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.


How to Make a Simple Layered Pattern

In this tutorial, I will be working with just one Motif, to create a Repeatable Pattern Design, with the Pattern Maker Tool.

To add depth to the pattern, I will demonstrate a fun, easy process for layering your patterns.

The patterns created from this process, are great for making small-scale gift wrap, stationary products, and scrapbook papers.

Anything with a fixed size will work, as the same pattern (or others) will be layered on top of each other multiple times. The depth and complexity of the pattern, is increased by changing the scale, opacity and blending modes, for each layer.

In this first video, I’ll add color to my Motif.

In the second video, I’ll demonstrate the Patter Maker Tool, and the layering process for the finished design.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!


Create a Color Palette from a Scanned Image

In this Illustrator tutorial, I will be sampling colors from a scanned magazine page, with the Eyedropper Tool, to create a Color Palette.

I will also demonstrate how to make a Tint of a color and change a color with the Color Picker Tool.

This technique is easy and fun, and once the colors are selected there’s multiple options for further adjustments.

I’m using a magazine image, because I find endless color inspiration this way, but the process is the same for a photograph.

In this first video, I’ll demonstrate how to sample colors with the Eyedropper Tool:

In this next video, I’ll demonstrate how to adjust colors with the Color Picker Tool, and create a Tint of your original color.

I really hope you enjoyed this Tutorial!

How to Make a Simple Vector Motif: with the Rotate and Reflect Tools

In this tutorial, I will be scanning hand-drawn elements, cleaning them up in Photoshop, and converting them to vectors in Illustrator.

These are very simple motifs, but they are perfect for practicing the foundations of Repeat Pattern Design, in which you will frequently need to Rotate, Reflect and Scale elements.

This humble little doodle, can be transformed into a more complete and useful Motif.

In the first video below, I will demonstrate the following:
– Cleaning up hand-drawn elements in Photoshop with a Levels Adjustment Layer
– Converting the elements to vectors in Illustrator with Image Trace

In the second video below, I will demonstrate the following:

– Using the Reflect Tool to combine elements before rotating
– Using the Rotate Tool to create a complete Motif

Hope you enjoyed this Tutorial – there will be more to come!