Create New Freedom With a Career or Side Hustle in Surface Pattern Design

2024 Immersion is Closed

ENROLLMENT Feb 13 - 20

Immersion is only offered once a year.

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Freedom to Dream

The best way to accomplish your goal is to immerse yourself in the learning, the industry, and in a community that knows how exactly to support you and lift you up.

Freedom to Start

Freedom to Grow

Freedom to Create

Freedom to Build

Whether you want to:

Design products to share with your friends and family. 

Hello, curious creative!

Create income from your artwork with a hobby that you love. 

Hello, side hustler!

Design a career for time, location and financial freedom. 

Hello, full-time designer!

You’re in the right place.

Together, we'll bring more joy and beauty into the world through your artwork. The world needs your art, your voice and your persepctive!

The Immersion Course

The Surface Design Immersion Course is a beloved 8-week online training program for those who want to learn Adobe Illustrator, the art of surface pattern design, how to become a licensing artist, and create a sustainable business as a creative entrepreneur. 

Founded on Impact

Surface Design Immersion was founded in 2018, with the vision to impact creative individuals around the world to achieve location, time, and financial freedoms with their art as a creative entrepreneur.




A Comprehensive Course for ALL Creatives

Immersion will give you the training, tools, inspiration, and support on your journey to creating a successful career or side hustle in surface pattern design.

Experience the Breathtaking World of Surface Pattern Design with the All-New 2024 Course

Hey there!

I'm Bonnie Christine


Internationally renowned Surface Pattern Designer, Entrepreneur, and Award-Winning Online Educator

I've been where you are...

When this was my dream, I didn’t have a clue where to start. But then ...

I decided,¬†‚ÄúI‚Äôve got to stop just dreaming¬†about this and just¬†start doing something to invest in my future.‚ÄĚ

That was my starting place ‚ÄďZERO. I had zero experience and no idea how to get started.

Fast forward through overcoming fears and doubts and doing one thing a day to make it to where I am now - a multi-seven-figure business owner living a life I love more every day.

The journey to creating the life of your dreams will be clouded with uncertainty and overwhelm. I know it well.

But if you don’t step into it despite the fear, nothing will change.

You shouldn't have to learn the hard way. I’ve taken everything I’ve learned over the last 14 years about becoming a successful surface designer and packaged it in a fun and impactful learning experience.

"I have learned more in this course than I did in a whole year in college studying graphic design. Immersion literally changed everything for me."  

- Patty Basemi

Hear from Students

Meet students from all over the world and from every life stage who have crafted a career they love.

Stephanie Sliwinski 

I got a fabric licensing offer on graduation day of Immersion ... but I very respectfully said no thank you. That's because Immersion gave me this boost of confidence, like you can go for your dreams. Just two weeks later, I was licensed with my dream fabric company, now working on my 12th collection with them. Immersion didn't just equip me with the skills; it instilled in me the confidence to pursue what truly felt right, transforming not just my career but my family life as well, allowing me to work and be here with my three kids. It's completely the family freedom that I have now.

Jessica Rose

After Immersion, I was able to do something I never thought possible - make money from my art! My entire outlook has changed along with my brand and future career goals. I worked on several collections since graduation and pitched to Moda Fabrics, they sent over a contract almost immediately! My first fabric collection will release summer/fall 2024 and I can't believe how it all came to be. What a dream come true!

Dora Cuenca 

I was curious about taking the Immersion Course for a while, but kept telling myself I probably didn't need it, since I have a degree in Graphic Design. However I was feeling stuck and I had so many questions about the industry. I am a stay at home mom of 3 little ones, so Time is GOLD! Trying to teach myself all these things was taking forever and was also lonely. I took the plunge and signed up for Immersion. It was one of the best decisions I made for my business. I'm now creating murals all over the city, and was even commissioned for one in our local Madewell store! I'm really grateful for Bonnie's way of teaching and the community she has brought together.

