I've put my repeat pattern design pants on lately and have been creating some fun new work here in the studio. Above are a bunch of prints that I was getting ready to put into a little collection promo square (like these). The owls!! I really want to use/license that print for something amazing. 

Here's a brand new one from Friday last week:



A little bit different for me, but I'm really digging it. Pink + navy are speaking to me lately, and my color palette seems to be shifting slightly.... more neutrals mixed with brights. I'm excited to see where my work will go in 2014!




I wanted to share some photos from my pattern-mkaing/licensing workshop last night with WeMake this morning, because oh my goodness it was SO fun!

I wasn't nearly as nervous as I expected to be; I think I'm slowly growing into the idea that I have some valuable skills and experience to offer to others. (It's taken me a long time to start getting that!) So I felt more comfortable than I have in the past; still inwardly awkward, but I'm learning to embrace the feelings of awkwardness and just go with it. ;)

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I posted some prints and sketches for people to look at; the black and white sketches are how many of my patterns begin. Then I scan them into my computer and work in Illustrator to color them and create the repeats.

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Part of the workshop involved me teaching everyone how to make a repeat pattern by creating a collaborative pattern from some of my designs and the designs from everyone else in the workshop. You can see the Illustrator file I was getting ready above.

While we were scanning people's drawings and getting the file ready to work on, everyone was happily carving away on their rubber block stamps. This was one of my faves:

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Such a beautiful feather!

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No one really needed much help at this point -- they were all such naturals. A room full of artists is a fun place to be!

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It was fun to see how different everyone's stamps were. Elephants, hamburger and fries, hearts, diamonds...

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We projected the pattern making fun onto a big white wall, and while the color wasn't the greatest, it was cool to see what was happening all blown up:

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And here's the finished product:


We combined it with one of my favorite quotes and turned it into a print. :) As I tend to do.

Now I have people online asking me to come to their cities to teach workshops.... oh my goodness, I don't know if I'm ready for that yet, but never say never I guess, right? (Pattern-making in exotic places does sound pretty fun...!)




I'm not exhibiting at Surtex this year, but I've decided to treat my art-making like I am -- usually what happens is I create tons of new patterns in the first half of the year to get ready for Surtex, and then the second half of the year I hardly create any! It's a funny cycle I get in.

This year, since I'm not exhibiting, I don't want to fall into a rut of not creating any new patterns at all -- so I'm trying to set up a new cycle for myself of just creating new patterns all year long. I think it's going to be great, because pattern-making is my very favorite thing!

Here's a peek at a new one I created yesterday, called 'Nocturna'.

You can see above where I first started coloring in one owl, and here, below, is after I've created a repeat out of it:


It's my favorite print I've created in a while. Isn't it fun? I'm digging that sea green color.

Here's a peek at the beginning of a painted background:


I've been creating painted backgrounds on paper lately, which I then use for my inspirational images.

Here's a shot of a bunch of them in the process of being matted:


In addition to being matted up all nice like, you can also find these collage-y, painted background inspirational images in my 100 Days of Color. I also post a lot of them on pinterest. They're good pinning fodder. ;)

I love documenting my art-making process like this -- I don't always remember to take photos, and I think that will be one of my intentions for the new year. Take more photos!





Last month I mentioned that I'd be teaching a couple of workshops, and I wanted to give you guys some more details about them today. One of them is right around the corner!

First up:

Next week, Thursday January 23, I'm teaching a surface design workshop right here in Portland with WeMake. The cost is just $25 -- I'll be teaching participants how to hand-carve rubber block stamps (which I use in the backgrounds of my paintings), and then we'll print on paper with our stamps, scan them into the computer, and then I'll be demonstrating how to create a digital repeat pattern. The pattern will be comprised of all the stamps that are carved throughout the evening! It should be a good time. Sign up if you're in or near Portland -- I'd love to meet you!



Secondly:

I'm teaching 3 days of workshops in Denver this September during the first-annual Art Makers Denver event. The early bird registration opens tomorrow, January 15th, and it's a sweet deal for 3 days of workshops, lunch, and an end-of-the-day soiree each day --- just $495. You can sign up for a workshop with me, and there are lots of other artists teaching as well. Check out the website for more info! I'd love to meet you there as well. We'll be getting our paint on!

Let me know if you have any q's about either of these workshops. They're going to be fun fun fun!



