Botanical Illustration and Pattern Design


24 hours




Brunswick Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Gain fresh inspiration and develop your observational drawing and painting skills. Learn colouring tips and how to paint in watercolour for textile designs. You will observe and draw flowers, foliage and other natural found objects, thinking about line, shape, colour, texture, pattern and how to interpret them in different ways. You will then work with Photoshop to create pattern repeats and digitised print-ready images.

Course content

  • Drawing skills
  • Tonal drawing - lights and darks
  • Composition / layout
  • Use of colour - how to paint using watercolour
  • Paint in a looser style with mixed media or paint in a traditional botanical style
  • Use of Photoshop to create pattern repeats
  • Digitising of drawings, creating print-ready textile designs from your original drawings
  • Learning how to create print-ready files for outsourcing to print agencies


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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You should have at least beginners level experience with Adobe Photoshop. Students also need to be familiar with drawing/painting.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking. You will be emailed a comprehensive materials list on enrolment which will include watercolour paints, brushes, sketch pad etc.

Suited to

Perfect for a beginner or intermediate, with drawing or painting ability and beginner level photoshop skills, but wishing to develop them. Also for students who require additional practice and extra learning skills for courses they are already doing. School students in their final two years wishing to develop finished pieces for exams and for people searching for a creative outlet.


At the end of the course students will have created textile designs from botanical drawings and learnt how to turn them into repeats for printing, whether this be for your portfolio, for producing printed fabrics or for their enjoyment. 

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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