New Fabric Collection and Magazine Feature!

Greetings to you from a sweltering September day in Southern California! I have no air conditioning in my house and it's been a particularly hot summer here. Despite that, it's been a wonderful few months filled with a good mix of work and play. I hope you all had a nice summer too! I wanted to share my new fabric collection, Wild Wonder, which is available for preview on the Clothworks website and will be coming to quilt shops starting this winter. You can click here to see the entire collection. I also have a Wild Wonder Daily Planner and Monthly Planner available in my Etsy shop!

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I also got some great news this week that my debut fabric collection, Lady Bug Blooms was featured in the October 2015 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine! Clothworks wrote a bit about it on their blog, if you'd like to read about it you can here.

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I'm Teaching a Skillshare Class!

Heyo! I am so excited to announce the launch of my Skillshare class, Illustration In Photoshop: Professional Work From Your Sketches. In this class we will be illustrating our pets - what could be more fun? Click this link to watch the class trailer and see what it's all about! If you are new to Skillshare you can use this link for a 1 month free subscription to any class including mine.


Vegas Baby! | The Licensing Expo 2015 | Part 1

LicensingExpoAnnouncementFull_AnneWasHere I'm excited to announce that I will be exhibiting at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas on June 9, 10 and 11! If you are an art buyer or licensee and you are attending the show, I'd love to hear from you so we can schedule a time to meet.

I had been planning to exhibit at Surtex in 2015, but in December I made the decision to have my debut exhibition at the Licensing Expo instead. While I felt comfortable in my knowledge of Surtex from walking it last year, talking with former exhibitors and seeing all of the great photos and tips on artist's blogs, the Licensing Expo has been much more elusive to me. This show is quite different than Surtex. While Surtex exhibitors are comprised of artists and agents, that is only a tiny part of the Licensing Expo which is also showcases brands, characters, entertainment and fashion labels. Searching for blog posts about artists' experience at the Licensing Expo yields meager results. For this reason, I've decided to photograph and blog about my experience preparing for the show, exhibiting at the show, and reflecting on the results so that next year it might be a bit easier on a first timer! You can follow me on Instagram (@annewashereandthere) for pictures and check back here for more in depth info.

Because I am exhibiting in a tiny launchpad booth, I've decided to focus my trade show branding on what I do best: PETS! While I do design everything from florals to geos, my booth is going to be dog and cat crazy.

I've been busy gathering as many samples of my work on products for the show. Here are some of the things I'll be bringing along.

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Unfortunately I will not be able to bring my assistant (my dog) with me to help lure people into my booth! I will be giving out some buttons to licensees that are almost as cute as she is. I got these from Pure Buttons who did a great job!


And here is a tiny sneak peak of my banners! I was so happy with how they turned out, can you tell? I got them from Smart Press, whose customer service was great and the quality and color of the banners turned out just perfect!


Next week I'm headed off to Surtex and though I'm not exhibiting there this year I'll report back here with a recap and some trend spotting!



Artist Spotlight/Interview by Annie Troe

Hello! I'm happy to say that I am featured in Annie Troe's artist spotlight today. I share my background, what I'm working on now and who has helped me along the way. Would love for you to check it out and hear any comments you may have. Happy Friday! You can read the interview here.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Changing an Object's Color and Applying Pattern

New tutorial on my YouTube Channel on how to change an object's color in Photoshop using Gradient Maps. It also shows how to change an object to white and apply pattern. Please subscribe to my channel and like my videos if you enjoy them! This will support me in creating more. Thanks so much! Click here for the video. ©Anne Was Here

Tutorial: Photoshop Photomerge & Levels for Scanned Artwork

Happy Friday! Brand new free tutorial on my YouTube channel today showing how you can use Photoshop's Photomerge and Levels to stitch together and adjust your hand painted artwork in seconds! Click here to watch. ©Anne Was Here 2015

New YouTube Channel & Tutorials

Hello! I have started a YouTube channel where I will be posting process videos and tutorials aimed at helping other artists. I have learned so much from artist friends sharing tips and tricks about their processes, I wanted to find a way I could give the same kind of support to other artists. I have two videos up so far. The first is showing my process for creating a half drop pattern repeat in Photoshop. The second shows how I go about doing a reverse image search on google to check for unauthorized instances of my art online (previously posted). Click here to visit my channel or the image below to start watching! Screen Shot 2015-01-06 at 9.38.23 AM

Keeping Track of and Protecting Your Artwork Online

Are you an artist who posts images of your work online and wants to monitor how and where it is showing up on the internet?  One reason for wanting to keep track of your art online is the ability to track positive instances of sharing, such as finding that it has been posted on a popular blog. My Society6 sales have been boosted unexplainably a few times and I was able to find the reason for the boost by doing a reverse image search on Google Images. The second reason for tracking your art online is to make sure no one has copied or stolen it. My artwork is stolen off of my Society6 shop by a new person or company on a regular basis and I've found that I have to be vigilant to keep track of it. If you'd like to know how you can do a reverse image search with your art you can watch my video here. Every time I have done this process, I have found an illegal instance of my artwork! I hope you find this quick tutorial helpful.Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 1.17.17 PM

Who Inspires Me

My friend and fellow designer, Mary Tanana, asked if I would be a part of a blog hop all about people who inspire creativity. I was thrilled to be chosen as someone who inspires her! You can read her blog post here. Mary Tanana is a designer who is inspired by many things; art, photography, gardening, landscapes and nature. She approaches her work with a boho, edgy flair. She’s had a life-long love affair with anything patterned, and after a long and successful career as as award winning jewelry designer, she has once again embraced her first love of surface pattern design. Mary originally studied fashion illustration, and has adapted her fascination with textures and patterns into a unique design style. Her style is influenced by the diverse art and architecture she observed while traveling and living overseas. She currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island, also known as the “Creative Capital”. A very appropriate city for a very special designer.

