Spring is a little fickle at the moment, one day glorious sunshine and green leaves budding with blooms in full floweriness and the next day, cold and grey and soggy fallen petals. So ever the optimist lets shout out SPRING with a new collection of patterns and colours inspired from a few blooms I have outside.
I love paper. I am a paper Junkie.
Now that we have the confessions out of the way I can say paper for me is an inspiration.
I draw on it, paint on it, cut out shapes, print on it, fold it and make secret plans…..
Paper is such a big part of my daily life, from list making (always with doodles down the side) to making presents look as beautiful on the outside as the inside, designing on it everyday and creating decorations that string together all my ideas.
It’s my favourite way of making a mood board and pulling together colours and textures for my latest collections.
I have the greatest time designing patterns for paper products – florals, stripes, geometrics, watercolours, the list is endless and there must be at least one or two pieces of patterned paper for everyone. What is your favourite paper?
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Happy 1st of march. Spring is almost here and I am so loving all the flowers popping up and brightening my day. The hyacinth and hydrangea are sitting on our balcony, filling the air with a beautiful scent and fab pops of colours – an alternative spring palette with electric blues and bright pinks!
Paris here we come! Rosie and her team from Believe creative Studio are at Indigo along side some very talented guest designers from all over the world! Myself included! I created over 20 brand new and exclusive children’s patterns and coordinates to exhibit and would love for you to drop by Booth U51 and check out all the wonderful designs!
Moving day again, so looking forward to settling in for Christmas and getting it ready for my family flying over – I’ll be right back after we have moved a few boxes, unpacked a few more and drunk several gallons of tea!! In the meantime I made a set of postcards to hand out with our new address if you want to make something similar or wish some one good luck in their new home check out the digital papers pack in our store!
Wandering around Munich with all the Christmas festivities starting has inspired some new papers with a vintage Christmas feel – instant download from our store now and get into the Christmas swing!
A couple of days ago I posted my little adventures from “Foxwood” with a cluster pattern (not sure if that is the correct technical term but in the dictionary of Michelle it means taking a few motifs, grouping them together and then repeating that group.)
The pattern above is a scatter pattern, random placed motifs in no particular order but I usually try not to place two of the same motifs next to each other. Work with whatever arrangement is pleasing to the eye and I have added a couple of co ordinates to complete the collection.
Do you always work with one type of repeating pattern? – I usually design random patterns as I find my style suits this but as you can see sometimes a pattern can be made many different ways! I’ll work on some other types of pattern and post the results!
In answering a question that came up the other day for those not confident in scatter/random patterns, start with a few floral motifs and rearrange and resize them to work together like my Painting a field of flowers design.
Moving always gets me decorating and thinking of the accessories and extra touches, plus it’s Christmas round the corner and I am on the look out for presents!
Baby Bump is 10 weeks old! 10 weeks of gurgles, cuddles, nappy changes, smiles, sleepless nights and new discoveries for all of us!
Caring for a baby is a bit like caring for a new business, you nurture it, want to make the right decisions and worry over the details and you are constantly learning new things which I believe is the key, for me anyway when I design, to always learn, progress and adapt.
For instance, before Bump I had time, I didn’t realise how much time until the amount you can work is squeezed – now I doodle and learn new things whilst nursing (skillshare is great for this as the courses are video based) so far I am brushing up on my illustrator skills and reading business books (I am even attempting to study more German!)
When we are out and about I love to show Bump around, a simple walk through the park inspires me to draw as we look at the leaves and point out shapes, taking photos and gathering inspiration and when sleep time comes I get to throw some ideas around in photoshop and illustrator.
Things may take longer to complete and so they should I don’t want to rush away Baby Bumps years I want to enjoy every moment but I am more efficient and selective than before. I know how lucky I am that I have a job I love that allows me time to spend with my family and how in turn my family can inspire my work!
Here’s a few ways I have found working from home with Baby Bump:
– Nursing is great, almost hands free and allows time to read, watch, learn new things.
-Walking is another great passion of mine, I get some fresh air and Baby Bump gets to go out too, we can walk and talk and discover new ideas or just de-stress.
-Grab a camera if you have one and snap some photos whilst walking or if it’s warm enough and I have the chance I’ll sit down with my notepad and doodle!
-Drop some things – do you really need to flick through Facebook twenty times a day, or catch every tweet?
-The obvious one, when Bump sleeps, I take time to design! Some days it may only be a couple of hours but I have to say they are much more productive and fruitful than before as I am focused and energized to work.
-The last thing I am putting into practice is to be flexible and adaptable, I was a planner before but now we go with the flow! I have a very short list of things I need to do, compared to before (lists and lists of things that rarely if ever got done) and life is much more manageable and balanced. Having a baby has made me much more focused, if there is a person or company I am interested in working with I contact them rather than wait until tomorrow….it’s all about using my time.
I’d love to connect to other working from home mums and if you have any hints and tips that you want to share please leave a comment, it would be great to hear from you