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!
I ordered a new iphone today and I paid a million dollars for it. Just kidding. Not a million, but it felt like it. Like many of you I now primarily use my iphone as my camera, and so I am constantly running out of storage space. Oh you wanted to take a video of your adorable dog? Well you can't. Because you already took 100 videos of your adorable dog and there isn't any more room. So I ended up getting the new iphone 5s with 64gb so that I will have room for all of my shenanigans. And it was expensive. Ouch. So now on to more important things, like, what case am I going to get? Here is a new one I designed that is now up on Society6.
As a stationery and surface designer, I am usually working 6-8 months ahead of a season. While your days (or day-dreams) are filled with images of summer, sunshine, bathing suits and BBQs; mine are filled with images of hearts, cupids and love notes. I am currently designing for Valentine's Day. My first project was to do a series of boxed laser cut valentine cards. I usually start the design process by brainstorming a list of words and then with those words in mind, I create an inspiration board.
Next I start fleshing out a few ideas by doing some simple hand drawn or digital sketches.
Once I have a few sketches that I'm happy with, I start bringing the designs to life by creating digital mocks.
The next project was to design a valentine themed kraft paper party collection, including boxes, gift bags, and tableware.
Valentine's Day reminds me of being in grade school and creating adorable little mail slots out of kleenex boxes and stuffing them with the cutest hand crafted envelopes and cards. I knew I wanted the party collection to have a postal theme, with envelopes, stamps, postmarks and of course lots of hearts. But I needed to push the cuteness factor to another level. What better way to do this than to incorporate dogs?!
First to design were these adorable little gift boxes with kraft paper lids, baker's twine bows and coordinating tags.
The rest of the party collection included, gift bags, paper plates, paper napkins and party bags. Everything you need to throw the most adorable Valentine's Day party!
I can't wait to see the real samples when they come in. I'll share them with you when they do. One of the most gratifying parts of being a designer is seeing your ideas go from concept to reality.
Lastly, here is a picture of my dog, Midji, displeased with me for not including her in the puppy love notes party collection.