Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Joy, Hope, Peace and Love

What the world needs more of now is real Joy. We need Hope for the future, Peace amongst our fellow human beings, and that special someone or someones to Love.
So feeling this way, and given we're nearing Christmas and all the feelings that usually brings,  I was inspired to play with these words and bring them to life in some new designs.
No time for a full advent calendar this year. I may just do 12 days of Christmas though. :)



and a little....


Monday, October 26, 2015

New watercolour patterns for Spring

It's spring down under here in Australia and I'm inspired by the bursts of floral splendour I see around me. Beautiful blue skies and bright, bold flowers are everywhere. It's a truly lovely time of year.I've been working on a new collection. I'd love to see these on wrapping paper or fabric. Available for licensing. Do get in touch. I'd love to hear from you.


Monday, September 14, 2015

New creative challenge - #alittleart

Hello there!

I'm participating in a new art challenge to keep the creative energy flowing.
The super talented Victoria Johnson has started an instagram art project. #alittleart. The objective to design, draw, paint, create a little piece of art 2.5 inches wide (whatever length you like) every day. You can post it to instagram and if you like you can include her @victoriajohnsondesign handle.

I for one am doing what I can, when I can. The size means it doesn't take long and it's a great way to unblock any creative blocks that we artists tend to get at times.

I started with a flower so to stick with it and get some sort of consistency i guess, my theme is flowers. I could have also stuck with a certain colour palette to get this idea of consistency, but i want to explore colour more and see what I am drawn to (no pun intended). It's usually blue (all the time).

I'm also trying various mediums such as ink and dip pen, watercolours, gouache, staedtler fine liners, faber-castell Gelatos, and more recently I purchased Derwent's line painters. Can't wait to try those out! It's a lot of fun. I'm sticking on pieces of paper, using different paper stocks, and soon I'm going to explore more collage and maybe paper cuts and folds whilst sticking to the 2.5inches width restriction.

I've even got an idea about how to present these which I'll probably share later. So check back in and see what I come up with.
Julie x

Monday, July 27, 2015

Day 100 #The 100 Day Project

And that's a wrap people. I can't believe I made it through 100 days of pattern designing.
I found the experience really rewarding. Very challenging, tiring at times, but absolutely creatively wonderful. Looking back now over the past 100 days, I can see when I was really stretching myself and learning. I have a few favourites from this process, and some patterns I don't think will see the light of day again. But that's ok, and part of the process. Thanks to all those wonderful supportive people for following and commenting on instagram. I really appreciated the likes and feedback.
I'm now working on another project close to my heart and as soon as I can reveal more I'll post it here and let you know.

Every day is a step further to my goal. Every day I design is joy. Right now, i have to enjoy the process and let it sustain me.

Here's day 100. I felt really happy designing this floral pattern. I love how it is bright and bold and loud and dynamic. Hope you like it too. Thanks, Julie x

#The 100 Day Project - Day 95 - 99

On the home stretch. Here are the patterns I created for days 95 to 99.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Day 77 to 94 - #The100dayproject

The 100 day project is almost finished. Here are my patterns for day 77 to 85 and 86 to 94.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Day 59 to 67, and 68 to 76 #The100dayproject

We are well past the half way mark on the 100dayproject. Three quarters of the way into this challenge actually. And what a challenge it has been. I've certainly learned a few things about dedicating time to this challenge. It can be tiring thinking up new designs all the time. But i guess that is the challenge after all. I've tried to use different techniques and learn as I go. I have enjoyed creating some patterns and others perhaps not as much. It will be interesting to see all of them together in the end. I have learned, that the more effort and time put into developing the motifs makes for a more interesting pattern, however i have surprised myself with the simplicity of some of these patterns and how much I like them.
The 100dayproject is helping me work through my strengths and weaknesses and where I need to focus more in illustration, design and pattern making. I have loved getting back to traditional methods with watercolour and completing the design using photoshop. I don't know if I have a distinctive style, nor if that is important. I just want to be true to myself, my art and create with my heart. Happy Day 59 to 67 and 68 to 76.
Julie :)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

#The100dayproject Day 50 - 58

Here's day 50 - 58 of #the100dayproject, #100patternplaystudiopatterns.

Day 41 - 49 #The100DayProject

Hi there! Here's a recap of what I got up to for Day 41 through to Day 49 of #the100DayProject. Patterns, patterns everywhere!
#The100dayproject, surface pattern designs 

Friday, May 15, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 40

Ok here's todays pattern. Day 40. Yep, hard to believe I've maintained a pattern a day but I am loving the challenge.

