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Repeat Surface Pattern Design 101 SERIES. Monochromatic Gold

teacher avatar Aerie North, Designer + Maker ♦ Art Gallery Education

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4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Monochromatic inspiration

    • 3. Set up workspace with an art board

    • 4. Creating the repeating pat

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Welcome to Repeat Surface Pattern Design 101 SERIES. Monochromatic Gold Ornament

Each class in this series features:

  • 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.

Take a look at where you can see your designs on fabric, wallpaper, or wrapping paper.

Companies like 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.

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1. Intro: Hello and welcome to class. This class Siri's teaches repeat surface pattern designs from thought to finish. Students will learn to develop ideas. Look for inspiration. Set up Adobe illustrator workspace within our board, create illustrations, work with color and design repeating patterns. Each class in this series is designed to develop students. Designer skills. Surface pattern designs are everywhere way. See them on fabric, wall, paper and stationery. And it's a skill that anyone can learn. You don't have to be an artist. Our designer. These classes are created to make you an artist and designer. Eventually, you're gonna want to see your designs on textiles and housewares. Take a look at spoon flour dot com. This is a website that allows you to download your designs on fabric, wallpaper and wrapping paper companies like Society six, allowing you to place your designs on almost anything. You download your design and they place them on mock up images so that you can see your artwork in action. And then they make the product with your design and even ship it to your customers. You receive a commission for every sale and get your artwork seen in a professional and popular setting both spoon flour and society six allows you to set up an online shop where you can sell your designer textiles and host wears and art directors for popular brands. Look on websites like Spoon Flour in Society. Six. For new artists and trends, all you need are instructions and Adobe Illustrator. This syriza classes provides your education, and you can get a free trial of Adobe Illustrator at adobe dot com. There's never been a better time to be a designer or graphic artist. Creativity cannot be outsource, and there's definitely room for everyone in this industry. See one do one teach. One is a physician's quote that applies to self paced education like skill Share you see or watch the lesson, and then you do the class project. You teach yourself new skills that air creatively rewarding potentially provide you with a new income stream. The process of watching a thought form and grow into a finished design can be learned and developed to start your own design career or enhance your current business in a beneficial and creative way. Please join me in class today's class in this design, Siri's is titled Monochromatic Christmas ornament your class project is to create a monochromatic ornament repeat surface pattern and share it in the Project gallery for free art prints and creative news. Police sign up on airy north dot com 2. Monochromatic inspiration: hello and welcome to class. In this lesson, we're gonna look at some examples of what a monochrome a Christmas decoration or theme would look like. Here in Google images, we can see that a monochrome ACC theme is one color of varying tones of that color. So we have the golds. This is very pretty here. This has a bit of ah beachy feel to it with the greens and the blues. And there was one here I really liked. I really like this silver and blue. We just go through and look at some of these examples and see if anything resonates with us and something that inspires us for our decoration that will be doing. I like gold. Gold is a very warm and metallic color. Here is well, it's got bronzes in it. It's very trendy right now, so we shall just look through this and go for a gold round ornament Look for are repeating pattern. I'll see in the next lesson where we set up our adobe illustrator workspace within our board 3. Set up workspace with an art board: Hello and welcome back to class. In this lesson, we're gonna set up our adobe illustrator workspace with an art board. To start that, we're gonna go to file, click New, and we'll title it anything you like. I'm just gonna call it ornament one the size we will custom size in pixels and make it 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels and click. OK, so we'll be working inside here and a little bit off to the sides. Because what we do on one side, we do on the other to make a repeating pattern. What we do on top we do on the bottom. Some of the tools that will be using are the selection tool, the direct, select tool. The pen tool will be using these shapes. We might use the pencil tool, and we'll be using the hand tool to move things around. Our Phil color is located here as well as here, and we can even click on over here on our color swatches. It's all the same thing just in three different locations and the Phyllis the inside color and then the stroke. That's our line. So it's here and here, and we can make a different size if we like. I like just starting on one and then changing if I need to, I'll see you in the next lesson when we start designing our ornament. 4. Creating the repeating pat: Welcome back to class. In this lesson, we're going to use a little bit of math to create our monochromatic round Christmas decoration. So we know that we're working with a 1000 by 1000 pixel sized art board. We're going to come over to our shapes tool, get the Ellipse tool, click on it, click anywhere and let's work with a 250 pixel by 250 pixel ellipse circle. And there it is. The repeating pattern that I'm going for is toe have three lined up here and then two and then three and then two. So I want to move this directly up to this intersection here. And to do that instead of just eyeballing it, Aiken slipped zero So you could see that with our smart guides on that the center is right on the line and I'm going to click for our Y value to be 1000. So that will move it up to this perfect spot right here in the corner to create the colors for this metallic gold bronze e. Look, we're going to come upto windows and select a few colors from the metal choices that we have. I like to work with the light and medium values, so it's not too much of a contrast between very light and very dark. So I'm going to select this nice gold and just drag it up and then this very light one and that medium colored one. So those are the three colors that I'm gonna combine to create the color scheme inside our ornament. So I want a Grady int. I want to go from dark to the bottom toe light at the top, as if the light source is coming in from the top so that everything on the top is a bit of a lighter tone and darker at the