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brand new + coming soon: Campfire

As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve been quietly working away behind the scenes on something brand new – called Campfire – that’s a companion/sister to my online course, Pattern Camp. I’m not quite ready to spill the beans on it yet, but I did want you to know that it’s coming SOON, and I think you’re going to love it.

If you’re on my email list, keep your eye out this week and next for some cool free stuff and then the big reveal about what Campfire is and how you can get in on the action on March 28th…

Oh, and if you’re planning to take (or are interested in learning more about) the upcoming session of Pattern Camp on April 8-9, 2017 and are wondering about registration details, please know that registration for the course will also open on March 28th AND there will be a wonderful special deal available for you.

More details soon….

Oh! And Pattern Camp has a brand new look – take a peek!


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100 days of patterns: 71 down, 29 to go

It’s crazy that there’s less than one month to go in this 100 days of patterns project that I embarked on in the beginning of 2017.

Some days my patterns have been more involved than others; some days they’ve been quite quick and simple. But I’ve created a pattern every day no matter what (even while traveling solo with my toddler for 6 days last month! Thank you, iPad Pro, for making creating digital art on the go so  much easier!)

These are some of my recent favorites.

You can see all of them over on my Instagram feed if you’re so inclined. :)

If you’re interested in learning how to make your own repeat patterns, you might be interested in my online course, Pattern Camp. The upcoming session is April 8-9, 2017, and registration opens March 28.

I also have something brand new in the works that will be revealed that same day…. it’s called Campfire. It’s a membership community for creative souls (not just people who are or who want to be surface pattern designers). There will be an incredible deal available from March 28 – April 7 when you sign up for both Pattern Camp + Campfire. You’ll want to be on this list to get all the details as soon as they’re available. (I can’t wait to share it all with you and invite you in!)


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Flora Bowley’s new creative revolution e-course

You may already know who Flora Bowley is. (You probably do! She’s pretty popular. And stunningly talented!) Flora has a brand new e-course called The Creative Revolution that begins next week. She asked me if I’d like to share it with my people and I said YES! Because I think it’s probably right up many of your alleys.

The course is all about inviting more creativity into every aspect of your daily life. Through mixed media art exercises, daily mindfulness practices, and movement sequences, Flora will artfully guide you back home to a place of inspiration and self-expression. Sounds amazing, right? Class begins on Tuesday February 14th (the best day for self-love and self-investment, am I right?), and you can find all the info + sign up over on Flora’s website.

Here are some peeks inside the course:

Flora’s studio (which is here in Portland and where the e-course was filmed) is GORGEOUS and incredibly inspiring. If nothing else this course is sure to be a visual feast and an inspiring peek into Flora’s beautiful world!

I took an e-course of Flora’s several years back and can honestly say that her approach to teaching and creating has the ability to shift… well, everything. I do not think you’ll be disappointed if you decide to sign up for this course.

Full details + registration are right here.

Class begins in 5 days, on Tuesday February 14th.

Oh! And anyone who signs up between now and February 14th will also receive one free Painting Session (a $24 value). Bonus!!

Let me know if you decide to sign up – I’d love to hear what shifts for you in your life and in your creativity throughout the course!

xo
jessica

 


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A handful of recent patterns

It has been one thing after another around here lately – sickness after sickness (I got pneumonia, you guys. Pneumonia!), a kitchen remodel project that we thought would take a few days that’s now been dragging on for over 2 weeks, terrible weather (ice storms + snow storms + rain rain rain…). I’m officially ready for spring and summer!

My 100 days of patterns project is keeping me going through it all. I’ve made some patterns that I really like over these past 36 days so far! Here’s a peek at a handful of recent faves. (See the rest over on Instagram and Facebook!)

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Behind the scenes, I’m working on something brand new that will be a sort-of extension of my e-course Pattern Camp. I’ll be announcing it in about a month – stay tuned!


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my newest patterns

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17 days down, 83 to go!

I am having SO much fun creating patterns so far this year. Here are some of my favorites! (You can follow along and see my new ones each day over on Instagram and on Facebook.)

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I’m not sure what’s going to happen with these yet…. I imagine I’ll turn some of them into pattern collections, maybe change the colors on some of them…. for now, I’m really having a great time just creating a new one-off pattern each day. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to license some of them for some fun products and then we’ll see them out in the world, too. Time will tell!


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100 days of patterns: my 2017 creative challenge

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OK, here it is – my creative challenge for 2017! (The first few months, anyway.)

