Unlock your pattern-making skills with Domestika courses

If you’re anything like me, you have an ever-growing wishlist of creative online classes you want to buy/watch. Or is it just me? Domestika is running a super generous sale at the moment, so it’s the perfect time to make that fabulous wishlist shorter.

Domestika courses are some of the best ones out there, and they have many that are geared towards surface pattern designers specifically, so get ready to make some hard decisions!

Just in case you haven’t heard of Domestika, I’ll let them introduce themselves…

Domestika is the fastest-growing creative community where the best creative experts share their knowledge and skills through professionally produced online courses. It all started as an online forum and a small but dynamic showcase of creative professionals, designed to help them connect and learn from each other.

Inspired by their thriving community, Domestika widened its reach by producing online courses for anyone interested in unleashing their creative potential and connecting with like-minded creatives from around the world. Domestika carefully curates the teacher roster and produces all the courses in-house, to ensure a high-quality online learning experience for everyone. Today, the online community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about learning new creative skills.


I wrote a post some time ago explaining how the Domestika courses work and highlighting 10 of the best Domestika courses for surface pattern designers. I highly recommend you have a look at that post if you want more information about the platform or ideas about what courses to take.

They have many other courses with topics that are relevant for us pattern designers, including illustration, software, painting, etc… And the library keeps growing! Since my last post, there have been many awesome additions.

So, here are five more Domestika courses for surface pattern designers that I think you’ll love too!

Tip: press the CC button on the bottom right of these videos to turn on the subtitles if you need them!

Botanical Patterns in a Sketchbook: Conquer the Blank Page

by Polina Oshu
Enhance your home decor with a range of playful and inspired patterns and illustrations

Polina is a surface pattern designer based in Spain who loves creating floral patterns for textile, paper, and other media. She loves filling sketchbooks with beautiful illustrations.

This course is for you if you want to learn how to create striking botanical illustrations using colour theory, composition, and different drawing techniques.

Color Palettes for Vibrant Patterns

by Catalina Estrada Uribe
Learn how to develop unique color palettes and create unique patterns full of character

Catalina is the one of my favourite pattern designers and friend! She’s a fellow Colombian, illustrator and queen of colour, who has worked with some of the biggest names out there. I also highly recommend her other Domestika course, all about patterns.

This course is for anyone wanting to learn how to develop an intimate connection with colour to create patterns that express emotion. You’ll be working on creating a little collection of notebooks.

Pattern design for homeware products

by Elizabeth Olwen
Explore the beauty of nature by using experimental painting techniques to create a unique collection of floral illustrations

Elizabeth is a Canadian print and pattern designer who has a very distinctive graphic, clean style and uses wonderful colour palettes. She has a love for home decor and understands the importance of surrounding ourselves with beauty and joy in our everyday lives.

This course is for you if you want to learn the skills to develop beautiful matching prints and patterns with a harmonious balance of colours.

Analog and Digital Pattern Design

by Juan Díaz-Faes
Learn to create repetition designs with Illustrator, Photoshop and manual printing

Juan is a Spanish artist, illustrator and graphic designer. He brings a new perspective into the pattern design world with his heavy graphic style and his use of narrative.

This course is for anyone wanting to understand the function of different types of patterns, and to learn how to create a complex pattern using the basic rules of repetition with digital and analog exercises.

Print Design with the Half Drop Repeat Technique

by Mónica Muñoz Hernández (aka Moniquilla)
Create complex pattern repeats

Mónica is a Spanish textile and surface patter designer. She has a design studio specialising in textile, graphic design, home, packaging and stationery. Her style is very painterly and colourful, with some intricate designs and her designs have been used by some big brands.

This course is for you if you want to learn how to create prints with the half drop pattern repeat technique to create more complex patterns where the repetition is less noticeable.

I hope this selection inspired you and that it helps you deciding what course to take next. I promise you won’t be disappointed whatever class you choose, you’ll learn fabulous things from any of them.

And by the way, there are more pattern design courses that you can have a look at, just in case you’re looking for something different. There are also loads of other classes that might interest you in illustration, design software, crafts and many more creative endeavours. Just have a good browse, and I’m sure you’ll find something that tickles your fancy!

Have a lovely creative day, and I’ll see you soon :-)

I’ll get a small commission if you buy any of the products featured here (at no extra cost to you, but it does help run the blog!). But please be assured that I only recommend stuff that I would buy/use myself, and that’s a promise.

I am a designer, originally from Colombia and now living permanently in Cornwall, UK. I graduated in Product Design but since then have mostly worked in graphics for print and web. A few years ago I decided to specialise in Surface Pattern Design and I'm loving it!

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