category: bonnie christine design

how to pull a color story from a photograph video tutorial by bonnie christine

hey guys! i can’t even begin to tell you how excited i am about my upcoming creativeLIVE course (you can read more about it here). it starts in just about 3 weeks! ah! to help me prepare and share with you a little of what i’ll be covering in design surface patterns from scratch, i’m starting a countdown to creativeLIVE. this video tutorial on how to pull a color story from a photograph is where we begin!

this method of creating a color palette is so fun and easy to do. pulling colors from a photograph is one of my favorite ways to create a color story. nature has a way of always having the perfect balance of hues and they always look good together. who would have thought?!

this is just a quick example of the things i’ll be sharing during the 3 day course on how to design surface patterns. if you’re into this kind of thing, you can RSVP for the course here IT’S FREE to watch live!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

p.s. we’re looking for a few people to be a part of the live in-studio audience in san francisco. if you’re interested, click here to apply!

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hey everyone! i’m just popping in with a little shop news. i just added several new adobe illustrator tutorials to myetsy shop that will help you learn illustrator with ease and bring your artwork to life! you can grab 20% off the shop today through monday by using coupon code “learnillustrator”. enjoy!

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using the blend tool.  the blend tool is such a fun tool to play with! i usually use it to aid in my color palette choices, but you can also use it to make beautiful artwork and fun illustrations.

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scan your sketches: in this tutorial, you’ll learn how to take a pencil or pen sketch, scan it in, and then optimize it for using live trace in adobe illustrator. the end results gives you a a nice clean image and a beautiful results! this tutorial covers a few things in both photoshop and illustrator (though you don’t have to use photoshop if you don’t have it).

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working with the pen tool – from sketch to repeating pattern. i’m excited to offer this three part series focusing on the pen tool. the pen tool is an incredibly useful tool to master. once you get the hang of it, it’s easy and powerful! in this video course course, i’ll teach you step by step how to trace a sketch using the pen tool (part 1), how to color your artwork (part 2) and how to put your artwork into a repeating pattern (part 3). are you excited? let’s get started!

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top 10 tips and tricks: in this video, i’ve taken 10 of my most favorite tips and tricks and broken them down for you into bite size pieces. these are things i find myself using nearly every day, so i hope you’ll enjoy this peek into my work style!

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using the reflect tool. there are many ways to use this tool, but in this video i show you how i like to use it and the best practices for it. it’s easy to use and will save you so much time!

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offset path and simplify tools – this video will teach you how to use the offset path and simplify tools in adobe illustrator. so fun! i use both of the features all the time. i hope you will too!

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using the trim tool and clipping masks: in this video, i’m sharing with you how i most often use the trim and clipping mask tools, and what makes them different from all the other tools. i use both of these tools nearly every time i open adobe illustrator. i know you will enjoy using them, too!

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creativeLIVE: learn surface patterns from scratch with bonnie christine!

today, i’m excited to share some very exciting, big news with you! this coming august, i’ll be teaching a course for creativeLIVE on how to design surface patterns from scratch. ee!

are you familiar with creativeLIVE? if not, get ready to fall in love! every single day, creativeLIVE broadcasts the world’s greatest creative experts directly to you, live and free. with workshops featuring photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training there’s something for everyone! anyone can watch online — for free — and interact with instructors in real time. or, if you would prefer to have on demand access anytime, you can purchase the course for a nominal fee. now, instead of turning on the morning news, i tune into creativeLIVE in the morning to get inspired and nourish my creative spirit!

SO, if you’ve ever dreamed of being a surface pattern designer, this course is for you! in just 3 days, i’ll teach you the ins and outs of adobe illustrator and take you from concept to sketch to finished designs and repeating patterns. by the end of the course, you’ll have a mini collection of patterns to hit the ground running with.

here’s what you’ll learn:

- adobe illustrator for surface pattern design
- how to make a repeating pattern
- how to develop a concept, sketch and illustrate your ideas
- how to develop and work with a color palette
- how to work from sketches and photographs
- how to gather inspiration and stay creatively motivated
- the business of surface pattern design
- all about licensing and copyrights
- how to develop a portfolio and get noticed
- how to create printables, desktop backgrounds, gift tags, recipes and blog posts
- how to apply your patterns to fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper and more!

and there’s so much more! you’ll leave this course feeling inspired, motivated and more importantly prepared to hit the ground running towards your dream of being a surface pattern designer. we’re going to have so much fun!

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
when: august 13th, 14th & 15th from 9am – 4pm each day
cost: the course is FREE if you watch it live, and available for purchase for on demand access anytime for $59. click here for details.
RSVP here!

p.s. interested in being a part of the live in-studio audience in san francisco? click here to apply!

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sweet as honey aurifil thread collection by bonnie christine

hello, lovelies! i’m so excited to share my new thread collection with aurifil threads called sweet as honey! aurifil’s luxurious italian threads have always been my favorite to sew with, so this was absolutely a dream come true!

sweet as honey aurifl thread collection by bonnie christine

the colors in this collection are so sweet and vibrant. i just want to eat them up! the idea behind my my color choices is that with one box, you’ll be able to use them on all my fabric collections – past, present and future! you can see above which threads match each of my collections from art gallery fabricswinged, sweet as honey and reminisce. i’ve included several neutrals and basic colors as well, so you can use this box for all your fabrics. i hope it will be a truly versatile thread collection for you!

