How to Add Patterns to Clothing by Colleen

Hi All! Colleen Schaan here … there are a lot of things to celebrate this month… the release of The Copic Coloring Guide Level 3: People (woot- woot), Halloween, and of course, Kristy’s birthday!

I’m so honored Kristy asked me to join her for the 31 days of fun this month!

Today, I’ve got a fun coloring tutorial for you using some of the adorable images in Kaylee’s Closet Wardrobe set. This set has some awesome fashion designs and I want to show you how to enhance Kaylee’s wardrobe with…

“How to Add Patterns to Clothing”

Supplies Needed
Copic Markers (colors listed with final project)
Smooth White Cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card)
Dye Ink (Espresso Truffle – Memento)
Image (Kaylee’s Closet Wardrobe – Some Odd Girl)
Copic Multiliner

Step 1
Stamp Kaylee Image onto white cardstock, set aside. (Notice I stamped the shirt/dress on her also for placement.)

Step 2
Stamp A-line shirt/dress onto white cardstock.

Step 3
Base color the entire shirt (G40 used here)

Step 4
Add additional shades to create the look of fabric drapes and wrinkles. (G82/G43/YG45)

*Check out my YouTube videos Part 1 and Part 2 for more details on how to create the look of folds.

Step 5
Begin adding stripes to the shirt using a coordinating color inking pen. (.3 Sky Blue Multiliner)

Here’s the trick… do NOT just draw in straight, parallel lines. Notice how strange this shirt looks with straight lines?

The material is NOT straight and smooth; it has ripples and curves around the body. Your patterns should follow these movements.

Think about the fabric. Notice how the darker areas look like the fabric is closer to the body and the lighter areas seem to be the fabric moving out and away, catching the light?

Make sure your pattern dips in where the shadows are and pushes or bulges out where the highlights are. (I like to think “n” shape for shadow and “u” for highlight) The key is to make the connections between these shapes smooth and seamless.

Notice how the lines curve slightly as a whole as they move from one side to the other. This will help show the volume of the body underneath. And check out the top; see how the lines on each fold are going a different direction? Remember to think of the shape of the body underneath and how that stretches the fabric.

Step 6
Stamp Capri pants onto white cardstock.

Step 7
Color Capri pants (B91/B93/B95/B97)

Step 8
Add texture to the pants by dampening a rag with colorless blender and holding it over colored area for a few seconds.

Step 9
Color up Kaylee image leaving shirt area uncolored.

Step 10
Cut out and attach pants to colored Kaylee Image.

Step 11
Cut out patterned shirt and attach to Kaylee image. *(I also stamped, colored and cut out flower for her hair)

With all of the wonderful wardrobe options for Kaylee and her friends, have fun adding pattern and texture to your next SOG image – it will make you smile… and you can never have too much happy!

Supply List
Cardstock: Kraft, Guacamole (Bazzill Basics)
X-Press It Blending Card (Imagination International Inc)
Patterned Paper: Summer Fresh (Simply Stories)
Dye Ink: Espresso Truffle (Memento – Tsukineko)
Image: Kaylee’s Closet Wardrobe (Some Odd Girl)
Copic Markers: skin – E000/E50/B60/E21/E04
hair – Y18/Y26/YR14/E99/E37
shirt – G40/G82/G43/YT45/sky blue multiliner
eyes – B12/B28
jeans – B91/B93/B95/B97
flower – Y18/RV52/RV55/RV09
cast shadows – BV20

Are you interested in learning more about how to color people, clothing and patterns? Check out our newest book in the Copic Coloring Guide series… Level 3: Coloring People. Available at Annie’s or your favorite Copic retailer!

And even though it’s Kristy’s birthday, I want to give YOU a gift… leave a comment on THIS post for a chance to win a signed copy of the new book! Post your comment by Wednesday, October 31st to be included in the drawing! Winner will be announced on Kristy’s blog on November 5th!

Now go out… and color your world!


  • Annette Allen says:

    wow that is way too cool…love this..

  • Jess D says:

    That is totally fabulous! I love the pattern on the shirt!

  • jessica says:

    WOW!! What an awesome tutorial and stunning final result. Your coloring is incredible!!!
    Thanks for sharing this technique!!

  • Amy O says:

    Great Tut! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • maria mendoza says:

    thanks for the chance to win. I could really use this book

  • Mildred says:

    Great tut! Thanks for sharing your wonderful skills! Hope I can tried it soon!

  • Sandra Strait says:

    Fantastic coloring! Thank you for the tip on adding texture to the jeans!

  • Tami says:

    WOW! thanks for sharing!

  • Angi Rankin says:

    Great tutorial, Colleen! I can’t wait to get my hands on the new book.

  • Viane Eichelberger says:

    I am just discovering Copic Markers. I love the things you are able to do with them.

  • Billie A says:

    Oh Colleen, this is just what I was looking for. How to color the folds in clothing and I love the additional lines to give the outfit a pattern look. I so need your book for the people clothing coloring. I love your work and great tutorial.. I do subscribe to your blog so I will have to check out your clothing U-tube videos.

