I have BIG NEWS to share with you today!

I’ve been quietly working away on a newly updated version of Pattern Camp e-course for the past couple of months, and I’m excited to tell you that it’s now LIVE on Skillshare!

If you’re already a Skillshare member, you can simply go participate in the course now. It’s ready for you!
If you’re not a Skillshare member, I ask you: “why the aren’t you?!” Ha, I kid. But truly, it’s an amazing site filled with creative classes of all varieties. And you can sign up for $0.99 for the first 2 months. Practically free.

You can become a Skillshare member right here.

What is the new version of Pattern Camp all about, you might be wondering?

Well, it’s an updated version of my original live-weekend course, but it contains a bit less technical content, focusing on Illustrator (no Photoshop patterns in this course) and straight repeats (no fancy half-drops; if you’re wondering what the heck a half-drop pattern is, don’t worry about it yet. That’ll be for level 2!). (Hint: Pattern Camp Levels 2 and 3 will be coming down the pipeline.) (Here’s another sentence in parentheses, just for good measure. haha) And obviously it’s on Skillshare now, so that’s different; you can work through the course at your own pace and will have access to the course as long as you’re a Skillshare member. AKA: even more user-friendly than before. :)

Watch the video intro!


  • Use Illustrator – from setting up your workspace to specifics of how each tool works
  • Digitize hand-drawn artwork
  • Create artwork directly in Illustrator 2 ways – using the Pen Tool and using a Wacom tablet
  • Use the iPad Pro in your design process
  • Collect inspiration and use mood boards
  • Create your own color palettes
  • Easily edit colors using the Recolor Artwork Tool
  • Create a repeating pattern tile
  • Resize, export, and save your files

At the end of this course you’ll have all the technical skills you need to create your own repeating patterns and to begin building your portfolio. The obsession will have been planted; practice and play will help you grow the seeds and to see how they blossom in your creative life!


  • Adobe Illustrator (a 7-day free trial is available here)
  • Sketchbook or loose paper
  • Black pen and pencil
  • Camera, smartphone, or scanner
  • Wacom tablet (optional)
  • iPad Pro (optional)




Sound like fun? Head over to Skillshare to check out more details about the course and to start watching the video lessons.

You’ll be addicted to creating your own gorgeous patterns and will be addicted to pattern design in no time, I promise.

Come join the party!

Oh, and you’ll be invited to join the wonderfully inspiring private Pattern Camp Facebook group, too, which is full of creative souls who also love patterns. We’re waiting for you. :)

Happy Thursday, and I’ll see you on Skillshare!