Below is a link to a very simple AI file that represents the issue I am having.
I am trying to get the dots to be coloured by the gradient behind. Please could someone explain why I can't create a clipping mask with the two objects in the artwork? I have tried all manner of manipulations of the circles in to paths, expanding, grouping, etc
I don't understand why it's not working. I would really appreciate 1 minute of an experienced Illustrator user's time to answer this conundrum. I am not a novice.