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? 

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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.

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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. 

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busy busy busy

I am neglecting everything I ‘should’ be doing and learning illustrator. The more I learn the more I love it! I hope to be churning out some patterns with Illustrator soon, I am absolutely loving the process of learning and knowing I’m putting my time to good use. Here are some practice bits that took me far longer than they look like they should have.

This time of year, for the last 4 years, I’ve also waded hip deep into costume making for a theater production. This year I’m responsible for dressing the orphans for a production of Annie. That means 7 nightgowns, 7 day dresses with smocks and bloomers and 6 simple party dresses. I thought I had it all under control but then I looked at the calendar… I have about 2 weeks to get that worked out (fortunately we got a bunch of that worked out at thrift stores). At the end of the month my daughter and I are headed East for a crazy intense week of college visits. No time to breath between now and April gotta go.

Fortunately I have a quilting retreat planned mid april where I hope I’ll recover and get a second wind. So much good stuff going on!

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Patterns everywhere

black and white pattern with lots of circles on a little wallet
fun little find

I spent the day shopping for costumes for a theater production of Annie with the head Costumer yesterday(the person with the big vision for the shows costumes and skills/talent for sewing amazing costumes). I get suckered in every year to do some sewing for the winter production (I love it so I’m not sure you can call it ‘suckered’). We hit as many thrift stores as we could find. I had expected to spend the day multi tasking, looking for costumes and observing patterns. I had planned to take photos of patterns I liked so I could analyze them when I got home. Trying to find my voice in pattern making includes finding what excites me in other peoples work.

We did an amazing job finding costumes and staying on budget. I, however, did a terrible job finding patterns. Two patterns are all that I brought home with me. I was very focused on the costumes for the orphans in Annie and they were solid dingy fabric mostly. I took one photo of a pattern on a shirt I sort of liked and I found this cute little purse. I checked the purse to see that my pens would fit in and I laid down an entire .53 cents for it. When I got home I went to transfer my usual pen collection over and discovered my Tombow Marker is a bit long :0). I’m calling it easy access and going with it. It was a fun day with a friend and I’m sure I fed my brain lots of inspiration that I’m not even aware of.

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I didn’t promise every post would be exciting right?

Learning how to use illustrator

I spent the day doing taxes. It wasn’t very creative but it was productive. I got up early and set right to work on it. I’d like to say my taxes aren’t really that difficult but there is this thing, the job that I trade hours for money (unlike my art career). That job makes an adventure out of tax time.

Both my husband and I work from home. We work with people with special needs, helping them find and access resources. At the end of the year we get a seperate W-2 for each person we work with. Between the 2 of us, that meant 54 W-2’s this year. Can you imaging logging 54 jobs into your computer tax program? Better than hand writing them I guess. Most of the year it’s a pretty good gig, we get to meet amazing people, we laugh a lot, we cry a bit and we may even get a chance to make a difference. But then comes tax time. Each of these 54 W-2’s came in those envelope things that you have to tear each side off to get to the document, not envelopes that you can just use an opener on. (whine whine, that’s 216 sides I had to tear off, just sayin’ – If I’m going to whine I want to do it properly.)

Good news for me though, I had set aside 2 weeks to focus on the taxes. Somehow, I pulled it off on the first Tuesday. I think it’s fair to say I’ve learned some organizational skills related to tax time over the years.

Now I’ve opened up some time to learn Adobe Illustrator! I spent 6 or 7 hours on this 56 minute class from Helen Bradley on Skillshare – Stylish Doodles. This is one of the little bits that come out of it. So much to learn, so much joy of discovery! ahh, happy place.

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It’s Not all Glamour and Glitz

lines of elements from doodling including circles, swirls, dots and lines as well as an evergreen branch and a dandelion puff

I was going to write a whole post about all the work I did over the weekend but I came across this quote from Jessica Savich and thought it did a pretty good job of summing up what I had to say. So Thank You Jessica Savich.. This post took under 15 minutes :0)

For every two minutes of glamour, there are eight hours of hard work.

-Jessica Savich

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