DIYpsi 2018 Summer Festival


Hey Loves! I know, I know, it's been wayyyyy to long since I've made a post here.  I am going to get better I promise!  If you want to keep up with whats going on with me you can always find me over on my Instagram account, that's where I live most of the time.

I just wanted to come and let you know that I am a Vendor at this years DIYpsi Summer Festival.  So if you are in the Ypsilanti area and looking for something to do. Come down to the ABC Microbrewery and check out some great art and music and eat some great food! And don't forget to come say hi, I'll be over by the main stage.  

I am also planning a giveaway and you can be in on the action too even if you can't make it! Just make sure you are following me on my Instagram, I'll be posting the details there.



Gouache Speed Painting


I have played around with Gouache a little bit before, but they were student grade and I didn't really take it seriously.  Recently I took the plunge and decided to splurge on some artist quality gouache paints.  

So I headed to my local Blick Art Materials (my favorite place to be) and purchased a few colors that appealed to me. I am absolutely in love with them! I purchased a few tubes of Windsor and Newtons Designer Gouache and a few tubs of Holbein Artists Gouache and I love them both. Paying more for artist quality gouache makes all the difference in your experience.  

Here are a few examples of my first paintings using the gouache.


I am mostly an ink and paper type of gal.  My designing process is typically to draw motifs in ink and then bring them into Illustrator and apply colors and make patterns from them.  So painting is a bit out of my element. With the exceptions of the acrylic I have been using to make my abstract paintings.

I have always admired beautifully painted pieces and wished it was something I could incorporate into my designs so I decided to give it a go.  I have also always wanted to document my process with videos.  Videos and pictures are a great way to be able to track you progress and see growth in you work. 

So I took the leap and started a YouTube channel and I posted my first video.  Its a speed painting I created with gouache.  The recording and editing process is pretty new for me so I am sure I will get better with time.  I want this channel to be a space where I share my creative experiences, learn and document my process.  

So go subscribe and follow along with my creative journey!


Quotes to Live By

Happy Monday!!

There are so many people walking around hating Monday, but Monday didn't do anything to anyone.  While Monday is the beginning of a new work week for most. It also marks the beginning of a new week to tackle your goals and put your best foot forward to moving you closer to your dreams.  I want to send you a little bit of motivation this Monday with the hopes that you meet all of your accomplishments this week.

Below is a list of quotes that I love.  Quotes and positive affirmations are a great way to keep your mind on the right track and help you stay positive throughout the week.

"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure." ~George Edward Woodberry

"She turned her cant's in to cans and her dreams into plans." ~Kobi Yamoda

"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire" ~unknown

"Don't dig up in doubt what you planted in faith." ~Elisabeth Elliot

"Dreams don't work unless you do." ~Unknown

"I knew you before I formed you in your mothers womb. Before you were born I set you apart." ~ Jeremiah 1:5

"Pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people con't take their eyes off you." ~ Maya Angelou

"Patience is not the ability to wait, but how you act while waiting." ~Joyce Meyers

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." ~Roald Dahl

I hope some of these quotes inspire you. Write them down and read them over and over to help you get through your Monday.  Comment below and share some of your favorite quotes that help keep you motivated.



New Products are Coming!

Earlier this year I started a 100 Day Challenge of creating a geometric drawing everyday  (I may post about that later).  Out of those drawings I would use them to create new and interesting patterns.  So my project was #100daysofgeos and every couple days I would post my progress to my Instagram  and occasionally I would post the finished pattern. I Never finished the whole 100 days, I stopped right before BLUEPRINT because exhibiting at the Trade Show needed to be my top priority.  My goal was to pick back up after BLUEPRINT but I haven't got around to it yet.  

I did continue to create patterns out of the drawings that I was able to complete.  Some of them were just ok to me and others where my favorite until the next favorite came.  But my Day 17 Pattern has topped them all.

I have just totally fallen in love with this pattern. I have posted it in my Redbubble Store as well as my  Society 6 Shop .  And I now have notebooks, phone cases and pouches in my favorite pattern.  I know Im a little obsessed!

I love this pattern so much that I have decided to make this pattern available in Scarves on my website.   I have alway loved scarves and every time I see one that catches my eye I like to add it to my collection.  This pattern makes this scarf a perfect accessory to spruce up any outfit and I cant wait to offer it to you guys! I will have a limited so you can sign up here so you will know when they are in stock.  I am also working on a few other product offerings in this pattern and in a few others.  I can't wait to share so continue to watch this space and follow me on Insta I usually post there first =)

***sidenote I think my co-worker did a fabulous job being my impromptu scarf model lol!


Designer Diaries: Its been a while!

