How to make a repeat pattern

I have been playing with repeat patterns a lot recently and thought it would be fun to do a little tutorial to show how very simple creating a repeatable tile can be. Take a peek below!…


Isobel Barber


On a clean piece of paper create your design in the middle of the page, without letting any of the design touch the edges (this is very important!). I like to hand-cut and stick all my designs onto paper the trusty old fashioned way, and then scan them in to my computer. However, you can draw straight onto an illustration programme such as Adobe Photoshop if you prefer.



Once your design is complete you are going to cut your drawing in half- (scary I know). Once you have the two pieces, switch them (see picture 1). TIP: Saving as a new file after each step, so you can easily go back, will soften the stress caused by inevitable fluff-ups! Ensure to pristinely line up the two halves.

Next you are going to cut your drawing in half again the other way- (yikes!) and flip those pieces (see picture 2). Now your design should be on all edges only, with a big blank space in the middle. You can now fill this space with the rest of your design (see below). However, remember again- make sure your design does not touch any of the four edges of the paper.


Ready to repeat


Once you finish filling in any desired space, you now have your repeatable tile. This can now be repeated using Adobe Photoshop, or similar software. Voila!…


Isobel Barber


Have a wonderful weekend x


Papercut Russian dolls

Here’s a little project I’ve been working on. Created to curb my recent pattern and colour craving! Made using 100% recycled paper.

Isobel Barber

Russian dolls 2014, cut recycled paper

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