Surface pattern designer extraordinaire Julia Rothman is guest-blogging at Design*Sponge this week. Today she shared her method for hand-drawing repeating patterns. Just draw, cut, reassemble, and fill in the blank space! Well, not “just”; there’s much more to making attractive patterns (technical drawing skills, artistic voice, and color savvy to begin with), but if you’ve ever puzzled over how the interlocking, allover design (without white space in between elements) is achieved, now you know!
Tip: You can also start drawing in middle of your paper, then flip the paper over, fold the opposite edges together, draw across the join, then repeat with the other two edges; no cutting necessary.
If you have Photoshop/Illustrator skills it’s easy to see how you can now scan in, clean up, and colorize your design. If you can’t afford Photoshop, Gimp is an excellent, free, open-source alternative.