Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Society6 Products Review

I have ordered quite a few items from Society6 and want to share my opinions about their products.

So far I have ordered a canvas bag, a mug, a phone case, and a shirt.  Here are my photos and more information about each product.

This bag is so much larger than I was expecting!  I didn't fathom how large 18" x 18" is when I ordered it.  I can fit so much in here and think it's a good size for shopping or groceries.  It's a great bag with quality printing but some of the super small text on the bag turned out a bit fuzzier than I thought it would.  It is super sturdy and I love that it is washable.  My friends were impressed with the quality as well.  This design is available here.

This mug is great!  I love that the image goes from the top to the bottom of the mug with hardly any border.  The image is super crisp as well.  Others have commented that the print job is very good.  The size is very good and it holds a sizable amount of liquid.  My only complaint is that the first mug I received arrived completely broken.  I contacted Society6's customer support and a new one was sent to me at no charge.  This design is available here.

I love my phone case!  The colors are super vibrant and exactly match my pattern.  The case also protects my phone.  I have dropped it a few times from waist level and my phone has been protected (it has always landed on a corner). The only thing I was slightly disappointed about is that on the sides of the case the image seems to be stretched a bit (but I think that is due to the manufacturing process).  I'm still very happy with my case and hope to order another one in one of my patterns soon.  This design is available here.

I love my shirt!  The design turned out just exactly how I wanted it to.  I love how large I could have the image on the shirt.  The detail in the print quality is really crisp and slightly raised above the shirt.  This shirt is also super comfortable. This design is available here.

I hope to review more Society6 items in the future. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Children's Book Class at SVA

Since January I've been taking a children's book class at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City.  It is a great class taught by Monica Wellington.

I've been learning so much about the children's book industry and wanted to share my projects and process.

For our first assignment I decided to have my story take place in the American Southwest with Armadillo wanting to make some nachos.

Initial rough sketches 

Final sketch

Color study

Color study


For our next assignment I chose to illustrate January with dinosaurs!

Initial rough sketches

Final sketch

Final color

For the next assignment our focus was on character.  I chose a Hawaiian sea turtle named Kauila. 

Character sketches

Initial rough sketch

First attempt


Our next set of assignments is to work on a book dummy!  I already have my idea set in place and cannot wait to get started.  I'll be posting my progress here so check back soon!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Tropical Fusion Blog Hop Featuring my Samba Time! Collection

Welcome! You are probably visiting me from Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma. We are both participating in the 2014 Tropical Fusion Blog Hop.

For those of you who are new here, the 2014 Tropical Fusion Blog Hop is a collection of surface and pattern designers who have all completed a specific prompt.  Our assignment was to create a pattern inspired by the theme "tropical fusion" (Brazilian theme) and use the 2014 Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid.  Each participant showcases their design on their blog and links it from the previous person to the next person, so it's one big loop.

My design is inspired by the musicians during Rio's Carnival celebration.  I wanted to use native animals to Brazil and add some other Brazilian elements to the pattern as well.

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you visit Nina May Design's blog next! If you have only just found our blog hop head on over to Groovity's blog where you can start from the beginning.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


I recently launched my valentines card collection in my Etsy store.  I wanted to pick themes that would be fun and put a smile on the recipient's face.

Here are my collections: Dinosaur, Ocean, Woodland, and Dogs!  Which card is your favorite?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Feature on LCI Paper's Design Blog

LCI Paper recently featured an interview with me on their design blog.   I use LCI Paper's 100% recycled card stock for the greeting cards I create for my Etsy shop.  I am very honored to be featured on their site and love the wonderful photos they took of my cards.  Read the article to hear about my inspirations, paper choice, and more!

The article can be read here.  Also you should check out LCI's wonderful papers and envelopes.
Thank you LCI paper!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Friday Phrase

Today's Friday Phrase is something to remember this Black Friday - "Take It Slow".

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Make Art That Sells (MATS) Part A Blog Hop/ MATS Review

As you can tell from previous posts I took the class Make Art That Sells Part A.  A few days after the class was over someone suggested doing a blog hop where every participant talks about their experience with the course.

Here is an overview of the projects I worked on:

Week One: Bolt Fabric:
This week our assignment was to create a bolt fabric collection using berries and vintage pyrex.  I challenged myself by embracing my love of cute things.  In this piece also wanted to play around with fun colors.  Previously I have been shy of creating cute items because I have a background in fine arts and creating simple cute things seems to contradict my education. I learned this week that I should listen to what my heart says and that it's just fine to create cute items - our teacher told us that cute things sell!

Week Two: Home Decor 
This week I wanted to do a more realistic approach to the assignment.  I thought home decor would be a good market for this approach. The assignment was to create a two to four plate collection about bromeliads.  I decided to include the scientific names of the plants as well.  I learned this week that I am comfortable doing both realistic and stylized cute items for decorative arts.  If I were to approach this assignment again I might go in a more vector/graphic direction.

