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Pattern Camp Weekly Challenge: March Roundup

Here’s a lovely collection of patterns created by the talented Campers for the remaining March challenge themes: INTERESTING DOTS, DITSY FLORAL, AND MONOCHROMATIC. Enjoy!

by Amy Maxwell

by Corrinna Johnson

by Darlene Seale

by Lisa Lane

by Lu David

by Yvonne Gustafsson

by Jennifer Evans

by Kelley Williams

by Amy Maxwell

by Corrinna Johnson

by Diane Sullivan

by Emma Roberts

by Jenn Gallagher

by Kathleen Wilson

by Lisa Lane

by Yvonne Gustafsson

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Pattern Camp Weekly Challenge, Week 38: Ghosts

With Halloween right around the corner, this week’s theme was all about Ghosts. Take a peek at what our talented Campers created!

by Teresa Magnuson

by Susana Royo Tomas

by Renee Gauvin

by Rebecca Maguire

by Polly Thurston‎

by Pilar Hernández

by Pamela Hamilton

by Mandy Ford

by Lizzie Clark

by Kim Dorste

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Kate Childers

by Joanne Meller

by Joanna Price

by Jennifer Labre‎

by Jenn Gallagher

by Jaana Halme

by Erin Powell

by Diane Sullivan

by Deane Beesley‎

by Cavecorner Ilustration

by Birdy Fitzgerald

by Birdy Fitzgerald

by Anna Lena Gustafson

by Andi Rudebusch

by Amy Gatschene

by Alison Kolesar

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Pattern Camp Weekly Challenge, Week 35: Maps

This week’s theme was Maps! There are so many different interpretations you can take with this theme (literal & highly detailed, abstract, whimsical…).

by Pamela Hamilton

by Alison Brookes

by Joanne Meller

by Alison Kolesar

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Ashley Mayfaire

by Rebecca Brady

by Janet Hild

by Jenny Knuth

by Fi Foott

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Registration for the October session of Pattern Camp is OPEN! Click here to learn more and to register.

Come join us and learn to make your own beautiful repeat patterns; you’ll get to join our creative community, take part in these fun weekly challenges, and be featured here on the blog. Fun!

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Pattern Camp Weekly Challenge, Week 34: Bold Floral

Floral patterns are a portfolio necessity & favorite among pattern designers. So this week we took the typical delicate and sweet floral pattern and amped it up a bit. This week’s theme was Bold Florals! Floral patterns with a bit of a kick!

by Yvonne Gustafsson

by Yvonne Gustafsson

by Virginia Fitzgerald

by Valerie Williams

by Valerie Williams

by Valerie Williams

by Valerie Williams

by Valerie Williams

by Teresa Barry

by Taylor Shannon

by Tammy Fluech

by Rosalie Gale

by Renee Gauvin

by Rebecca Maguire

by Rebecca Maguire

by Rebecca Maguire

by Rebecca Johnstone

by Rebecca Brady

by Rebecca Brady

by Pilar Hernández

by Penny Graham Jones

by Penny Graham Jones

by Lizzie Clark

by Lizzie Clark

by Pamela Hamilton

by Michelle Wilson

by Michelle Wilson

by Michelle Wilson

by Mia Whittemore

by Martina Zamecnikova

by Mandy Ford

by Leona Jaeger

by Joanne Meller

by Kim Dorste

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Katia Bulbenko

by Katia Bulbenko

by Katia Bulbenko

by Kathleen Wilson

by Julia Daniel

by Jenny Knuth

by Jenny Knuth

by Jenn Gallagher

by Jazmin Jackson

by Janet Hild

by Janet Hild

by Janet Hild

by Jacqui Falkenheim

by Farida Zaman

by Dottie Lipski

by Diane Sullivan

by Diane Sullivan

by Darlene Seale

by Darlene Seale

by Alison Kolesar

by Alison Brookes

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Registration for the October session of Pattern Camp is OPEN! Click here to learn more and to register.