bottom. But to do that, I want to click on my ingredient and take my darkest color and bring that down to the bottom. Just take that white out by pulling it right out, and I'll want to look there so I know what I'm doing here. And then there you see how it's the difference right now is the light here and the dark here. Well, I want the dark at the bottom and the late at the top, so I'm gonna change this value to a 90 degree angle and then I've got a light there. I'm going to take it. The light a light color here and we can see that it's darker here and darker on the bottom on later on the top. But now I'm gonna take that medium value and put it somewhere in the center. And with these guides, you can move them along to seethe saturation of where you want the color. I'm gonna take the stroke out, and there's not much of a difference. I'm gonna zoom in. I might want to go a little bit darker so you can see that there's light up here and dark here. But I want a darker value here, So I'm gonna click on my spear again. And let's take a look at what happens when I put this color this cappuccino color right at the bottom. And then you can really see a more dramatic difference, especially if I move it down so that less of the darkest color is in. But I want lighter at the top. So I'm going to come up here to our law, take color and move that into the light area on what seemed just gonna play with this a little bit and see it was dark and pull that dark one out. So I'm liking held. This looks There is a bit of a darkness there, a changing color towards the top. And there's a bit of ingredient in the center. So I'm going to leave this and I like that. Now we need to put that little topper on. That's on all ornaments. So I'm gonna come back over to my tools, pick the rectangle tool, and I'm going to just draw it in myself. Gonna send that to the backs. I'm gonna click on it. I like to keep it the same type of color because we are dealing with that monochrome right click and send that to back through a range. So it's just going to go to the back and you could see a nice difference. Now let's go to the Ellipse tool. We want to take that Phil and just make it white on Let's pick the cappuccino color for the stroke and we're just gonna make a little circle to go to the top. Let's see if that's more or less centered is gonna click and move it over somewhat good and select everything and group it altogether. So I don't accidentally just grab one part of it and zoom Oh, no, Here is a reuse our math. Select the whole thing. I want to move it copy and move it over. So I'm going to right click, come to Transform And I want to move it over 500 pixels. So that's going to land it in the center of the top line. And I want to copy this. I want to do that again. So I'm just gonna do control D on a select this whole line, right click. I want to move it down so I don't wanna move it horizontally. So zero and I want to make a copy and move it down minus 500 and copy. And I want to do that again to get it on the bottom line. So I do control de. So just like our any repeating pattern, whatever's on one side is exactly on the other on what's ever on the top is exactly on the bottom. And when you use the math based on the number of pixels or the number of inches or would ever value that you use. If you use the math correctly, it's all going to line up beautifully. So now I want to put a staggered. I want to put a ball here and here and here in here. And to do that, I'm just going to select the whole thing. Right? Click. I'm gonna make a copy, and I'm going to move it down. So again, zero here. But I want to move it down. Only 250 member. Our circle is 250 pixels. So I'm going to move that down minus 250 pixels and copy. And now I want to move these two. This one will come along, but we'll get rid of it later. Move these two over so it fits in this section. So while it's select it, I'm going to right click, transform and move it over 250 pixels. I don't want to move vertically, and I don't need to copy this cause it's actually the selected items that I want to move. So I'm just gonna say OK, and now it put it perfectly in the center. I can just click on this guy because he's outside of our our art board. We don't need him. And now select the two that we just did. We want to move it down here, right? Click, transform, move. We don't want to move it horizontally, so it's zero value and then vertically, we want to move it down. Down is minus 500 we want to make a coffee. And there we go. Now let's make a mask and see what looks, what it looks like coming back over to the rectangle tool. We want to create a rectangle exactly the same size of the art board says 1000 pixels by 1000 pixels. We're going to give the values none. We don't want any filler, any stroke. We want to move it exactly over the art boards. We can come up to our X and do it half the size of the Ark board the art boards 1000 pixels . So we want to make this 500 pixels and just press OK and we want to make our why as well 500 pixels and it's gonna go exactly over the art board. Now we want to select everything and come upto object Go down to clipping, mask and click make And we could see that everything outside of the art board has disappeared. But we need to go to go permanently. So we're gonna come over to transparency and darken, click on darkened, come back up to object and flattened that transparency. Okay, if we weren't working with greedy int, we would expand the colors here. But because we are working with Grady int, we're not going to expand it. And we're just gonna take a look as if you did that. You'll get a lot of lines and it won't look greedy, and I'll just look completely separate. So going to select the entire thing and grab it and move it over into our swatches gallery . There it is. Now let's test this swatch. I'm gonna back out just a little bit so we can take a look. You can just make any shape you want. I'm just gonna make a great big rectangle. And then let's click on the repeating pattern that we just made. And there it iss. You can use this for anything you could make wrapping paper, which is perfect for the time of year that you're going to be making this. You could make them in different colors like that really beautiful blue reef that we saw when we were looking at our inspiration on Google images. You can take this and make it into stationary just printed off. You could make fabric and put it with complementary fabric to make a seasonal quilt. And, of course, you can download it into society six and spoon flour to actually put it on items. You could put this on a coffee month. This would be beautiful on a coffee mug, and then you can even put some text on it to really personalize it. It would look great as a cell phone cover, even a T shirt, a hoody or a tote bay, and you created it yourself. I hope you enjoyed this lesson. I really enjoyed teaching it. And remember to sign up on ari north dot com because I'm always sending out free art prints and creative news and information that's really gonna help you move along on progress in your new design career.