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Design a Monochromatic Brick Pattern

Chris Heath, Writer | Designer | Illustrator

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8 Videos (40m)
    • Introduction

      1:20
    • Types of Patterns

      6:18
    • Grid Quick Draw

      4:45
    • Capturing Leaf Growth

      7:35
    • Bird Watching

      5:12
    • Vectorize

      12:17
    • Colourize

      1:50
    • Your Project

      0:50

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.

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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.

17 of 17 students recommendSee All

Great class, Chris Thank you!
Excellent class by a very knowledgeable teacher. Fascinating designs for a technique that can be applied in many ways.
Suki Lopi

Artist, Skillshare teacher

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.