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!