I met Mary in an online class I took last fall called, Make Art That Sells, taught by Lilla Rogers. I have stayed in touch with several of the artists from that class and we have become great art friends. A few of us join in on weekly skype calls with artists from around the world and talk about art, business and life in general. It's something I look forward to every week! Mary is not only a talented designer but she is also a caring friend with a hilarious sense of humor!

Below are a few of her magical designs! You can see more at her website,

EarthPrint(above images ©Mary Tanana)

Mary asked me to answer the following three questions as a part of the blog hop.

1. What are you currently working on?

I just finished building out my first fabric collection and sent it off to the manufacturer! That was a great learning experience. It was based on my Lady Bug Blooms collection pictured below. Moving forward I am working on building a solid portfolio of collections so that I can have my debut exhibition at Surtex 2015!


2. Why do you create what you do?

It makes me happy to create and I hope putting my designs on products can make other people happy too! :) It's fun and exciting to be in a profession where you can create something that the world has never seen before. An original piece of art is like a fingerprint, no two are exactly alike. CourageLion_AnneWasHere

3. How does your creative process work?

I like the thrill of a creative brief and having a problem to solve. I usually start out in my sketchbook doodling and brainstorming. Sometimes I move on to painting or I'll scan my sketches and bring them into Photoshop. Next I rearrange the sketches or paintings in Photoshop until I'm happy with the composition. Sometimes I'll start with a color palette pulled from something that inspires me and try to stick to it. Often it changes as I'm working on a design. To finish it off, I add details and textures.


But enough about me! Let's talk about some more people who inspire me!

Dari Design Studio

Dariela and Dariana are two sisters, originally from Venezuela, who form the dynamic duo behind Dari Design Studio. Their impressive roster of talents include graphic design, teaching online tutorials, blogging and art licensing. And they do an amazing job at all of these things - wow!

I first met Dariana when I started working as an in-house designer at Punch Studio, a stationery and paper goods manufacturer. She was the first person to ever tell me about art licensing! We have  both moved on from Punch Studio, but continue to stay in touch and meet up at monthly Art Circle meetings that we share with other Los Angeles based creatives.

Dari Design Studio inspires me with how they have diversified their business to get the most out of their range of talents. They also have a unique portfolio of art which is created through their two differing creative styles that compliment one another. Check out some of thier work below and visit to see more!



SpringDay_Collection(above images ©Dari Design Studio)

Victoria Johnson Design

Victoria is an English artist who studied fashion/textile design, worked 12 years as a print designer and co-founded a textile and greeting card design studio based in London and New York. She now lives in Rome, Italy and has a successful career in commissioned and licensed art. You can find her art on products on the shelves in many big name stores, and they are sure to put a smile on your face!

Along with Mary Tanana, I also met Victoria in Lilla Rogers's Make Art That Sells class last fall. As one of the more experienced members of our community, Victoria quickly became an invaluable source of knowledge and advice for many of the artists in the class. She is so generous with her wisdom and the first to offer a word of advice to anyone who needs it. Many of us have urged her to start charging for it! If she ever offers an online course, I will certainly share the info on my blog. It would be worth every penny. Victoria is also one of the most talented people I have had the pleasure of knowing. I have learned so much from her and feel blessed to have her as my art friend!

In addition to the delightful images below, you can check out more of Victoria's work on her website at





(above images ©Victoria Johnson)

I've asked Dari Design Studio and Victoria Johnson to also write a blog entry about who inspires them, so keep an eye on their blogs for a future post!

Let's Make Something

I am so lucky to have so many creative friends. One of the best of them is Lisa, who is a graphic designer AND photographer. She is equally talented at both and it's not fair, I know. Check out her awesome creations at Last time we got together we said, "Let's make something!" So we went to Color Me Mine and hand painted some plates. Below are the before and after pics. Lisa's is the floral and mine is the goofy horse. It was fun but it also made me realize how talented traditional artists are. I am almost entirely digital these days and control Z (undo) has become my best friend. You can't control Z a hand painting. All you fine artists out there are amazing!ColorMeMine

Crazy Cats Cuckoo Clock

I just couldn't get enough of Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells e-course so I signed up for Part B and Bootcamp! There are so many crazy good artists taking the course, including a few that are well known. Working alongside these artists, is as much an education as the class itself! The first assignment from bootcamp was to create a phone case featuring a cuckoo clock. Lilla also challenged us to use new and trend forward colors, which I really struggled with. I've included three different versions of the phone below. Let me know which is your favorite! I ended up submitting the crazy bright one for the final. I also was inspired to make the design into a real clock, which is now available in my Society6 shop at It is also available on other products, including the iphone case. CuckooClockCats

Lilla Rogers Studio School

If you don't hear from me for the next five weeks starting on Monday, do not be alarmed. I am taking Lilla Rogers online course, Make Art that Sells, and I am probably going to spend every waking minute that I am not at work, doing classwork. I am SO excited. I haven't even started the course yet and it has already inspired me to push myself to be better at what I love to do. I'll be posting some of the work I do for the class in the coming weeks so stay tuned! GoingToSchool