In celebration of my new fabric collection, Wonderful Things for Art Gallery Fabrics, we've released a brand new (free!) quilt pattern. It's called Truths because it highlights the 6 truths that this collection is all about! I designed the main print, Words to Live By, using 6 of my favorite loving quotes:
1. Not all who wonder are lost
2. You are capable of wonderful things
3. You + me
4. You are so loved
5. You shall see wonders and
6. To thine own self be true.
All together, I think it shares a message that is so meaningful. My hope is that anyone who rests under this quilt will know how deeply they are loved!
March 3: Monthly Challenge: Color an illustration or pattern 3 ways
March 10: Video Tutorial: Learn 3 different ways to color an illustration
March 17: Article: How to pick a color palette that WOWS
March 24: Going Live: 1st Quarter Q&A Session at 4:00pm EST
March 31: 5th Friday Focus with Surface Pattern Designer Jessica Swift on all things COLOR
* Q1 Trend Report Released
APRIL: Making a plan and staying motivated
April 7: Monthly Challenge: Mark your mission
April 14: Video Tutorial: How to make an inspirational quote art print or desktop wallpaper
April 21: Article: How to get started and stay motivated
April 28: To do: You checklist for entering the 'real world' as a designer
MAY: Getting started with an industry
May 5: Monthly Challenge: Choose an industry
May 12: Where to start - Fabric? Wallpaper? Stationery?
May 19: Video Tutorial: All about mock-ups - applying your patterns to products
May 26: Article: Stop feeling stuck, nourish your creativity, see your work flourish
* Q2 Trend Report Released
JUNE: Marketing 101
June 2: Monthly Challenge: Make a Marketing Plan
June 9: Article: 3 Marketing Strategies I use
June 16: Creative Business: How to make connections, collaborate and organize projects.
June 23: Going Live: 2nd Quarter Q&A Session at 4:00pm EST
June 30 - 5th Friday Focus with (my!) accountant Amy Northard
JULY: Leverage your own handwriting
July 7: Monthly Challenge: Share your handwriting
July 14: Video Tutorial: Vectorize your lettering for use online (optional iPad Pro tutorial)
July 21: Article: Staying focused + Time Management Skills
July 28: Creative Business: 5 Books you can't afford to miss
AUGUST: Getting noticed and charging for your work
August 4: Monthly Challenge: Design an invitation (birthday, wedding, shower, etc)
August 11: Video Tutorial: Invitation layouts + choosing complimentary fonts
August 18: Article: How to get your work noticed in the industry.
August 25: Creative Business: Pricing your work - what to charge?
September 1: Monthly Challenge: Going pro: Copyrights, Taxes, Invoices, Business, LLC/S-Corp
September 8: Adobe Illustrator Tutorial: How to make a professional invoice
September 15: Article: The business side of Surface Pattern Design
September 22: Going Live: 3rd Quarter Q&A Session at 4:00pm EST
September 29 - 5th Friday Focus TBA
OCTOBER: working with videos
October 6: Monthly Challenge: Make your own video tutorial
October 13: Article: Camera and Audio setup for videos
October 20: Video Tutorial: How to edit with iMovie
October 27: Creative Business: Providing value and income through videos
NOVEMBER: building a portfolio that WOWS
November 3: Monthly Challenge: Show your work, make a contact!
November 10: Video Tutorial: How to build a portfolio that WOWS
November 17: Article: A behind the scenes look at working with companies.
November 24: holiday
* Q4 Trend Report Released
DECEMBER: calendars and product photography
December 1: Monthly Challenge: Design a 2018 Calendar
December 8: Video Tutorial: Tips on working with calendars for print & web
December 15: Going live: 4th Quarter Q&A Session at 4:00pm EST
December 22: Article: Product photography + editing
December 29 - holiday
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Bye bye February, hello beautiful March! The weather has been warm here and buds are starting to pup up everywhere I look. March makes me so excited for summer! This month's calendar collection uses one of the border print in my new fabric collection,Wonderful Things for Art Gallery Fabrics.
When it comes to illustration, color can easily be one of the most important elements of a design. Mastering the use of color in Adobe Illustrator will be a key factor in taking your designs to the next level. While the recolor artwork is the most powerful color tool in Illustrator, it’s also one of the most complex. In this course, we’ll be focusing on coloring artwork for print, whether that’s stationery and wallpaper or fabric and ribbon. I’ll teach you how to create color palettes that work, lock and reduce colors in the recolor artwork tool, tips on how to recolor watercolor paintings, convert your colors to Pantones and easily recolor your repeating patterns.
In this course, we’ll be focusing on coloring artwork and repeating patterns in Adobe Illustrator using the Recolor Artwork Tool.
How to make a custom color palette
What makes a color palette work
How to locate colors in a document
How to reduce the number of colors in an illustration
How to lock colors
How to use Global Adjustments
How to recolor watercolor illustrations
How to convert a document's colors to Pantone
How to recolor repeating patterns
This course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing beautifully colored illustrations and patterns. My hope is that it will leave you feeling motivated and inspired follow your creative dreams!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
All you'll need for this course is Adobe Illustrator (begin a free trial here)! This class is taught in Adobe CC, though any version should work! :)
I am so excited to attend Quiltcon East in Savannah, GA later this week! If you're not familiar with the event, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show of it’s kind, presented by the Modern Quilt Guild. The convention is open to the public and it’s a great place to network with creatives of all kinds! The schedule is packed full of workshops, seminars and lectures from February 23rd - 26th. I'll be attending Thursday and Friday, so if you're at the show, make sure to swing by Art Gallery Fabric's Booth #1050 to say HI!
Hello my lovelies! I've been working on a collection of hook rugs and pillows for Peking Handicraft, and they have just started arriving to my doorstep. Eeee! I am so delighted with how they've turned out! The entire collection is sweet and sophisticated, yet fun and playful.
Each hook rug and pillow is handcrafted with 100% New Zealand wool. The pillows have a hidden zipper and are backed with a soft velveteen, the rugs are backed with a durable cotton canvas.
The entire collection is currently available at Wayfair. They're also available at many independent shops as well, so feel free to ask your local boutique about them (or request they carry them!). :)
Bye bye January, hello beautiful February! 2017 has started off with a quite a bang for us. New classes, new fabric, a new product line (info on that coming tomorrow!), building a new home and tons of things in the works that I can't wait to share with you. So very many things to be thankful for! This month's calendar collection uses one of the main prints in my brand new (!!) fabric collection, Wonderful Things for Art Gallery Fabrics.
This quote really means so much to me. I am amazed at how many wonderful things we are all capable of. When we set our hearts on something and commit to the goal, amazing things happen!
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