I try to take a sketchbook with me wherever I go. Inspiration comes from everywhere and you never know when it’s going to hit. This latest sketch was produced while sitting in an Auto store waiting for my new windshield to be installed. I love the way it turned out and thought I’d share the process with you.
I quickly added some watercolor to give it a sense of dimension and an idea of what colors I’d like to use.
Then I drew it in Illustrator using my Wacom tablet and added some texture. This is the finished design with all of it’s tropical goodness.
Here are a few process shots of a simple watercolor design I did of some pineapples. After the watercolor, I added the black ink and then the white ink.
Well, I had a great time designing these patterns for the Spoonflower and CWDkids Mermaid contest, focusing on a print for little girl’s pajamas. Mermaids are classic designs and adding just a pinch of cuteness and whimsy really makes this pattern stand out. I tried to focus on elements that I knew my seven year old daughter would love. (P.S. She approved, by the way).
Voting is now open and I would appreciate any votes that I receive. Just click on the link and then the voting button is on the right side. Vote for all your favorites. There’s so many to choose from. I will hopefully win the contest, but if I don’t I am going sell the designs on Spoonflower as a collection. I would love to see all of the amazing things people sew using these prints.
Look at all the fun coordinates. I think this would make adorable kids bedding as well.
I had so much fun creating this calendar! I hand drew all of the feathers and used my favorite brush pen to write the days of the week and months of the year. I just love the way it turned out! I’m asking for your help this week to vote for my design, as well as all of your favorites! In fact, my friends, Jill and Lauren, both also submitted beautiful designs into the 2015 tea towel calendar competition on Spoonflower. You can vote for your favorites here.
If you want to purchase the calendar, and finish the edges yourself, you can do so in my Spoonflower shop for about $14. But I will soon be listing the calendar in my Etsy shop with finished edges for $25, if you’d like to purchase it that way. I will have them for pre-order first, so that I know how many to order. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy Halloween!
Trends come and go, but I feel that some seem to stay longer than others. One trend that seems to keep going and going for the last few years are the Metallics! I see them everywhere, especially in card designs. Plus with the recent addition of REAL gold foil on all of the card sites like Shutterfly, Tiny Prints and Minted, why not add gold foil to everything! It’s totally hot!
I thought I’d share with you one of my mood/trend boards that I did. This one is Metallics.
And here’s a few cards based off of that trend. I don’t think this one made it. But there is a card that was based off of this one that has REAL GOLD FOIL! You can see it here.
And here’s another layout that I tried, on a folding card.
This one has the Mercury glass as a full background. It was a tricky texture to recreate! Thank goodness for photoshop!
Here’s metallic paints. Paint textures are another hot trend this season, especially watercolor!
This one is rose gold, another part of the metallic color range.
This one is blue foil, which is still a metallic.
Metallics are also hot with glitter, not just foil textures.
And here’s a few other Christmas cards I did, these ones are all folding ones.
Bokeh is another hot trend right now! This one has some gold foil lettering. And, let’s not forget how hot wood textures are!
Happiest of Holidays friends! If you would like a custom Holiday card for your family, please contact me.
It’s always fun seeing your designs on an ad while browsing Facebook! I’m right in the middle of a big Christmas push with Shutterfly. I sometimes think I can’t draw another snowflake! And yet, I keep drawing them and thinking of new ways to do them! I can’t wait to show you the ones I’m working on now, but won’t be able to show those until they’re up on the site. But for now, here’s some cards that I worked on earlier this year.
I just love designing baby cards! Especially after recently having a baby myself! I can hardly believe that he’s almost ONE! I’ll make sure to post at least one picture from his birthday! (most likely on Instagram) As we’re busy moving, so things on here may be a little trim…
Next up are babies first birthday! And I’m sure I’ll be using one of these to invite friends and family to Ezra’s first birthday! I haven’t quite decided on a theme yet, but I’m definitely going to keep it simple!
Next up, I’m going to show you a few trend boards I’ve noticed and some of my cards based off of that trend!
About a week ago, I was asked by my friend, Amanda McGee, to join a blog hop. Amanda and I first met online through the Make Art That Sells class. But we met in person in NYC at SURTEX this past May. It was so fun to finally meet! She’s just as fun in person as her artwork and I couldn’t help but post this picture of us! We were dressed like twins that day! Yeah!
There are many many artists joining in and it’s fun to see all the amazing work! Not only do I get to share some of Amanda’s work, but I also get to choose two other artists that truly inspire me! I’ll get to that in a minute.
I love Amanda’s fresh take on colors. Can you say CUTE!!! And I love that there’s a flamingo in here!
The attention to detail is fantastic in this piece. And the little birdies with their long eyelashes are so sweet!
The retro soda pop bottles and caps are so fun in this piece. And again, I love the colors! So fresh and fun!
Firs the questions I was asked to answer, and then I’ll talk about my awesome designer friends.
