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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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Very helpful.
Bonnie is so easy to learn from! She explains every step and introduces (and reminds) shortcuts to make work easier and quicker in Illustrator.
Very inspiring! Bonnie Christine is so fluent in her field, so well spoken and organized, you feel like you're soaking up the knowledge with ease. I've learned many new tips for surface pattern design workflow and use of Illustrator. I have enjoyed watching her videos very much. Thank you, Bonnie Christine! Ellie Wilder





Bonnie Christine

Surface Pattern Designer + Artist


Creating patterns and illustrations with summery sweet hues is my happy place. I'm a self-taught designer, life long learner and all around creativity lover. Having my biggest dream come true is what made me passionate about sharing what I know with others. I believe in making those BIG dreams a reality!

I'm so excited to get to know you! The best place todive right in is by visiting my blog, Going Home to Roost or hitting me up over on Instagram.

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