100 DAYS OF PATTERNS.

I started on January 1, 2017, which means I’ve completed 3 so far. Here they are:

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Only 97 to go!

You can follow along on Instagram and on Facebook. The hashtag I’m using is #100jessicaswiftpatterns.

I’m excited to get back into making patterns on a regular basis again. I spent most of 2016 painting and not making patterns, and I’ve really missed it. It feels good to be getting back to it, and I’m excited to see where it leads me and what I end up creating in these next 97 days….

 


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And my 2016 Daily Animal Art project comes to an end

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Happy New Year!

2016 is over, which means my Daily Animal Art project came to an end as well. It is feeling so weird not to paint an animal each day! I counted everything up, and all in all I created 243 animal images in 2016. I think that’s pretty good! I knew I’d probably average around 5 or 6 a week, and 243 is pretty darn close to that number.

I am really proud of myself. I’ve never been very good at daily projects (I tend to quit after about a week or two!), but this one just kept on inspiring me all year long. I became a better painter. I felt better each day that I created my daily animal. It became a habit, and I looked forward to it (almost) every day. I had a great time and surprised myself over and over. I loved how much people connected to the images. The animal totem original painting sales that I held were such a fun thrill! Sending the beloved paintings off to their new homes was both bittersweet and exciting. (There are still totem paintings left to purchase, by the way! This is a potent time to find your animal guide, right at the start of the new year…)

According to the image above – from the #2016bestnine website (which tracks your nine most popular Instagram posts from the past year) – all I apparently did all year was paint animals! ;)

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Here is the very last animal image that I created, while sitting on the couch on New Year’s Eve:

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It’s what I hope for myself, for my home, for you, and for our world this year.

Here are some more recent animal images that I completed in December:

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The ones on white backgrounds are being turned into something really awesome for a terrific company that I’ve partnered with! I’m excited to share more about that when I’m able to.

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My favorite thing was laying out all the paintings in a grid and admiring them together. My husband was very nice and stood and admired them with me when I asked him to. (I did it often. Haha.) Here’s the evidence:

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Thank you to everyone who followed along, to everyone who purchased paintings and prints, to everyone who asked when the oracle deck version of the totem paintings will be available (Answer: it’s coming in 2017! I will post details as I have them! I’m working on designing the packaging and getting final details sorted out.), and to all who encouraged me along the way. I am so grateful! This project brought me more joy than I could have imagined.

Check back tomorrow for a post all about my new creative challenge for 2017. It’s all about PATTERNS!
If you want a sneak peek, you can head over to my Instagram.

May 2017 be filled with peace, hope, love, creativity, good health, good food, laughter, joy, richness, and FUN!


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100 Uplifting Days

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I’m very happy and excited to share something that I’ve been working on for a couple of months now that’s ready just in time for the new year (which begins in 3 days, what?!).

It’s called 100 Uplifting Days.

It’s 100 emails, 100 days in a row. Straight into your inbox, for free. Here’s a peek at the images that will be inside the emails each day:

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Each is accompanied with some words and thoughts and general uplifting from me.

I created this for you, yes, but I also created it for myself. Each time I sat down to work on writing something to go along with the images, I was amazed at how it helped me shift my day. Some days it was tiny, some days I was resistant, but nonetheless, it caused me to pause. To stop and think for a second. To remember (over and over again) that I have a choice in the way I see things, in the way I approach my life, in how I react, respond, call things in.

My hope is that this will be your experience with it as well and that it will become your favorite email to open each day.

Want in? (I hope so!)
Simply enter your email address below and your first email in the series will arrive tomorrow. Yes!

By signing up you’ll also get occasional other emails from me in addition to your 100 days of uplifting emails.

In those emails I promise to send you:

  • Emails filled with positivity, colorful + uplifting artwork, and candid stories about lessons I’ve learned, a-ha moments, challenges, and the whole shebang. The real deal behind being a working creative.
  • Free printable goodies (yes!). Worksheets, drawings, joyful reminders, and other good stuff that I dream up!
  • Updates about new products, sales, digital books, e-courses, events, etc. You’ll be the first to know (and you’ll get some sweet discounts along the way, naturally).

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May you enter into 2017 filled with hope, love, wonder, kindness, and big, audacious dreams.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

xo
jessica

 


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2017 Goal + Intention Kit

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Each year I update my Goal + Intention Kit for the coming year, and the 2017 version is now available and ready!

