Posts tagged live workshop
Painting Tutorial: Monochromatic Florals with Ink

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.

First, let me 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.

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Let's Get Zen With Our Pens

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. 

One of the things that helps me relax and ease back into being creative is sketching. Today’s video tutorial is all about opening yourself to the possibility of relaxation and that feel of “zen-ness” that comes from focusing on a creative project and forgetting about everything else for a little while.

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Create With Me! Watercolor & Ink Tutorial

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.

As I’ve been building my online business this year, I’ve been spending a ton of time in the business and on the business. And I haven’t been creating as much as I’d like. Let’s change that and work on a watercolor and ink floral piece together.

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

I’m super excited to announce that 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.

 Here is what it’s all about. 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.

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Bust Through 7 Limiting Beliefs

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.

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Three Ways to Get to The Finish Line

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. 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?

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Celebrating 90 Years & Embracing Perseverance

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.

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5 Ways New Beginnings Can Help You Move Forward

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.

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Ellen Unwin McHugh LaFollette: March 15, 1933 - August 18, 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.

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Meet Heather Lowery of Inkwoodpress.com

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.

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3 Ways Surface Pattern Design Can Enhance Your Business

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 until about three years ago and didn’t realize it was such a huge creative industry.

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Don't Know Where To Start?

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 keep reading. I’m sharing my top 3 super practical tips for how to get started.

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Another 100 Day Challenge Completed!

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 has been inspirational.

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7 Reasons to Take Imperfect Action

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.

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5 Ways to Get Unstuck

Are you feeling frustrated, 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.

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5 Insights Into Embracing The Creative Process

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.

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Seven Reasons To Teach On Skillshare

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 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 personal teacher link.

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You’ve always had the power, my dear…

Welcome to this week’s blog post. 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. Read on to learn all about what she is creating!

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