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A NEW Skillshare Class! Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design: Working with Adobe Illustrator

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An Online Skillshare Class by Bonnie Christine

Hello, hello! Today is the day. I just finished hitting 'publish' on a brand new Skillshare class and I'm so excited to share with you! I've been dreaming of this class for so long (a little too long!) and I'm really happy to see it finally come together. You can now join me for Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design: Working with Adobe Illustrator on Skillshare today!

Skillshare SpecialPSST. Can you keep a secret? As a little thank you to my newsletter peeps, I'll be sending out a special link in a newsletter later today that will give the first 50 people who click on it FREE access to this course! It's scheduled to go out a 2:00pm EST today. >> Don't miss it by signing up for the newsletter RIGHT HERE.

This course is designed specifically for the Illustrator looking to incorporate painted artwork and watercolors into their designs, using Adobe Illustrator. Whether you're a budding surface pattern designer or licensed STAR, you'll learn tips and tricks along the way that will help build your career (or hobby!) as a pattern designer.

 PLEASE NOTE: If you're new to Illustrator, be sure to take Intro to Surface Pattern Design and Surface Pattern Design 2.0 first. This course will assume that you're either competent in Illustrator or that you've taken these two courses first. :)

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

Watercolor artwork is everywhere, but it poses a unique dilemma for Illustrators. Traditionally, watercolors are a Photoshop user's best friend, but this course will teach you how to make them work FOR you in Adobe Illustrator. I'll teach you how to paint with Illustrator in mind, scan and vectorize your artwork, make repeating patterns and color (and recolor!) them beautifully.

  • Gather the best tools for watercolor painting
  • Learn to paint with Illustrator in mind
  • Scan and vectorize your paintings like a pro
  • Limit the # of colors in your document
  • Build a repeating pattern with your artwork
  • Choose a color palette for your pattern that works
  • Learn to recolor your watercolor pattern with ease

This course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing beautiful painterly patterns, plus my hope is that it will motivate and inspire you to start following your creative dream!

LET'S GET STARTED!

I am so excited to begin this adventure with you. Join class right here!

PSST! Did you know? If you're new to Skillshare, you can get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for only $0.99 for unlimited access to this (and thousands) of online classes by using THIS LINK. Enjoy!

What I Love about the Baby Cubby

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The Baby Cubby
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From the moment I was introduced to The Baby Cubby, I've been impressed. From the quality of gear and expanse of offerings to their company mission and promise to price match - I've been delighted over and over again! I received my first order just last week, and had my littles squealing with delight as we opened some new (and much needed) warm winter clothes. (Is it just me or does everything stop fitting everyone all at the same time in your house, too?!)
 
What I've been most delighted with is that The Baby Cubby isn't just another baby store. They offer so much more than that, and truly have parent's best interest at heart. As parents themselves, they work hard to engage with and support their community through this amazing journey of parenthood.  
 

What I love about The Baby Cubby:

  • Their passion to encourage, inspire, and remind parents how amazing they are and how important their role is.  
  • Their promise to carry only the best and safest gear - they spend hundreds of hours researching products, so we can worry less.
  • They're committed to price match everyday (even to amazon!) and offer free shipping nationwide for any orders over $49
  • Their active engagement with parents via social media and the cubby community blog to discuss and support all the topics of parenting.
I have had so much fun partnering with The Baby Cubby for this post and together we're happy to offer all of YOU a 10% discount for the next week! Use code "goinghometoroost10" during checkout to receive 10% off today through November 16th, 2016. Thank you, Baby Cubby for your generosity and commitment to parents!

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20 Projects + Patterns made from Hello, Ollie Fabrics!

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 Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour (2)

Hello everyone! The Hello, Ollie Blog Tour ended last week and it was full of so many amazing projects + inspiration! I had several talented makers that contributed projects to my Hello, Ollie booth at Quilt Market participate, and the projects included are simply sensational. Many of them come with a pattern, tutorial or are available for purchase, so come on and dive right in!

