Toile de Jouy



Have you ever looked at a Toile de Jouy pattern and wondered how someone could ever make such a complex and detailed pattern? And perhaps you wanted to make one yourself, but thought it seemed too difficult?

In this course I unveil all the secrets behind making this style of pattern design so that you can make a Toile de Jouy pattern of your own - from start to finish.

Toile de Jouy is the very sophisticated and decorative pattern design that first became popular in the late 18th century and has since then become a classic pattern. It is still very popular and frequently used for printing on fabric and paper and products ranging from wallpaper to stationery and all kinds of home decor and even fashion.

It's a fairly complex pattern though and may seem difficult to create, but in class you'll get all the knowledge, skills and tools you need. 



This is what you will learn:

  • The history behind the pattern - the story on how this particular pattern style evolved and became the classic it is today.

  • Different styles, what influenced the Toile de Jouy designs and what characterizes the patterns.

  • With some fun illustrating exercises we'll practice how to draw like an 18th century Toile designer so that you can mimic the style in your own Toile pattern.

  • How to plan your pattern, gather source material and create a color palette.

  • How to compose and create your motifs.

  • Digitalizing your illustrations - how to best scan and vectorize your pattern motifs in Adobe Illustrator.

  • Editing your motifs in Adobe Illustrator.

  • How to assemble your Toile motifs into a pattern repeat in three different layout styles.

  • How to color and recolor your Toile pattern.

This is an intermediate to advanced course, so you should be familiar with Illustrator and also know a bit about how a pattern repeat works and is constructed.


View the introduction video


Said about the course:

Such a fantastic class - really clear and well explained and I picked up the drawing style really quickly and easily. Thanks so much! / Jenny

This is one of the best classes I have seen yet. It's fun to watch and full of interesting content. The examples are a source of inspiration and and I found the pace just right and the techniques shown well explained and easy to follow. / Silvia

A very necessary class for anyone wanting to learn more about repeat patterns. / Linda

I totally recommend this class! Bärbel has a lovely visual way to explain her process. The class is really well put together with concrete examples. It was a joy! I am totally inspired. By the way I have been a graphic designer for 25 years and I learned a bunch of new things in this class. Bärbel you have a new fan! / Maria

Very interesting and thorough! I loved her presentation of the history and she went through at a steady pace but I felt it moved very well. Outstanding! / Sabrina

WOW!!! What a truly amazing class. One of the best I've seen on Skillshare and I have seen many :). In my opinion, THIS is what Skillshare is all about. Thank you Barbel for sharing your talent and process. / Sophia

What an amazing class, I loved the history lesson especially and the explanations are so good and thorough. I recommend it to illustrators of all sorts, not just pattern lovers! / Mira



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