Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design: Working with Adobe Illustrator

Bonnie Christine, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist

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13 Videos (1h 21m)
    • Intro to Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design

    • Welcome + Overview

    • Painting Techniques

    • Scanning our Artwork

    • Time to Vectorize!

    • Introducing Colors

    • Choosing a Color Palette that WORKS

    • Applying Color to the Motifs

    • Layering and Building Motifs

    • Making a Seamless Repeating Pattern

    • Easily Recolor your Pattern (!!)

    • Saving Images for the Web & for Clip Art

    • Your Course Project + Next Steps

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About This Class


This course is designed specifically for the Illustrator looking to incorporate painted artwork and watercolors into their designs, using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you're a budding surface pattern designer or licensed STAR, you'll learn tips and tricks along the way that will help build your career (or hobby!) as a pattern designer. We'll start with the basics and advance to the most technical knowledge you'll need to begin making beautiful artwork.

 PLEASE NOTE: If you're new to Illustrator, be sure to take Intro to Surface Pattern Design and Surface Pattern Design 2.0 first. This course will assume that you're either competent in Illustrator or that you've taken these two courses first. :)



Watercolor artwork is everywhere, but it poses a unique dilemma for Illustrators. Traditionally, watercolors are a Photoshop users best friend, but this course will teach you how to make them work FOR you in Adobe Illustrator. I'll teach you how to paint with Illustrator in mind, scan and vectorize your artwork, make repeating patterns and color (and recolor!) them beautifully.

  • Gather the best tools for watercolor painting
  • Learn to paint with Illustrator in mind
  • Scan and vectorize your paintings like a pro
  • Limit the # of colors in your document
  • Build a repeating pattern with your artwork
  • Choose a color palette for your pattern that works
  • Learn to recolor your watercolor pattern with ease

This course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing beautiful painterly patterns, plus my hope is that it will motivate and inspire you to start following your creative dream!


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


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

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Fabulous! Well organized and planned, with clear demo and instructions, and many useful tips.
Bonnie Christine is simply The BEST!!!!
Yes! This is an amazing class with a lot of in-depth knowledge made available to the students. Bonnie Christine ma'am has taken a lot of efforts and her hard work shows her enormous experience and learning from her successful career. Thank you Ma'am for taking the effort to share your knowledge. Thank you!





Bonnie Christine

Surface Pattern Designer + Artist

Why, hello!

I'm Bonnie, an artist and surface pattern designer and I'm passionate about sharing what I know. As a self-taught designer, I know how hard it can be to focus on your BIG dreams and conquer the learning curve that comes along with them. I also know how it feels to have your biggest dreams come true. My hope is help you live the extraordinarily creative life of your dreams.

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