Only 60 more to go.

# The 100 Day Project - Day 31- 39

Here's what I got up to for Day 31 to 39.

The 100 Day Project - I'm still going....

I've had a break from blogging. Probably because I've been head down designing and coming up with a pattern a day. So my last post was Day 21, and now we are up to Day 40! Whoops. Let that go a little bit didn't I?

Here is a snapshot of day 22 to 30.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 21

Three weeks in and I'm still finding great inspiration to make these patterns. My wish is that something good happens from doing this and after all my efforts.
One can dream....

#The100DayProject - Day 15 - 20

Playing catchup cause it's been a busy week.  Here's day 15 to 20 of #The100DayProject.
Hope you like them :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 14

Day 14. Wow, two weeks in to this 100 Day Project. Designing a pattern a day on top of other design work is quite challenging. I go through moments of tiredness and then get a second wind and I'm off planning my pattern. Hope you're enjoying them. Might consider requests if I get stuck for ideas :)

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 12

Here's to Day 12. It's also Friday. Whoop whoop!!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 11

Day 11 is here already. This challenge is flying by and I'm having loads of fun. If you have a product that my patterns would suit and you like what I do, get in touch, look at my website, help me earn a living doing what I actually love. Please and thanks. x

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 10

Day 10 is here. Only 90 more to go to reach 100. This little pattern was influenced from old etching/engraving style illustrations. I'd love to do some engravings or lino cut prints next. Maybe another trip to the art shop is in heart says yes, but my budget says not this month....

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 9

Day 9 is here. I had a lot of fun with this pattern. It is a seamless repeat as well. It was created today to sit with my Bohemian floral collection that you can see on my website I think it could work as a panel trim on bedlinen, or the reversed side of a cushion. Or maybe it can be the hero and be on the front of the cushion. Something abstract and geometric like again. Hope you like it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 8

Day 8 and something a little more masculine again. Some geometrics for a change. Note to self: must stop drawing flowers.......

#The100DayProject - Day 7

Day 7 and i'm sticking with florals today. Using Pantone's colour of the Year Marsala. Not my usual colour palette but I kind of like it.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 6

Day 6 and everything's coming up roses. OR blooms at least. Experimented with water-colour, took photos (scanner on the blink), brought into photoshop to play with. Working on a seamless repeat next....

#The100DayProject - Day 5

Day 5 and I'm not really slowing down... Here's one with a geometric flavour.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 3

Day 3 of #The100DayProject saw me doodling some swirly flowers in black Staedtler pens. I took a photo of my drawing using my Moleskin app that saves the pics as svg files. I opened them via Creative cloud in illustrator and spent AGES smoothing out the lines. I like the contrast of the black and white with this piece. Hope you do too.
Julie x

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 2

Day 2.
Inspired by organic dots. Or perhaps miniature mountains.

#The100DayProject #100patternplaystudiopatterns

Monday, April 06, 2015

#The100DayProject - Day 1

.....And we're off. Let the creative challenge begin. 1 pattern a day for 100 days. #The100dayproject

From April 6th to July 14th, I'll be creating 1 pattern, either a repeat or placement print a day. I'll post here on my blog and also on instagram via @julieprints, #The100dayproject, #100patternplaystudiopatterns.

Feel free to leave a comment with suggestions for patterns - I just may need some encouragement :) This is going to be challenging, rewarding and hopefully fun!
Julie x


I'm challenging myself in #The100DayProject. From April 6th to July 14th, I'm going to try and design 1 pattern a day for 100 days. The patterns may be designed into a repeat pattern or even a placement print.
You can follow me on instagram @julieprints, #The100DayProject, #100Patternplaystudiopatterns, or here on my blog. Wish me luck! It is going to be very challenging and lots of fun.
Julie x

Great advice for an artist

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Jennifer Nelson of Jennifer Nelson Artists. This lucky opportunity came about from seeing a Facebook post about a service she is offering - to provide advice and support to professional artists with their career goals and answer relevant business questions. I investigated this opportunity further by reading the information on her webpage here:

In my case, I sent off an email and received a reply not long after. Jennifer was terrific at negotiating a suitable time for both of us. At one stage I could have been speaking to her at 2am Brisbane Australia time (which I would not have minded), however Jennifer showed she cared straight away by insisting we get a reasonable time for both of us and we worked out the time difference and scheduled the 1 hour skype chat.
8am in Boston meant 10pm in Brisbane on Good Friday, and a Good Friday it was
My question/s to Jennifer were primarily about my work on my website. What did she think were my strengths? What work stood out for her? How should I structure my website? Did she have any ideas for improvement, whether in the artwork itself or the display of the images? What specific market my work is most suited to? Were there any gaps in my gallery of art that I should focus on? We even touched briefly on a marketing plan for my creative business Pattern Play Studio.

