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

Elizabeth Olwen, Surface Pattern Designer

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12 Videos (40m)
    • Trailer

    • Introduction

    • Your Project

    • The Moodboard

    • Drawing

    • Hero Prints

    • Secondary Prints

    • Blender Prints

    • Spot Graphics

    • Naming and Storytelling

    • Spot Graphics

    • Final Thoughts

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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! Thank you so much for this!! I'm working on my first pattern collection for my MFA thesis exhibition in May.... this class REALLY helped me organized the patterns so it's a clear and concise collection. I can't wait to share my work with you. Thank you again <3
Rachel Yoder

Illustration is my double rainbow!

I love this class, and the first one, too. I'm really excited to start creating my first patterns. Thank you for the great content and information. Your work is really lovely and very inspiring.
Lahna Winter

Watercolor and pattern lover

super helpfull!!!





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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