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surprise session of Pattern Camp this weekend

Hola!

I’m finally settled into my brand new studio, I have nothing going on this weekend, and I found myself thinking “Hey, it would be fun if Pattern Camp were happening this weekend”.

Pattern Camp, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, is my online course where I teach you how to make repeat patterns in a whirlwind 2 days. Pattern Camp weekends are always such a blast!

So guess what?

A surprise session of Pattern Camp is happening this weekend.

Yes, as in 4 days from now.
Why not!

Want to join me?

If you’ve been wanting to come to Pattern Camp to learn how to design your own repeating patterns and you don’t want to wait until the next session in October, today is your lucky day.

Sign up now to join me for Camp THIS weekend!

Saturday + Sunday August 5-6, 2017
8am PST – 4pm PST both days

You don’t have to be there live. You can pop in and out as your schedule allows. We’re easy and flexible in the world of Pattern Camp! The course lessons will be up and available during and after the weekend, so there’s no rush or worry about getting through everything in 2 days.

And if you really want to get your pattern party started and light your skills and creativity on fire, sign up for Pattern Camp + Campfire together. Pattern Camp is where you learn the technical skills, and Campfire is where you learn what to do with them and how to grow your creative career.

Plus, when you sign up for both programs together, you get year-long access to both! (The Pattern Camp classroom is available for one month after class ends when you sign up for it alone.)

This month’s Campfire topic is ART/LICENSING AGENTS. Previous months’ topics have included Art Licensing, Time Management, Goals and Intentions, and Organization. Campfire includes video interviews with creative professionals, useful articles, lice video check-in conversations, video tutorials for Illustrator, Photoshop, and the iPad Pro, templates for your own artwork, printable uplifting goodies, a lively private Facebook group, and so much more.

Come join the Pattern Camp + Campfire tribe!

xo
jessica

 

ps – since I’m springing this on you at the last minute, I figured I might go for maximum fun and give you a surprise discount code to use, too. Use code FLASHWEEKEND17 to get 20% off whatever you choose to sign up for – Pattern Camp, Campfire, or the two together. :) Yay!

Hope to see you this weekend in camp and around the fire. :)

 


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my brand new studio!

If you follow me on Instagram you probably know that we’ve had a major construction project happening at our house the past several months. A brand new garage with a studio on top for me.

Well, as of a couple weeks ago the building is finished, and OMG YOU GUYS!!! My new studio!!! I am beyond in love. What a dream.

Here are a few photos. I’ve got a ways to go as far as organizing goes – my husband is building me some custom wooden shelves, and that white table in the center there will be replaced by a hand-build wooden table (also made by my husband) – but it’s getting there. I’ll be sure to share more pics once it’s fully complete. :)

I’ve never had a studio with good light before, so this feels almost too good to be true. Over 2 years in the making (from dreaming up the idea, to convincing my husband it would be a good idea, to figuring out how we could best finance it, to finding a contractor, to getting through the actual process of building it), it’s finally done and it feels AMAZING.

The babe loves it, too. He loves drawing and painting! This is our big collaborative painting that we’ve been working on. I can’t wait to find a spot in the house for it when it’s done.

I hope he loves making stuff with me for many, many years to come.

See the kiln in the corner there? That was a sweet find on Craigslist a few weeks ago that I just couldn’t pass up. I have no idea how to use it but I signed myself up for a ‘how to fire your kiln’ class at an amazing place here in Portland called Georgie’s, where I took a few pottery classes before baby C was born (almost 2 years ago!). And the class is on my birthday, so that’ll be really fun.

Also, if you’re in Portland I’m thinking I’ll have a big studio sale sometime in early December, so stay tuned for details about that in the coming months. It’ll be so fun to invite people in to my new space!

 

 


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new iPhone cases for summer, now in the shop

I designed some new iPhone cases, and they’re now available in my shop. Fresh new patterns for a fresh new season.

Shop all the designs right here.

This is Azurra:

And Bees:

And Serena:

And Prairie:

And Fox and Skunk:

Hope you love them! (I’m currently using the Bees case on my phone. A honey bee followed + harassed me for a while yesterday as I was walking down the sidewalk with the phone in my hand, so be warned that the bees seem to like the case if that’s the one you choose!) ;)

 

 


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Big sale next Thursday May 11th!

Hola!

This post is a heads up that I’m having a big online moving sale next week, on Thursday May 11, 2017. One week from today!

We’re building a brand new garage/studio in our backyard right now (garage on bottom, studio on top – such a dream!!), and I’ll be moving in later this month. I can hardly wait! But holy moly, I’ve created and accumulated so much stuff and it’s time to let some of it go in order to make room for creating lots of new artwork.

