Start Learning Pattern Design with These Two Tutorials


Start learning pattern design with these two tutorials.

To be honest, I never paid attention to patterns until I was asked to make a floral pattern at work. I completed two designs, and immediately I craved to understand more about surface patterns. I never took a class on surface or textile design, but I found two free online tutorials that gave me the knowledge I needed to make my own patterns and start selling products.

I hope these tutorials will help you make your own patterns too.

Start learning pattern design with these two tutorials.

A year before I was interested in patterns, I wanted to learn how to make vector flower arrangements because I am a huge fan or RiflePaper Co. floral styles.

I followed this tutorial from


How to Create a Vintage Floral Arrangement Painting in Adobe Illustrator

Start learning pattern design with these two tutorials.

It took me about 3 hours to complete. If you follow the steps you will learn how to use brushes in Adobe Illustrator to make a floral arrangement.

Once I learned how to use brushes in Adobe Illustrator, I watched this video from Creative Market on how to make repeatable patterns.

Learn The Trick to Creating Seamless Patterns in Illustrator

With just these two tutorials I began to make my own pattern designs. Once I had a few patterns, I created an Etsy shop to sell my patterns on leggings. Please check out my shop on Etsy, CrystalWhitlowDesign!

crystal whitlow in her studio with shop her etsy text above here sample photo

Recently, I discovered Denise Anne. She is a watercolor and illustration artist. On her blog, she offers a free pattern concept workbook that will help you develop meaningful concepts for new patterns. Get your copy of the Pattern Concept Workbook.


Once I finish Denise’s worksheets, I’d like to go through the Skillshares: Introduction to Designing Repeat Patterns in Illustrator with Elizabeth Olson. Skillshare has several courses for pattern design, all of which I’m itching to complete. I just need to find the time.

Introduction to Designing Repeat Patterns in Illustrator

I’m pretty excited about creating more patterns and adding more products in my shop. ^_^ I hope you can now start making patterns too.

I’d love to see what patterns you create! Tag me on Instagram so I can see your designs! ❤️

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