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10 tips for becoming a surface pattern designer by bonnie christine

i’m passionate about being surface pattern designer and sharing my story. i’m completely self taught and want to you to know that if being a surface pattern designer is a dream of yours, you can do it, too. today i’m sharing with you my top 10 tips for how to become a surface pattern designer. they are things that helped me a long the way and i believe in them wholeheartedly. if this gets you excited, be sure to RSVP for my 3 day course here – it’s FREE to watch live!

note: this is the second installment for the countdown to my creativeLIVE course (you can see the first bit here). it starts in just 17 days!! (ee!)

1) learn adobe illustrator. i know, that’s a big one! but you can do it. it’s big and scary but it’s just a computer program, right?! there are so many classes and resources around the web, and i’ll be teaching you everything you need to know about it during my course, surface pattern designs from scratch. don’t let the learning curve stop you from following your dreams!

2) make as many patterns as you can. once you start designing, use this precious early time to make as many patterns as you can. like, hundreds! these patterns are what will put your career in motion and many of them will end up being your all time favorites. cherish this ‘pre-pro’ time and use it wisely.

3) never throw anything away. don’t delete files, don’t toss sketches in the trash. someday they might just be exactly what you need!

4) build a community around your design. blog, tweet, facebook, instagram, pinterest. reach out to other SPD-ers.

5) be authentic. it’s easy to be incredibly inspired by looking around the web, but remember to never be ‘too’ inspired by someone else’s work. find your own personal style and stick with it. we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

6) do one thing every single day. this is my all time favorite motivational tip! whatever your dream may be- start doing one thing, however great or small every single day to move in the direction of your big dream.

7) have an amazing portfolio. pour your heart, your love and all your passion into this book.

8) tell a story. when designing patterns, think in terms of themes and story lines. run the theme throughout each pattern, the title of the collection, the names of each pattern and even the color names you choose.

9) have 10 seconds of courage. that’s all it takes to pick up the phone and call a company, introduce yourself to an art director or put yourself ‘out there’.

10) know that you can. you can do this. you really really can! all you have to do is decide to do it, no matter what it takes. it will take sacrifice, dedication and hard work but you CAN do it.

if you’re ready to do this thang you should go ahead and RSVP for my course here IT’S FREE to watch live, or you can purchase the course for lifetime, on-demand access!

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 lifetime 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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point and shoot 7.24.14

July 24, 2014

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i’ve been so busy this week i’ve barely taken any photos! do you ever have days or weeks like that? the picture below pretty much sums up why!

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a snapshot of my creative events and goals over the next several months. i’m so excited about all these things!

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best thrift store find everrrr.

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bear baby. 

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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point and shoot 7.17.14

July 17, 2014

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a few pictures from our life lately. :)

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a few more snapshots of my latest garden DIY.

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a much needed bar stool update!

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sweet bear baby.

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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point and shoot 6.10.14

July 10, 2014

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a peek into life lately!

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beautiful carrots in this week’s csa box!

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flower garden is finally planted.

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a most magical swimming hole.

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curious, sweet, bear baby.

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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point and shoot 7.3.14

July 3, 2014

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a little bit of life lately!

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a beautiful luna moth brightening my door.

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summer.

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winged has arrived and so has the time to do a little photography! that’s my beautiful sister modeling for us.

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my sweet boys.

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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point and shoot 6.19.14

June 19, 2014

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it’s that time of the week again! here’s a little bit of our life lately. :)

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white rabbit botanicals. a dreamy greenhouse made from vintage windows!

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the quiet after a storm.

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morning sunshine.

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a hike with bear baby.

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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point and shoot 6.12.14

June 12, 2014

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a little bit of life lately. :)

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a happy corner in my home.

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a pair of fiddle leaf fig trees!

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eating snap peas by the handful.

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through the lens.

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morning sunshine.

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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point and shoot 6.5.14

June 5, 2014

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a little bit of life lately. :)

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at the lake.

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workspace.

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a new favorite cookbook.

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bear baby. <3

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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