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A follower asked me recently:
How do I know which trends are now current in repeat pattern design and textile design? Where should I look for them?
This is an interesting topic so I decided to cover the 3 top ways that I use to research textile design and repeat pattern design trends in the video above.
Here are my top 3 methods of pattern design trend research that I use regularly:read more
I asked their fans in their private Facebook Group to ask me questions in the comments and I received many great ones. I answered many of them + the questions from live attendees in this live stream Facebook Q&A. Here are some of the questions that I answered:read more
Today, I am answering a question from a subscriber. She asks how much time should she expect to pass before she can make an income as an independent pattern designer. Great question! If you are interested in how long it takes to start making money as an independent freelance textile designer, then this video is for you.read more
Video Q&A: How to design repeat pattern collections. How to find customers for textile design projects.
In this video, I talk about how to design repeat pattern collections. and how to find customers for textile design projects. This is a Facebook live video recording from our amazing, supportive group:read more
How to make your Adobe Illustrator vector files smaller in size? Help with uploading to microstocks.
https://youtu.be/v701HMOp61w In this video, I talk about how to reduce the size of vector Adobe Illustrator files and how to make Adobe Illustrator files smaller for uploading to microstock websites like Shutterstock with its file size limitation of 15 MB. If you are...read more
I was so excited when I received a request to create simple poppy flowers and leaves pattern for my wonderful customer Hessa Bags a while ago. Why was I so excited? Because it was meant to be my first vector repeat pattern to be embroidered on a product!!! Yay! 🙂 – I always wanted that to happen!
Here are two amazing bags that were released recently and I waited until I received my designer’s sample in the mail to show you how cool they are. If you are seeing this in January 2018, both bags are currently on sale on Hessa’s wesbite.read more
In this video, I talk about my results report: how focusing on my health helped me grow my creative business in the year 2017. You can say that it is a report on my 2017 new year resolutions, even though I made them before New Year 🙂 I share how I grew my online business in 2017 in an unexpected way – by focusing on my health first and understanding the importance of self-care and follow through.read more
Here is a little pattern holiday story that taught me a "design" lesson 😉 My 4-year-old daughter, my husband and I were decorating our Christmas tree. She really liked the tiny red ornaments (they are in the picture above) and was so excited to put hang them on the...read more
I’ve been reading again 2 of textile design books that I own and decided to share them with you.read more
Video + Bonus Tracker: How I’ve been running my online business for 10 years with chronic migraine headaches.
I have been receiving many amazing emails from you, my creative friends, and many of you have been sharing your story of health limitations and your goals to create a business that would create income despite an unstable health situation. I can really relate to that as I, myself, have been living with moderate chronic migraine headaches since childhood. I know this is not a regular topic on this website, as it is all about textile design business, but I feel it is such an important impact on my life and my work as an artist and a business owner, that I want to share it.read more
How I found a Best Buy product with my design on it. Textile designer story. I was so excited that day... It is always so cool to see your artwork in real life. It makes me happy to see my pattern designs or illustrations on products even...read more
Video: How to test your trimmed vector repeat pattern design with this awesome Adobe Illustrator action
In this video, I talk about how to test your trimmed vector repeat pattern design with this one awesome Adobe Illustrator action that I created myself many years ago. I am so happy to share a step-by-step method how I check my cropped vector repeat pattern designs for mistakes after creating a file.
If you are creating vector repeat pattern designs and trimming them for microstock use, and want to learn how to test your trimmed vector repeat pattern design with this awesome Adobe Illustrator action, then this video is for you.read more
Today I am inviting you into my home studio and sharing my the main tools I use for digital textile design work. Of course, I have other tools, like sketchbooks and pencils, watercolors and acrylic paints, but the topic of this particular video and blog post is a collection of essential tools for your digital textile design studio.read more
If you are learning what are 3 most common repeat pattern mistakes and how to fix them in Adobe Illustrator CC, then this video is for you.read more
Video: The difference between Paintbrush and Blob Brush Tool in Adobe Illustrator. How to use Blob Brush.
In this video, I talk about using Blob Brush Tool and Paintbrush Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC for vector repeat pattern design and textile design and I also create a vector repeat pattern design featuring leaves drawn using Blob Brush Tool in Adobe Illustrator CC. If you want to learn the difference between Brush and Blob Brush Tool in Adobe Illustrator and how to use Blob Brush to create vector artwork for sale at microstock websites, then this video is for you.read more
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