I love the end of the year so much… thinking about the year ahead, planning and dreaming and scheming, imagining all the possibilities, getting clear on what I hope and wish to accomplish and manifest. There’s something so potent about the week in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I love a fresh start! Last year I didn’t make any time to plan for 2017 (I had a 3 month old baby, so my mind was elsewhere ;), but this year. THIS YEAR! I already have a day-long planning date set with my friend Kari, my Accountability Partner, to start the year off right. 2017, I’m coming for you!

Anyway. If you, too, want 2017 to be awesome, I invite you to check out my Goal + Intention Kit.

What’s inside:

– 38 printable + interactive pages of goal and intention setting goodness, all colorfully designed by moi, including:

– 4 pages of 2016 review — so you can get clear on what went well, what was challenging, and what it’s time to let go of!

– 1 How I Want to Feel in 2017 worksheet

– 1 worksheet to figure out your word / theme for the year

– 12 calendar pages where you can schedule in all the goals + intentions you’re setting

– 4 quarterly check-in pages, so you can keep track of your progress

– 1 sheet to fill in ideas you don’t want to forget (because they might float away otherwise!)

– Monthly intention-setting spaces

– 3 Goal-setting worksheets (where you’ll work backwards, acting as if you’ve already achieved you’re goal– it’s totally fun!)

– space to list your 2017 money goal, personal goals, and career/work goals

– 1 big dreaming + possibilitizing worksheet

– a reminder cheat sheet where you can write all the goals and intentions you identified — print it out, fill it in, and hang it on your wall as a reminder each and every day to help you focus on your plan

– download it instantly once you’ve purchased and paid (the link will be automatically emailed to you) — so you can start using it right away!

Here’s a peek at a few of the pages:

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Sound good? Click below to learn more and to purchase:

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May 2017 be amazing for each and every one of us.

xo

 


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new animal totem prints in the shop

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Last week I released some new original animal totem paintings and this week I’m releasing the print versions of the same images – you can now find them in my shop right here.

A few of the new prints are pictured in this post, but there are many many more to choose from as well!

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Each print and original painting comes with a description of the animal’s energetic qualities included on a lovely sticker (paintings) or small card (prints). For example:

Luna Moth. Love. Simple and true. The Luna Moth does not have a mouth and thus cannot eat. The life span is one week. Their only purpose is to mate – to love – and to make more Luna Moths. Let Luna Moth remind you that every moment is precious. Every moment is an opportunity to move from a place of love, to connect, to create more love, and to accept the light and dark parts of life with grace and beauty.

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Giraffe. Higher perception. Clairvoyance. Seeing the big picture and an ability to clearly see into the future. Follow your intuition. Keep your eyes on the road ahead. Rise above the crowds and listen to your own inner callings and direction. Find your own unique grace and let it lead the way….

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Hyena. I never really knew what a hyena looked like, it turns out! They’re kind-of cute, no? But make no mistake: this is one powerful animal. Hyena is about instincts. Following what feels right. Taking care with your words; loving words will be felt deeply. So will unkind words. Living and working in community is important for Hyena; more will be accomplished, and better, together. Let Hyena guide you in discerning your next right moves….

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There’s still time to order for Christmas or Hanukkah if an animal totem print or painting is the perfect gift for someone in your life (or for yourself, of course). Unique, personal, thoughtful, and useful, too!

For example, yesterday I was in a bit of a bad mood, trying to rush through everything, getting frustrated and annoyed, and I looked to Slug for some help:

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The message of Slug is about not needing a hard outer shell; strength comes from inside. Slug teaches not to put up walls and barriers around yourself. Go slow, take your time. Leave a magical, shimmering trail in your wake wherever you go. There is no need to hurry. All slugs are both male and female, so this unique totem is also about balance between feminine and masculine within yourself. Softness and strength. Intuition and thinking. Action and stillness. Listening and activating. Slug is tied to the moon, coming out mostly at night. Let her magical ways lead you toward your truest self.

It was helpful. It helped me slow down and shift my mood. And what’s interesting, too, is that it happened to be a full moon yesterday, which I didn’t know when I called on Slug, who is tied to the moon. Serendipity!

So, the totems are helpful if you let them be, is what I’m saying. ;)

Plus, the prints look so lovely all framed up:

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Or hung on cool clips:

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Anyway, I hope you like them and that you find a perfect totem for yourself and for loved ones to help guide you through this holiday season and beyond…!

xo

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