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Design a Monochromatic Brick Pattern

Chris Heath, Writer | Designer | Illustrator

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8 Videos (40m)
    • Introduction

    • Types of Patterns

    • Grid Quick Draw

    • Capturing Leaf Growth

    • Bird Watching

    • Vectorize

    • Colourize

    • Your Project


About This Class

In this class, we will learn how to use a geometric grid made up of nested squares to:

  • establish a decorative pattern’s unit of design
  • set the pattern’s unit of repetition, and
  • explore options for using the ‘unit of repetition’ to distribute the ‘unit of design’ over a surface.

We will also be exploring a range of terms so that we can clearly differentiate between:

  • what we are designing, and
  • the method of distributing our design over a surface to create a pattern.

Oh! and in the process, we will also be creating this monochromatic brick pattern.


As part of the Geometric Surface Pattern Series, this class follows on from what was covered in the previous two classes ‘Design an Arts and Crafts Enclosed Pattern’, and ‘Design a Simple Decorative Band’.

The video lessons in this class illustrate the usefulness of a grid for creating a variety of patterns. For the purpose of learning, feel free to copy what I have done. Then using the grid, try out your own decorative ideas.

To follow this class, download the grids from the 'Your Project' page and print them out. The PDF files are an integral part of this class and are designed to help you turn your decorative ideas into reality.

To complete this project, it is assumed that you have used a vector drawing tool such as Adobe Illustrator or Affinity Designer. However, you may side-step the vector drawing tools and complete your project with whatever technique you wish, whether that be pen and ink, water colour or stencilling.

12 of 12 students recommendSee All

Really well-presented class. Perfect follow-through with design concepts, good reference sources and practical knowledge. I'm looking up and taking any other classes available by this instructor.
Great class!! Chris is very thorough, yet easy to understand. I really appreciate how he explained the terminology he is using in the class. His demonstration of how he arrived at his bird design helped me understand the design process. Thanks, Chris!
Jessica Sanders

Artist, Instructor, Designer

I love the idea of grids and this class brings structure to approaching a motifs. The terminology lesson is a nice touch as well!
Mira Metzler

Beauty. Illustration





Chris Heath

Writer | Designer | Illustrator

Chris Heath is a writer, designer and illustrator based in 'Art Deco' Napier, New Zealand.

With a thesis about the role of geometry in architecture under his belt, Chris pursued a career as a decorative artist for many years. In addition to faux paint finishes, his work involved designing stencil patterns for furniture, walls and floors, and reinstating historic stencil patterns in some of Auckland's historic buildings.

He's never been great with mental arithmetic, nor algebra, ...

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