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Master 5 Complex Pattern Techniques in 2 Weeks


Hello everyone! My name is Amy and I live in Fort Worth, TX. I am an interior designer turned sewist. I quit my full time interior design job a year ago to finally start down my own path. I have watched all of Bonnie's Skillshare classes and have fallen in love with surface pattern design. I am still brand new so I am looking forward to developing my skills further. I have my own sewing business (@sewnhandmade). I have big dreams to someday license some surface pattern designs with a fabric manufacturer so - here I am! Excited to learn + create!

 

Phase 2: Sketch + Vectorize

I am mostly planning to pull colors from these images. I also pulled images of textures I really liked and found inspirational for some of the backgrounds on my patterns.

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Words: Minimal, Modern, Clean, Simple, Natural, Neutral, Balance, Fresh

I also came up with a "story" for my pattern collection. Mostly my sketches and patterns are full of items I love and would see in my "someday" modern farmhouse.

  • Somewhere out in the country.
  • Big open windows everyone so that we feel like we are outside.
  • Inspirational and clutter free.
  • Industrial lighting.
  • Minimal in that it is only full of what we truly need or items that bring us happiness.
  • White, simple walls so that the focus is on the beautiful scenery from the windows.
  • The house is balanced and open with lots of room to create!

 

I didn't get quite all my sketches into vector form but these are most of them. This was my first time using a Wacom tablet and it was AWESOME! I realized when I was almost done it would have been way simpler to just use the Live Trace but I am am glad I got to practice on the tablet. It takes some getting used to!

These are not colored yet. I just wanted certain pieces to be different colors so that it is easier to change later. 

Looking forward to the next Phase!

 

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Phase 3: Geometric Pattern

Here is my start to Phase 3! I am finding it hard to keep up but I am glad to have these benchmarks that keep pushing me.

I made these framed botanicals into a tile pattern:

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This was also my first time playing with texture. I love how subtle it is on the background!!!

 

I also made a few coordinates with this little doodle I had:

(I wasn't sure how to clip the Artboard to fit just these four little images)

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Custom Color Pallet:

I finally got color onto all the elements including the little carpet runners in the lower right corner. Not sure how I am going to use those just yet. I ended up using one of the Pantone libraries my Illustrator already had pre-loaded because I still cannot pull colors from images with the eyedropper tool. It will only pick up black for some reason. 

 

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Phase 4: Diagonal Pattern

Here is my diagonal pattern! I learned a LOT with this one. It was challenging but the end product (I think) was super rewarding! I LOVE this one. I think it might be my favorite so far!! To me it gives me the essence of pretty shiplap walls and fantastic fines or greenery! 

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Here are my final color combos!

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Phase 5: Textured Pattern

I think I already experimented with creating lines and a texture in the patterns above. But here is another version using some of those techniques. I found a use for my runners! I think this is a fun little pattern. It makes me think of all the times I have laid out all my different runner/carpet options on the floor and started at the for hours trying to decide which one would me the best! :) I think it's a fun + quirky little print.

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And here are the color combos!

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Phase 6: Lined Patterns

For some silly reason this pattern really gave me trouble today. I started out trying to create a basket weave pattern but just could not get the lines to match up. So I went back to these lines that I created as a texture and created a plaid with them. I think they would be a great filler fabric for the collection! I really love the color combos I landed on!

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I also created an extra print along with this little plaid. I think the little fiddle leaf fig leaves looks cute on top of the plaid. I don't think I would do this in any other color combos. I like it as a stand alone print!

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