Workflow: Designing my first patterns collection

4 Steps of creating a patterns collection

Here you’ll see developing of my first pattern collection from scratch

   It always seems impossible until it’s done

   -Nelson Mandela

1. Step

I already have a post about the importance of research before starting any design work. I decided to choose the flowers as the topic for my patterns + the beauty of fall beginning atmosphere.
In my first collection, I wanted to show the glory of the season between summer and fall. I found inspiration by field flowers and such plants like wheat and cotton. I also tried to combine this wild plants with lovely roses.
For the roses, I chose some photos that I made two years ago in a park in Ludwigsburg (Germany), for the other plants I created an art board in Pinterest.


  • VECTORIZING of sketches
To vectorize my sketches or photographs I use Adobe Illustrator, but Adobe Photoshop makes it also possible to create great patterns (not vector). For the first rose from photographs, I used the Image Trace Tool, with a reduced color amount. The second rose and the plant sketches I easily drew with the Blob Brush Tool and then colored it.

  • Now it’s time to design your own COLOR SCHEME!
For the color schemes, I usually use dragged and dropped colors from photographs taken by me. Sometimes I also use some inspiring pictures I saved on Pinterest at one of my mood boards. It’s important not to take some color schemes from anyone. Create yours by yourself, furthermore, it is one of the funniest parts of creating patterns!

  •  LAYOUT for finished collection
I like the idea to have the whole collection on one page at the end! So I can present it, or just look at it and be proud of me. I can see how the patterns fitting each other as well! So I try to prepare the layout before I start the designing.

3. Step

  • DESIGN Process
Before I choose the Patterns for my finished collection, I am going to design 10 to 15 Patterns in different colors, scale, complexity. These rule (which I think is absolutely amazing) I learned from Bonnie Christine taking her classes on Skillshare.
I picked out some themes which I am going to use in this collection:
  1. High complexity – lower complexity
  2. Geometrical Patterns
  3. A lot of colors – minimum of colors
  4. Diagonal grouping


  • ENDPRODUCT presentation
The 8 best working patterns will be shown in my finished collection. They have to harmonize with each other, it should be possible to combine them and to use separately.

  • MOCK-UPs
It’s a great way to show your patterns on the products, you can imagine them to be used on or to prove that they can be greatly combined together.

The whole collection you will also find in my SHOWROOM!

Please, give me feedback! Have you ever tried to design patterns? How looks your workflow like? What rules are you following?

I can’t wait to hear from you! 

! All images, illustrations, photographs, and designs are © Marina Rabcevic. You are not allowed to re-create, reproduce or sell in any way!
I don’t mind if you download the images for your own personal use though.
I would be happy if you share it, but please don’t forget to direct your reader to this post. Thank you!

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