Welcome to Anne TV

Here’s where you’ll find my YouTube broadcasts on art, creativity and surface design.

Paint With Me: Monochromatic Watercolor Florals & Ink

October 15, 2019

I’m excited to dive into my watercolor & ink practice with you again this week. Today we’ll work on a monochromatic floral piece together and we’ll add ink details at the end. But first, I need to give Shayda Campbell a big shout out. I’ve been exploring her beautiful YouTube channel recently for motivation and inspiration. This video tutorial is my interpretation of one she did last year. I like to work in watercolor and ink which defines my unique signature style.


Let’s Get Zen With Our Pens

October 8, 2019

I’m recharging my creative batteries this month. I don’t know about you but periodically, when I’m really focused on running my online business, I forget to set aside time for my own creative practice. Then, all of a sudden, I realize that I’m really missing it and need to restructure my time to incorporate personal creative time back into my week.


Create With Me: Watercolor & Ink Floral Bouquet

October 1, 2019

Let’s do something creative together this week. I’ve been really missing my own personal creative time for the past few months and decided that I just have to make time for it. Sometimes you don’t even notice that months have gone by and you haven’t created anything new. Let’s change that and work on a watercolor and ink floral piece together.


Free LIVE Workshop: How To Get Started In Surface Pattern Design

September 24, 2019

Enrollment is open for my free LIVE workshop: How to Get Started in Surface Pattern Design. I only offer this program a few times a year and this is the last time you can participate in 2019. If you are interested in exploring Surface Pattern Design, what better way to get started than by taking this free LIVE workshop. Over 5 days, I teach you each step in the process from sketching by hand, to digitizing your work in the computer using Adobe Illustrator and creating your first successfully repeating pattern. Once you know the basic steps, the sky’s the limit, my friend.


Recognize & Bust Through These 7 Limiting Beliefs

September 17, 2019

I’m getting ready to offer my free LIVE workshop again. It’s called: How to Get Started in Surface Pattern Design and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve been reflecting on some limiting beliefs that come up again and again when creatives are thinking about embarking on something new. Let me correct that. These don’t come up for everyone but they do come up for a lot of people! My goal in this blog post is to help you recognize these limiting beliefs and bust through them so they don’t hold you back. Let’s jump in.


3 Ways To Get To The Finish Line

September 10, 2019

I think most of you know by now that I teach surface pattern design and how to jumpstart your creative business online. Students are currently in week 5 of my 8-week signature course: The Pattern Design Academy. This is the time when you can start to feel overwhelmed or stuck. I talked about the importance of perseverance last week. This week I want to talk about three tactical ways you can increase your ability to get to the finish line whether you are participating in a course or you are setting up your creative business online. Ready?


Celebrating 90 Years & Embracing Perseverance

September 3, 2019

Today is my Dad’s 90th birthday. We are celebrating. While we are still busy with the aftermath of my Mum’s passing, it’s critically important to celebrate this amazing milestone birthday and everything that it represents for my Dad and our family. As I mentioned last week, one of the things that helps us move forward is creating new memories. Today’s celebration will create a beautiful new memory and I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures. Whether you are recovering from the loss of a loved one or are feeling stuck in a new creative endeavor, perseverance is a very important skill to have. Let’s talk more about it and the five ways perseverance helps us stay strong.


5 Ways New Beginnings Can Help You Move Forward

August 27, 2019

New beginnings are frequently timed around the first of the year when many of us like to set goals for ourselves. However, finding opportunities for new beginnings throughout the year is a wonderful and refreshing practice. As most of you know, my beautiful and brilliant Mum passed away a week ago. As I continue to honor her, I’ve decided to focus on new beginnings for myself and share five of them with you here.


5 Values My Mum Lived By

August 21, 2019

My beautiful, brilliant Mum passed away on Sunday after a short struggle with cancer. It happened so fast. She was diagnosed on July 4th and died a very short six weeks later. She was a force of nature, always looking for ways to connect people and support their dreams. She brought joy wherever she went. I’m so grateful and so blessed that she was alive to witness my transformation from corporate drone to thriving online artist. She cheered me on, always, no matter what.


