Faith Will See You Through

>> Sunday, February 27, 2011

More acrylic painting....I really love working with my hands and paints and inks.

Entitled "Faith Will See You Through".....even during the darkest of days, when you feel like just giving up and saying "I quit", remember to dig under the layers of self-doubt, dig deeper, where your glorious colours are waiting to burst out and dazzle the world, dig deeper, where seeds of hope have been planted and know in your heart blessings are on their way.

"Faith Will See You Through"
24" x 24" Acrylic and Ink on Canvas

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Pattern Designs

>> Saturday, February 26, 2011

I finally figured out how to create a repeat pattern out of my illustrations, yeah, you might think me dumb for just figuring this out now but it was a real "aha" moment for me, thanks to the very, very clear tutorial I found over at one of my favorite blogs Design Sponge by illustrator/pattern designer Julia Rothman.  Here's a link to the tutorial if you'd like to learn how to do it too: How to make a repeat pattern.

So, the tutorial showed Julia actually showing us how to do it on paper.  From there, I figured out how to do it in photoshop using my hand drawn illustrations which I had previously scanned for a project I recently concluded.

Here are some of my experiments, you can find them in Spoonflower, a site that allows you to upload patterns you create and order them as actual fabric!

Doodley Doo in Blue
Doodley Doo Version 2- Blue

Doodley Doo in White
Doodley Doo Tileable Pattern

Silya
Silya

Grow Where You're Planted
Grow Where You

Hello Octo Joe!
Hello Octo Joe!

Go ahead, have fun and try creating one yourself!

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Backtrack

>> Friday, February 25, 2011

Backtracking to show you some commissioned work, these were all done last December but I hadn't had the time to upload.

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Sign Up for My Monthly Newsletter

>> Thursday, February 24, 2011

My first email newsletter will come out in March!! I recently had the chance to study how to use Mail Chimp! I've been meaning to do it for some time but just thinking about having to study something new again overwhelmed me and I kept putting it off.  Really, adding to my ever growing list of things that had to be done is not such a great idea…but it is something I read works wonders if you want to market yourself, and I really do need that, how else will I get my work out there (that is, of course my goal for 2011).  So, what's a day lost trying to figure things out..I can shuffle my schedule around and lose a days sleep (ha!) and try to be more organized with list upon list to cross off.

So I finally got my Mail Chimp account, using the free service of course, it took me one day to figure things out (it was actually very user friendly) and several more days to tweak the email campaign and then wait another week to get email confirmation if I could use comments some people had made about my work.  I finally mailed my campaign out to about 700+ emails I was just sitting on (these were emails from people who signed up to receive updates and news from several Wedding Fairs/Expos I had attended in Manila as an exhibitor. 

What I love about Mail Chimp is that I could monitor how many people actually opened the email campaign I sent, how many clicked, which areas were clicked, how many subscribed and how many unsubscribed.  It was really amazing.  From constantly monitoring the stats on your campaign materials, you will get a feel of what works for you and what doesn't.  Of course, you also have to constantly check, so if that isn't your cup of tea, well then coming out with a newsletter is probably not for you.

As for me, it's something I've committed to do.  And a way for me to connect with my readers, clients, target market.  I know not everyone has the time to read my blog, or everything I post about.  I subscribe to blogs that interest me, but I don't read each and every post - especially when I'm busy with other things.  I subscribe to their newsletters so that even if I don't always read their blogs I get their monthly newsletters and still get to follow that certain artist, blogger, site and get in on certain promos or deals they're running.  I'm hoping that will work for me too. :)

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I hope you'll take the time to subscribe to my newsletter, I'm doing a raffle and giving away a custom art print to two lucky subscribers and announcing it in my upcoming March newsletter!  It's not too late to sign up to be entered into the draw :)

You can click on the sign-up for my newsletter link on my sidebar. 

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Emerge

>> Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Emerge"
12' x 16" Acrylic on Canvas

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About This Blog

All about me, my musings, ramblings, fancies, quirks and dreams; the blessings in my life - the kids and their growing years; and my love for digital scrapbooking/design and graphic arts; and my eternal quest to keep learning something new each day and give back in my little way.

This blog used to be 3 blogs which I decided to merge together, my scrapping blog (Pandoras Box of Thought), the blog about my kids (Beyond the Four Walls) and my cooking/recipe blog (Cooking Mama) - all the old posts are still up but I've decided to just post everything in the future in one forum, with all the things I'm doing, I'd like to keep everything in one neat container :)


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