My name is Tamara Houtveen and I’m a surface pattern designer. Making the world more fun and colorful with design is my passion. Patterns for kids are my specialty. I offer both ready-made and custom designs. With my cheerful children’s patterns, your product is guaranteed to stand out! If you’re curious, I would love to tell you more.

Tamara Houtveen

About Tamara Houtveen

I’m Tamara Houtveen, a pattern designer based in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. Enriching our daily lives with happy, colorful designs is what I enjoy doing. My work has already appeared on products like fabric, wrapping paper, decorations and children’s books.

My inspiration

I get inspired by what I see on the street and in nature. Vintage designs and visits to museums also spark my creativity. Cute animals and flowers are my favorite subjects to draw.

How I work

Although I like to work digitally, I still begin by sketching my designs with ‘old skool’ pen and paper. After that, I draw out my patterns with Adobe Draw and Illustrator. For a finishing, more personal touch I love to add handmade textures.


Looking for a kids design that stands out? I provide ready-made patterns, but also customized kids designs.

Ready-made Patterns

You can buy my designs on multiple stock websites. I offer a large number of kids patterns in various subjects and colors. Choose the ‘commercial license’ that fits your product and download the pattern within a few minutes!

Do you need a pattern in a different colorway or file format? Please mail me with the specific pattern and your wishes:


Custom Patterns

Looking for something special? I would love to collaborate with you to create a unique surface pattern design. Together we make your product stand out!

I can support you during the entire process: from trend research to the technical delivery of the (vector) designs. Multiple colorways or collections: everything is negotiable! I’m happy to help you.


Receive more information about pricing and how I work. I provide prizes based on:

  • Licensing
  • Flat fee
  • Outright sale

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions? I’m happy to answer them for you!

How much does a pattern cost?

That depends on various factors. Do you want exclusivity and a unique pattern? What kind of product do you want to use it for? Contact me for a specific quotation.

Small budget? I also offer ready-made patterns. These are not exclusive, but can also provide a good solution for your product. Be sure to check the license before buying: not all licenses allow usage for physical products. Not finding the right license option? Mail me the name of the pattern and your project information and we can always negotiate about the license.

Do you also make illustrations?

Good question! I do both, although I decided to put my focus on surface design. But don’t hesitate to contact me if you have a fantastic project in mind!

How can I contact you?

You can find all my contact information on the contact page.

How do you deliver the designs?

I deliver the designs in the desired format of the client. This is usually the pattern tile saved as a EPS-file or AI-file. Other formats are possible of course.

Can I hire you?

Absolutely! I’m always open to new projects. Feel free to get in touch with me.

Do you also design for adults?

My focus is on design for kids. Naturally, my work has a ‘childish’ edge. But some designs I make are well suited for the adult audience.

What kind of support can I expect?

I support you from start to finish from the project and am always ready to help out.

Did you go to art school?

Yes, I did. I studied Digital Media Design at the HKU (University of the Arts Utrecht) and graduated in 2012.