NORDIC STAR. Scandinavian Design. Surface Pattern Repeats ♦ Knit ♦ Snowflake ♦ Winter ♦ | Aerie North | Skillshare

NORDIC STAR. Scandinavian Design. Surface Pattern Repeats ♦ Knit ♦ Snowflake ♦ Winter ♦

Aerie North, Designer + Maker ♦ Art Gallery Education

NORDIC STAR. Scandinavian Design. Surface Pattern Repeats ♦ Knit ♦ Snowflake ♦ Winter ♦

Aerie North, Designer + Maker ♦ Art Gallery Education

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9 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1: Set up + grid

    • 3. Lesson 2: Knit stitch

    • 4. Lesson 3: Snowflake

    • 5. Lesson 4: Snowflake repeats

    • 6. Lesson 5: Embellishments

    • 7. Lesson 6: Making the repeating pattern

    • 8. About the teacher

    • 9. BONUS Hygge

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♦ WELCOME to my 50th Skillshare Class! ♦

This class is special to me.  It's my 50th and I reached 2000 students this week. (November 2016)
Making repeat surface pattern designs tickles an artists creative spot and can provide a new income stream.  
In my Design Series: Repeat Surface Pattern Designs 101
I demonstrate how to:

  • Developing ideas
  • Looking for inspiration
  • Setting up AI workspace + art board
  • Creating illustrations
  • Working with color
  • Designing repeating patterns you can use on textiles, stationery, wallpaper, wrapping paper, cell phone covers, pillows, fabrics, rugs, or just about any other surface.

This 50th class is my first INTERMEDIATE LEVEL Design class for students who have been creating patterns for a while and want to learn a more intricate design for winter projects.

This design can be created and downloaded to where you can see your designs on fabric, wallpaper, or wrapping paper. 
And Society6 allow you to place you designs on:

Both Spoonflower + Society6 allow you to set up an online shop where you can sell your designer textiles + housewares.