I certainly came away with a lot of information and ideas from that one hour conversation. I would also say from a business perspective it is the best money I have invested in my career and business so far.
The opportunity to speak one-on-one with Jennifer was absolutely refreshing and a huge boost for me personally. I found the conversation flowed effortlessly, and Jennifer was truly lovely and personable. I felt encouraged, positive, and inspired from speaking with Jennifer. I listened to her advice, wrote a heap of notes that I can go back and reflect on and most importantly put into action now.

So this long weekend, with no plans to get away, I’m going to be head down in my studio, putting in place some of the changes we spoke about to my website, and work on the beginnings of hopefully some exciting new collections. Watch this space for more updates on my progress. I can feel exciting times ahead.

Thank YOU again Jennifer!

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Easter Bonnet

When I was a little girl my Mum made my sister and I Easter Bonnets. I don't remember much about them actually, being so young, but my older sister assures me they were beautifully made. I think there was a competition each year in primary school for 'the best' Easter Bonnet, and I'm sure Mum put lots of effort into making these beautiful creations every year. She was always crafty, and our grandmother was a milliner, so perhaps the hat making skills were passed on. I do remember my Mum making crepe paper party hats however. Creased and folded and glued to a flat type of cone that sat jauntily on our heads, complete with crepe paper bows tied under our chin.

In the lead up to Easter, I hope you get to make an Easter Bonnet of your own. The crazier the better :)

Easter bonnet parade, illustration, pattern

Monday, March 16, 2015

Small licensing win

A tiny step towards my surface pattern design career with a very small licensing deal. But a HUGE lesson learned in the process.
Many thanks to the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design online course, in particular Module 1 that helped me follow my dream to do what I really love.

Monday, February 16, 2015

MATS Bootcamp February assignment

I'm having a lot of fun with Lilla Rogers - Make Art that Sells Bootcamp assignments. They are pushing me out of my comfort zone (a good thing) and I'm learning new techniques, researching and drawing more than I ever have before.

The mini assignment for February was to draw a scene. Our inspiration was to come from vintage plates. Nearly all of them have some kind of beautiful scene painted on them. Lilla certainly teased us with this assignment, and most of us in the group were wondering what the big assignment would be.

Wall Art was our focus, particularly hand painted on wood.
Ok so therein lies the challenge. I am not well acquainted with paint. Never have been. I'd like to do it mind you, I just don't have the patience, plus being a graphic designer with a background on corporate work, I don't get time to be overly creative. And my work is all text layout, ads, magazines, branding and identity. Very different to what I really want to be doing. Just take a look at my website and you'll see how far removed from the corporate world my work is.

So here's my process of how to illustrate a scene, and the work I submitted to the February gallery.

I admit to using a mockup of wood, photoshop layers and smart objects, illustrator and a pencil in the very beginning.

MATS Bootcamp January Assignment

January saw me drawing Edwardian style brooches in the mini assignment as part of the Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells Bootcamp. I had so much fun doing this. I loved the intricacies of the brooch jewellery. The symmetry, delicate floral forms, ornateness. I did discover it was very hard to draw symmetrically. I worked on a few ways to overcome this. At first using graph paper to copy the first side, then I took it into illustrator to speed up my workflow. The wonders of image trace and a few hours of tidying up the line work, but I was happy with my progress.

The main assignment was to design a journal cover using the theme and some of the previous brooch illustrations. I had assistance from my partner Simon of Simonrimages. If you get a chance, you should check out his photography. He is very creative.

He took a photo of my styled desktop with added props, and I mocked up my artwork onto the journal.

So here's the final I submitted to the January Gallery. You can also view it at the link below.

Journal design_mockup, MATS Bootcamp January assignment

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Excited for Bootcamp starting on Monday!

Bootcamp starts on Monday. Woohoo!