Amber Elliot

As soon as I received the email from Riley Blake wanting to bring me on board, I remembered Bonnie's advice to appreciate each achievement. Immersion was a turning point for me, transitioning from a software engineer with no control over my life to having the freedom to choose projects that fulfill me creatively. Now, I can plan my life, be there for my kids, and manage my business on my terms. Immersion didn't just teach me surface pattern design; it empowered me to take control of my career, leading to a contract with my dream company. This journey has been about more than becoming a fabric designer; it's been about realizing my dream of flexibility and control over my work and life.

Immersion is absolutely THE best online course I've ever taken, and I've taken a TON. Bonnie is JOY! This course is the only one I have ever finished! 

- Lisa Hetrick

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If you want to master surface pattern design and can carve out 8 weeks for your creative dreams, this course is your golden ticket. 

- Ivy Conner

8 Weeks to Success

The Surface Design Immersion Course is your comprehensive 8-week journey to success.

More than a learning experience, it's an adventure to transform your life, designed specifically for creative minds like yours. Whether you’re a beginner or an established artist ready to elevate your career, this course will guide you through every step of becoming a successful licensing artist and creative entrepreneur!

It is amazing how with an 8-week course you can transform your life completely! I am so happy and proud of my accomplishments!

- Dora Bami

Immersion Experience Timeline


FEB 13 - 20

Immersion Enrollment + Module 1

Feb  20

Course Materials Mailed

Feb 26

Orientation Week +    Module 2

Mar 4 - 18

Modules 3 - 4 Released

Mar 25 - Apr 22

Modules 5 - 8 Released

April 29

Graduation Ceremony

module 1  


Start with a comprehensive introduction to the world of surface pattern design, practical tools, mindset management, and preparation for future modules. This module establishes a solid foundation for success in the creative industry.

Module 2

Gathering Inspiration  

Learn to actively seek and organize inspiration from around you and translate your discoveries into tangible elements of design. You'll soon be observing the environment and collecting ideas in preparation to creating original, meaningful work in your surface designs.


Illustrator Essentials

Dive into the world of Adobe Illustrator where you'll master the essentials of vector illustration. Hone your skills through practical exercises, ensuring you emerge with a productive workflow and progress in an approachable, easy to learn format.

Module 4

Illustrator advanced

Learn how to take your advanced Illustrator skills and begin making art. Discover how to create artwork from sketches, photos, paintings, foraged items, lettering and more. Learn the art of colors in Adobe and master all of the color tools available to you.

Module 5

Repeating Pattern Mastery

Begin to explore or hone your signature style, then move on to learning how to design every type of repeating pattern in Adobe Illustrator. You'll learn how to create tossed, geometric, layered, textured, half-drop, striped, plaid, diagonal, and border print repeating patterns with ease.

Module 6

Designing in Collections

Learn the art of creating both mini and full-size complete surface pattern design collections. Discover ways to weave a story into your designs and gather inspiration to create a heartfelt, consistent, and balanced approach to each collection. Build a portfolio that will captivate your audience.

Module 7

Income from your Artwork

Learning how to create income from your artwork is the key component to creating a sustainable career. Learn how to choose an industry, license your work, navigate copyright and negotiate contracts. Then dive into adding multiple streams of revenue.

Module 8

Creative Entrepreneurship

Learn the essentials of building a captivating brand, heartfelt marketing, and leveraging social media for authentic growth. You'll get tools for financial literacy and time management, preparing you to thrive in the creative industry with confidence and strategic insight.

Immersion is more than a course... 
it’s an experience.

Here's What's Inside:

Click on the + below to get a detailed overview of each module.

Unique to the Immersion Experience


As an Immersion Student, you'll always have access to the 2024 course. You can work away at your own pace and revisit the course content again and again. Revisit, rewind and refresh anytime you need to!


Join students from all over the world as Bonnie personally guides you through the depths of this course. Share your work, your struggles and... your SUCCESSES! Bonnie, the experts, and the community are ready to support you.


Get your questions answered with LIVE interactive Q&A calls, a place to share your work, and a way to connect deeply with other students. Meeting other like-minded creatives is part of what makes this experience so magical.

Focus & Flexibility

Follow the curriculum as it's released, or work at your own pace with one of our custom learning timelines. Either way, you’ll have prompts, actionable assignments, and an approachable, bite-sized curriculum to help keep you on track.