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the large box contains 12 spools of italian thread with 1422 yards on each of them (that’s over 17,000 yards, folks!). it retails for $130 and is available for purchase from my mom’s quilt shop here

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the small box contains 10 spools of italian thread with 220 yards on each of them (2,200 yards in the box!). it retails for $46 and is also available from my mom’s quilt shop here.

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both boxes contain 50wt threads, which are the best threads for piecing and appliqué. you can use them for hand appliqué, hand piecing, longarm quilting, machine appliqué, machine embroidery, machine piecing, machine quilting and more!

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now for the fun stuff. a GIVEAWAY!

enter the giveaway below to win a box of sweet as honey aurifil threads AND a fat quarter bundle of sweet as honey fabrics!  the giveaway will end tuesday, july 1 at midnight est. winner will be announced on this post shortly after. good luck!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. congratulations to the winner, kathy gates!

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winged at quilt market

May 20, 2014

hello love birds! i’m back from spring quilt market and just wanted to pop in with a little recap. i fell in love with pittsburgh and had a fabulous show!

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above is my booth for winged, my new fabric collection with art gallery fabrics (available july 2014). i envisioned a dreamy little camping site so it’s outfitted with a butterfly ‘tent’, luscious sleeping bag (pattern coming soon!), a slouchy backpack, a roll and go, a few hexagon situpons and a sweet little campfire.

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the butterfly quilt is called alation: the state of being winged and will be the free quilt pattern released when the line begins to ship this july. stay tuned, it’s such a fun quilt to make!

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i’ll be sharing more about the show with you soon. i met some wonderful people and will have some very exciting news to share with you in the months to come (!!!). for now, i’m heading off to unpack and unwind. i’ll be back to our regular blogging schedule tomorrow! love, bonnie

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winged | bonnie christine | quilt market 2014

hello lovelies! i’m putting all the finishing touches today on several projects before heading up to pittsburgh tomorrow for international quilt market! i’ll be debuting my brand new fabric collection, winged, for art gallery fabrics. i have several gorgeous projects to show off + a free 5×7 print for anyone who stops by my booth. look out for a beautiful camping site with a glorious butterfly quilt tent, billowy sleeping bag, lace camp fire and more! you can find me (and bear!) at the art gallery fabrics booth, #2135.

i’ll aslo be presenting winged during a schoolhouse presentation on thursday, may 15th in room 327 at 2:55pm and announcing my brand new thread collection with aurifil in room 305 at 1:20pm (more on that soon!!!).

i hope to see you there!

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announcing winged!

May 6, 2014

winged fabric collection by bonnie christine

it’s here it’s here! i’m thrilled to announce my brand new fabric collection with art gallery fabrics called winged. i’ve been so anxious to share it with you!

ever since i was a young girl, i’ve always delighted in seeing the first butterfly of each spring season. it’s such a special moment to me. it represents new life, change, a new season, warmth, possibilities. winged was inspired by this first spring sighting and the delights of waking up to the birds chirping outside my window. it represents a season’s fresh beginnings and the dawn of a new day.

i also believe that if we have enough courage to spread our wings, we can fulfill our biggest dreams. here’s to letting all our imaginations fly free!

p.s. i’ll be debuting winged at the international quilt market in pittsburgh may 16th-18th. winged will begin shipping in june. check your local quilt shop for availability or this link for online shops. :)

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sweet as honey grand giveaway! (4)

hello, lovelies! i’m so excited to personally offer you a grand giveaway today! i’ve bundled up a big stack of my latest fabric collection, sweet as honey, and i’m ready to send it to one of you creative ladies (or gents!). enter to win 1 yard of each piece of sweet as honey in your choice of colorways (see below). that’s 10 yards total- valued at over $120!

before we get to the fun part, i wanted to share with you a little about the inspiration behind the collection. i happily designed sweet as honey while we were living in this sunny cottage on the central coast of california (we’re now snuggled up in the mountains of north carolina!). the days were always sunny and the weather was always perfect. in fact, it was like a little slice of heaven! i gardened year round and always had fresh flowers ready to pick. i spent most of my time outdoors, soaking up nature in all it’s glory. our tiny town also just happened to have the sweetest honey i’ve ever tasted in my life. i purchased it from a local farmer and could eat it by the spoonfulls! in fact, i love it so much that i still have my friends mail me a jar every now and again. it rarely rained, but when it did i soaked up every drop. birds could be seen flying over the vineyard in front of our cottage at any given moment. it was the perfect place to dream up this fabric line and i’m so happy to share it with you. i hope it brings a little sunshine to home!

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giveaway

enter to win: 10 yards of sweet as honey (1 yard of each 10 pieces of fabric in the colorway of your choice).

deadline: giveaway will end monday, april 21st at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post letting us know what aspect of your life is sweet as honey?

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost on facebook.

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and hashtag #sweetashoney

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #bonniechristine

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie

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