5 Reasons Why It’s Not About The Stuff

August 7, 2019

Enrollment is open right now for my signature 8-week online course and training program, The Pattern Design Academy. You can learn more about it and all the stuff that you get HERE. However, this week’s Anne TV is not about the stuff. It’s about the intangible benefits that students tell me about all the time. Here are 5 of them for you to consider.


Meet Heather Lowery of inkwoodpress.com

July 30, 2019

One of the very best things about teaching Surface Pattern Design is the students I have the privilege of meeting and mentoring. I’m thrilled to introduce you to Heather Lowery, an accomplished woodblock printer who started to explore Surface Design earlier this year as a way to expand her business.


3 Way Surface Pattern Design Will Enhance Your Business

July 23, 2019

I’m back to talk about the benefits of exploring surface pattern design. Let’s start from the beginning to make sure everyone understands what surface design actually is. I had never heard of it before and didn’t realize it was such a huge creative industry. Let’s define it together.


Don’t Know Where To Start?

July 16, 2019

Do you get that nagging feeling that you could be doing something creative with your life but you don’t know where to start? I hear this a lot inside my creative community. I’m here to tell you, implore you in fact, to watch this video. I share 3 super practical tips to help you get started.


Another 100 Day Challenge Completed!

July 9, 2019

This year’s 100 Day Project ends tomorrow: Wednesday, July 10, 2019. It’s been an amazing experience leading 50+ women in the challenge this year. I created a private Facebook group for us to ensure we’d have a safe place to post our work, provide encouragement and cheer each other on each day. The breadth and variety of artwork produced is inspirational and incredibly motivating.


7 Reasons to Take Imperfect Action

July 3, 2019

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately when writing this blog. I’m the kind of person who spell checks and proof reads before I’ve even finished my first draft. It would probably be much more efficient for me to jot down my general ideas and write out a first draft. And then do all the massaging, editing and proofing. But I can’t seem to work that way.


5 Insights Into Embracing The Creative Process

June 18, 2019

I think I mentioned that I’m leading a 100 Day Challenge right now with a group of 50 creatives in my community. We are on Day 78 of 100 which feels amazing. The reason I’d like to talk about this is because I entered this year’s challenge with the goal of using my iPad Pro, Apple pencil and an app called Procreate every day for 20 minutes for 100 days in a row. What I discovered is that my love of the overall process is what has kept me going when I wanted to quit, switch gears or felt unmotivated or lacking in creative ideas.


5 Ways to Get Unstuck

June 25, 2019

Are you feeling unfulfilled, stuck, or generally lacking in creativity right how? It happens. You may be hard at work inside my 8-week Academy program and need a breakthrough. Or you may still be dreaming about surface pattern design and putting your own beautiful designs on real products but you don’t know where to start. Or maybe you’re just not feeling well due to allergies or June gloom, that Southern California weather pattern with cloudy, overcast skies.


You’ve Always Had The Power, My Dear

June 5, 2019

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Kathleen Lambert, one of the students in my Surface Pattern Design Academy program. She completed the course back in March but once you are in the program, you are in my community forever! I can’t wait for you to meet her. She is such a great example of a strong woman who has always put others first and finally decided to invest in herself. Learn about what she is creating!


My Journey (so far) in Surface Pattern Design

May 23, 2019

My journey has not been linear! Yours might not be either. I started out thinking that I would produce and sell physical products with my designs on them. I love the stationary business and everything that you put on your desk: paperweights, pencils with pretty wrappers, notepads with patterned borders, and of course journals and notebooks! However, over time, I realized that I love to teach. I come from a family of teachers and I even married into a family of teachers. What came next?


Top 5 Tips to Survive (and ENJOY) the 100 Day Project

May 8, 2019

The 100 Day Project started as a workshop led by Michael Beirut, a professor at the Yale School of Art. I learned about this last year. To participate, all you need to do is pick a design task that you can repeat every day for 100 days in a row.  The only “rule” is that you do the same action, in some form, every day.

I’m leading a small group right now if you’d like to join us.


Top 3 Secrets to Surface Pattern Design Success

April 24, 2019

Do you see patterns everywhere you look? Have you always wanted to create your own and put your designs on fabric or other products? Well, I’m excited to share my top 3 secrets to surface pattern design success.

