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design challenge

hi everyone!i just popping in to let you know that there’s still time to join the surface pattern design challenge that accompanies by creativelive course, designing surface patterns from scratch! the deadline ends september 15th, so you have just about 2 more weeks to enter. the winner of the challenge will receive over $800 worth of goodies!

so far, i have been blown away by your entries in the student work area. you all are creating some really beautiful patterns and i have been so inspired by you! below are some details regarding the challenge- just let me know if you have any questions in the comments area!

challenge details:

challenge mission: to create a small pattern collection of 6 prints that is cohesive in style, color and scale.

challenge requirements: show each step of your work as outlined in the course in the student work area (inspiration board, sketches, illustrations, final pattern collection).

challenge winner will be chosen on how well they share their process, how well they follow the course instructions and how cohesive and their collection is.

the challenge winner will receive:

- $250 gift certificate to spoonflower
- 20 yards of bonnie christine ribbon from renaissance ribbon (coming soon!)
- 20 yards of luxurious fabric from art gallery fabrics
- stencil + wallpaper collection from wallternatives
- lifetime membership to the roost tribe
- set of 6 bonnie christine sewing patterns

if you missed the LIVE airing of the course, don’t worry! you can now purchase it directly from creativelive.

course details:

what: design surface patterns from scratch
cost: the course is now available for purchase for on lifetime on-demand access anytime for $79. click here for details.

i can’t wait to see what you make!

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creativelive reflections

August 28, 2014

creativelive reflections

for the past week, i’ve just been letting the whole creativelive experience sink in for a bit. without doubt, it has been the most phenomenal event in my professional career to date. so much so, that i’m not sure where to start. so i’ll just start from the beginning.

about 8 months ago, i got an email from creativelive asking me if i would be interested in teaching for them, and if so, what might be a good time to chat about it. to my total embarrassment, i had no idea who they were (what?!). after some quick research, i knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime. we made a time to chat and as soon as i heard elizabeth’s voice on the other end of the phone i felt at ease. and excited. we discussed course topics and potential dates. i knew i wanted to set the date pretty far in advance so I would have plenty of time to prepare and so that bear would be a little older, since we had to travel to san francisco. we decided on august, 2014.

the time flew by. first we nailed down a topic, then i signed a contract (whoa, official!). one of the first things i did was briefly write a schedule for the entire 3 day course in 15 minute increments. several months were taken to discuss content, marketing ideas, info for the course page and research for the topics i wanted to talk about. with about 8 weeks to go, i was introduced to bryan, my content producer. he’s the person who really pulled all this together- and he’s amazing! we had weekly phone meetings to discuss content, bit by bit. he helped me turn my content into something a little more engaging. he reassured me when i was nervous and taught me so much about how to present my material. most importantly, he continually reminded me that i was going to help people follow their dreams, which always seemed to help calm my nerves.

fast forward to 4 weeks before the show began and i was working more than i ever have. i stayed up until 1 or 2am at night and woke back up at 6am to hit it again. it was invigorating. i was so excited to teach this course sleep didn’t matter. this is when i developed three slideshow presentations i used during the course, worked on my sketches for the pattern collection i would be designing, organized a journal to use on camera and went over every last detail of what i would cover during the course.

i felt like i needed every moment of those 8 months. maybe even more!

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Your course was amazing and honestly I think you’re one of the best instructors I’ve ever seen (and I’ve watched a ton of Creative Live and Lynda.com courses).  You are organized, methodical and have a quiet confidence that is really endearing. I was amazed how well you handled questions, no matter how strange or convoluted they were. I know your passion is designing but you may want to rethink your overall place in the world – as a teacher you could help and inspire so many others. You’re my new hero. – Jamey Ekins

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now we can fast forward to actually arriving in san francisco. my mom, sister and bear started out for the trip a few days early so we could visit our old home town, santa ynez, for a few days. we started the travel day by missing our first flight and waiting around for 7 hours on 3 hours of sleep. so, we grabbed breakfast and went to ikea. the rest of the day could only get better, right?! despite our late start, bear was an angel baby on the plane and we arrived in santa barbara with no problem. i was incredibly nervous but pretty prepared at this point, so i took a few days to catch up with dear friends, eat at some old favorite restaurants and do a little shopping. on tuesday, we woke up and hit the road by 7am to drive to san francisco for the pre-show meeting. i studied the entire trip.

we arrived with 20 minutes to spare so i quickly ran to the san francisco flower mart. oh my goodness, what a dream place! i grabbed a few flowers i needed for day two of the course and then headed on over to creativelive. the picture above is the first thing you see when you walk in the door. i finally got to meet elizabeth and bryan in person and got a tour of their amazing offices- complete with a state of the art kitchen, green room and rooftop patio. it is incredible!

