Trending – Pretty in pastels

Pastel colors  – Baby blue, taffy pink, frosty mint or maybe some lemon ice.

I love their names, but pastel colors are just not on my go-to color list. They are trending though and I have had 2 briefs now calling out for Pastels and Pop so it’s definitely time to have a go at them.

I have to admit that after day of playing around with them, I may have a new-found love.

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Soft, milky, washed out colors bring images of candy store treats or carnivals to mind. Unfortunately, I have none of these in my repertoire of motifs  so  I had to play around with what I already had.

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Paint chips are a great source of hands on pastel colour inspiration, as are my pantone coloured pencils.

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Pastel floral doodles – pretty fun with a nice vintage feel. I believe we once had a picnic table cover just like that packed away in the back of our station wagon for impromptu stops along the road. I also seem to remember a dress with a similar print.

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I would be very happy living in a village of pastel coloured houses. I should have made this with canals and it could have been Murano Island.

One thing I have discovered about these colors is that it is hard to make them pop. I originally had this on a white background, but it wasn’t really adding anything to the print. A darker, cobble stone background helped out, but I am definitely going to have to continue working on this one. There is just something about the negative space that is throwing me off.

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Have you checked out Emily Kiddys trend boards? I was happy to see this one come out while I had pastels on my mind. You can also pop over to her Pinterest account  for more trend reports and visual eye candy here

 

I love her trend boards and her blog in general. It is full of useful information, pretty graphics and lots of  inspiration. This board alone has already given me a few other ideas to try. Watch out for it!

So does this mean that pastel coloured jeans are coming back ..again..in 2016?

The time is NOW to Make Art that Sells

The time is NOW! (Ok, almost now.Soon. I need a bit of a breather to rest,regroup and reorganize my portfolio!)

My wonderful time with Lilla and Make Art that Sells has come to an end. Wow,it was awesome. A big thank you to Lilla and Beth Kempton of Do What You Love. Well done!

As most here know, I am a fan of the art e-course. I love learning and am happiest trying new things. I would have to say that this course ranks top in my collection of “very worthwhile art courses”

Lilla is a joy. She is enthusiastic, supportive, yet very straightforward. There is no sugar-coating – this art licensing business is competitive. It demands great effort, patience and perseverance – all words that seem to have become my way of life.

Lilla shares with us many of her experiences and her artists too in the art licensing world. She made me laugh the whole way though and I really enjoyed the light-hearted fun in between all of the hard work and reality checks.

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Journal page – finding inspiration

So, here I sit pondering all that I have learned during my 10 weeks with Make Art that Sells. I have taken a breather from creating new art for now. It’s difficult, but I believe necessary. I have doodled and sketched,painted and taken many a note during this time but,as of yet, have not a chance to sit down and really review and consider it all.

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Scrapbook Market

I thought I would be overwhelmed by it all, but oddly I am feeling very relaxed and confident right now. Lots of good things are happening and the momentum is all there.I am feeling that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

HOW crazy is that?!

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Having a bit of fun…

I have been trying to think of all the goodness that Part B of Make Art that Sells brought into my life.

Part A was all about my art-icons,color,original design in my style,composition,learning my limitations and what I need to improve upon.

Part B was a continuation of working my art, but also thinking more about my brand and what markets I feel I am suitable for.I have a new-found knowledge of the potential of ten different markets all in search of art to display on their products, I have contacts and a wealth of information on what makes your art sell. I have a lot of art!

I am feeling that I have all the necessary ingredients to make it happen. Now it is up to me to stay positive, make a plan and stick with it. Oh, that dreaded F- word…Focus.

(The course is not set out this way, you can take it in any order and not miss out.This just happened to be my approach to it all)

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Other great benefits of this class included:

Community– I have met another awesome community of like-minded creatives. We are all at different stages of our developement, but we are still in it together. These people understand my journey. I am always a bit overwhelmed at how others are so willing to take time out of their busy schedules to share information or offer a word of encouragement or piece of advice.It all makes me pretty happy.

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Folk art – finding inspiration

Trends– I am still not sure if Lilla is just so bang on her trends or whether she is leading the way and creating them. I do know that it brings me a bit of delight every time I open a magazine and see a theme we have created for during the class. It feels great to have a portfolio piece that is right on trend.

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Party paper market

Many people have asked me Part A or Part B? I have to be honest and say both.I feel I received a very well-rounded education by completing both modules.

I was also pleasantly surprised at some of the markets I enjoyed creating for.The one I was least excited about is the one I am most excited about right now…you will see soon!

I believe it is important to explore all possibilities. To my surprise, I learned that all of this motif making is pretty versatile. Many of the markets overlap and all of your motifs can be used accordingly.

If you are interested in Make Art that Sells, but still have questions please feel free to email me at jules@bollah.com

It is a big investment, but I believe very worthwhile. (and no, I am not affiliated:)

If you are interested in reading about Part A have a look here

Onward my friends!

Creative Process with Lindsay Buck

Today we have Lindsay Buck of Slumbermonkey Designs telling us a bit about her creative process. Lindsay blew me away with her attention to detail and process here.I admire her sketchy quality and love all the texture and layering.The colors are perfect for this season and her woodland theme is right on trend too!
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Welcome Lindsay!

“Prickles and Pinecones”

The photos and process that I am going to talk about relate to an ongoing collection that I am developing based around Autumn, animals and natural forms.

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I get inspired to create by all the things that are around me. For this particular work I began gathering conkers (from the horse chestnut tree) and pinecones when I was out walking my dog. I love their protective, spiky surrounds and their colours. I gathered quite a collection and then I began to draw.

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I love working with fine liners and pens and all of my sketches are created in a little sketchbook that I use. I also began to think of hibernation and creatures that like to sleep a lot. I was drawn to hedgehogs and began to amass quite a few ideas and drawings.
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I had lots of material to work with and, after scanning my drawings into Photoshop, I began to develop individual motifs and design elements. I love playing around at this stage. Trying out colours, layering, and placing and different filters. I seem to have loads of ideas whizzing about in my head so I work on lots at once. I keep an eye on colour trends (Pinterest) and am often inspired from what I pin.
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This collection was something I was developing myself and I try and juggle this with chasing up briefs for competitions and submissions. At the moment I am really trying to build up my portfolio of work as I have only recently returned to Surface Design.
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I decided to call the collection “Prickles and Pinecones” to draw together all the different elements that I was inspired by. I am still adding to it and keep returning to my theme, creating more drawings and patterns to put into various collections.

A Big thank you to Lindsay! I know these blogposts take alot of time and consideration to prepare and she did a great job recounting her creative process. All your hard work is appreciated! Thanks Lindsay.

Lindsay is a hardworker-look at all of her links! I have included them for you to drop by and say hello.She has just recently jumped in full force to the world of surface pattern design and would be a great person to connect to.I always love and appreciate meeting fellow creatives here on my blog or at many of the other social hotspots I frequent so please stop by and have a visit!

Links:

https://www.moyodirectory.com/slumbermonkey
http://www.behance.net/Slumbermonkey
http://slumbermonkey.blogspot.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/buck_lj
http://www.pinterest.com/SlumberMonkey/boards/
https://www.facebook.com/SlumbermonkeyDesigns
http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Slumbermonkey
http://folksy.com/shops/SlumbermonkeyDesigns
http://society6.com/Slumbermonkey
http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/slumbermonkey