Projects clockwise:

Cheri Lehnow | Tinker With This
Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna
Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane
Deanne Chambers + Karyn Astleford | Annie & Dot Fabrics
Jessica Bustos  | Lil Luxe Collection
Jenn Rossotti | Ginger Peach Studio

Projects clockwise:

Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest + Walker Quilt Co.
Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Vanessa Hewell | LBG Studio
Kaitlyn Pallas Howell | Knot and Thread Design
Corri Sheff  | The Lions Dandy
Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift

Projects clockwise:

Lindsay Conner | Lindsay Sews
Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine
Lisa Mabey | Mabey She Made It
Amanda Castor | Material Girl Quilts
Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost
Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates
Hailey Johnston | Project Free 2 Fly

A HUGE thank you to all of these lovely ladies who contributed their talent and love to these projects. I'm in awe of each of you and the brilliance of your work!

>> Browse more photos from the Hello, Ollie Blog Tour on Instagram!

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Bonnie Christine 2017 Calendar Collection

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A part of me can't even believe I'm writing this post. Every year for the past 6 years, I've planned to design a calendar collection, and every year I end up saying, "I'll do it next year". I'm so happy to share though that THIS year has been different! The change is primarily due to finding a local printer that I LOVE. They were able to print these calendars on luxurious papers with beautiful coloring, and I'm so happy with the results. I've thoughtfully paired each of them with different hangers, to give you several beautiful options to choose from.

Without further ado, here is my very first calendar collection for 2017!

There are 3 options:

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1. 2017 Modern Botany Desk Calendar
Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Length: 14 Illustrated pages
Price: $18
Features: 2 6" x 9" art prints included with each order!
Hang options: 1) simply stacked 2) hang hole + velvet ribbon 3) copper bulldog clip

I've illustrated each page of this Modern Botany Desk Calendar with pretty florals and happy hues to inspire your work station all year. Hang and clip them from a beautiful copper bulldog clip or choose the velvet ribbon for a softer look. Each stack calendar comes with 2 6" x 9" art prints as well (see below)!

2017 Calendar Collection by Bonnie Christine (7)

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2. 2017 Year at a Glance Calendar - Blush
Dimensions: 12" x 18"
Price: $18
Features: Double sided - once the year is over turn the print around for artwork that will last forever!
Hang options: 1) simply flat 2) copper bulldog clip 3) Modern Wooden Hanger

The large Year at a Glance Calendar is the perfect way to make a statement all year round. Once the year is over, simply turn the print around for an art piece that will last forever. Hang it using a pretty copper bulldog clip or choose the modern wooden hanger to turn it into a true statement piece for your home.

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3. 2017 Year at a Glance Calendar - Pink
Dimensions: 12" x 18"
Price: $18
Features: Double sided - once the year is over turn the print around for artwork that will last forever!
Hang options: 1) simply flat 2) copper bulldog clip 3) Modern Wooden Hanger

Because I love this large Year at a Glance Calendar so much, I wanted to offer the same calendar in two color options. This one is bright and cheerful and a perfect way to bring some color into your space!

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Novembers’s Digital + Printable Calendar Collection

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Hello everyone! I have something REALLY exciting to share with you tomorrow, so I'm posting November's Calendar set here today. Get a head start on updating your calendars today and meet me back here tomorrow for something special!

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Bye bye October, hello beautiful November! This month's calendar collection uses a new watercolor inspired pattern I made for an upcoming Skillshare class I'm teaching. I can't wait to tell you more about it (soon, I promise)!

A few things I love most about November: pumpkins, family gatherings, hunting for Christmas presents and morning frosts. :) What are some of your favorite things about November?

Calendars for November: click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. I hope they brighten your spaces!

November Desktop + iPhone Calendars (6)

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Here's a little glimpse into our month. If you'd like to follow along, I would love to meet you over on Instagram!

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To download the printable version: click here to download the PDF calendar. Print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). Punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

Please note: all images, patterns and designs are © Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost. You may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. If you share on your own blog (I'd be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. Thank you!

Wonderful Things Fabrics Debuting at Quilt Market!