Goodness, what a whirlwind of a weekend I just had, you guys. I got home from Atlanta last night, where I was checking out the gift show and my brand new Christmas 2014 line with Midwest-CBK

O.M.G.

Do I even need to say anything else? The display was beyond. I think it pretty much sums up my work, don't you think? Color color color, sparkle, and happiness! I absolutely cannot wait to see this stuff in stores once Christmas rolls around again.

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I got to do my first-ever artist signings while at the show -- Midwest made bags with my art on them to give away, and they were the talk of the show! I got to see people walking all around the show carrying them. So fun. Here are the bags:

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I couldn't get over the glittery suitcase and that fantastic tree they created:

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WANT! There's a selection of patterned paper lanterns and fun banners in the line:

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And so many ornaments! There are more, but some of my photos were blurry. Below are a chunk of them:

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And the deer head. I DIE.

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Plus a glossy tray and glossy, glittery wall art, above and below.

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I love this fuzzy shot for some reason:

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And of course I had to snap a few pics of Atlanta, my old home turf. It was fun to be back for a few days:

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I'm sorry to tease you with these images in January, right after Christmas -- but look what we all have to look forward to for Christmas this year! I'm so very excited. 

If you're a retailer and would like to order some stuff from this line for the holidays, you can contact Midwest-CBK directly here.

Hope you love it all!





You guyyyyyys! I have been waiting for this day for MONTHS. Months!

My brand new spiral journals and inspirational frame magnets are finally here.
I could not be more excited about and proud of them. The journals have lovely printed inner pages as well as very sturdy hardboard covers, printed on both sides.

Take a peek!

This is the 'Believe' journal:




This is the 'Be Luminous' journal










And this is the 'Possibility' journal:




And the magnets! These are pretty awesome, too, and will make your fridge look so happy and fun:














I hope you love them! I love starting a new notebook at the beginning of a new year... I'm working on finishing up my current notebook, and I'm trying to choose which of these 4 will be my first 2014 notebook. Maybe the 'Possibility' one... it's hard to decide!




I'm headed to Atlanta on Thursday for the Gift Show, and you guys, this is maybe the most excited I've ever been to go to this show. Last year at Surtex I met Margo, the amazing and wonderful creative director at Midwest-CBK, and in a whirlwind of activity after seeing her again in Atlanta this past July, we decided to whip up a Christmas line that would launch in 2014.

It was a tall order, with just 5 months to go from start to launch, but LOOK! We did it! I got to do the easy part -- supplying all the artwork -- while they worked away designing the products and getting them manufactured. And I have to say, they are truly something. (The products AND the people who made it happen. Thank you Midwest team for creating such a gorgeous line with my work and making my dreams come true!)

I can't wait to share pics from the show. There are so many great Christmas goodies in the line -- follow me on Instagram if you want sneak peeks through the weekend! 

It's funny posting this Christmas stuff right after Christmas just ended, but that's the way it goes in the world of wholesale. You'll be able to find these items in stores for Christmas 2014.

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If you'll be in Atlanta at the show and want to swing by the Midwest-CBK showroom, I'll be there on Friday and Saturday from 3-4pm, signing bags (which also have my art on them. Hello, awesome!) and chatting it up with whoever wants to hang out with me. :) It'd be great to meet you!




Repeat patterns are my true love. I don't think I'll ever tire of making them. I've made hundreds and hundreds, and I'm sure there are hundreds more waiting to come out!

I can't remember why, but I was looking through my portfolio the other day, and as I went through each pattern collection I kept thinking "I'm sick of this one, I'm sick of that one" -- guess that means it's time to make some new work, eh?

Looking back through my work always kickstarts my creativity -- I'm not sure what it is about browsing through my own archives.... it's like it helps me remember who I am as an artist, and it helps inspire new ideas. How weird that looking at old work inspires new ideas. Maybe it's that I'm filling my head with my own images, so it helps block comparison or doubting thoughts and instead opens the creative floodgates to let new work come through. I'm not sure.

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Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my very favorite patterns I've created with you today. These are my tried and true! No matter how old they are and no matter how many times I see them or use them for products, I never get tired of them. I don't know what it is about these ones, but they sing to me over and over.

(The last few below are newer ones, created in 2013, so we'll see if they stand the test of time...!)