Amazing Searchability

We use an incredible platform that allows you to search videos by any keyword and instantly see every video where I say a specific word (a game changer for learning!). We also have closed captioning and transcripts for all lessons. 


The course is backed by a 100% satisfaction 14-day money-back guarantee. You can invest in your future absolutely risk-free. If you're unhappy with Immersion in the first 2 weeks, I'll give you your money back.

The best part of the Immersion course was the community. The bravery and courage to try new things. It was a place that felt like home. The resources, videos, and explanations that I still use to this very day!  

-Cassandra Zaniboni

A Comprehensive Course for ALL Creatives

Immersion will give you the training, tools, inspiration, and support on your journey to creating a successful career or side hustle in surface pattern design.




The Immersion course is taught through 8 modules released over 8-weeks. 

This comprehensive course includes more than 225 training videos, a gorgeous 438 page printed course workbook, three live sessions each week to get your questions answered, support from our team of 25+ experts and guides from around the globe, an incredible community, and so much more.

Enrollment for the Immersion Course is offered just once per year. 


The Immersion Course turned out to be a game-changer, offering not just technical know-how but a comprehensive toolkit, from mastering Adobe software to honing marketing and social networking skills.

- Michiyo Wrachford

Surface Design at a Glance

One Experience With All the Tools You Need


‚úĒÔłŹ Master Adobe Illustrator

‚úĒÔłŹ Create Repeating Patterns

‚úĒÔłŹ Work in Collections

‚úĒÔłŹ Build a Portfolio

‚úĒÔłŹ Choose an Industry

‚úĒÔłŹ Start Making Contacts


‚úĒÔłŹ Gather Industry Resources

‚úĒÔłŹ Negotiate Contracts

‚úĒÔłŹ Confidently Copyright

‚úĒÔłŹ Learn how to Pitch

‚úĒÔłŹ Develop your Signature Style

‚úĒÔłŹ Design your Brand


‚úĒÔłŹ Build Confidence 

‚úĒÔłŹ Remove overwhelm

‚úĒÔłŹ Stay Motivated

‚úĒÔłŹ overcome imposter syndrome

‚úĒÔłŹ manage rejection

‚úĒÔłŹ stay focused

Comprehensive & Convenient

8 Comprehensive modules 

+ 1 Orientation Week and 2 Implementation Weeks

225+ Video Training Lessons

All newly recorded for 2024! Broken into bite-sized, manageable lessons that build on each other. 

Audio Downloads + Closed Captioning

Videos are searchable with the option of closed captions & transcripts. 

Worksheets & Interactive Exercises

Learn by applying with sample documents, exercises sheets and actionable assignments.

incredible searchability

The ability to search videos for words & phrases & an Ai model trained by course content to help keep you unstuck.

community & connection

Meet like-minded BIG-hearted creatives. Add on a Study Group for a small group of peers to go through the course with.

The love squad

Support and feedback from our love squad of over 25 alumni experts trained and eager to help you.

Live Q&A Sessions

2 Live Q&A calls each week with Bonnie + 1 expert office hours to keep you moving forward

Learn From Bonnie Christine

Internationally Renowned Surface Pattern Designer, Entrepreneur, and Award-Winning Online Educator

Bonnie has been creating artwork for brands and products around the world since 2009.

Her journey of being a completely self-taught designer and learning 'the hard way' is exactly what drives her passion for teaching. Over the past 12 years, she’s taught over 60,000 students the art of surface pattern design and the business side of being a successful creative entrepreneur.  

She’s watched countless students accomplish their biggest goals and begin the career of their dreams. Stories of students being able to finally leave their day job to work creatively full-time, creatives who have retired their spouses or been able to stay at home with their children. Students have gone on to become fabric designers, launch their own manufacturing companies, release clothing lines and so much more.

Inside Immersion, you’ll learn directly from Bonnie both the technical and business side of becoming a successful surface pattern designer. After you learn the essential skills, her beloved training will also teach you how to grow your business, establish a reliable income, connect with your audience from the heart and embrace the freedom of working for yourself. Work anytime you want and from anywhere you want in the world.

