Use Your Watercolors to Create Simple Repeat Patterns in Photoshop

Anne Butera, watercolor artist, pattern designer

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8 Videos (1h 16m)
    • Introduction

    • How Basic Repeats Work

    • Creating a Simple Repeat

    • Testing Your Repeat

    • Uploading to Spoonflower

    • Creating a Tossed Floral

    • Testing and Revising Your Design

    • Your Project


About This Class

Watercolor is beautiful in surface pattern design and right now it's very popular! There are many types of repeat patterns and many ways to go about creating them. This class will help you get started if you are a complete beginner. It will also show you one way of getting products printed with your repeating designs using the company Spoonflower.

I share my techniques for using watercolor motifs to create simple, basic repeating patterns.

I start by demonstrating how to create a simple, but precise dot pattern using watercolor swatch circles.


Once the pattern is created I share how to test it and how to prepare and upload a file to Spoonflower so that you can have fabric, gift wrap or wallpaper printed with your designs.

To give you an idea of how to create a less rigid type of pattern,  I also share my process for creating a simple tossed floral repeat. I then demonstrate how to test, find flaws and revise the pattern you have created.


Seeing your designs come to life is an exciting process. This class will help you to get started!

34 of 34 students recommendSee All

I've had difficulty with patterns for a long time. This broke it down for me. I usually get lost with other classes because they go somewhere way too technical for my experience! Thanks for sharing!
I always learn so much from Anne, she's a wonderful teacher and artist.
Linda Smith

I love art.

Great class, Anne has a very clear teaching style which I really appreciated. I was actually following along using Affinity Photo rather than photoshop but the principles worked well! Thank you Anne :D





Anne Butera

watercolor artist, pattern designer

For a long time I denied my identity as an artist, but in 2010 I decided to reclaim it.

Regaining my creativity didn't quite work out as I had planned. In truth, on my first attempt at leaping for my dreams I fell flat on my face. That experience, though painful, has put me on what I call a Mission of Beauty and Joy.


Today I work as a watercolor artist.

I strive to create something each day and am passionate about encouraging you to embrace your crea...

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