Week Three: Children's Books
This week we were illustrate a cover for the Russian folktale The Language of the Birds.  I decided to change the setting of the story to being in New Zealand and have the birds be kiwi birds.  This week I challenged myself by going against the original setting of the story and also changing some character designs halfway through.

Week Four: Wall Art
This week our assignment was to create a piece of wall art for a 25-45 year old female that had at least one word and one flower.  After starting with one project I decided to go in a completely different direction.  I don't know why I chose a cactus, but it felt right.  I also found a great quote to accompany this desert plant. 

Week Five: Gift
This week was my biggest breakthrough in the class.  I challenged myself to work in a style and color palette that I'm not used to.  I'm also used to creating work that is bold and simple with not much detail.  Our assignment this week was to create a hyper lush zipper case (that was a reflection).  I started out creating simple objects and kept adding more and more details (which was something new for me).  It was a challenge, but I was pleasantly surprised with the final piece.  It is busy, but I think I balanced it out with some non-cluttered spaces. 

My overall impression:

I learned much from this course.  The assignments pushed me to try new approaches and subject material I never would have chosen for myself.  It felt good to try new things and stretch my artistic skills.  The most important thing I learned from this course was about how important it is to create well designed, detailed icons.  The community that also took this class is such a great resource as well.  We have a group on Facebook where we can ask each other questions, support each other, and more.  I would recommend this class if you're interested in learning more about how to market your artwork for various markets.

Today I'm sharing the blog hop with Eva Marion Seyffarth of Eva Twinkles Design and Illustration.

I'm so happy to share my blog hop day with Eva!  Her work is so great!  I love her use of color and texture.  I also love the process work that she does - from doodling to stamping and even paper cutting! It all inspires her beautiful final product.

Here is Eva's piece from week two of the course - love that texture and color!

You can find Eva's blog here:
Her website is here:

Here is a list of everyone else participating in the blog hop:

Angie Sandy -
Katie Wood -
Anne Waters -
Aisha Khan -
Linda Tordoff  -
Martina Lenhardt -
Melissa Doran -
Jo Chambers -
Son Atwal -
Bari J. -
Eva Marion Seyffarth -
Rachael Schafer -
Danielle McDonald -
Renske de Kinkelder -
Jordan Vinograd Kim -
Emma Schonenbergh -
Aileen Tu -
Sarah Ehlinger -
Jen Burbridge -
Carolina Coto -
Anna Whitford -
Mary Tanana -
Jennifer Wambach -
Victoria Johnson -
Nic Squirrell -
Melinda Hopkirk -
Jennifer Appel -
Wendy Brightbill -
Andrea van Dalen -
Ohn Mar Win -
Jill Byers -
Sarah Gager -
Angie Sandy -
Diane Neukirch -
Larisa Hernandez -├índez/166215440228435
Kathy Weller -
Kim Fleming -
Lisa Deighan -
Deb Trevitt -
Tara Lilly -
Nicole Piar -
Stacy Peterson -
Emily Dyer -
Antje MO (Martens-Oberwelland) -

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What I'm Thankful For Blog Hop

Today I am participating in the "I Am Thankful For" Blog Hop.

I have so many things to be thankful for I can't possibly list them all here.  Today I will focus on two main things that I am very appreciative for.

First I'd like to thank my family, friends, and boyfriend for their love and support.  My freelance and design career would not have started without them.
They are all inspirations to my work.  I don't know where I would be without them.

Second, I'm thankful for Etsy, for being a platform where I can start my business.  I've enjoyed being able to create things that I love and I always feel joy when someone else buys my work.  I hope my work brings smiles to people's faces. My wish for the coming year is that my business will continue to grow.

I'm also thankful for hummus, my health, sunshine, warm cozy blankets, cute penguins, stuffed animals, nature hikes, dogs on the street, lacrosse, chocolate, and much more!

Thankful Link Up

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Phrase

Today's Friday Phrase reminds us that "Life is Sweet".
Prints and products available in my Society6 store. Feel free to share this post (just make sure it links back here).

Cutie Pie Plushie Wins Honorable Mention at RISD NY Alumni Pie Contest

The RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) New York Alumni chapter had a gathering and contest last night.

The contest was to create a pie (either edible or artistic) for various prizes.  There were three categories : best presentation, best interpretation of a pie, and most unusual pie.  My "Cutie Pie" won honorable mention.  It was a lot of fun to get together and meet some other RISD alums as well as participate in an art contest.

I enjoyed making my pie plushie and am considering making other plushies to sell in an Etsy store.  It is made of recycled felt (from plastic bottles) and has a 100% polyester fill.

By pie entry in the contest.

The table of pies!

A photo of me and the other winners (with our pies!) will be in the next RISD alumni magazine, RISD XYZ.