Tutorials

Earthy Fans Bead Set

Once I have the pattern design ready, I fill my Template shapes with them.  I can use the Move Tool in Illustrator, to place the pattern exactly where I want…

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…

Coloring Wood Beads with Stamping Ink

I was so excited by the results of adding Stamping Ink colors to plain wooden beads, that it became a major part of my design process. As creatives, we naturally…

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…

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…

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…