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If you have been dong the same ole same ole, perhaps its time to refresh your mind. Perhaps it’s time that you try someone else’s process and get a fresh new perspective. These are the conversations that I have had with my self over the past few weeks. Exploring the different processes that people have for achieving the same outcome that I do. So with that said I made a list of things that I wanted to explore and potentially upgrade for myself. Here are a few of the introspective that’s that I had.

I want to work smart not hard

Doing what you love means to keep that passion in it. To be excited to go to work everyday. To view it as a brilliant chance to have your creative voice added to that beautiful stream that flows from the human mind. More accurately “I want to produce the best designs that knock the heads off of everyone” So I joined www.skillshare.com. Just the first few lessons that I took gave me some insight on how to help myself make a few things easier.

I want to make a living on my art

I basically need to make this happen. It’s fine and good to paint single images and sell them. In fact those very elements are what go into making repeated patterns. One image can be removed and saved on its own to provide for endless combinations for a seamless pattern.

Simple line drawings done in black and white can make an elegant statement on paper goods, plates, fabric, gift wrap or even wall paper.

Simple line drawings done in black and white can make an elegant statement on paper goods, plates, fabric, gift wrap or even wall paper.

To Create A Valuable Portfolio

I want to dazzle people but most of all, I want to invite them in to my world. I want them to feel inspired and joyful when they get my portfolio. I want that buyer to think “what can I make with this design? And I can’t wait until this gets into the hands of my public."

A Portfolio puts your work into the hands of the market. It is in this moment that they will take a look at your work and see if it can be applied in their product line. Include mock ups. Show your designs utilized in paper goods or fabric. Let them see it in action. The is where they will fall in love with the art. They should be inspired to see more.

When creating your illustrations, its always a good thing to ask yourself what will my audience be doing with this design.

When creating your illustrations, its always a good thing to ask yourself what will my audience be doing with this design.

Two Questions to ask yourself when creating your portfolio

What will this be used for and would I buy this for my home. I used to be in just a hurry to experience the process of creating. To just get what I was working on out in front of others so they could give me some feed back. Kinda like a blind person getting the feel of the room. That part of the process is a needed thing. Creating for the fun of it. You can come up with new ideas and concepts and reinvent your art as many times as you want to. But there is that reality of “not everything is a workable piece of artwork” Some things will need to be cannibalized and reworked just to make it into the cut. So always be ready for that.

For the second question. that “would I buy this” Always ask yourself that. Allow for different taste. Create for your audience. Go out on shopping adventures and look at what is selling in your area. Go online and pull up some other stores in other areas and see what is different. What are the trends. Look at nation wide commercials. Break it apart with color, design, texture, etc.

As My Deadline Approaches

July 19th is when most of my patterns will be up and ready for sale. I have a couple that will come in just after that but the major bit of it will be available for purchase. This day is a very special day. It is the birth date of my late husband and partner. I wanted a some special things happening on that day to keep his memory alive. He was a creative individual and supported me as an artist and his partner. So “The Vegetable Patch” will be released on his birth date. A small offering to keep his memory. You can get these designs at Spoonflower starting the 19th of this month. if you are wanting to sew your own tea towel for gift giving then we got you. The tea towels can be ordered in Linen Cotton Canvas Ultra. This is versatile blend of linen and cotton that is perfect for tea towels but lets not stop there. This fabric is perfect as well for table linen, tote bags & clutches as well as home decor.

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Don’t forget the GIVE AWAY we are having.

Thats right another give away. Drawings will be made on July 19th. Our winner will receive a tea towel of the studios choice with in the collection of “The Vegetable Patch” Just leave a comment below as to what one you would like and make sure that you are signed up for our news letter. If you already are then just leave a comment and let a friend know about it. Remember tell us which one you would like to win.

Good Luck.

Edie