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Digitize traditional art work in Affinity Photo for Patterns

——   Created by Jenny Veguilla-Lezan

Taking traditional art digital for surface pattern repeats

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Are you an artist or illustrator that works in traditional mediums and are interested in surface pattern design? Do you perhaps paint with watercolors or gouache or sketch with color pencils and want to learn how to translate your art work into the digital medium for commercial use as surface pattern repeats? Well, in today’s class I am going to walk you through how to digitize traditional artwork and translate them into surface pattern designs using Affinity Photo on the iPad. Working with traditional mediums doesn’t mean you have to always create your repeat by hand and in this class I will show you my process for taking traditional artwork into the digital realm that still keeps its handmade look! 

Hello everyone! If this your first class with me, welcome! If you are a returning student, welcome back! I am Jen and I will be guiding you through this creative course. I’m a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and educator based out of the midwest and I run Bella + Sophia Creative studio. If you want to learn more about me, check out my youtube channel: The Freelance Life. There, you will get a behind the scenes view of the work I do as a creative freelancer and educator  as well as access to a huge library of additional free tutorials relating to art, design and illustration. I am a huge advocate for sharing knowledge in accessible ways and I have found online courses and places like Youtube are great places for this and help me to connect to a diverse group of people looking to learn and grow. 

In today’s class, we are going to be exploring the creative place where traditional art meets digital art. While I often work digitally, I do enjoy watercolor and other traditional art mediums like paint, graphite and color pencils. When you work traditionally by hand, you can still translate those pieces of art to a digital format for easier access for any commercial projects or projects that require digital files. Creating surface pattern repeats is a fantastic way to do this. We will go through the process of scanning artwork, prepping it for use in a repeat pattern, how to create the pattern in affinity photo, exporting your final file and some of the ins and outs of the affinity photo app. 

If this is your first time taking one of my classes relating to surface pattern design - Definitely make sure you check out my previous surface pattern design courses - I have a variety that cover everything from basic level topics that walk you through the entire process of designing from concept to final pattern to more advanced classes that explore building specific types of repeats like half drop patterns and even specific styles like quatrefoil designs. While this class is focused on using the Affinity apps on the iPad, I also have courses that walk you through the design process using the desktop affinity apps on a computer.

What the class is about

In this class, I will walk you through my process on how to create a repeating pattern from traditional art - in my case watercolor work - using the Affinity Photo app. I will first grow through preparing my art work for use in digital formats. We will then go through tips for scanning your artwork to make it easier to isolate your design elements, the scanning process keeping in mind artwork size and dpi, how to clean up your artwork and the process for isolating your design elements. We will also review exploring color variations of your artwork. Then we will begin to build out the repeat pattern using the design elements in affinity photo. Finally, we will test and export the final for for use with print on demand sties like spoonflower.

Make sure to check out the class resources for some helpful tools you can utilize while working on your class project. You can also check out inspiration over on my surface pattern design Pinterest board: 

If you want to see some of my design and illustration work - you can visit my website at: and you can also find some of my surface pattern work over on Spoonflower: 

Tools needed 

iPad with Affinity Photo installed

Apple Pencil or stylus

Scanner and computer 

Premade art work in a medium of your choice on non textured white paper

Who the class is geared toward 

This class is geared towards anyone interested in learning how to translate their traditional or analog art to a digital medium and create repeating patterns with them in Affinity Photo. Whether you are a beginner or pro, this course will go through all the steps necessary to bring your traditional art work into the digital space.  

The course project

An overview of the class project

For your class project, we will be creating a seamless repeating pattern using the traditional artwork that you created by scanning and digitizing in Affinity Photo. You will want to select artwork that is on clean white paper without much texture to ensure that it scans easily. We will clean it up, isolate the art and then go through the process of designing a repeating pattern with it using affinity photo. While I will be working with a watercolor piece, you can apply the steps we go through to any medium of your choice.

Once you complete your project, you can submit the following to the course project gallery to share with your fellow classmates and myself. 


When you are ready, upload the following to the project gallery

  1. Your final repeat pattern 

I am looking forward to creating with you today! Let’s get Started.

8 Lessons

5 mins
Course Intro
free preview
2 mins
Course project and tools needed
free preview
4 mins
Scanning in your artwork
9 mins
Removing the paper background
9 mins
Isolating and recoloring
10 mins
Creating the Repeat
7 mins
Exporting and Testing
2 mins
Course Outro

About the instructor

Jenny Veguilla-Lezan
Jenny Veguilla-Lezan
  • 13 students
  • 7 reviews
  • 28 courses

 I am a Chicago-born Latinxer (I'm a proud Puerto Rican and Mexican American) millennial, an educator, and a freelance creative with experience in graphic design, digital media, …

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  • 43m of on-demand video
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