Come join us and learn to make your own beautiful repeat patterns; you’ll get to join our creative community, take part in these fun weekly challenges, and be featured here on the blog. Fun!

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Pattern Camp Weekly Challenge, Week 33: Forest

This week’s theme was inspired by the whimsy & beauty of the Forest! Check out how Pattern Campers interpreted this theme.

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Diane Sullivan

by Diane Sullivan

by Fi Foott

by Erin Brimmer

by Yvonne Gustafsson

by Yvonne Gustafsson

by Katia Bulbenko

by Renee Gauvin

by Renee Gauvin

by Renee Gauvin

by Virginia Fitzgerald

by Virginia Fitzgerald

by Virginia Fitzgerald

by Virginia Fitzgerald

by Rebecca Maguire

by Rebecca Maguire

by Jenny Knuth

by Jenn Gallagher

by Rebecca Johnstone

by Dottie Lipski

by Alison Kolesar

by Michelle Wilson

by Alison Brookes

by Lizzie Clark

by Lizzie Clark

by Pilar Hernández

by Pilar Hernández

by Pamela Hamilton

by Rebecca Berenson

by Jessica Swift

by Janet Hild

by Kim Dorste

by Taylor Shannon

by Lucinda Kidney

by Mandy Ford

by Joanne Meller

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Registration for the October session of Pattern Camp is OPEN! Click here to learn more and to register.

Come join us and learn to make your own beautiful repeat patterns; you’ll get to join our creative community, take part in these fun weekly challenges, and be featured here on the blog. Fun!

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Pattern Camp Weekly Challenge, Week 32: Turquoise + Red

This week’s theme was Turquoise + Red! Color themes are always a big hit with Pattern Campers!

by Alison Brookes

by Alison Kolesar

by Diane Sullivan

by Dottie Lipski

by Erin Brimmer

by Erin Brimmer

by Erin Brimmer

by Fi Foott

by Jacquelyn Carter

by Jazmin Jackson

by Jenn Gallagher

by Joan Herlinger

by Joanna Price

by Joanne Meller

by Kathleen Wilson

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Kim Dorste

by Leona Jaeger

by Lizzie Clark

by Mandy Ford

by Maria Kronberg

by Pamela Hamilton

by Pauline Molinari

by Pilar Hernandéz

by Rebecca Berenson

by Rebecca Berenson

by Rebecca Berenson

by Rebecca Berenson

by Rebecca Berenson

by Rebecca Maguire

by Rebecca Maguire

by Rebecca Maguire

by Renee Gauvin

by Renee Gauvin

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Registration for the October session of Pattern Camp opens on Thursday September 15th! Get on the email list (enter your address at the top right of the site here) and you’ll get a special early bird discount code emailed to you that day.

Come join us and learn to make your own beautiful repeat patterns; you’ll get to join our creative community, take part in these fun weekly challenges, and be featured here on the blog. Fun!

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Pattern Camper Interview: Mandy Ford

Today we’re talking with Artist, Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer Mandy FordShe’s an illustrator and mom from Indiana who recently rediscovered her love for drawing! Take a look + a read!

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 Tell us about yourself. Who are you, what do you do, where can we find you online?

Hi everyone! I’m Mandy Ford, and I’m an illustrator and hand-letterer from Indiana. By day I work in higher education, but my true passion is my art. I’m also mom to twin 8-year-old boys who just started 3rd grade (crazy!), and I’ve been married for almost 13 years to my husband Dan who keeps me laughing and full of really awesome home-cooked food.

I grew up drawing and was always labeled the “creative” one, but around the time I began college, I basically stopped drawing. It wasn’t until a creative writing class that included a doodling exercise three years ago that I rediscovered my love for drawing. And it has been an almost daily practice since! I’ve been blown away by the opportunities and support that have come my way, both online and in my hometown, since I began this new journey as a professional artist.

I share all of my illustrations on Instagram – it is my absolute favorite place in social media land. You can find me there at @mandyfordart. My website is mandyford.co and includes more about me and my portfolio of work.

