Learn how to create a reapeating pattern using the open source design software inkscape. Inkscape is a very powerful free vector design software which you can use to create repeating patterns. In this class I will walk you through the basic tools you need to learn to create repeating patterns with inkscape. While the tools will be specific to inkscape, the principles of creating a repeating pattern apply to other design software as well. So if you use a different software (such as illustrator), and are learning about pattern design, you’re very welcome to join the class as well!
In three bite size assignments you will first put into practice what you learn in each lesson, and then use what you’ve learned to create a half-drop repeating pattern with your own artwork.
set up a new document (800 x 1000 px), create six different kinds of shapes, change scale, rotation, fill and stroke. - share a screenshot in your project.
Duplicate and move the shapes you created to make a repeating pattern, follow the principles outlined in this lesson and in the PDF principles of a repeating pattern to line up the elements on the borders of your document. Duplicate your repeating square to create a pattern with nine repeats. - share a screenshot in your project.
Using your own imported artwork, create a repeating pattern (either a simple repeat, half-drop or half-brick). Remember to think about things like design flow, change size and rotation of objects, work with colour.
Blog post about using memories and locations as inspiration for pattern design
PDF explaining the tools used in this class – print it out as a handy reference as you learn to use inkscape