i quickly got whisked into the pre-production meeting where i met everyone who would be working on the show (all pictured above!). we discussed the show and some technical logistics, then i met with bryan and chris (my course moderator) to go over the materials again in detail. finally, they set up the room and computer for me and let me have as long as i wanted to get acquainted with the set up. let’s just say, it took a while.

lucky for me, whole foods was right across the street so i grabbed dinner for 3 and headed to our hotel to meet up with my mom, sister and bear. i could hardly sleep that night i was so nervous. wednesday morning i woke up bright and early, got dressed in an outfit i thought i loved (upon reflection, never again!) and headed out the door. i arrived 90 minutes early which gave us plenty of time to eat breakfast, meet the students and get my hair and makeup done by the makeup artist (a makeup artist!!). it was so fun!

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I loved the course that you taught at CreativeLive. It is the first course that I have previewed on CL that I just HAD to purchase. I learned so much. You have taken me from hating Adobe Illustrator to incredible excitement to get my own collections going! (And I am not new to technology). - Kate

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10 minutes before the show, chris began a ‘pre-show’ segment to talk to the audience and introduce the students. i had to stand quietly in the corner and wait for the segment to end before i went on – talk about nervous! finally, chris called my name and after putting one step in front of the other i was on camera.

i’m pretty sure my voice shook for the first 15 minutes. the most nerve racking part to me was hoping that each of my segments would indeed take up the allotted 90 minutes. since i had never taught this material before, i really was only hoping that my timing was correct. plus, i tend to forget things and talk faster when i’m nervous- ah! sure enough, i ended about 15 minutes early on the first segment, so we went to break early. i was pretty upset, but bryan instantly convinced me that everything was ok and that we would make it up later in the day. sure enough, he was right. i ran over on a few other segments, but overall, the timing turned out really well for the entire course.

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As you were speaking i just felt courage surging through my spirit like something deep within myself had been asleep/ silenced for a long time and finally it was getting the strength and courage to rouse itself and wake up. Something in my heart opened and suddenly my cheeks were wet with tears when you shared those words “There’s room for you”. Who would have thought four little words could be so powerful! Thank you for having the courage and generosity of spirit to share those words with us. You could have kept them to yourself, nestled and protected deep in your heart treasuring them just for yourself but you chose to be generous, it was truly stunning. I just wanted to encourage you, and thank you for having such a generous spirit and for all the wonderful things you shared on Creativelive. -Anna Pearce

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everyone there treated me like a queen the entire duration of my stay. our hotel was glorious, vegan meals were catered in for breakfast and lunch and if there was anything i ever needed it was there for me. it was amazing!

every single person at creativelive is an absolute master in their skill. you can tell that they love what they do and they are experts at doing it! their energy was contagious and just made the course that much better.

most notable of all, was how excited the crew was for the show. as soon as we went on break at the end of every segment, bryan would nearly knock down the door to run in and give me a high five, discuss the segment and help me prepare for the next one. i really can’t even explain how much positive energy was buzzing around this place, but it was intoxicating and so exciting!

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Bonnie, thank you so much for sharing your self, your experiences and knowledge with us. I’ve been using Illustrator for about 2 years now but you showed me a faster, easier way of doing so many things (<3 the shortcuts you use)! It was so nice to see your sketches and made me feel more comfortable and accepting of my own sketches. Too many great takeaways! Yours was the first CL class that I’ve purchased!!! – Chris Henry

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as you can probably tell, i’m still on a high from the entire experience. i was sad to leave and i hope that my path will lead me back there one day.

finally, i am simply speechless from the feedback i’ve received since teaching this course. you all are so kind and i am so thankful for the opportunity to meet with each of you. thank you for all of your tweets, instagram messages, emails and reviews. many of them have brought tears to my eyes and your support and encouragement means the world to me!

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in case you missed the course and want to join in, don’t worry! design surface patterns from scratch is now available for purchase for $79 in the creativelive catalog (where it will live from now on). there’s also still plenty of time to enter the design challenge (it ends 9/15/14). i can’t wait to see your designs!

finally, if you’d like to join the CL Design Surface Patterns from Scratch facebook group we would love to have you. i’ll meet you there!

