buzz sketchbook mockup

Notebook mockup with megs design on cover and sketch inside

Berti here. 

Today I wanted to share a quick picture of the process for creating Meg’s designs. It all starts in a little sketchbook with some drawings. This is not her actual sketchbook, but it is her sketches. She’s practicing making mock ups with her designs. 

If you like the notebook there is a similar one here


Berti intro

Berti bird with honeycomb pattern feathers

Hi everyone! It’s September and time to introduce myself! I’m Berti. I’ll be blogging for Meg even though technically I’m a figment of her imagination. 

Today I’ll be giving you a sterile, characterless, rundown of what you can expect now that Meg is officially calling herself an Illustrator/ Surface Pattern Designer. She has big plans to grow her social media world and is currently designing patterns and working on learning to illustrate children’s books. Pretty cool huh!

She is officially open to taking on freelance illustration work. She says this is a little scary. Personally, I think she should spend all of her time drawing me and make a children’s book about me.

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See you next week!


What about Bud?

little gray bird dancing

Hey All, Bud here.

If you’ve been following this blog, you may know that I’ve been the primary writer for this site. All the fun stuff, yeah, that’s mine. I’m also a bird made of fabric (and Meg’s imagination). Meg has been super busy lately working on transitioning completely from fabric art to illustration and design. I’ve felt pretty neglected. On top of that, last winter was ROUGH! so. much. snow. 

I’ve decided to make some changes myself. I’m moving south. Right now I’m training my friend Berti to take over here. Berti isn’t ready to be introduced yet but come back, she’s working on her writing and Meg is filling sketchbooks to find the ‘right look’ for her. Berti plans to greet you all in September while I’m at the height of my fitness training for the flight south. (gotta do something about this belly!) I’ll try to coax her into making some appearances before then.

Hope you are enjoying the changes as Meg transitions this site to her design work. I’m really excited for her and Berti. 

Now to decide where to go this winter… Jamaica? Bermuda? Kokomo…


Mock Me

mock up of my artwork in a kids bathroom

I purchased this mockup of a bathroom last night and spent the evening filling it up with my artwork. So. much, fun!  If you don’t know what a mockup is, it’s a photograph with spaces to put your art in to get an idea of what your art would look like in a ‘real’ setting. This one was an entire bathroom that everything can be changed in. All the patterns you see are mine, even the pictures in the frames are my work. The only thing I actually have for sale right now is that design on a shower curtain in my shop on Redbubble shop but I can get everything but the trash can up for sale on my shops soon (guess I know what I’m doing today). Did I mention this is fun? 


Website overhaul!

Downward dog yoga stick people border
Downward dog yoga stick people border
Downward dog yoga stick people border

I’ve been exercising my creative muscles and finding my style as a designer (that means I’ve been creating a LOT of work).  I believe I’ve found it and I’m ready to go now! Change is in the air for this website. If you’ve been here before you’ll see there is a new portfolio of patterns available for art licensing. I’m currently updating the shopping section for you if you’re looking to find some fun stuff with my art on it, ready to purchase. These will link out to my shops: Redbubble, Society6 and Spoonflower . You can just click to go there now, I’m working on a pretty site for you here, but my work is already out on the shops.


My Need for Order Satisfied

I doodle on everything and everywhere, my sketchbook is a mess and I wish I could have my illustrations organized so I can find them when I want them. I tried cutting them and pasting them in different files but it was still a disaster until… I ran across this genius idea.

I can now draw to my hearts content and when I like something I trace over it on tracing paper where I can even make little pages of one subject if I want. Then I can scan in and  easily  manipulate them in photoshop or illustrator. 

such a small idea. such a big impact.