Painting Repeat Patterns by Hand: A Daily Practice
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Picasso said, "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." This month, artist, author and educator, Cleo Papanikolas teachs the old-school tracing and transferring techniques used by designers before computers to create analog surface design patterns that can be used to print fabric, wallpaper, tiles, puzzles, and more. In the final three days, she shows us how to digitize the work with Photoshop and Procreate, and how to upload to Spoonflower to make all your artistic designs a reality.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Cleo is painting with gouache but feel free to use any medium of your choice. 
  • Graph paper
  • Mixed media paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Index cards
  • Sticky notes
  • Acryla gouache 12 color set, plus opera pink, neon orange, and ochre
  • Brushes
  • Water cup
  • Paper towels
  • Palette
  • Posca paint marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Low-tack double stick tape
  • Washi tape
  • Glue stick
  • Erasers
  • X-acto
  • Ruler
  • Spray bottle
  • Photocopier and smartphone (optional)
  • Downloads:
    Learn how to:
    • Make a seamless block repeat
    • Design a half drop, fake half drop and an ogee
    • Transfer and trace images
    • Make a one-, two-, and four- directional print
    • Make patterns with stamps and stencils
    • Paint with gouache


    What you'll get:
    • Unique video lessons on how to manually make repeat patterns with gouache
    • 32 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
    • Detailed supplies list
    • Step-by-step expert instruction from artist Cleo Papanikolas
    • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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    Class Reviews
    51 users recommended this class to a friend
    Kathy Marshall
    This class is great! I learned so much about pattern design!
    October 20, 2022
    Carmina Soler
    I loved this class! I have learned a lot and I have got really inspired by how Cleo just keeps working and moving on, not trying to get it perfect, and still getting great results. Some times I get stuck on trying to make it perfect and this class helped me to move on. Thanks Cleo!
    September 23, 2022
    Ilsa Enomoto
    Love the emphasis on doing the patterning by old school methods. There's a spontaneous nature to working off the screen.
    September 19, 2022