Building a Simple Pattern using Math

You can make a repeat pattern…and it’s not as hard as you think!

Building a Simple Pattern using Math

 

I LOVE to jump into the pattern making process…manipulating layers, adding shading, doing all that stuff.

But maybe you are a newbie designer who just wants to make your first basic pattern. Or you are an illustrator who has a kick ass illustration that just needs to be put into a simple, no fuss, repeat to make it shine.

If so, follow me! Today I’m going to show you how to create a simple pattern in Adobe Illustrator using basic math. And I mean basic…don’t worry. You got this.

Step 1. Create or upload a motif to Illustrator and resize it to something simple that you can remember.  Resize by selecting the motif and clicking on ‘transform’ in the top bar menu. When the dialog box opens-up enter a new, nice round number for the width and height.  In this example I’ve resized my motif to 200 x 200 px. Continue reading “Building a Simple Pattern using Math”

The Power of Illustrator’s Recolor Artwork Tool

Behold the power of the recolor artwork tool. It’s pretty cool. Seriously.

The Power of Illustrator's Recolor Artwork Tool

 

Are you familiar with the recolor artwork tool in Illustrator? I love it, and use it every single time I build a pattern.

It’s a great tool when you want to develop a new color way, or just confirm that there isn’t a better color palette than the one you’re already using. (Which happens to me a lot, I’m not always so good with colors!)

Today, I want to show you the power of the recolor artwork tool. BEHOLD!

Here is a pattern I made. I used the rotate tool to create symmetrical motifs and then layered them. Continue reading “The Power of Illustrator’s Recolor Artwork Tool”

Seven Instagram Feeds Inspiring Me Right Now

Instagram. Rocks. I can’t wait to share some of my favorite feeds with you.

Seven Instagram Feeds Inspiring Me Right Now

Aright, it’s official – I’ve been bitten by the Instagram bug!

Instagram is a great place to share projects, connect with other designers and find inspiration from all over the world. I’m constantly in awe of the ideas people come up with and how willing they are to offer advice to others in Instagram’s creative community.

So far on Instagram I’ve been inspired by abstract artists slapping paint around and the delicate details of a florists bouquet. I’ve been inspired by the gradient of colors in a majestic landscape painting and the rough textures of an old worn down building. All of these things are pushing my surface designs to the next level and inspiring me to make better art.

Today I’m going to share with you a few of the Instagram feeds I’m loving right now…ones that are inspiring my creativity! Continue reading “Seven Instagram Feeds Inspiring Me Right Now”

Turn Your Abstract Painting into a Repeat Pattern

You can turn your abstract painting into a pattern. See how I do it.

Turning Abstract Art into a Repeat Pattern

 

Today I’m going to show you how I turned this abstract painting into a repeat pattern using Photoshop.

 

Step. 1: Size your artwork so that it fills the canvas. I’ve set my canvas size to 2000 x 2000 pixels.

Abstract Art fitted to canvas

 

Step 2: With the new layer selected, go to edit > free transform (keyboard shortcut: Ctrl + T (win) or Command + T (mac). Continue reading “Turn Your Abstract Painting into a Repeat Pattern”

First Time Exhibiting at Surtex with Jacquelyn Carter

What it was like exhibiting at Surtex for the first time…and lessons learned.

First Time Exhibiting at Surtex with Jacquelyn Carter

 

I think a lot of us newbie designers dream about showing our work at Surtex. We think “wow, when I show at Surtex I will have arrived!” Am I right? That is why I was so excited to talk to Jacquelyn Carter of Jacquelyn Carter designs, and pick her brain about what it was like for her to show at Surtex last week FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!

I think you will enjoy hearing what Jacquelyn has to say… Continue reading “First Time Exhibiting at Surtex with Jacquelyn Carter”