So, lucky you – my cleaning and purging means a great big sale with amazingly low prices on everything from original paintings to journals, paperweights to thank you cards, and more. Yes!

I’ll post here again next week with details, but for now just mark your calendar for May 11th and get your shopping fingers ready!

 


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100 days of patterns: mission accomplished

Yesterday was the final day in my 100 Days of Patterns project. I did it! Mission accomplished!

Some days it was not easy. Some days I didn’t want to do it. Some days I didn’t create a pattern that I liked at all. Some days I surprised myself and created a pattern that I loved that sparked ideas for future patterns and collections of patterns.

All in all, I’m SO glad I embarked on this daily project, and I think I’ll probably do it again at some point in the future! For now, though, a break from the daily stuff. Between this and my daily animal painting project that I worked on in 2016, I’ve been working on a daily project for the past 465 days! It’s time to let myself off the hook for a little while… until I’m inspired to start up another project of some sort. ;)

This video is all 100 patterns that I created, in order. I love seeing them all together. I hope you do, too!


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I’m a guest on the Creative Biz Rebellion podcast

I’m the guest over on the Creative Biz Rebellion podcast today, talking all about inspiration (and what to do when you just….. don’t have it). I had such a great time chatting with the podcast creators Kelly Parker Smith and Caroline Hull – I feel like inspiration and causing it to come (rather than waiting for it to come) is something I could talk about for hours. I mean, if I just waited for inspiration to strike I would make art maybe once a month. If even that. I’m not kidding!

But seriously. Give this episode of the podcast a listen if you’re looking for a little…. inspiration. ;) ha!

And listen to the other episodes of the podcast, too, because they are really good. These two ladies are lighting up the podcast world with this one!

You can find my episode right here or by searching for Creative Biz Rebellion on iTunes.

Enjoy!


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Introducing: Campfire, a new community for creatives

I am so excited to share my brand creative program with you today – a sort-of sister program to my Pattern Camp e-course – it’s called CAMPFIRE! And you’re invited to the fire.

Campfire is a private membership community + learning space for creative souls. It’s for anyone who wants to take their pattern and/or art-making skills to the next level, get inspired, have real, honest conversations + get real answers to questions, and who want to connect with like-minded creative people from around the world and be part of a supportive and encouraging group of fellow creatives.

Campfire is about: Inspiration. REAL conversation. Connection. Sharing information. Art-making. Technology. Not being perfect. Asking questions (and getting real answers!). Stretching ourselves. Vulnerability. Diving into the unknown. Saying YES.

It’s a virtual campfire where I hope you’ll love to gather and share wisdom and ask questions and BE together. I can’t wait to sit around the fire with everyone who decides to join me there!

New content is delivered monthly straight into your inbox.

Each month Campfire will include:

  • An uplifting video Campfire Chat + a video Campfire Business Chat
  • Fill-in and printable goodies and/or product templates for your artwork
  • An in-depth interview with one of the pros – surface designers, illustrators, artist agents, and more
  • LIVE video check-in where we can chat and you can get your questions answered in real time each month
  • weekly pattern/art-making challenge theme
  • An Illustrator, Photoshop, or iPad Pro video tutorial so you can practice your skills and learn some new tricks
  • Info, advice, and motivational pep talks from expert contributors on topics like art licensing, portfolio-building, e-commerce, growing your creative business, social media, and more.

Current contributors include:

:: Madison Park Group creative director Margo Tantau

:: best-selling author Kari Chapin

:: successful online shop owner/pattern designer Kelly Parker Smith of Hello World Paper Co & Stamps

  • Your Inner Campfire – where you can let your inner woo-woo out to play + shine!
  • Ongoing conversation + connection with me and other creatives in our private Facebook group
  • Book recommendations
  • Assorted other goodies each month

As a Campfire member you’ll have access not only to the current month’s content but also the entire archive of content that’s been created each month in the private, member-only Campfire website. That means all the video tutorials, interviews, printable artwork, templates, everything!

The next session of Pattern Camp is coming up April 8-9, 2017.

A pretty sweet deal is available right now through April 7th if you’re interested in signing up for both Campfire and Pattern Camp:

Sign up for a yearly Campfire membership ($299 USD) and get into the Pattern Camp e-course for just $49 USD! (Regular course price: $239 USD) 

That’s just $348 for both programs – a savings of $190. Yes! Invest in yourself and join us for a year of learning, uplifting, motivation, support, growth, and above all FUN.

 

If this seems like it’s up your alley, click here to head over to the Pattern Camp website to learn more:

 

Hope to see you in Camp and around the fire!

xo
jessica

 


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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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