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I’m Bärbel Dressler - a Swedish designer, with a nerdy passion for past times and vintage, a strict monthly Copic marker allowance and constantly ink stained fingers.

I live and work in Vega - which sounds like a remote galaxy, but is a small town just south of Stockholm where I live right next to the beautiful lake of Drevviken with my husband, two kids and a bunny who believes he's a dog.

With my newsletter I want to share tutorials, articles, tips and tricks about the world of pattern design, illustration, using professional markers, history, sewing, vegetarian recipes and running a one-woman creative business. My mission is to inspire and hopefully give you some learning curve shortcuts.

I'd love to know a bit about you too, so send me an email if you'd like, to barbel@bearbell.se.

Below are some features from previous issues of the newsletter. Enjoy!

XO / Bärbel


pattern design

In this article I share the process of creating my "painted" look when coloring my pattern motifs in Adobe Illustrator, plus how I made the Rose Garden pattern in this image.

creative business

In a series of articles I share the method for strategy planning I learned and lived by as a marketing project manager at a big global car brand - and how to use it on your small creative business as well. Access all posted articles here.


In this video I give you the full tour of my home design studio, share my tips and favorite tools and equipment.


If you are new to markers I have made a quick introduction video where I explain what they are and what you can do with them. Watch the video here.

find more articles on the History Repeating blog

Interested in learning more about pattern design and using markers?

Check out my courses on Skillshare