Ever since Spoonflower made its grand entrance to the World Wide Web offering fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap made by fellow crafters and artisans, I have been fascinated with pattern design. Now, I don't mean clothing patterns, like how to make dresses or anything like that. I am talking about repeating patterns.
However, for me, learning how to make patterns was not as easy as others claimed. I'm totally thinking it was just me? Or maybe I learn a different way? Anyway, I read some great blogs that helped me with the basic concept of pattern making. I especially loved the old school style tutorial by Julia Rothman. She breaks down pattern making by using a pen and paper. This way, although more time consuming, at least shows the basic concepts of pattern making.
I started experimenting with basic patterns using my beloved art app Procreate. This app is only $5 and it is the most amazing program. Ideally you want a nice size iPad (the iPad Pro), ad the Apple Pencil. This combination makes creating art effortless. However, you can totally use a pen and paper too, you will need a scanner for this option.
After much research and trial and error (there was SO much trial and error), I started to find my way making my own patterns. Some tips that I found helpful:
1) It is best to start with a perfect square "canvas" to work on
2) Don't have any of your art touch the edges of the canvas.
3) Start very simple so it's easier to spot any errors