Paint to Pattern | Mel Armstrong | Skillshare
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8 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What you will need

    • 3. Inspiration Moodboard

    • 4. Sketch

    • 5. Paint

    • 6. Clean & Isolate

    • 7. Pattern

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Even though most of my work is digital I still spend a lot of time painting with traditional media, in particular, gouache and watercolour.  There is a huge market for it, so it's always a good idea to build your skills in this area.  And it's so much fun!  

So in this class, we are going to paint some icons using a medium of your choice.  It might be Gouache, watercolour or whatever else you enjoy painting with. We will then scan those in and create a simple pattern in Photoshop.

What you'll learn:

I’ll take you step by step through the following:

  1. Finding inspiration
  2. Sketching icons
  3. Painting icons
  4. Transferring them to Photoshop
  5. Removing backgrounds and isolating each icon on a separate layer.
  6. Creating a repeating grid pattern in Photoshop

Who this class is for:

This class is for those who work in traditional media and want to learn about surface pattern design.  I will take you through most of the basic skills required in photoshop, but If you need a little extra help with Photoshop, I recommend first doing my class  “10 Photoshop Tips for Surface Designers”, where I teach you some of the basics of Photoshop, specific for illustrators and Surface Designers.


  • Basic knowledge of Photoshop

What you'll need:

  • Pencil & Eraser
  • Watercolour paper
  • Paints (e.g. Gouache, watercolour, etc)
  • Paper towels, water & palette
  • Scanner, camera or phone
  • Adobe Photoshop


The following classes may help with some of the technical aspects of the class that I don't cover.

So are you ready?  I’m super excited to see your art as patterns so let’s get started.