Scaling Pattern Designs for Beads

Creating digital pattern designs is such a fun and versatile way to produce beautiful artwork. The advantages of working digitally are endless, as are the ways in which you can utilize this artwork.

I have tried stationary products, printing on fabric to create sewn products, decoupage, and much more. These have all been very satisfying, and things I return to often. But, my absolute favorite application for my digital artwork, are Paper Beads.

If you are interested in pattern design, and you’re ready to start making things, whether it’s for gifts, or things to sell, your focus must be on the end product.  Therefore, overall size of the end product is the first consideration, which leads to the topic of scale on the digital side.

This demonstrates the difference scale makes, when applied to something so small.

And here, you can get an idea what it looks like on the actual templates. You do not need to have a template, as you can always cut strips afterwards, but I find it helpful to see a preview first.

And, below is a quick tutorial in Adobe Illustrator: Creating a pattern, filling the templates with the pattern, and changing the scale and position.


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