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Why did you decide to sign up for Pattern Camp? What were you hoping to learn and accomplish through the course?

I have had a serious love for patterns and surface design since I can remember, so the idea of having my artwork turned into this thing I obsess over was an exciting prospect! My hope for the class was to learn how to take my art and turn it into patterns that could be used on fabric, scrapbook paper, journals, and other licensed products.

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How are you using your new Pattern skills in your life/work today? (Tell us about your amazing recent window project!!)

I didn’t expect to learn skills in Pattern Camp that would help me in my other design work but boy was I wrong! I used to edit all of my illustrations in Photoshop, and would find myself getting super frustrated trying to make changes to them with my limited knowledge. Learning the image trace and live paint functions in Illustrator has literally been a game changer for me! It has transformed the quality of my final pieces and made the process of creating art a lot more fun too!

One recent example of how I’ve used these new skills is in my #100daysofyourtruth project. I joined the 100 Day Project movement and created 100 hand-lettered quotes, and edited many of them in Illustrator. You can see all of them on my Instagram @mandyfordart under the above hashtag.

Thanks for asking about my window project Jessica! So back in the spring, a local clothing boutique owner asked me to doodle on her shop windows. She sent me some inspiration photos and then I went to work! It was the first time I had done a project that large and SO public, which was a bit scary. I used chalk markers and freehanded the design. This has been one of my most favorite projects to date and I’m currently working with another local business to do something similar. It really is amazing what projects can come your way when you put your art out into the world!

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What was your favorite part of Pattern Camp?

As far as the technical aspects go, there were two major highlights for me. The first was learning how to use image trace and live paint, and the second was the first time I created a repeat pattern. Both were such exhilarating moments! Seeing something you drew transformed in that way feels like a miracle. And on a personal level, the care and attention Jessica provided was so wonderful and unexpected. She is not only a great teacher, but cares about her students and gets excited right along with our successes!

What surprised you about Pattern Camp?

The community! I signed up for the course purely to learn new skills, and have been blown away by the friendships and support that still continue from this group. I’ve made friends that I keep in touch with almost daily through social media and that is priceless.

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What advice do you have for someone considering registering for the course?

The best thing about Pattern Camp is that it isn’t only about learning how to make patterns. Yes, that is a fabulous skill and one that you’ll enjoy using, but the other tricks you learn in Illustrator and Photoshop are invaluable too (at least they are to me!). The community you become a part of is awesome as well. It can be scary to put your art out into the world, especially on social media, and this group has offered nothing but positive feedback and encouragement. Thank you Jessica for bringing us all together!

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Thanks, Mandy for your words of love for Pattern Camp! Your work is so elegant and full of fun!

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Where to find Mandy:

Website
Instagram
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter

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Pattern Camp Weekly Challenge, Week 31: Moroccan

This week’s theme was inspired by the beautiful & intricate patterns found in Morocco!

by Rebecca Berenson

by Dottie Lipski

by Joanne Meller

by Pilar Hernández

by Taylor Shannon

by Virginia Fitzgerald

by Alison Brookes

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Christina Mann

by Leona Jaeger

by Leona Jaeger

by Leona Jaeger

by Teresa Magnuson

by Teresa Magnuson

by Kim Dorste

by Jenn Gallagher

by Jenny Knuth

by Jenny Knuth

by Jenny Knuth

by Renee Gauvin

by Renee Gauvin

by Renee Gauvin

by Diane Sullivan

by Alison Kolesar

by Farida Zaman

by Sharon Landon

by Lucinda Kidney

by Rebecca Maguire

by Pamela Hamilton

by Lizzie Clark

by Lizzie Clark

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Pattern Camper Interview: Joan Herlinger

Today we’re talking with Artist, Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer Joan HerlingerShe’s a UX designer, and illustrator in San Francisco. Take a look + a read! Joan has lots of patterns to share with us!

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Tell us about yourself. Who are you, what do you do, where can we find you online?

