Historic Pattern Styles
Read about the historic Indian Floral pattern
style, which at one point in history was banned from Europe! You’ll learn about the history
behind the pattern, its sub-styles, typical motifs and composition.
Get an introduction to the history of the
Toile de Jouy pattern style and what
characterizes it and my step-by-step process for designing this type of complex patterns.
The Chinoiserie style is often associated with luxury and high-end interior brands and it's definitely one to adapt for your pattern
portfolio. You’ll learn about its history and 3 mesmerizing sub styles.
Read about the lush and ornamental Damask style. You’ll learn about the history behind the pattern, its rise, fall and revival, the typical
motifs, characteristics and composition.
The Arabesque is one of the most decorative
pattern styles in history - and perhaps also the most difficult to create. In this article you’ll get to know this style, its history and characteristics.
Many of todays floral patterns have evolved from
a medieval tapestry style called Millefleurs.
In this article you’ll learn this style, plus get inspiration for designing a Millefleurs pattern
of your own.
Vermicular patterns are the highly decorative pattern type you often find on vintage French
and English 18th and 19th century fabrics.
In this article you’ll learn about the history of
this highly versatile pattern style.
In this article you’ll learn about the classic
pattern style of Polka Dots, its compelling
history and where the name comes from.
Plus a whole bunch of tips for how you can
vary this historic pattern.
Pattern Composition Tips & Inspiration
10 COMMON PATTERN COMPOSITION
MISTAKES TO AVOID
Designing a pattern is a pursuit to find balance between
the pattern elements and how they relate to each other.
In this article I give you 10 examples of common composition mistakes that can interrupt the balance and harmony in a
pattern design - and quick tips for how to fix them.
5 FLORAL PATTERN TYPES TO DIVERSIFY YOUR REPERTOIRE
Florals are the most common types of patterns, but there
are so many ways that we can create them, just by using
different types of compositions and layout structures.
In this article I give you tips and inspiration for how.
10 BACKGROUND IDEAS FOR CREATING LAYERED PATTERNS
Have you ever noticed how some patterns draw you in closer, intrigued to take a further look? They often include a
background layer to give depth and balance. In this article
you’ll get 10 ideas for different types of backgrounds you can
add to your own patterns.
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