I know I know its been a while since I have been active on my blog. To be honest everything got a little bit crazy during Surtex, after Surtex and way after Surtex.  I'll get more into that in a few.  So I finally got the urge to start blogging again and coming to you guys more regularly.  So this post is basically going to be an catch up post.  Keep reading and I will let you know what I have been up to these past few months as well as a few things I have planned for the future.  This is the new designer diaries.  I'm going to come and talk to you guys at least once a week and let you know whats going on in my world while I continue to pursue my dreams of running a well established creative business.  

Later this week I will be writing a post all about Surtex and I will post the link here. But for now I just want to talk about the time after Surtex.  I'm going to be honest, I lost all motivation after the show. The show was an awesome experience, but after the show it was as if I was creatively exhausted.  I did my follow ups but I had no motivation at all to design anything, or to do anything creative. I was in a complete design rut. Even after working on a few projects and an exciting new licensing deal I was still stuck.

I felt like I didn't know what I really wanted anymore and like I had no direction at all. I begin to question everything.  I questioned wether all the hard work was worth it, If I should just focus on moving further in my day job (well I actually work nights full time) in Trade Compliance or even getting a new job.  Then I remembered how much I have always wanted a successful business even as a little girl I had several businesses I was a little hustler. It has always been in me to be a business owner and I cant run away from the feeling.

So with the help of my wonderful talented designer friend Natalie Williamson (did I say how wonderful she is) I slowly began to find my mojo again.  One thing I had to do was get back on track.  To do this I did something that really helped me in the past I did some visualization.  I sat down and visualized what I wanted to be doing in 5 years and I wrote it all down.  I wrote down every detail I could think of.  I did this for my business and personal life.  

Once I had my dreams and visions on paper, I started creating a plan going backwards until now. If I wanted the things in my vision to become a reality I had to write down things that I needed to have accomplished the year before.  In order to get those things accomplished I had to create a list of things I need to have accomplished the year before that, and so on and so on until I get to present time.  The present time I broke down into the upcoming months and presto! I have a plan and I have my focus back! 

I now have a plan that I am excited about because it lines up with my vision.  And the vision I have for myself is beautiful and full of excitement.  So if you are stuck in a rut and feel like you have no direction, try this exercise, it definitely works. 

So what do I have planned you ask? Well I can only share a few things and I'll share more in the next coming months.  If you haven't herd there is a great new website for artist and designers called Rise Design and Shine. Rise Design and Shine (RDS) is a community hub of lessons, inspiration, and positive vibes to help you achieve your creative business goals.  I am proud to announce that I will be contributing weekly, providing inspiration to aspiring artist and creative entrepreneur.  My first post will be on Wednesday so make sure you check it out, and I will post a link to it here.

I also have a series of things planned for this blog, including the Designer Diaries.  I just want to share more of my life and my journey with the hopes of helping someone on their journey.  I want artist to be able to learn from my experiences.  So I hope you check back often, leave me some comment, ask some questions and lets just talk a bit.  Being an entrepreneur can be very lonely at times and our family and friends just don't get it.  So lets talk and share with each other!

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The Excitement is Real!

We are six weeks away and I am so excited! I will be in Booth 244 with the fabulous ladies of Dot and Flow!  I can't wait to experience Surtex, yes I'm a first timer.  I also can't wait to meet all my designer friends in person.  So if your attending be sure to stop and say Hi! 


Fancy Florals

Fancy Florals

If you follow me on Instagram you know I have been busy getting ready for Surtex.  That means there are lots of new patterns and designs to be made.  Fellow Dot & Flow member Natalie Williamson has created this awesome challenge, Folio Focus, to help artist develop a great portfolio in the weeks leading up to Surtex

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Not Another Collective?!?

Happy New Year Everyone!!! I know I have been MIA for a while but lately I have been doing some revamping and preparing for some awesomeness this year.  I am so excited to finally announce that I am now apart of Dot and Flow Design Collective.  And I know you guy are like oh and we have yet another collective. Dot and Flow is not just another collective, we are a group of fun, quirky, innovative designers!

We are super excited to be official exhibitors at this year's SURTEX show (booth 244) - Hurray! So, who's coming with us? If you're getting ready to exhibit yourself or working on getting your portfolio hot to trot, keep your eyes peeled for a 10 week challenge made for you!

Be sure to follow our Instagram @dotandflow  for inspiration and sneak peaks into our designer studios!  And don't forget to check out and meet the other designers! I am so honored to be apart of such a talented bunch!

This is going to be an Epic year! 

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Designer Diaries: Natalie Williamson

Designer Diaries: Natalie Williamson

I’m Natalie Williamson. I design, sell and license Happy Surface Patterns for manufactures and retailers to use on their products. I also produce small collections of stationery and homeware which I sell via my website. My style is quirky bold and colourful with a modern retro vibe.

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