  • Lynda says:

    Wow…fantastic tutorial… I love all the closeup photos and details in your description. Thank you for the chance to win the’s on my wish list!

  • Anna Sigga says:

    Love this tutorial – and how clever is that!

  • Carolyn says:

    Great tutorial! Appreciate the “what not to do” picture!

  • Rae Ann says:

    I was just looking at this book this morning! I will definitely be adding into my cart as soon as it’s available…unless I get it here first! Love the idea of adding patterns to the clothing and will definitely keep the tips in mind as I try my hand. Thank you for the great tutorial and the chance to win!

  • Net says:

    Wow that is just an awesome technique! Thanks for sharing.

  • Lucianna says:

    I love the texture and that you did everything separately, somehow my brain forgets that you can do that 😉

  • Nancy Walker says:

    I love this tutorial, Colleen! Thanks for sharing it with us and for making us think about how the patterns should go to show the body shapes under the clothing. I hadn’t thought about that for a long time, and I remember learning this in my figure drawing classes at art school long ago! Thanks for the reminder!

  • Jessica Johnson says:

    Oh my gosh that is soo cool! I love how you colored them!! Soo cute!!! Wish I could color like that!

  • rachel mutchler says:

    This was an Awesome Tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • DianeL says:

    Thank you, thank you. What a fabulous way to go. Can’t tell you how much I appreciate receiving this type of information.

  • eva says:

    wow, awesome tutorial! thanks for the idea!

  • Patricia says:

    Great tutorial I love it =)

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  • Nick says:

    I loved this tutorial! It make such a difference when you make a pattern. I would love to learn more about this.

  • zenpen says:

    wonderful coloring & tutorial.

  • Kimberli Sarsfield says:

    Colleen, I love how you easily step us through a process that kicks clothing up a whole notch! I am thoroughly inspired!

  • Patricia St Martin says:

    Colleen, Awesome job! Enjoyed your tutorial. Love the designs, so now I’m going to have to try your idea’s.
    Hugs, Patricia

  • Cindy says:

    Nice, nice tutorial. Love the colors!

  • Stephanie-Emma says:

    oooh! me! me! me! pleeeaaassseee i need this book!! The first two were excellent and i’m sure this one will too. Gorgeous card and fab tut, i love those jeans especially! Need to be braver with the blending solution!! xx

  • Sharon Roselli says:

    This is so awesome! love the shirt with lines I never would of thought about the movement of the material. Thank you so much for showing how to do this. I will have to practice. still practicing the folds I learned from your last post. The jeans look like ones my daughter wears except hers have holes.

  • Sue D says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial –esp about adding the stripes.

  • Lynne Ingram says:

    Wonderful tutorial. I already purchased books 1 & 2 so I would love to win book 3. Copics are wonderful to color with eventhough I am still a beginner.

  • terriavidreader says:

    Great tutorial. I can use all the help I can get! And thanks for a chance to win too!

  • Linda Carson says:

    Cool! Loved this tutorial! Thank you!

  • Dorothy Roller says:

    I just got my first copic markers and the blender. I really need to win this book because I have no clue how to color and do the beautiful work I see on cards and this book will really help me learn how to use these markers properly to make fantastic cards and ATC’s that I do.
    Thank you for wanting to give one away. I just hope I win. 🙂

  • Rhonda Wilson says:

    Colleen is AWESOME! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Cyndi Elliott says:

    Thanks for sharing your awesome directions AND the perfect giveaway

  • Trish Klemann says:

    HI Colleen –
    Great tutorial! Met you last week in Copic class. Pretty awesome stuff!

  • Andrea says:

    Awesome tutorial!!! Thanks Colleen! Great giveaway too!!

  • Judy B says:

    Great tutorial and awesome giveaway!!

  • Angie says:

    Thanks for the awesome information! (and the chance to win!) Love the technique used for the capri pants.

  • Naomi Hanson says:

    Thank you for the tutorial! I will have to try it out.

  • Ardilla says:

    WOW, this is a great tutorial! Thanks for teaching like this…. it looks so fun!

  • Bridget says:

    Fantastically coloring & tutorial. I’d love a chance to win the book! Thanks

  • Bridget says:


  • Lyn tomlin says:

    Great tutorial! Though you make it look a lot easier than it is!! I will definitely try it out!

    • colleen says:

      Lyn, Oh no… it’s really very simple if you break it down into the basics. Anyone can do it!!! Go for it! Hugs

  • Helene says:

    This is awesome, I really love how it turned out, must try that technique….

  • Emily Shroom says:

    Great tut, love the first two Copic books so can’t wait to check out the new one.

  • Mary Sara P. says:

    Amazing. Thanks for the tip about the lines. I have a lot to learn.

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  • sharon marston says:

    I think this is a very clever way of making clothing stand out more, very well done and very nicely explained that i think even a beginner like myself could achieve something like it. love it, hugs sharon

  • Ann C says:

    Thanks for the awesome tips, Colleen!! You’re the bomb! Hoping the computer Gods pick me!!