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surface pattern design challenge!

hi everyone! i’ll be teaching designing surface patterns from scratch for creativeLIVE in just two days! words can’t explain how excited i am to share this course with you. it’s going to be so much fun!

today i’m sharing with you about the design competition i’ll be hosting during the course, and offering a copy of the class as a giveaway for one of you! keep reading for details. :)

note: this is the fourth (and final!) installment for the countdown to my creativeLIVE course (you can click through to see the first part, second part and third part). it starts in just 2 days!! (ee!)

during designing surface patterns from scratch, i’ll be hosting a design competition for anyone who would like to join in. the winner will receive over $800 worth of goodies!

challenge mission: to create a small pattern collection of 6 prints that is cohesive in style, color and scale.

challenge requirements: show each step of your work as outlined in the course.

challenge winner will be chosen on how well they share their process, how well they follow the course instructions and how cohesive and their collection is.

the challenge winner will receive:

- $250 gift certificate to spoonflower
- 20 yards of bonnie christine ribbon from renaissance ribbon (coming soon!)
- 20 yards of luxurious fabric from art gallery fabrics
- stencil + wallpaper collection from wallternatives
- lifetime membership to the roost tribe
- set of 6 bonnie christine sewing patterns

be sure to tune in to the course for more details on how to join and share your work with us!

giveaway

enter to win: a free copy of my designing surface patterns from scratch course

deadline: giveaway will end sunday august 17th at midnight est

to enter: RSVP for designing surface patterns from scratch, then comment on this post letting us know you did so. 

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and creativelive on facebook

>> share course on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and  @creativelive

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

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

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!

‘see’ you there!

i’m going to be taking the rest of the week off from blogging, but join us on our trip over on instagram!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.

 

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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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hi friends! today i’m excited to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what may brought to the roost tribe. the good news is, it’s not too late to get all of may’s content! i’ll be sending out a may recap on wednesday, june 4th to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from may so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

that means, that if you join before wednesday, june 4th you’ll still get all of may’s content + june’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

whew. got it? :)

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this tutorial covers a few things in BOTH photoshop and illustrator on how to best use a scanner for your sketches!

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a printable gift card to say ‘i love you’ to a friend or family member.

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a set of inspirational desktop & smart phone backgrounds.

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a set of silhouetted foliage illustrations and clip art.

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found flora pattern collection: use them for digital scrapbooking, as website backgrounds or print them to use as craft paper, gift wrapping and more!

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one of my favorite go to recipes: chana.

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this month’s master series article on how to use the power of positioning to supercharge your business story by tara gentile.

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simple living tips on how to travel green. photo by violet gray.

a list of favorite & useful links and resources from around the web.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

join the roost tribe! >> goinghometoroost.com

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What month would you like?



want to learn more? head on over to read this post or check out the FAQs.

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cold brew coffee

November 12, 2013

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personally, i like my coffee hot (with some coconut creamer and honey, please!). that hasn’t stopped me from noticing some beautifully packaged cold brew coffees lately, though. it feels like cold brews have experienced a surge in popularity lately, but maybe that’s just me? anyways, there’s just something intriguing and beautiful about these dark glass bottles and pretty designs. they make me want to try all sorts of cold coffee drinks (check out all the recipes each of these companies provide!).

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hello, lovelies! the time has finally come to launch my latest fabric collection with art gallery fabrics, reminisce. i’m so happy to announce, that it’s shipping now! you can find it now at either your favorite online retailer, or look for it at your local quilt store. yeah!

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reminisce is a nostalgic collection of bold & sugar-colored hues, inspired by hazy summer days filled with simple, yet memorable moments of picking flowers and enjoying their beauty.

click on the image above to watch the reminisce video, by art gallery fabrics featuring laura grosso. they’ve done such a beautiful job capturing the inspiration behind my collection (i cried when i watched it the first time!). it’s sophisticated, vintage, modern and sweet!

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inspired by sunshiny days and simpler ways, reminisce is all about the handmade way of life. my hope is that it will inspire you to slow down and soak in the beauty of everyday life!

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to accompany the collection, my mom and i have worked together to design a beautiful quilt called sentimentalities. you can download the free quilt pattern here!

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fabric collection: reminisce by bonnie christine (that’s me!)
photography and video by art gallery fabrics
video and photo shoot staring the lovely laura grosso

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i’ve been hearing some pretty incredible things about skillshare lately. have you heard of it? in a nutshell, it’s a global community where you can learn real-world skills from some pretty incredible teachers. the classes are incredibly affordable (some are even free!), and can be viewed on your own schedule since they provide lifetime access to the course content. they specialize in everything from culinary arts to design, photography to fashion and style. pretty awesome, right?

skillshare classes

communicate with color, pattern and texture | 11 video lessons | self paced | $20

today i wanted to share with you a few of the classes i’ve been eying to take myself. i first heard about digital illustration: communicate with color, pattern and texture over on creature comforts where ez shares with us the work she did in the class. it’s beautiful!

skillshare classes

a hands-on approach to label design  | 3 video lessons | watch for this class coming back soon!

skillshare classes

how to communicate effectively through the power of type| 8 video lessons | june 14th, 2013 | $20

skillshare classes

learn the ins and outs of illustrator | 11 video lessons | self paced | $20

skillshare classes

illustrating your favorite runway looks | 5 video lessons | self paced | $20

skillshare classes

draw illustrative words | 4 video lessons | self paced | $20

have you taken any skillshare classes? if so, which one and what did you think?

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