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If you follow us over on Instagram, you might have seen a sneak peek of my next fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics last week. It's debuting at Quilt Market this weekend!

Wonderful Things is a collection about cheerful affirmations and gentle whispers. My hope is that it will inspire us all to delight in the ones we love with encouragement and truth. Let the happy hues and delicate prints uplift your spirits and open the door to all kinds of wonderful things!

If you'll be in Houston this weekend for International Quilt Market, be sure to swing by Art Gallery Fabrics booth (#1050) to see it in person. While you're there, snap a picture for me and share it using #WonderfulThingsFabrics!

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Swanflower – Free Quilt Pattern

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Swanflower Free Quilt Pattern from Hello, Ollie Fabrics (5)

Hello, hello! The blog tour for my current fabric collection, Hello, Ollie for Art Gallery Fabrics began last week and today is MY day to join along! I'm excited to share with you the quilt that I designed for the collection called Swanflower, made by my incredible momma, Maxie Makes. The entire quilt is made from large half square triangles (so easy!) and the assembly is what makes the geometric pattern.

Together with Art Gallery Fabrics - we are happy to offer you this free quilt pattern! Download the instructions for the Swanflower quilt right here. If you make it, be sure to use the collection's hashtag #HelloOllieFabrics when sharing on social media so we can all see your beautiful work!

Swanflower Free Quilt Pattern from Hello, Ollie Fabrics (4)

Swanflower Free Quilt Pattern from Hello, Ollie Fabrics (1)About the collection:

Like the delicate trace left by a Swan’s dance on the water, this collection illustrates the image of spending an afternoon in the meadow by the lake. Named after my daughter, Ollie, sweetness is brought to life with dabbling swans, feathered fellows and garden blooms.

Explore the collection deeper here: the collection | the lookbook | on instagram | art prints | design process

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Be sure to swing by Friday's project by My Sweet Sunshine (it's one not to be missed!) and visit Cheri Lenhow's blog tomorrow to see some amazing embroidery. (And check out the full line up here!)

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Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour Schedule

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 Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour (2)

Today I get to launch the Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour! I had so many talented makers contribute to my Hello, Ollie booth at Quilt Market, and I've invited each of them to join the tour. Each day for the next few weeks we can hop from one project to the next and really take in the amazing projects - many of which come with a pattern, tutorial or are available for purchase. Check out the full schedule below!

Do you have a project made from Hello, Ollie Fabrics? Share you own projects on Twitter and Instagram using hashtags #HelloOllieFabrics & #HelloOllieBlogTour. We can’t wait to see what you make!

Explore the collection deeper: the collection | the lookbook | on instagram | more info

Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour (1)

Everyone's blog post will be linked on the day that their project is posted. Check back here to see the new link added each day!

Hello, Ollie Fabrics Blog Tour (3)

Monday October 10th: Lindsay Conner | Lindsay Sews
Tuesday October 11th: Taylor Urban | Taylor Made Creates
Wednesday October 12th: Amanda Castor | Material Girl Quilts
Thursday October 13th: Hailey Johnston | Project Free 2 Fly
Friday October 14th: Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine
Monday October 17th: Bonnie Christine | Going Home to Roost
Tuesday October 18th: Cheri Lehnow | Tinker With This
Wednesday October 19th: Lisa Mabey | Mabey She Made It
Thursday October 20th: Kaitlyn Pallas Howell | Knot and Thread Design
Friday October 21st: Deanne Chambers + Karyn Astleford | Annie & Dot Fabrics
Monday October 24th: Vanessa Hewell | LBG Studio
Tuesday October 25th: Corri Sheff  | The Lions Dandy
Wednesday October 26th: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty
Thursday October 27th: Teresa Behr | Dandelion Drift
Friday October 28th: Sarah Overton | My Crowded Nest + Walker Quilt Co.
Monday October 31st: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House
Tuesday November 1st: Jessica Bustos  | Lil Luxe Collection
Wednesday November 2nd: Ali Brorsen | Because of Brenna
Thursday November 3rd: Jenn Rossotti | Ginger Peach Studio
Friday November 4th: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane
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