Painting for Pattern Design: Create Botanical Patterns with Gouache & Photoshop

Angela Mckay, Surface Pattern Designer & Illustrator

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13 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:14
    • 2. Getting Started

      3:26
    • 3. Choosing Your Palette

      5:06
    • 4. Painting Your First Object

      4:27
    • 5. Painting Your Botanicals

      7:00
    • 6. Importing into Photoshop

      2:16
    • 7. Deep Etching

      6:53
    • 8. Isolating Your Elements

      3:11
    • 9. Creating Your Repeat Tile

      5:10
    • 10. Creating Your Pattern

      8:14
    • 11. Exporting

      2:36
    • 12. Final Thoughts

      0:37
    • 13. More Classes

      0:33
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About This Class

Love painting with gouache, surface pattern design, and beautiful botanicals? Join surface pattern designer Angela Mckay and learn to paint your own floral pattern—perfect for textiles, paper and more!

You’ll create a painted pattern inspired by a place you love with Angela’s personal method: using real objects for inspiration, painting pattern elements with gouache, and arranging your elements into a repeating pattern in Photoshop.

Blending digital and analog techniques, Angela reveals a unique, accessible approach to surface pattern design you’ll be able to return to again and again. 

Through inviting, step-by-step lessons, you’ll learn how to:

  • Paint your pattern elements with gouache
  • Isolate your elements for your pattern in Photoshop
  • Arrange your elements into a pleasing tile
  • Create a final pattern that seamlessly repeats

Whether you’re looking for your first foray into pattern design or are a seasoned artist looking for a creative weekend project, Angela’s technique will open the door to a whole new world of creation. Follow along to dive in, get inspired, and create a handmade pattern you’ll love to share.