Last year, around February 2015, I decided to give surface pattern design a try. Surface pattern design is art that can be applied to any surface, like paper, fabric, mugs, towels, etc. You get the idea. Since I am a lover of all things fabric, this really is a natural thing for me to interested in.
I found most of my information through Skillshare, following along with Bonnie Christine. Later I also watched Elizabeth Olwen teach about surface pattern design and learned lots of good stuff.
One of the really cool things I learned was how to make a mock-up of a product with my pattern applied to it. I used this small green purse that I made. It had a really plain fabric, white would have been better, but using the techniques I learned using Photoshop I was able to create a mask.
Using patterns that I made using Adobe Illustrator like the one above was so exciting and fun! I admit that I still need a lot of work in the art department, but I am willing to put in the time.
This was a really whimsical pattern in my favorite color palette. Now, do you want to see what they look like on my purse? I was hoping you would say yes.
Surface Pattern Design Samples
This is the exact same purse, but I have covered it in my own designs! That is so cool, right? Totally.
Here I have the same purse but in a slightly different angle. Also a different pattern than the one I shared already.
I think this is my favorite one, the washed out blue really would look great. Now, I just need to have some made up at Spoonflower and make another one for real.
After I learned how to do this, I realized that this is exactly what they do with clothing I shop for online. So, like Elizabeth Olwen says in her class, you “fake it till you make it.”