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At the top: Circus Bears (2009)
Second from top: Shalimar (2010)
Above: Masoud (2010)

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Above: Anka (2010)

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Above: Samantha (2010)

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Above: Preeti (2011)

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Above: Badria (2011)

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Above: Sparre (2012)

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Above : Rosalia (2013)

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Above: Arctic Spring (2013)

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Above: Esmerelda (2013)

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Above: Skybird (2013)

I've thought since 2009 when I created that Circus Bears pattern at the top that it would make the cutest pajamas, but it hasn't come to pass yet. Pajama manufacturers! Are you reading this? That pattern would make the cutest pjs! Email me. :)

Happy Friday, friends! Hope you'll be doing something festive and fun.




For some reason workshops have been coming up for me a lot lately. I haven't had much interest in teaching them for a long time, but I'm changing my tune for 2014....

I'll be teaching 3 days of workshops in Denver (in my home state!) at the inaugural Art Makers Denver event in September -- my workshop is called Jump Trust Paint. (Which is a good name for a future online painting course, too, don't you think?)

Put it on your calendar now if this is something you might want to do -- registration will open in January. More details to come in the new year.

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I'm also going to Morocco in April with my dear friend Caroline Douglas for a joint workshop/adventure in clay and paint and travel -- this isn't something we're announcing publicly, really, but we do have a few spots open for the right people.... If something tugged at your heart and said a big YES as you read this -- email me and I will send you details! Perhaps you'd like to join us on a Moroccan adventure?

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And lastly, if you're in Portland, I'll be teaching a print-making/pattern-making workshop in late January with WeMake in their brand new (gorgeous) space at Tillamook Station. Should be a fun, interactive, and inexpensive evening -- more details to come!






I finally started Christmas shopping over the weekend. It's a fun challenge to try to find the perfect, meaningful gifts for everyone on my list! I made a small dent and got a couple great things, but I've got a long way to go. Ryan and I have a day-long Christmas shopping date planned this Wednesday (he has only Wednesdays off this month. Oh, the life of a resident physician.), and hopefully we'll be able to get everything done that day, so we can ship it all off to our families in time for Christmas. 

Are you still looking for meaningful gifts for the people on your list? I have some suggestions!
I've got lots of colorful items in my shop that are colorful, meaningful, and fun.

ABOVE:

1 // Inspirational notebooks -- perfect for the big dreamers in your life. Help them start manifesting what they want in 2014!

2 // Hand-painted, one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments -- who doesn't love getting new Christmas ornaments? Especially when you tell them no one else in the world has their same ornament!

3 // Ganesh pocket mirror -- Ganesh is the remover of obstacles. Gift him to someone who needs a little bit of loving support!

4 // Prints prints prints -- These are messages straight from my heart, with meaningful messages hidden within. Gift someone an inspirational image to remind them how wonderful they are.

5 // 2014 calendars -- brighten up someone's entire year with my pretty patterned calendar. Happy color lifts moods, you know.

6 // Lavender 'Make A Wish' eye pillows -- a perfect gift for the yogi in your life. Each pillow comes with 4 small cards for writing in your dreams and intentions, so they'll sink in while you're sleeping or resting in Savasana!


ABOVE:

1 // Inspirational screen prints -- frame it up and give it to someone you love for a special, visual reminder!

2 // Sea elves -- a perfect gift for someone who needs a little support and magic in her life. Each sea elf comes infused with a special, secret energy, written on a small card within his box. Invite magic to flow!

3 // Christmas cards -- have you sent yours out yet? I have 4 pretty cards to choose from, sold in sets of 10 and as single cards. There's still time to order, write, and send them out!

4 // iPhone cases -- everyone loves to dress up their phones these days. Perfect gifts for the color-lovers in your life!

5 // Fabric fat quarters -- hello, sewing enthusiasts! Gift those fabric lovers in your life some fat quarters of my fabric to add to their stash. They'll love you forever.

6 // Patterned glasses cases -- perfect gift for a mom-on-the-go, these flexible cases are easy to toss in your purse and go, protecting your glasses with colorful style.

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ps -  the last day to order is next Wednesday, December 18th -- all orders must be placed by 8am PST to ensure delivery in time for Christmas. (iPhone cases must be ordered by this Friday, December 13th.)

Let me know if you have any questions!

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pps - my e-book, Jump Trust Repeat, will be on sale this Thursday, December 12th, for one day only. $49 instead of $77! Mark your calendars. This will be available as a gift certificate, too, if you'd like to purchase the e-book as a gift -- details to come on Thursday. :)





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