So i spoke to my tutor today... hes is amazing! and he introduced the idea of tiles to me! These tiles eventually create a print when made into a swatch on illustrator... im not very good at explaining but take a look at these ...
can you see how the fish on in the top left hand corner goes off the tile.... well look at the top right, thats the missing part of him! so when placed together they will repeat without looking like they were drawn within a square!
Again the same principal... the mushrooms around the top and left hand side of the tile... all connect to those on the right and bottom sides of the tile.... magic!!
i know these are simple but best to walk before you can run eh!