You can change the sizing of your repeat with the Scale box. Double click the Scale tool on the toolbar. Make sure the ‘Patterns’ option is checked and select a percentage. If you need to change a colour, make your change to the grouped pattern and re-make the swatch giving it a new name.
Now that you have a repeating Illustrator Swatch, you can fill any shape with the pattern. Here I have used the pattern to fill type and created a t-shirt graphic. You could also mask the pattern into a circular template for a plate, a mug, or a rectangular shape for a section of wallpaper. The possibilities are endless!
Who: Jess Volinski has been working as a freelance illustrator and surface designer since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City several years ago. Her style is a fluid mix of flowing shapes, florals, and figurative forms. Jess has created illustrations, textile designs, t-shirt art, and repeat patterns for a diverse array of clients including Adobe, Georgia-Pacific and Hershey. Her most recent illustrations can be seen in Honolulu Magazine.
Contact: www.jessvolinski.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Software: Adobe Illustrator
Time to complete: 4-5 hours