Read the blog and then join my FREE live workshop. Enrollment is OPEN. You’ll learn the key steps to making a successfully repeating pattern in Adobe Illustrator. Don’t wait. Grab your spot. Seats are limited. Class starts on May 9.


What I Learned From Amy Porterfield This Weekend

April 8, 2019

I attended the Kajabi Impact Summit this past weekend and an incredible line up of speakers shared their wisdom with us. Online business leaders including Amy Porterfield, James Wedmore, Jasmine Star, Chalene Johnson and Brendon Burchard imparted their wisdom from years of growing their online businesses and personal brands. I was incredibly blessed to be invited to participate on a panel during the event. More about my panel later. My first time on stage! Let me share my biggest takeaways from the event.


Fighting Fear

March 26, 2019

I have kind of a big thing coming up in ten days and I’m terrified. I’ve been asked to participate on a panel at the Kajabi Impact Summit in Southern California. Here’s how I plan to get through it. I hope these five tips serve you.



What’s An Artist Date?

January 31, 2018

A foundational element that helped me begin this journey is a fabulous book by Julia Cameron called: The Artist's Way. Julia's deep belief is that creativity is the natural way of life. The book is organized into twelve chapters and Julia recommends you dive into a chapter each week. Two pivotal tools she teaches are "morning pages" and "the artist's date".


7 Reasons To Teach On Skillshare

June 12, 2019

I just published my tenth class on Skillshare and have been talking about it a lot this week. The class is called: What I Learned From My 1st Year Teaching on Skillshare. I want current and former students to know about it, watch it and give it a thumbs up. I also want to attract new potential students to my creative community by sharing everything I’ve learned. If you aren’t currently a member of Skillshare, you can get 2 months completely free if you sign up through my private teacher link.


7 Ways To Boost Your Creativity

May 29, 2019

Do you struggle with the nagging feeling that you may run out of creative ideas? I’ve just finished the launch of my signature course, The Pattern Design Academy, and students are diving into the first module of the course this week. Several comments have popped up in our private Facebook group about creativity, originality, and how to stay both current and fresh in your design work. Let’s talk about it.


Are You Ready to Join The Online Education Revolution?

May 14, 2019

I’m incredibly excited to talk to you today about the revolution that’s happening in online education. Online education isn’t new. It’s been around for more than 20 years but it’s absolutely exploding right now. What’s exciting about this new age is that advances in technology have opened up access to education like never before. Just like Airbnb gives you more options for accommodations and Uber and Lyft give you more options for transportation, online courses give you access to education like never before. And that’s incredibly exciting.


3 Ways to Make Money in Surface Pattern Design

May 1, 2019

There are many, many ways to make money in Surface Pattern Design. In today’s broadcast, I’ll share three to help you get inspired in your surface pattern design journey: licensing, print-on-demand sites, and selling directly on your website.

Read the blog and I hope you’ll join my FREE live workshop. I only offer this twice a year so you don’t want to miss it. Get started in Surface Pattern Design today by signing up!


An Ode To Notre-Dame De Paris

April 17, 2019

Watching the inferno rage inside the Notre-Dame cathedral yesterday was heart breaking. After getting the CNN alert on my phone, I rushed to turn on the TV. But after several minutes, I couldn’t watch anymore. The images of the burning inferno erupting from within her were too much. I couldn’t handle the feeling of helplessness combined with sadness at the impending disaster.


YES YOU CAN (Conquer the Tech)

April 2, 2019

I was just looking up the saying: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Who said this originally and what does it really mean? According to knowyourphrase.com, this idiom dates back to the 1500s. What’s interesting is that the original meaning was about how it’s hard to learn how to do something differently when you have been doing it a certain way for a long time. However, that’s totally different from learning NEW things. Here are my top 5 tips for how to keep moving forward when you are learning new technology so that you don’t give up!


Is There Room For Me?

March 5, 2019

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. I’ll be opening The Pattern Design Club, my monthly surface design membership, in a few weeks. I only open it up a few times a year to welcome students who have completed my Academy program. One of the questions I get most often is: “Isn’t the industry over saturated?” “Is there really room for me?” My answer is a resounding YES, there is room for you! Here are my top five recommendations for you.