I left Immersion telling all my friends about this AMAZING course. I didn‚Äôt feel like anything could have been improved. I loved every minute. Once I started taking the course I was like ‚ÄúYes, I am so glad I took this leap of faith!‚Ä̬†

- Sandra Eide

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Making the decision to invest was scary, but there was something inside me that just pulled me towards it. This course was the best decision I have ever made. It opened up a whole new world for me and I haven’t looked back yet.

- Stephanie


Turn your creativity into a side hustle OR new career

Beautiful Business Ideas

Learn Creative Ways to Sell Your Designs in Hundreds of Industries


















→ Ceramics




Before the course was even over, I signed my first fabric licensing deal!

- Josie Adams

The Student Workbook and Box Experience

The all-new Surface Design Immersion Box Experience is packed with tools and resources to support you on your journey to becoming a Creative Entrepreneur, including: 

  • Course Workbook packed with 430+ pages of
    supporting tools, resources, and study guides
  • Keyboard shortcut stickers and reference guide
  • Abundance Mindset Cards (our¬†Weeds & Seeds Cards)
  • Habit Tracker + Interactive Journey Map to track your¬†progress
  • Certificate of Achievement, complete with dreamy gold foil
  • Your¬†Field Guide (an inspiration notebook)

And many many more fun surprises!

This box experience is designed to increase your productivity and put YOU at the center of the journey.

Comprehensive. Convenient. No Travel Required.


Experience the magic of holding something that didn't exist before you created it.


Learn at your own pace and rewatch the videos as often as you’d like. In Immersion, there's no such thing as being behind. 


Watch videos and take notes in your course workbook. We've got closed captioning and transcripts available, as well.


Participate whenever works best for you and from wherever you are in the world.


Connect with artists and designers all over the world who speak your language and want to lift you up and see you succeed.

Who Is This Course For?

Surface design creates a unique and especially beautiful career. It allows you to use your creativity to fulfill 3 HUGE goals - time freedom, location freedom and financial freedom.
¬†‚ėÜ Time Freedom

¬†‚úĒÔłŹ¬†You want time freedom.¬†To be able to choose what days of the week you work, and what hours in the day that you work.

‚úĒÔłŹ¬†You want less stress¬†and a career¬†that allows you to express your creativity to its fullest.

¬†‚ėܬ†Location Freedom

‚úĒÔłŹ¬†You¬†want location freedom.¬†The¬†freedom to work from anywhere in the world.

‚úĒÔłŹ¬†You¬†want¬†to create the beauty¬†that you want to see¬†come alive in the world.

¬†‚ėܬ†Financial Freedom

‚úĒÔłŹ¬†You want financial freedom.¬†You're done trading time for money and working by the hour.¬†

‚úĒÔłŹ¬†You want to change your life.¬†You're willing to commit and do the work, knowing that it takes work to create the life and career you want.

Underneath the Surface

Step past doubt and into your creative power, bolstered by foundational lessons that solidify your confidence to share and sell your art.


Step past doubt and into your creative power, bolstered by foundational lessons that solidify your confidence to share and sell your art.

Clarity + Vision

Map out your journey with focused clarity, using our modules to define your aspirations and craft a vision that guides your journey in surface design.


Gain practical, hands-on expertise through in-depth Illustrator training, from creating your first pattern to mastering advanced design techniques for standout collections.


Lean on a backbone of encouragement and expert insights. Our team is here to answer your questions and propel you forward at every step.


Grow with others who share your passion. Forge lasting connections, share ideas, and celebrate successes in our community.

Immersion by the Numbers

Master the skills to create artwork for surfaces like fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Create something beautiful and build an entire breathtaking career from your home. 

2024 Bonus Modules

All students of the 2024 Immersion Course will also get the following bonuses!


The History of Surface Pattern Design

Join Bärbel Dressler as she teaches you about the background of surface pattern design from a historical perspective. You’ll learn how surface pattern design has evolved from pre-historic time up till today and learn how we can be inspired by historical pattern styles today.


