Sidewalk Cafe Show Wrap Up

This summer I was excited to have my work showing at the Sidewalk Cafe in Pasadena! The show is now over so if there is anything you would like, please email me!

I've Made It To The Top 8 Of The Printsource Competition!

I'm delighted to announce that I have been shortlisted into the top 8 of the Printsouce Competition! The winner will receive a free booth at the Printsouce show in August 2017 to debut their patterns in New York. I would like to thank Rachael Taylor and the Make It In Design team for giving me an extra push with this amazing online course, The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. I've really learned a lot and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about surface pattern design industry!

Here are the patterns that I entered:

Home Decor Collections

May has been one of the busiest months ever! I've completed a lot of client projects and also a lot of class assignments! I've been taking The Ultimate Portfolio Builder with Rachael Taylor. It's a great class packed full of information. It really pushed me to keep on making new work! Here are some new designs I've made for this class:

In addition to Rachael's class, I've also been taking Make Art That Sells Home Decor with Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau. It's another great class packed with info! I'm having a lot of fun with it and am enjoying exploring paintings for products. Here are my recent boards:

This is my second time taking the home decor class and I'm really glad I took it again. I'm finding it easier the second time around while still learning a lot. It's quite addictive once you start adding your designs to products! I really like the endless possibilities I see in this market. So much fun!

Creating Collections For Home Decor Weeks 2 & 3

I've had a very exciting past two weeks taking a class called Creating Collections for Home Decor. I have really learned so much from Lilla Rogers and Margo Tantau of Make Art That Sells. I have always dreamed of designing for home decor so this course has been amazing for me. Week 2 was all about techniques for printing on fabric and Week 3 was all about glass. I especially enjoyed learning about glass. It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of patterns on different substrates. Here are some photos from my process for weeks 2&3:

I tend to work in watercolor and acrylic inks a lot, but after exploring a lot of patterns in these medium, I decided to try out my acrylics for some fresh, new birds. I was so happy with the results! I have never painted on cardboard or chipboard before but it was very fun to paint on. Here are some of my birds:

After a lot of scanning and color adjustments, I put together some ideas for my collections. I just love the idea of scale and texture involved with home decor. It's so exciting to think about products of all sizes and dimensions. Here is what I came up with for Week 2 working with fabric:

For Week 3 working in glass, I wanted to do a set of bird plates and really got carried away with lots of additional ideas! I was really happy with the way my watercolor mosaic turned out and could see it as a large piece of wall art with some metal type to ground it. I would also love to have a set of the gold patterned wine glasses!

My Painted Poppy & Painted Zinnia On GreenBoxArt

I'm thrilled to announce that I have partnered with GreenBoxArt, a leader in contemporary room decor for those who wish to make a statement with their walls. All of their wall art is printed in the US. Their canvases are hand-stretched and easy to hang with pre-installed hangers. Their giclee prints are printed with 100% archival paper and inks. Framing options are also available. My Painted Poppy and Painted Zinnia are now selling exclusively through the GreenBoxArt website. They are currently offering free shipping through Sept. 22. Please check it out!

Make Art That Sells Week 1 & 2

I decided to take the plunge this month and take Make Art That Sells: Part A & B with Lilla Rogers AGAIN! Yes, the course is THAT good! I couldn't resist. It's amazing how much I am learning the second time around too.

In Week 1 we designed a bolt fabric collection based on a tropical fruit theme. I wanted to explore making a collection with painted icons for this collection. I love designing for bolt fabric!

In Week 2, we designed a plate collection based on a succulent theme. Being a Californian, I automatically LOVE succulents! This was a very fun assignment for me. I decided to really let loose combining my painterly drawings with my flat shapes and these are the results. I'm imagining having a summer luncheon party on the patio with these plates!