Please enjoy this 50th class!  And for creative news, please sign up on



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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to my 50th skill share class. This class is special to me. It's my 50th and I reached 2000 students this week. Making surface pattern designs engages an artist's creativity and can provide a new income stream. In my design. Siri's repeat surface pattern designs 101 I demonstrate how to develop ideas. Look for inspiration. Set up Adobe Illustrator Workspace and Art Board. Create illustrations, work with color and design repeating patterns you can use on textiles, stationary wallpaper, wrapping paper, cell phone covers, pillows, fabrics, rugs or just about any other surface. This 50th class is my first intermediate level design class for students who have been creating patterns for a while and want to learn a more intricate design for winter projects . This class teaches you how to create this icy blue snowflake pattern with embellishments in a nit look design on Adobe Illustrator, you can download your snowflake knit design on fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper on spoon flour or society six. You can download your design onto a variety of items, both spoon flour and society six. Allowing to set up in online shop where you can sell your designer textiles and housewares and art directors for popular brands. Look on websites like these for new artists and trends. Please join me in class and for creative news, please sign up on airy north dot com. 2. Lesson 1: Set up + grid: Hello and welcome to class. In this lesson, we're going to set up our adobe illustrator workspace with an art board and a grid to start . I'm coming up to file new and just name your file. I want the size to be customized in pixels, and I want it to be 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels for my grid. I'm just going to create a line, so I'm just gonna select the line tool, and I'd like to make it 1000 pixels and a 90 degree angle. Okay. It can stave a black stroke for now and select my line. I want to move the line exactly here. So to do that, I'm coming up to my X value on putting in zero and to my y value. I wanted half the size of my art board, which is 500. I'm going to copy this and move it over. I want to create these little tiny square so that we can put our individual stitches in each of the squares while this is select it. I'm going to right click transform. Move this over 25 pixels and copy and a control de all the way to the end and then copy the entire group of lines. Right? Click transform, and I'm going to rotate this 90 degrees with a copy. So there have created my grid when Izumo just a little bit to see if this is gonna work, and it will in the next lesson, working us and create our knit stitch. 3. Lesson 2: Knit stitch: welcome back to class in this lesson. We're going to create our first little knit stitch in this box. So to do that, I'm going to zoom in nice and tight and create a stitch. A stitch is going to be a V shaped select the Ellipse tool Click anywhere I want my oval to be eight pixels wide by 20 pixels tall. I'm just gonna move that a little bit into the center and I want to put this on an excuse. I'm going to right click, transform, rotate 30 degrees and enter while it selected. I'm going to right click Transform, Reflect. And I want to make a copy of this but a mirror image at a 90 degree angle and copy. Well, this is selected. I'm gonna move it over to create my stitch. And now I want to change the colors. Now I want a center of this a little bit more. Group this together. So while I have both oval selected, I'm gonna come toe object and group. And now I want a nice win. Torri, Icy blue color. Someone come to a window down to this watch library and select the cold colors so so that was really nice. I see blues and we'll select this very light color here that will be our fill color and we don't need a stroke color. And there's our very first stitch Young in Izumo. I want to fill the entire grid with these colored stitches. So I'm going to just select the 1st 1 right click transform, and now I want to move this over so that every square in our grid has a light blue knit stitch move. I want to move it over 25 pixels because I know that my boxes air 25 pixels by 25 pixels. I don't move it vertically yet, and copy, and I will do control de all the way to the end and zoom in. And that's perfect. At this point, I could get rid of the grid by just selecting the whole grid and back space and then just clicking on any lines that remain. And I can select the whole line of stitches right click transform, and now I want to move everything down 25 pixels, so I don't want to move anything horizontally, but I want to move down. That's a minus 25 pixels and copy and then just control de all the way to the end. And here we have a nice nit look pattern. At this point, you can create a pattern swatch, and just use this, but we're going to take it a step further and create a lovely win Therese Snowflake pattern in the art board. 4. Lesson 3: Snowflake: Welcome back to class. And this lesson I'm going to show you how to create a nice, wintry snowflake that will go on our knitted pattern. I want to start working from the inside the center outward. So my center is about here, and I'm just going to click one of the stitches that are very close to the center and Zuman when it changed the color of my snowflake to this darker blue very close to the original color that we used on our patterns gonna start like this in the select four stitches. So I'm just gonna keep my shift key down as I select these four stitches and turned them are new blue. And then our patter continues. By moving over to the right and selecting four more stitches and then moving up and selecting four more stitches and then moving up and selecting four more stitches, we're gonna change the colors. There we go. And I want to repeat this in a reflection on this side. I want to leave a light colored gap in the center and select four stitches. This is just a mirror image of what we just did and create blue when Izumo. Now I want to do this. So this V here, make a V here and a V here and a V here. Zoom in just a little bit more. So I want to have three light colored stitches in between. So there's three now. I'm going to start here. Select with my shift key down. Select four and moved one to three and change the color. Move over and do the same thing here. Just click there. One, 234 And change that to the darker blue. From here. I want to come down and then over and click. One, 23 four. And then move here. 12 three, four, 12 three before and one more. And then change the color and the same here. Come down and over and change the color. And let's do that here. So from this area, we're gonna come up and back one, 234 and change the color up and over and change the color. So that's starting to look really nice. So I want to take this and copy it so that I have three in a row making nine snowflakes 5. Lesson 4: Snowflake repeats: Welcome back to class from here. Mina, zoom in and select all my darker colored little stitches with all the darker stitches. Select it. I'm going to come to object and group and zoom out a little bit and then just move these over and then copy this image onto our art board. So then, right. Click, transform! Move! I'm gonna move horizontally. 500 but not vertically and copy. I'm going to Right click, transform, move. And now I want to copy this onto the left side of the art board. So that's gonna be minus 1000. No vertical value and copy. And because this is gonna be a repeating pattern, it's OK that this goes off to the side. I'm going to select all of the snowflakes, right? Click, transform, move. I want to make a copy and move it up. 500. So it's going to be a zero value for horizontal and 500 value coffee and move it up and right. Click, transform and move it down. Minus 1000 and coffee on the vertical. I'm going to zoom. Oh, we really see this forming into a nice knitted pattern. But save our file. And in the next lesson, we're gonna add s'more embellishments 6. Lesson 5: Embellishments: Welcome back to class. I'm going to use the natural square in this area and down here, in here, in here and also this diamond area that's between the snowflakes to create some embellishments. And here's my natural square. I want to keep the same color scheme and move out of here two times. So I'm gonna select here and from the center. It will be here and then come over. There's 12 there. 