities. So, for example, lined demonstrations leaves as we're going floral things like that, with the contrast of something thicker like, for example, a simple squiggle. Because I wanted to be easy to rock to cut out Photoshopped I'm making there. The edge is as simple as possible just to make it easier when I come to cut it out on a very variance in size as well. Also really get size and shape as well. Leave thing going on here. 11. You see how rough they are as well at the moment. Small squiggles, that blue lovely block color with white detail ing is also really effective if you can use Tipp ex but as you can see, got a bit messy here. So I ditched that idea. Um, just if you're using a possible can to make shorts shaken well, enough. You actually have have quite a bit of a workout. Get that to come out nicely. In fact, that's rubbish. I'm gonna do that again. Coming in. Think tropical tropical patterns are awesome. Yeah, because that's a dark pink. Alternatively, if you're doing a lie to color is just gonna be sort of a generic flower. A black will also look good. We're Doctor Kata. Yes. Keep scribbling E. So as you can see, it doesn't matter what sort of state there in in terms of arranging it. We're going to do all of that in photo shop. But I've just got a selection of different shapes. Different colors, random hand drawn doodle kind of effects. Andi. Yeah, that's kind of it. So you just you just want big enough selection that you can have a play with that? But it doesn't need to be too much, because we're gonna be arranging them randomly on screen through Photoshopped anyway. So the next thing to do is to basically, uh, get this on your computer. Either scan it or take a photo of it in really good light and avoid any shadows. You can use your mobile phone. That's fine. And yeah, imported into voter shop. So go ahead and do that now 4. Cutout: So this is the picture that I took off the doodles in good sunlight. I'm got my layers up here. It's going to double click. Will not make that a layer. Okay, so now we're going to start. Teoh, cut the elements out. What I recommend is adding a blank layer underneath so that you have for now, if you hit G, which is the paint bucket tool, we're just gonna make that layer white. So that's why underneath, just for now, we can change that later to make our image layer easy to cut out. We're going to use the levels, so I don't If you saw that, then this Ah, I don't know what that is Certain half black point circle being hit levels and then double click there and with the white ink drop, it'll which is gonna hit on our Baber the white ist area off the page which, as you can see, makes it a lot more vibrant. And then because there is a slight shadow here, um, it's not a big deal, but just play with it and just try and make that of it lighter without losing the color quality off the actual elements themselves. But that doesn't really matter, because what we're gonna do is if we go back to our layers panel, we are going to hit this here, which is what is this quick selection tool? It is human. That's got me the biggest one. First I got These are my such things here and what that's done. Just bike clicking on this and dragging it slightly. It's outlined this whole a leaf thing, which is great because then we can go over to layer and hit new layer of I cut. And as you can see, that's now on. It's in there. And because it's got the shading where we took the picture, we can actually light in that just so it's a bit more flat. If you go into Dutch tool and then range mid tones. Set that to about six. It just takes out a bit of the gray just a little bit. You can do that at the end, whatever. It's fine, um, or shot. I was kept to the shadows. It's up to you. It doesn't look too bad, but there is a little dot on there that you might want to get rid off Okay, so I've got that. That's on its own separate layer, which is what we want. And now again, with the quick selection tool, which the shortcut for that is w do that toe all off the elements. So you're touching an element, and you're going new layer of I cut, and that puts it on its own. Maya. So we have to down here. You can just leave those that for a second. Okay, So I spend some time doing that. I'm just gonna put the moon down here just to get them out the way. Oh, you need to make sure that after you've created a layer of I cut, you go back to the original name so that it reads. It was you can use to short cuts there, but just in case you'd like to see them 5. Arrange, Repeat and Adjust: right, So that now you've got each of the elements on a separate layer, which is great. Just to recap how you did that, You use the quick selection tool over here to outline an element on, then put it on its own layer by going up here. New layer via cut. Um, and you want everything on a separate there. You can then delete the background there. I'm not OK. Everything is on its own, Leah. We'll just adjust the background that it covers the whole thing. Yeah, I came. And then what we're just going to start to do is to just start to place them. Um, layer them. Think about what? Looks better on top than what looks better on the bottom. I just have a play around and create a little corner. So little group or, um, elements on just yet. Just have fun with it and play around with it for a bit. Once you've got each one in place, we're just basically then going to repeat it. - So now that you've arranged each of your elements, we've got a funky little corner hand. It's looking very tropical. Um, I just need that white area Now we're gonna select them all and make sure the background layer isn't selected. And make sure any color adjustments right at the top off your layers. Select all of them on. Then, by holding the cult key, we contract the whole group and repeat it. Do that again. I don't think it needs to be that perfect. I quite like that. It could be random. It doesn't have to be repeated. You could just literally place them randomly throughout the whole thing. That's completely fine. Uh, and then I'm going to fill the page with this road patent here. No anonymous select or that bottom law de selected background from the pit stop. Make sure overlaps nicely. Do that one more time, folks. And drive to repeat. No, we go looks awesome. Then what you can do is play around with background using the paint. Drop it'll or by hitting G. I'm thinking maybe a dark burgundy hit that drop that onto the background there. Does that look well? Maybe something brighter. Hey, it's completely personal preference. Good for blue, I think. Yeah. Right now. Sorry that my computer finally going mental. By the way, do you hope you can hear me. No, I think he does not like Great. Um, from what I'm gonna do is get rid of that. I didn't mean to do that. I'm is I'm going to play around with the overall color so that my adjustments just make it may be a bit brighter either by using the levels on playing around those, but also, if you're not quite happy with the color hitting the effects on playing with the hue and saturation setting, you can really have some fun with that. Sometimes I like to just make it a bit more vibrant. Well, yeah, basically, just have a good old play with that. Take saturation down. If you If it's too bright for you or let to be changed the Oval Palace game, it does begin to look a little bit fake. So I try and keep it as natural as possible. Yeah, and then, basically, what we want to do You want to say that I think it's always good to save, um, one virgin for the web engaged. You just want to shadows on instagram or whatever. I just basically save us, uh, front call here Tropical passion, Web and then say that's a J pack when you're ready. Original guys the highest quality. And then we're gonna put it into a C M y que color because you want to print it onto card or anything like that. Um, the best thing to do First, I actually want to do that. It emerge a layers before you converted to see him like a mode color merge. Oh, I just I just want to merge that background, then convert CM. Okay, mode, try and slightly. But that just means that it's getting ready for print. Say that back in my folder, Can you file Chemical Brent, Brent Patent grant one of us? And so it is a fact, and you're basically done, Woo. 6. Design: Now that you've designed your print, you can basically put this across any product, any home, wear any piece of station, really likelier various websites. Such a society six or, um, aren't rookie that you can do this. You can use it just for gifts to send to people. You have a go at selling it yourself. Either way, make sure it's fun. Be proud that you've got this far. Thanks so much for taking my class. Hopefully see you soon. Bye.