Create a Timeless Floral Silhouette Ditsy Print Pattern in Adobe Illustrator

Annette Brown, Embrace + Express Creativity

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15 Lessons (1h 8m)
    • 1. 1 Class Introduction

      1:36
    • 2. 2 A Brief Note

      0:55
    • 3. 3 Plan for Creating Motifs

      1:01
    • 4. 4 Setting Up the Working File

      2:04
    • 5. 5 The Blob Brush Tool

      6:43
    • 6. 6 The Shape Builder Tool

      4:53
    • 7. 7 The Rotate Tool

      5:14
    • 8. 8 The Pen Tool

      3:57
    • 9. 9 Creating Centers

      4:43
    • 10. 10 Leaf & Stem Configurations

      6:41
    • 11. 11 Creating Motif Brushes

      7:42
    • 12. 12 Creating the Pattern

      13:35
    • 13. 13 Saving a Pattern Swatch

      4:36
    • 14. 14 Final Words

      0:35
    • 15. 15 Bonus:Geometric Ditsy Print Speed Replay

      3:31

About This Class

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The ditsy print is a timeless pattern style that dates back to the 1920’s era. 

It is a tight, all-over pattern composed of tiny motifs scattered in every direction making for a lively print even with more subdued color palettes.

Although floral motifs are most commonly used, a ditsy print can be created using geometric and conversational motifs as well.

There are four common characteristics found in most ditsy patterns:

  • use of small-scale motifs
  • tossed, all-over pattern
  • liveliness is actual or implied
  • prints are multi-directional, meaning ditsy fabric can be sewn in any direction

By the end of this class, you will have gained the skill of creating and arranging motifs to design a silhouette floral ditsy pattern in Adobe Illustrator, perfect for use in stationery, apparel, home decor, your portfolio, or on digital products.

All you will need is Adobe Illustrator. If you do not already have access to it; see the link below to access it free for thirty days. 

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