  • Sharette says:

    I saw this on my FB page.. what a great magazine.. I don’t own copics.. but I can still learn a lot about coloring and different techniques.


  • Linda W. says:

    OMGoodness I would love to have the Copic coloring guide….there is so much that I need to learn. I do have some Copics there is so much to learn when using them.
    I would love to have this magazine…thank you for a chance to win one.
    Thank you for all the lessons that you are giving to everyone.

  • Nicole says:

    GREAT tutorial, I love the tips and I’ll definitly try it. I want to copic coloring book sooo bad.

  • Cheryl says:

    This is a great tutorial! I can’t wait to try them myself!

  • mary pat says:

    oh wow- so in awe of your talent!! thanks for sharing this!!

  • KellyG says:

    Awesome! Someday I might be able to color like that!

  • Lucy Cruz says:

    Super cute image!!! I love the folds in her dress 🙂

  • PaperDaisies says:

    Would love chance to win. Thanks for all the tutorials. Hugs Nina

  • Karen Mc says:

    thanks for the lesson, I liked it, and would love to win the book too!
    ~Karen Mc

  • Sandra says:

    What a fun tutorial! I love adding patterns to my SOG clothing! 😀 TFS

  • Kathi R says:

    Thanks for a wonderful tutorial and the chance to win your new book!

  • Lindsay F says:

    Great work on the clothes… I love the way they turned out, looks awsome.

  • Angie Ha says:

    Love the final product. I think I’m going to have to start searching my house for fabrics I can cut up and use to give texture 😀

  • Liz O says:

    Fantastic tutorial Collen! hank you for sharing and for the generous prize for grabs!!!
    Have a lovely day!

  • Ashley N Newell says:

    What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  • Kimberly says:

    This is a nice tutorial and a great giveaway!

  • Marie says:

    Whaowwwww, a new book to discover

  • Bronwen says:

    Super fantastic tutorial you have done here.
    Wow would love to own the copic colouring guide thank you for the opportunity.
    Have a great day xo

  • Claret says:

    Colleen, your coloring is so mood altering! I find myself just smiling and grinning while I am listening to or watching your coloring techniques. Thanks for all you have done for us to learn about Copic markers.

  • Karyn Schultz says:

    what an amazing tutorial! thanks for the detailed step-by-steps. I have just purchased this new colouring guide and love it!!!

  • Loz ♥ says:

    love what you did to the pants 🙂

  • Zehra says:

    that is such an awesome tutorial, loved the pants and the pattern on the dress TFS, thanks for a chance to win, so wonderful.

  • Kelly says:

    Fantastic tutorial. Love all that you did to the clothing. Think I’ll be trying this. Love these books, I have all the others, just waiting for this one to come to the U.K so I can it to the others. Thanks for giving us the chance to win a signed copy x

  • JLJ Designs says:

    I would LOVE to win a signed copy of your new book, Colleen. Thanks for the great tutorial.


  • Daina How says:

    What a wonderful tutorial, thanks for sharing! Would love to win your new book as i have all the others and have taken your copic class! I am a big fan of your coloring, can you tell?? 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Tiffany says:

    Oh wow!! Thank you soo much for the chance to win this book!! I could really use it!! I need all the help I can get!! Lol. I would love to win! Thank you!

  • MelissaO says:

    That’s for the great mini tutorials. 🙂 I could certainly use all the advise your book has to offer !

  • Christy says:

    Totally adorable and such a fun way to.spruce up the images!! I love it!! Hoping I get chosen asva winner of the book!!

  • Angela says:

    This tutorial ia awesome!!! Thank you!!!

  • Sherry Wegner says:

    This Is amazing thanx for sharing …. love the pattern ..

  • Amy H says:

    Awesome giveaway! Would be such a great resource to have. Thanks for a chance to win 🙂

  • Deborah A Addis says:

    Just got the 1st 2 a couple of weeks ago and know they are really going to help me learn. Would love to add this one.

  • Jennyfer L says:

    Who would have thought of this…Creating patterns with your copics…Wow! Love this and owuld love to win the book!

  • Barb Murphy says:

    LOVE this! I love your coloring tips…I’m slowly improving 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win the book 🙂

  • Jennifer Ferrell says:

    Oh my goodness! Her outfit is so cute that I want it too! I. I can hardly wait to get the new book!!!
    Kristy I hope your birthday is the most fabulous ever!!!
    Kindest regards,

  • Annette says:

    Fantastic tutorial, thank you for sharingX:)

  • Beth says:

    Great tutorial, thanks for the chance to win! Always looking to learn as much as possible!

  • Sheila says:

    Awesome tutorial!! I loved learned the wavy lines. Thanks!!

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  • Laura Karaba says:

    Would LOVE to win this book! (Thanks for the chance to win free stuff to feed my papercrafting addiction!)

  • Embossing Queen says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I would have just done straight lines and not thought about the shaping. I always adore your colouring. Thanks for the chance to win your fantastic book!

  • Gin Oak says:

    Thanks for the reminder about how fabric falls and I love those pants 🙂

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