Pattern Design II: A Creative Look at a Full Pattern Collection

Elizabeth Olwen, Surface Pattern Designer

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13 Videos (41m)
    • Trailer

      0:55
    • Introduction

      4:24
    • Your Project

      1:05
    • The Moodboard

      3:15
    • Drawing

      3:04
    • Hero Prints

      3:08
    • Secondary Prints

      5:06
    • Blender Prints

      3:23
    • Spot Graphics

      3:09
    • Naming and Storytelling

      6:25
    • Spot Graphics

      5:27
    • Final Thoughts

      1:07
    • Explore Design Classes on Skillshare

      0:37
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About This Class

Join popular surface designer Elizabeth Olwen for an inviting and inspiring 35-minute class all about designing a complete pattern collection!

This class is not a technical introduction to designing a repeat pattern (for that, see Elizabeth's first Skillshare class, Pattern Design: Creating Inspiring Repeats). Instead, it's a creative and conceptual follow-up to help you build on those repeat pattern skills!

In 10 bite-sized lessons, Elizabeth introduces each element that becomes part of a larger, cohesive collection: moodboards, 3 main pattern types (hero, blender, secondary), a "logo-like" spot graphic, a name, and a story. Each video lesson includes tips and examples from Elizabeth's own work. Plus, an exclusive class handout provides easy reference.

This class is ideal for designers, illustrators, aspiring surface designers, and pattern enthusiasts seeking creative inspiration and a community for feedback on their designs. It's recommended that students have a basic familiarity with designing repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator.

New to pattern design? Join Elizabeth's first class, Pattern Design: Creating Inspiring Repeats, for an introductory look at designing a single repeat pattern.

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Elizabeth does a great job of explaining and giving great real life examples. Lots of inspiration in this course!
Delores Naskrent

Creative Explorer

This class was very helpful! I feel like it gives some structure and a solid approach to the art of making pattern and collections! designing could be overwelming when you have lots of ideas, so it's good to have a directon to keep you on track! thank you Elizabeth :)
This is a great class to show you how your hand-drawn sketches can be digitised and turned into a repeat pattern within a collection. Really insightful to see Elizabeth's work flow!

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Elizabeth Olwen

Surface Pattern Designer

Elizabeth Olwen is a Toronto-based surface designer. Inspired by pastoral beauty, nature in its most playful forms, folklore, and romance, Elizabeth's work is driven by the desire to leave something beautiful behind with every step she takes.

Her obsession with patterns began as a child when she would become mesmerized by the orange floral drapes in her mother's kitchen. Surrounded by bold, unapologetic prints, patterns were something that she could lose herself in; a window to faraway...

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