Surface Pattern Design Fundamentals

Mel Armstrong, Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

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9 Videos (1h 16m)
    • Hello!

    • 1 - Inspiration

    • 2 - Moodboard

    • 3 - Sketching

    • 4 - Brushes part 1

    • 5 - Brushes part 2

    • 6 - Icons

    • 7 - Simple Pattern

    • Thank you!

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About This Class

In this class I’m going to take you through the fundamentals of surface pattern design, the way I do it.  There are many Surface Design classes on Skillshare, but in this class you'll discover my secrets of how I go about creating patterns that go on to be licensed for use on fabric, gift wrap and a whole range of products.  My goal is to help you achieve your dreams of becoming a surface pattern designer. 

You’ll learn the basics of how to create a pattern in Adobe Illustrator using hand drawn sketches.

You will learn: 

  • Moodboarding & colour selection
  • Sketching ideas
  • Transforming those sketches in Adobe Illustrator
  • Basic repeating pattern


  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop (optional)
  • Sketchpad
  • Drawing Pen
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scanner (or camera)


MUSIC by Bensound

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Very useful class!
I enjoyed this class so much. I just started to get into pattern design and this class was exactly what I was looking for. It's really well balanced, to the point and inspirational. Thank you so much Mel!
Wow I've been doing it all wrong XD Thank you Mel! I can't wait to rework my repeat patterns and make new ones with confidence. The technical aspect always throws me for a loop!





Mel Armstrong

Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

I love drawing! If I don't have a sketchbook with me I panic. It's an addiction that started a few years ago after trying to find some fabric for my son. I couldn't find what I wanted so decided to design my own and then somehow fell into a new career illustrating and pattern designing.

In 2016 I won the Make it in Design scholarship (2016) and it changed my life. I signed up with art agent Advocate Art where I license designs to all sorts of products such as baby products, sho...

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