My name is Joan Herlinger, I grew up in Sydney, Australia but have lived for over 20 years in San Francisco, CA. I’m a dual national citizen of Australia and Ireland, and dream about living in France one day soon. I work as a visual and UX designer and sometimes do some illustration. My current client is Baby Center , so I have been learning a lot about pregnancy and babies. 

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It sounds like you have a background in a variety of different types of art and design. Did you know how to make patterns before Pattern Camp? How familiar with Illustrator and Photoshop were you before the course?

I come from a very artistic family. My mom was a painter and designer and my Dad acted in and directed plays and could also draw extremely well. Art was positively encouraged in my family.

I went to art school in Australia and hold a BA in Painting, drawing and design. I came to the US to study illustration but got involved in designing for the web. I have done that professionally for about 20 years, while drawing and painting on the side.

My first job out of art school in Australia was creating and preparing art work at a screen printing business that printed fabric. That was before photoshop and there was a lot of cutting rubylith film and real precision work involved. In photoshop the red quick mask layer is based on rubylith film. I hated that stuff and don’t miss working with it at all. It was so easy to mess up.

After that, I didn’t make patterns again until taking your class last year and again this year. I was very familiar with Illustrator and Photoshop, but I still learned a lot of new ways to use them from your class. Learning new ways to use these tools keeps them interesting and I even use some of the things I learned in my UX and visual design work.

I also work in embroidery and appliqué… I think of it as drawing with stitches. I make soft toys of my own design out of felt. After I come home from work and on the weekends I make stuff if I am not in my French language class or with my friends. I also volunteer at the Museum of Craft and Design in SF and sometimes teach workshops there too.

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What new opportunities have opened up for you since taking the course?

I’m aiming towards doing PrintSource or Surtex next year. I’m looking to share with other surface designers, so If  anyone is interested, let me know! I’ve been concentrating on building my collections and portfolio and have formed a work group with a neighbor who is also a surface designer. I’m actively looking for opportunities, as I would like to move away from UX and visual web design.

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Tell us what you love most about making patterns and why!

I love working with color, and scale and shape. I keep a sketchbook with me at all times and am always drawing. I like to digitize my drawings and turn them into motifs, then patterns. I really feel I express my sense of fun and playfulness when I am making patterns.

What did you love most about Pattern Camp?

Learning new things, seeing everybody’s work develop and evolve. The encouragement from you and the class!

What words of wisdom can you share with anyone who’s considering taking the course but may be afraid they’re not savvy enough with the digital programs, that they’re not a “real artist”, or whatever other mean things they might be telling themselves?

You have to try things in life that you want to do! Nobody ever got anywhere by being scared. You’ll only be older and sadder than you were before if you don’t try and achieve what you want. Be patient with yourself and don’t compare yourself too much with others. And don’t beat yourself up!

I think it is good to try and do things that scare you. Just be brave and kind to yourself. Even after years of using software, occasionally it still makes me swear. So just take lots of little breaks when you start to get frustrated. One thing I always do when I am designing the look and feel of a website is to stop a little before I am ready to stop so I don’t get burned out and am fresh when I sit down at the computer the next day.

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Thanks, Joan! Your work is so vibrant and playful!

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Where to find Joan:

Website
Instagram

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Pattern Camp Weekly Challenge, Week 30: Cats + Dogs

This week’s theme was all about our cute & lovable furry friends Cats + Dogs!

by Katia Bulbenko

by Kaïa Kirkbride

by Renee Gauvin

by Renee Gauvin

by Diane Sullivan

by Diane Sullivan

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Kelly Parker Smith

by Pilar Hernández

by Pilar Hernández

by Jenn Gallagher

by Alison Brookes

by Alison Kolesar

by Virginia Fitzgerald

by Virginia Fitzgerald

by Rebecca Maguire

by Rebecca Maguire

by Rebecca Maguire

by Rebecca Maguire

by Jenny Knuth

by Jenny Knuth

by Kathleen Wilson

by Kathleen Wilson

by Kathleen Wilson

by Joanne Meller

by Rebecca Berenson

by Pamela Hamilton

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