1. What are you writing/working on?
I just got my very first journals manufactured through ecojot. It was a big step for me and I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’m so happy with the results and can’t wait them to get into the hands of my customers. If you’d like to buy one, you can purchase them here.
I am also currently working on SURTEX prep. I plan on showing this coming May 2015, along with the other gals from Happy Happy. So, plans are under way and I have lots and lots of designs to do. Here’s the latest one that I did. It was so much fun to draw. Who knew that a rabbit could be drawn in so many different ways. Well, at least the head. Ha ha!
I’ve also been busy with a few logos and websites. Lori Romney’s site is underway, but here’s the logo. Lori does amazing work and I couldn’t be happier with the photos she has taken of me and my family. Seriously, look how cute my kids look!
I also just redesigned Four Chairs Furniture logo and blog. Lindy has great design sense and I can’t wait to use her services for my new house!
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I offer a fresh perspective on anything I work on. Because I come from a graphic design background, I tend to think about several ways a design problem can be solved before finishing out the final piece. I love to sketch out my ideas first and then take them into the computer. (a little note: I used to hate sketching, but then realized the advantage of doing so. Not only do I get fresh textures and line work, but I can also make it look more hand drawn.)
3. Why do you create?
There are three things in this world that bring me my greatest joy and are a part of me. The things that are ingrained in every fiber of my being are my Religion, my Family and my ability to Create. I love creating, whether that is creating a new piece of art or making dinner for my family. I love that I get the best of both worlds. I love being a mom and I love being a designer! I believe that everyone is given the ability to create, no matter what it is, and that brings joy.
4. How does your creative process work?
I usually start by doing research, mostly on Pinterest and Google. Then I start sketching out ideas. Then, I gather all of my images into one giant Illustrator file. I do lots of sketches and then scan in my files. Then I’ll trace over the top of my file in Illustrator and add any textures that I want.
Ok, onto more fun things!
I’m tagging my friends Julia & Sharon.
First up is Julia Warren. She’s a busy mom of two adorable little girls! Who do you think they get their good looks from. Julia and I first met at Seastone, a gift card packaging company in Provo, Utah! We worked together a little over a year and I was always inspired by her ability to create new designs and come up with these adorable little characters.
She has also been trying her hand at some hand painting. I love the texture in the florals on the bottom left corner below.
These cards are so cute. The simplicity is what makes them stunning. And the journals really pop. I could easily see one of these in my house.
We both also have done work for Petite Lemon. Just look at this cute shirt she designed. Plus both of us have a daughter named Charlotte. The Tin cans won some How Design awards. They are gift card packaging for Home Depot. So clever huh? And the bean illustration is a book that she is currently working on. Love all the different areas that Julia dips her fingertips into!
And yet another illustration style. The graphic simplicity of these combined with texture really make these pop off the page. I’d love to have these in my kitchen.
Ok, onto my next friend, Sharon Rowan. Sharon and I also met at Seastone. But she has stayed in Provo, as have I, and we live in the same neighborhood in fact. We love getting together and having creative discussions. It’s always fun seeing what the other is working on. She also has 4 kids! Two of which are twins! She’s one busy momma! But she still finds time to design!
I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pieces that she’s done. Sharon is talented in many, many ways. She not only takes amazing photos, but she’s also done scrapbooking lines, patterns for baby apparel and cards for Minted.com. I love her clean aesthetic and simple shapes. Just look at that cute elephant!
For the past few years, Sharon and I have also done the 24 days of free Christmas Downloads. Always fun to do some quick & easy projects with her! I also love these sweet announcements she does!
I told you her photography was amazing! She has done some traveling and both of these are up on Minted.com if you’d like to purchase them!
Another item for sale on Minted.com. I love the sweet icons!
Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know me a little better, as well as a few of my design friends! Now Julia and Sharon, it’s your turn! Thanks for letting me share your amazing work with my readers and friends!
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I’m so excited to announce that my Journals are now available for purchase in my Etsy shop! I’ve had the amazing company ecojot help me out by manufacturing them and I think they’ve turned out great. 100% recycled materials and 100% fun! Each journal measures 5x7inches and has 80 lined sheets. They are just small enough to throw in your purse and take with you wherever you go. And with four different designs to choose from there’s at least one you’ll like, or maybe more! Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Entering the Global Talent Search this year was my opportunity to take a creative brief and interpret it with fresh eyes. An opportunity to create another piece of artwork to stretch myself and make something that I was proud of. And I am proud of these piece. I went through at least 3 rounds of revisions before finally settling on this one. I loved the opportunity to try something new. Even though I didn’t make the top 50 out of 999 participants that submitted artwork, I’m ok with it. Here’s to even more opportunities to create great art!
I’ve also been busy doing the briefs from the MIID Summer School. I had a ton of fun with this brief creating a tribal theme for wrapping paper on boxes. I love the way these turned out!