Intro to Gesture Drawing

 Level up your drawing skills with Meghann Rader by learning to capture the basic structure of your subject through the use of line, shape and speed. Gesture drawing gives life and energy to your art and can help you develop a natural, signature style. With practice it can become second nature to draw almost anything - like animals, people and flowers!


iPad Pro: Adobe Illustrator and Procreate

Join Genna Blackburn as she teaches you how to draw motifs on the iPad that can later be imported to Adobe Illustrator on the desktop to create repeating patterns. You'll learn her two favorite programs: Adobe Illustrator for iPad & Procreate.


Mockup Magic with Sarah Watts

Join Photoshop expert Sarah Watts and learn simple ways to create custom mockups in both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. You'll leave with an introduction to Photoshop and your own custom mockups ready for your portfolio!

Bonus #5

Art for Products: Leverage Your Portfolio & Sell Your Own Products

Learn from Stacie Bloomfield as she teaches you how you to let your artwork WORK FOR YOU by selling your own products. She'll cover the 6 components that you need to not only get your art onto products but to also SELL THEM.


Launch Your List: E-mail Marketing for the Creative

Join Kiley Bennett as she walks you through the step by step process of creating and launching an email list. Learn the impact e-mail marketing can have on your creative career, how to design a beautiful opt-in, set up a heartfelt e-mail sequence and allow your artwork to be seen by the world!

Guest Lessons

Style with Jeanetta Gonzales

 Learn from Jeanetta as she teaches you how to build your confidence, make strong compositions and develop your style. She'll also discuss common myths that artists believe and debunk them to help you see that these myths may be holding you back.


Textures with Lissie Teehee 

Let’s talk about texture in Adobe Illustrator! In any artwork or design, we begin to form our motifs with lines, shapes, and colors. Texture is an added element you can bring in to create character or feeling to your design. Students will learn how to vectorize textures and apply them to their work.

Teaching someone with no background in design, how to go from 0-60 in 8 weeks is pretty powerful! 

- Mila

Meet the 2024 Support Team

Affectionately called the Love Squad, as a student, you'll be supported by our amazing team of 25 experts and industry leaders. They are each experienced alumni, surface designers, and guides from all over the globe.

They've been exactly where you are and they made it to the other side. Now they're ready to help you do the same!

 Bonnie Christine

Yours truly, North Carolina, USA :)

Kiley Bennett

Head of Customer Success, Kentucky, USA

Ashley Rodgers

Customer Success Champion, Virginia USA

Nikkita Cohoon

Program Manager, Michigan, USA

Ashley Paggi

Illustrator & Industry Expert and Program Coach, Oregon, USA

Lissie Teehee

Illustrator & Industry Expert and Program Coach, Oklahoma, USA

Melissa Lee

Fashion & Illustrator Expert, California, USA

Emmi Kerkham

Illustrator & Industry Expert, Victoria, Austrailia

Colleen Underwood

Illustrator & Industry Expert, North Carolina, USA

Cris Pliego

Illustrator & Industry Expert, New Zealand

Cassandra Zaniboni

Illustrator &Industry Expert, Oregan, USA

Jennie Whitaker

Illustrator & Industry Expert, Washington, USA


Larimie "Xhico" Garcia

Illustrator & Industry Expert, California, USA

Ali Baecker

Illustrator & Block Printer, Zurich Switzerland

Jillian Nichole Anderson

Illustrator & Industry Expert, Rhode Island, USA

Erin Silliman

Illustrator & Industry Expert, Oregan, USA

Karen Mastriacovo 

Illustrator & Industry Expert, New York, USA

Plus, 15 alumni guides that are experienced in Immersion to help answer your questions, give feedback on your work, and celebrate your successes.

My 4 year degree in Studio Art doesn't even come close to what I have learned with Bonnie. 

 - Stephanie Roche

2024 Immersion is Closed

ENROLLMENT Feb 13 - 20

Immersion is only offered once a year.

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“I joined and I must say, you are SO incredibly generous with the knowledge you are sharing!” - Nicky


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Immersion Course is only offered once a year.

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