Pattern Playing

In this painting course you will work with acrylic paint and mixed media materials. Design patterns on paper and incorporate them into an abstract painting!

Mixed-media painting class
‘Pattern Playing’

Let’s paint & pattern!

In this painting class I welcome you into the wonderful world of patterns. Step by step, I’ll be kindly guiding you through the process; from gathering inspiration, choosing a colour palette, designing your own patterns, applying them and create an amazing abstract piece of art.

Creating your own pattern design is the perfect way to completely lose yourself in the process. You don’t have to think too much; it can even feel like a meditation. Warning: it’s very addictive! 😍

Painting for all levels of experience

You can participate in this course if you have been painting for a while, but also if you have no experience at all. The course encourages you to play and, most of all: to enjoy the process. A perfect result is a nice bonus!

What you’ll get with this painting class:

  • Duration: approx. 3 hrs.
  • Self-paced painting class
  • Direct access
  • Video lessons easily accessible via your standard internet browser on Mac, PC, smartphone or tablet
  • Experience level: all
  • Printable workbook included
  • Feedback from Luz and your fellow students via our own private classrooms

Price: USD 95

    “The online workshop Pattern Playing is a must! I am very enthusiastic about Luz’ clear explanations and videos of how to create your own pattern ‘paradise’ (The name of this course alone makes you happy). Once you have purchased the workshop, you can ALWAYS look back at it. An absolutely attractive workshop with particularly beautiful results for both the beginner and the experienced artist. I’m happy to share my first results with you below!”


    Student 'Pattern Playing'

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    Patterns are everywhere!

    Before you’re getting started with creating your own patterns, you gather inspiration from things surrounding you in your daily life. As soon as you’ll get started with this course, you’ll find out that patterns are everywhere! If you only take a look around your house, you’ll discover them… So, you don’t need to go anywhere to spark ideas. Although, of course inspiration can be found in many places, from an inner city church through to a walk in nature.

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    Let’s play with patterns!

    In this painting course I’ll reveal the great secret of creating a balanced abstract mixed-media painting. The first step is choosing a colour palette and use those colours to create the foundation for your canvas. After that you start to draw your patterns on small pieces of paper. Once you have enough of these, you can begin your collage. Keep checking in with yourself after each piece is added: is this too much or does it need something adding? Once you feel a balance is achieved, your artwork is completed!

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    Mixed Media Techniques

    What I love about mixed-media, is you don’t need many materials to work with. As a basis, all you need is a canvas, acrylic paint and paper for your pattern-work. The rest is up to you! You could add pre-patterned paper, fabric, or even tea bags. I encourage you to think out of the box, as there are many resources you could use in your piece. Having said that, you don’t need much in order to follow this class.

    Painting for all levels of experience

    Whether you are an experienced artist searching for a fresh approach or have no art experience at all, this course is suitable for you! The lessons are designed to help you open up to new techniques, getting confidence in your own process and (re)discover the joy of painting.

    What you’ll get with this painting class

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    A workbook

    Alongside the course you will get a downloadable and printable workbook with extra information and inspiring pictures.

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    Instant &
    lifetime access

    The freedom to watch the course at your own pace, when you want to, as often as you wish. You can watch it from your desktop, but also from your tablet or your phone in a browser.

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    Your classroom

    You’ll get instant access to this class’ private classroom where you can meet other students, ask questions, share your results, and get valuable feedback on your work.

    “I enrolled in the Pattern Playing course of Brave Art Academy. I watched the full set of videos, then went to gather all my supplies and got to work. This class was so inspiring that I could not stop working at, or dreaming about, my art pieces for three days straight! Luz is an excellent teacher and I found her so aligned with my thinking – “it’s all about the process” and “know when to stop if it doesn’t add to the piece”! The course and workbook were so clear, of high quality, and so inspiring. Next time I will work with more muted colours and will work more on developing my patterns, although I was still very happy with my results. 😊 Thank you Luz.”

    Pattern Playing - Result by Nancy

    Nancy, Victoria, DC, Canada

    Student 'Pattern Playing'

    Main requirements for this painting class

    • A substrate to work on, this could be a canvas, but you could also work on thicker paper or on plywood. In this class I use two canvases in the size 30x30 cm.
    • Acrylic paint. In this course I use paint from the brand Winsor & Newton Galeria: Mixing White, Buff Titanium, Green Gold, Pale Olive, Olive Green en Burnt Umber and from the brand Royal Talens Amsterdam: Neutral Grey and Phthalo Blue. Of course, use your own favourite colour palette!
    • Brushes varying in deze and shape. I use the Rafael series, size 10, 4 and 0.
    • A solid rubber wallpaper seam roller (you can buy it in the hardware store at the wallpaper department) or a brayer.
    • A tear-off palette.
    • Water tin or jar to clean your brushes with and a towel to dry your brushes.
    • Paper for your pattern designs, old book pages are really great!
    • Different mark making materials, such as markers, fineliners, pens. I use the following Copic markers: YG95, YG97, YG99, BG09, BG 49, BG13, BG15, BG99 en B39. 
    • Glue, you could use gel medium (Talens Amsterdam). Wall paper glue (Perfax) will do fine as well!
    • Something to protect your table, and an apron to protect your clothes. 

    Suggested supplies for this painting class

    • Fabrics
    • Threads
    • Pieces of pre-patterned paper
    • Napkins
    • Kitchen towel or toilet paper
    • Soft pastels
    • Oil pastels
    • Acrylic ink
    • Flower petals and leaves
    • Other organic materials
    • In order to dry your work in a fast way, you could use a hair dryer
    • Day light lamp

    About Instructor


    Your art teacher: Luz Marloes Bloedjes alias Luz is an artist living in The Netherlands, creating colourful, abstract paintings and mixed media artworks. She enjoys long walks in nature. Back home she mixes her impressions with her rich inner world. When these two come together, magical creations are born. In addition to her work as an artist, she teaches adults and children in her studio since 2010. Since 2018 Luz is developing online classes, together with her partner, photo/videographer Anthony Verolme. “I am really thrilled by creating patterns. In a lot of my paintings you can see how I incorporate patterns. Also I use my paper patterns for art journaling and mixed-media pieces like angels..”

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    Class Includes

    • 14 Lessons
    • 12 Topics