12 there. And I'm just gonna fill that in. I'm just selecting all of the stitches to change the color and change the color to the darker color when a group this and sumo and select one of our new squares and move it around. So that would get a copy. Here, here and here. Right click, Transform on, going to make a copy and move it over 500 pixels horizontally and nothing vertically Copy. And now I want to move this down. Right click transform. Move zero value horizontally and negative 500 to move down vertically and copy and then move it. Here is well transform. Move negative. 500 for our horizontal value and zero for the vertical value and copy. I believe that these air going to need something else, but I'm not gonna add anything yet. I want to see what happens once we put some diamond type of shape here zooming in. This is our center stitch. I'm going to see if I can get something going here by just selecting here. Here, one more up. So now I'm gonna group thes selecting each one of them and group object group. Zoom out a little bit. Now that this is all grouped, I want to copy it and move it around. So it fits in all these spaces here. Right? Click, transform, move. I want to move it over 500 horizontally and nothing vertically right now And coffee Now I'm going to move this over to the left side. Transform, Move! I want to move it back. One thousands of minus 1000 and copy. I'm going to select these three all together, right click transform. I want to move them down 500. So it's zero value for horizontal minus 500 and copy. And now we're going to get a little tricky by moving this up and over at the same time. So while these air selected. I'm going to right. Click, transform, move. I want to move it over. 250 pixels and I want to move it up. 250 pixels and coffee. There we go. And I want to do that again Here and down here. So wallet selected and then right click transform. I want to move up 500 pixels and not move this horizontally. And coffee. I want to do the same thing on the bottom line. Transform, Move. Nothing horizontally minus 1000 and copy. I don't need these images here cause they're right outside of our art board. So I'm just gonna click on those and backspace when a zoom in and embellish thes squares a little bit, these rectangles gonna select this one. This one and this one, what I do on one side I want to do in the other means to one. Here. Here. Hear, hear, and change these color to the darker blue. I'm gonna group. This looks pretty good. So I need to move that around. I'm going to copy the inside of that and move it into each of these rectangles. Right? Click, transform. Move over. 500 and copy and do it the same. But down transform, move zero and then minus 500 copy. And then I want with last one in there and I think we'll be done. Transform, Move minus 500 and zero Copy. That looks very good. I like the spacing going to save this now and in the next lesson will be creating a mask to make a repeating surface pattern. 7. Lesson 6: Making the repeating pattern: Welcome back to class. We're almost finished. Let's make that repeating surface pattern. First thing I want to do is to select everything and just group it all together. Object group. And now I want to create a box that goes right over our art board. So I'm gonna select the rectangle tool, click anywhere and make it 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels. I don't need any color or or any Phil color or any stroke color, and I wanted exactly over my board, so I'm going to make it 500 by 500. I'm going to select everything. So that's the square we just made. And the pattern copped object clipping, mask make come over transparency and click darken object again flatten the transparency and say OK and back to object and expand. And now we're going to create the pattern by selecting everything, and we're gonna click and drag and move it over to our swatches. Let's test the swatch. I'm going to zoom out and just move over to a clean space on the workspace and just make any sized shape and click on our pattern. And there it ISS. That looks really good I'm going to zoom in. So here's our knitted pattern. You can use this as any type of surface pattern for greeting cards for fabrics, for wall paper, for wrapping paper, stationary notebooks, journals. It's very seasonal. It's pretty, and it's really not that hard to make. I hope you enjoyed this class. If you did, please give it a thumbs up. It was a pleasure to teach. I love creating repeat service patterns. I love teaching them. If you'd like to stay in touch with some creative news, please sign up on airy north dot com. 8. About the teacher: Hello and welcome. I've been making and teaching art for over 20 years. The threads of my professional tapestry are woven with instinctual creative skills to being taught art in a hand over hand method to formal art education from New York's Museum of Modern Art on the California Institute of the Arts. My art designs and fiber arts live in exhibits around the world. I teach art and galleries, studios, classrooms and online. My teaching method is hand over hand, providing detailed visual and spoken demonstrations. When a student joins my classes, they become a part of my creative world and a partner in our mutual commitment to this creative learning journey that brought us together. When designing classes, there are three criteria that must be present in course. Content number one engage students curiosity and enthusiasm through visual and spoken. Detailed lessons number to exceed students expectations by providing thorough examples. And number three is to deliver complete content that leave students with a positive feeling of accomplishment. Please join this class, and together we will learn, grow and engage 9. BONUS Hygge: Julia is a Danish work the art of comfort and happiness. Denmark is located so with of Norway and Sweden, north of Germany and east of the United Kingdom. Although it has no direct English translation, Julia has been described as the art of creating comfort and happiness who is intimate and cozy. It is the presence of soothing, happy things. You know who gah when you feel it. It's when you are spending time with a loved one, enjoying your favorite arts and crafts in a cozy cafe with a friend or sharing comfort food and conversation with friends and family books have been written about Hyuga. Among my favorite is Mike Vikings. The Little Book of Hyuga. The Danish Way to Live Well. Mike is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and has spent years studying the magic of Danish life. He's committed to finding out what makes people happy and has concluded that yoga is the magic ingredient that makes Danes the happiest nation in the world. The United Nations, third it studying on listing the happiest countries in the world in the 19 seventies, Denmark is consistently in the top five, often being number one, and what's really interesting is that being the happiest countries in the world has little to do with well. According to the World Bank, Denmark rates 20th economically per capita, Norway's six sweetness 15th Finland is 23rd and Canada where I live. It's 19th. Geographically, the five happiest countries are located in the Northern Hemisphere and share similar climates and customs. It's our long, snowy winters that makes us take part in cozy, happy indoor note door activities. Were able to apply are happy optimism to the cold, dark season. That's yoga. This is my Hyuga, my little cottage in the woods and Ontario, Canada. We are off the grid with solar panels and a wood stove. My art studio is nestled behind the cottage. This is where I create my artwork and designs on my classes. My artwork is sold in a variety of art galleries and boutiques, and in my online shop I love teaching art and design classes and galleries, studios, classrooms and online. I've been teaching for over 20 years with an eclectic resume of creative subjects. I am fascinated with digital art in the entire universe of endless designs to create. I look forward to e meeting you in this course. Together we will create good Puga