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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!


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!



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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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seaworth coffee | recipes

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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my BIG news!

April 9, 2013

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hey friends! today i get to FINALLY share my BIG news with you, something i’ve been wanting to do since november (and teasing you along the way)! i am so (so so so so) excited to announce that i am art gallery fabrics newest designer! eeeee!

many of you know, being a fabric designer has been a dream of mine for many years, and i couldn’t be more excited that it’s finally coming true! most importantly, it’s with my most favorite company. art gallery fabrics is modern, fresh and fun. their cotton has a superior thread count and fine weave, which gives the fabric a super soft and luscious feel.

my first collection with art gallery is called reminisce. it was inspired by sunshiny days and simpler ways. it’s full of sweet summery hues and has a very vintage feel to it, and it will be coming to stores in june!

in celebration, we’ll be chatting about all things fabric, designing and blogging today on two different talkin’ tuesday twitter chat sessions! follow hashtag #talknt2 for our first chat from 1-3pm EST and #talknt for our second chat from 9-11pm EST tonight. you can come join in the conversation and ask us anything! for more info on talkin’ tuesdays, check out this post.


>> i use tweetchat.com to easily follow and participate with the chat sessions, check it out!

>> find me on twitter here: https://twitter.com/gohometoroost

>> be sure to include hashtag #talknt2 for the first session or @talknt for the 2nd session, otherwise we won’t see your tweets!

see you there!

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helt honey packaging design

January 23, 2013

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i have a thing for honeycomb, and when combined with vibrant colors and pretty designs i fall in love. this packaging design by arhoj for helt honey is eye catching, fun and different. it makes me just want to pick it up and put it in my basket (marketing goal accomplished, helt)! with pretty typography, unpredictable stickers that seal and a beautiful website to boot, this company knows what they’re doing. i hope you can gather a little inspiration from it as i did!

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