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downloadble art by lost in reverie

hi everyone! in the spirit of her last download for us, ‘share your work‘, heidi ahmed has generously offered to share with us two of her beautiful downloadable art prints. of course, i instantly said ‘YES’, she’s one talented gal!

for these prints, heidi has taken two of her favorite quotes from my creativelive course on surface pattern design and illustrated them using her favorite medium: dinosaurs! i’m so in love with the results. i mean, who doesn’t love a little prehistoric principe?!

to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the printable PDFs.

please join me in thanking heidi for her generosity and lovely art!

Heidi Ahmed is an artist working in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in watercolor illustration & design. You can see more of her work on Lost in Reverie and visit her shop here.

 

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fall to do list

October 17, 2014

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fall is here and it’s one of my favorite times of year! this is my personal must-do list to accomplish this fall (feel free to print it for yourself too - click here!). i’ve already crossed out several things and will be driving through the mountains to visit my hometown later today (check!). i have a fall feast in the works and will be visiting a beautiful apple orchard in a few weeks as well. all these things help me embrace the season and feel so warm and cozy. so, go snuggle up by a fire and plan your fall festivities!

see you on monday! xo, bonnie

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hi everyone! i’m pleased to welcome heidi ahmed to our space today. she’s a talented watercolor artist, illustrator and surface pattern designer. we recently got connected through my creativelive course, and i have been blown away by her work (see her pattern collection here!). today, she’s sharing with us some inspiration and a beautiful printable. thank you, heidi!

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Hello! My name is Heidi Ahmed.  I am from Columbus, Ohio and specialize in watercolor illustration & design. I have recently branched my watercolors into surface pattern design after taking Bonnie’s CreativeLive class on Designing Surface Patterns From Scratch. This class was life-changing for me because it exemplified a career path that provided more purpose and opportunities for my art.  In my current work, I had noticed that painting images has its limits.  While I enjoyed the process, I did not find as much fulfillment as I was expecting.  Surface design allows my work to touch people’s lives in a more tangible way.  In addition to the nature of the work, I found myself drawn to the community because they were generous, talented, and encouraging.  

In essence, surface design gave strength to my weaknesses.

During the class, I was inspired not only by Bonnie’s sincerity but also her willingness to teach. I was completely blown away by how genuine she was. One of the concepts from her class which really stuck out to me was the idea to “share something everyday” (inspired by austin kleon). It was clear that Bonnie believed in this idea and demonstrated it in her own life and work.

I was drawn to this concept because it is something I have struggled with since the beginning of my career.  I was afraid to share my work not for fear of people’s critiques but for fear of theft.  Seeing Bonnie’s generosity and confidence, however, inspired me to have courage and share my work. We have to be willing to let our work go and “find its place in the world,” much like a student going to school.

As a reminder to myself of its importance, I wrote out the words “Share Something Everyday” in calligraphic hand and posted it on my wall. I was determined to put this concept into practice for myself! I felt the first step in doing so would be to do just that:  share it!  So I’m sharing it as a free download here.

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to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the printable PDF. print on kraft paper and cut out along faint lines.

Lastly, I want to thank Bonnie for the opportunity to share my thoughts. I have grown not just professionally but also personally through her class.  If you are interested in taking her class, it is available on CreativeLive.com.  If you have any thoughts you’d like to share… about sharing… please share them in the comments below!

Heidi Ahmed is an artist working in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in watercolor illustration & design. You can see more of her work on Lost in Reverie and visit her shop here.

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goodbye september, hello october!  i love october. the beginning of fall is wrapped in fragrances of cider, pumpkins and crackling fires. this month i’ll be planning a fall dinner with friends and exhibiting at international quilt market. two things i’m very excited about! what will october bring for you? xox, bonnie

to download october’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is premium presentation paper by epson). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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keyboard shortcuts download

September 9, 2014

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keyboard shortcuts // bonnie christine

hello, loves! one of the things i love most about working in adobe illustrator are the keyboard shortcuts i use. illustrator comes with 100s of keyboard shortcuts installed (maybe 1000s?), but i only use a handful of them for my day to day work. getting to know the program with keyboard shortcuts is a great way to speed up your work and jump from one tool and technique to the next.

to help make learning them a little easier, i’ve illustrated a keyboard shortcut guide for you! these are the keyboard shortcuts that i personally use in my daily illustrator work to design blog posts, illustrations and surface pattern designs. print it out and keep it near your workspace to learn them in no time!

to download // print: click on the image above to download the PDF version. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper)

tips*

- if some of these don’t work for you, be sure to set illustrator’s keyboard shortcuts back to ‘default’ (edit >> keyboard shortcuts >> set >> illustrator defaults).

- if mac’s spotlight comes up when you try to zoom out using opt+cmd+spacebar, deselect spotlight finder in your mac’s keyboard shortcut settings (system preferences >> keyboard >> shortcuts >> spotlight >> deselect ‘show spotlight window’)

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september desktop backgrounds

September 2, 2014

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goodbye august, hello september! this month will be full of exciting things for us. i’ll be exhibiting at the indie craft parade in a few weeks and we have a birthday party planned for bear as well as a beach trip! i’ve been looking forward to this month for a long time. what will september bring for you? xox, bonnie

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to download september’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is premium presentation paper by epson). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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august calendars download

August 1, 2014

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august desktop + iphone calendars by bonnie christine (3)

goodbye july, hello august! i’ve been looking forward to august all year long! this month i’ll be celebrating my birthday, teaching surface pattern design for creativelive in san francisco and planning bear’s first birthday party. what will august bring for you? xox, bonnie

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to download august’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

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to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is premium presentation paper by epson). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

 

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july desktop & iphone calendars (5)

goodbye june, hello july! this month’s desktop calendar was inspired by my freshly planted flower garden. i hope it will brighten your space! xox, bonnie

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to download july’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.

to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is premium presentation paper by epson). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

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