Well, that's a small lie. Technically this was my second attempt at surface pattern design using Illustrator. My first try ended up as a boring wash of pinks and greys that didn't even line up. After following Skillshare tutorials this was my attempt at practicing the basics of pattern design, which turned out to be much harder than I thought. Even though I use Photoshop and other painting programmes regularly, Illustrator seems harder for me to navigate, which results in something that probably takes 1 second, taking me 10 minutes, but the more I use the programme, the better I'm getting at short cuts and such. For me this was an exercise in using colour because I tend to prefer muted palettes, blacks and greys. However, I wanted to push myself and use bolder colours, inspired by Russian folklore, to see where it took me.