Surface Pattern Design 2.0: Design a Collection | Start a Career

Bonnie Christine, live an extraordinarily creative life!

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10 Videos (1h 37m)
    • Surface Pattern Design 2.0

    • My Story & Collection

    • Create a Repeating Pattern

    • Why & How to Design in Collections

    • Apply your Patterns to Mockups

    • Save a Tiling Square

    • Create Desktop & Smartphone Backgrounds

    • Create & Save a Clip Art Set

    • The Importance of a Portfolio

    • Start your Career as a Surface Pattern Designer!


About This Class


This course is designed for the person who dreams of becoming a professional surface pattern designer. I'll walk you step by step through the process of creating a pattern collection that is unique and engaging, and I'm sharing all of my industry secrets with you along the way! We'll discuss what to include in your portfolio and how to begin contacting companies to start your career.

Whether you're looking to become a professional surface pattern designer, or are just hoping to enhance your pattern building skills, this course is for you!

 PLEASE NOTE: This course is a follow up to Intro to Surface Pattern Design. Please begin with the previous course for detailed training on Adobe Illustrator, color palettes, sketching, motif design and repeat pattern design!



I'll walk you through step by step to creating a unique and engaging pattern collection.

  • Learn to create a repeat pattern.
  • Design a collection that is engaging and thoughtful.
  • Apply your patterns to products and mockups.
  • Why it's important to craft the perfect portfolio.
  • How to get noticed in the industry and begin your career as a surface pattern designer!

This course is designed to give you all the industry information and creative skills you need to start start your career as a surface pattern designer, plus it will motivate and inspire you to follow your creative dream!


Below are a few of the tools that will be helpful in this course.

  • Adobe Illustrator (begin a free trial here)
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil and dark black pen
  • Camera or Smartphone

Not mandatory, but useful tools include:

  • Scanner
  • Lightbox
  • Wacom Tablet


I am so excited to begin this adventure with you. Let's get started!

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Excellent class. Really got me thinking about my direction, and provided concrete examples and useful tips for getting there.
This class gave the clarity and courage to pursue my creative dream. Thank you so much Bonnie!
Best class ever!! Thank-you, thank-you so much Bonnie. I am so inspired because of you and just love your work xx





Bonnie Christine

live an extraordinarily creative life!

hi! my name is bonnie and i love to fill my world with pretty patterns, share all that i know with the roost tribe and blog to inspire the artisan's soul.

creating patterns and illustrations with summery sweet hues is my happy place. i am a self-taught designer and am constantly inspired by the natural world around us, from the biggest of trees to the tiniest of leaves! i thrive on botanical gardens, sunshiny days, and nature walks- camera in one hand, sketchbook in the other.

you can see some of my pattern work at the links below:

i believe patterns are one of the ways that we can express ourselves, and make our spaces beautiful. the patterns of our lives have the capacity to connect deeply within us and i love to weave parts of my life into each one of them. with each one that you see you will have seen a little piece of my life and heart.

along with illustrating, i also love to cook, sew, read, photograph, make things and drink coffee. you can find me talking about all of these things (and more!) over on my blog- going home to roost.

MY LINKS - see you around the web! :)

i look forward to meeting you!
love, bonnie