Surface Pattern Design layout types

TIL all about layout types in surface pattern design in the Surface Pattern Design class I’ve been taking at Textile Design Lab . I’ve been looking for this info for a while now, but hadn’t yet found a good resource for it! One of the many reasons I signed up for the course.

As a class assignment, I am creating a Pinterest design board for each type: 40 best Textile Design Lab images on Pinterest in 2019

Here are the most common layout types:

Set
Motifs are placed on a grid and are evenly spaced and symmetrical
The repeat is either straight or half drop.
Common markets: home decor, wallpaper, quilting, paper products
👉 My Set Pattern Layout Design Pinterest board

Tossed
Motifs are placed in a scattered yet balanced way. This is like my pigeons pattern from Day 33.
Common markets: Stationery, quilting, home decor, children’s. Even and balanced.
👉 My Tossed Pattern Layout Design Pinterest board

Free flowing
Motifs are placed in an asymmetrical, flowing way keeping a lot of open ground details.
Common markets: Fashion, home decor
👉 My Free Flowing Pattern Layout Design Pinterest board

All over
Motifs are arranged in a compact and balanced way.
All markets
👉 My All Over Pattern Layout Design Pinterest board

Textures
Marks used to create the appears of a surface
All markets
👉 My Textures Pattern Layout Design Pinterest board

Stripes
Motifs or color palette are used in long normal strips
All markets
👉 My Stripe Pattern Layout Design Pinterest board

Border
Motifs arrange parallel to the edge of the fabric
Common markets: Fashion, home decor
👉 My Border Pattern Layout Design Pinterest board

Design 75

I took the pussywillow design from yesterday and turned it into a repeat pattern. One part of the process to make it into a repeat pattern is to pull it into Illustrator and do an image trace. I’m usually quite satisfied with this process, however this time due to the painterly quality of the original, I felt like it lost a bit too much of the qualities that I liked. It went from a painterly feel to a definite vector image feel. I have to think how I can try to do this same thing in photoshop where I can retain the original quality. I might try this again tomorrow to see if I can figure it out.

It’s still quite pretty though, here it is on Redbubble!

Designs 72 and 73.

More bees. I am really trying hard to make these damned bees work. I’m still not satisfied. I think tomorrow it will be time to move on.

Aren’t I supposed to be doing plants right now, anyway?

Design 72 – See it on Redbubble

Design 73 – See it on Redbubble

Designs 70, 71

Life is nearly back to normal after the holidays, and I’m jumping right back in with both feet! I thought I might play catch up over the next few days to get me back on track!

Today I repurposed my bees and cone flowers from the previous design, creating two new patterns. One is a structured bee pattern, which I’m not so crazy about. I think I may try this again tomorrow but with a single bee rather than both, because the overall effect is a little strange.

The second one I’m pretty excited about solely because I’ve learned how to do half drop repeat patterns! It was much easier than I imagined, and it’s something I’ve been wanting to learn how to do for a while now. Again, it’s not perfect, but it’s a new technique I will work hard to perfect.

Design 70 – See it on Redbubble
Design 71 – See it on Redbubble

More tomorrow!

Design 69 / 365

It’s after midnight – I did what I set out to do. I drew some bees and another coneflower and fashioned it into a repeating pattern

I really did like how it looked extra large and not repeating, so on most of the Redbubble items I didn’t actually do a repeat.

I’m particularly fond of the muted blue-green that I did for the background.

See it on Redbubble!

Design 67 / 365

Here we go – got those mushrooms finished up. My process was to start in watercolor on paper, then pull them into illustrator and digitize the heck out of them so that they transformed into something new altogether. Looking at it, you’d never realize that this started out as actual paint on paper! Here’s a detail:

Then I created my pattern repeat!

See it on Redbubble! Until tomorrow!