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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!

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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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skillshare is such an amazing place. when i was first starting out trying to learn surface pattern design, it was so hard to learn the techniques i wanted to learn (that’s in part why i began the roost tribe- it’s where i share all my secrets!). today i’m so happy that skillshare exists, and i’m really excited about a few classes i’ve either recently taken, or am currently taking. i highly recommend each of them!

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i’ve taken both the first steps of hand lettering and the final steps of hand lettering by mary kate mcdevitt- and both are incredible! mary kate is so loveable and incredibly talented. in these classes, you’ll learn how to research and brainstorm and idea, sketch it out, explore different styles and finalize your sketch. in the second part, you’ll learn how to digitze your sketch, add color, create texture and put the finishing touches on your work.

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i’m just beginning to take leveraging photoshop and illustrator in your work by lydia nichols and i’m so excited! photoshop is still a little big and scary to me, so i’m especially thrilled to learn how to use it alongside illustrator. in this class, we’ll learn how to create vector art and custom brushes, how to apply texture and then move the artwork over to photoshop.

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in digital illustration: color, pattern and texture, brad woodward will teach us how to breathe life back into your own digital illustrations through the use of a few basic design elements. i’m excited to learn more about color theory, layout and composition and ways to add texture to my work.

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i recently finished the art of modern calligraphy by molly jaques and thought it was just right for my beginner skills of calligraphy. molly starts by covering the basic tools and preliminary knowledge of modern, pointed pen calligraphy and gives you a solid understanding of how to compose a truly unique alphabet.

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in design your own creative brush pack in photoshop or illustrator, garren lamson will teach us how to research, brainstorm, and create a unique, artistic brush pack in either photoshop or illustrator from concept thru completion. since brushes have always been a bit of a mystery to me, i can’t wait to begin this course!

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january roost tribe recap

January 31, 2014

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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 january brought to the roost tribe. the good news is, it’s not too late to get all of january’s content! i’ll be sending out a january recap on tuesday, february 4th to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from january so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

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

in this adobe illustrator tutorial, i share with you how i most often use the trim and clipping mask tools, and what makes them different.

this pattern collection is called soul whispers. the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to quite down and listen to the whispers of your soul. what does it long for? mine longs to blossom and shine, which has been the inspiration for this collection. use them for digital scrap booking, as website backgrounds or print them for scrapbooking, gift wrapping and more!

a little inspiration from molly jacques for this month’s roost tribe book club read.

the most delicious root and winter vegetable casserole recipe.

an article from the most amazing nancy chalmers – the Sexy Super Natural Health Coach.

2014 goals printable worksheet.

set of clip art illustrations called spring anytime. because even though it’s january, my heart is in spring.


a set of inspirational desktop and smartphone backgrounds.

simple living article on how to help wildlife survive the winter (photo by soul centered photo art)

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

plus more! tribe members also participated in this month’s book club reading, roost tribe challenge and 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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july roost tribe recap

July 30, 2013

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hey, friends! today i’m sharing this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what july brought to the roost tribe. the good news is, it’s not too late to get all of july’s content! i’ll be sending out a july recap on friday, august 2nd to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from july so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.

that means, that if you join before friday, august 2nd you’ll still get all of this yummy content from july + august’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

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a video tutorial on how i use adobe illustrator to design my blog posts.

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teepees, trees, feathers & arrows pattern collection. perfect to use for summer get togethers, parties and to decorate special gifts!

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a set of teepees and trees illustrations (see how i used them here!).

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a delicious recipe for banana nut bread (it’s vegan & gluten free!).

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food preservation e-book full of tips and recipes from master food preserver stephanie lee.

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an inspirational set of desktop & iphone backgrounds.

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2013 goals checklist printable. how are your goals coming along for this year?

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set of 5 ‘page flips’. use them when posting about an e-book or a workbook, so that it becomes an obvious multi-page document. goodies sent out to the roost tribe during july (9)

cleaning without chemicals article. learn how to clean the entire house all naturally with no toxins!

plus more! tribe members also participated in this month’s book club reading, roost tribe challenge, received a list of favorite links and resources and 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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february roost tribe recap

February 27, 2013

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hey guys! i just wanted to pop in with this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what february has brought to the roost tribe. i also wanted to let you know that it’s not too late to get in on the goods! i’ll be sending out a newsletter recap on monday, march 4th with all of the content in it so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined.

that means, that if you join before monday, march 4th you’ll still get all of this yummy content from february plus march’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

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this month, i shared a really fun tutorial on one of my favorite techniques in illustrator using the rotate and duplicate tools.

february roost tribe recap! (1) fun photo corners in several styles and colors plus 2 frames, perfect for both regular photos and instagram pictures!

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several lovely printables including a coffee cup sleeve, coaster, notecard and chocolate wrapper. pssst.. this is perfect for mother’s day, too!

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4 spring inspired patterns to use as wrapping paper or gift tags, backgrounds for photos or for all sorts of uses on your blog or website.

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a sweet little desktop + iphone background to remind us to do all that we do in love. :)

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one of my all time favorite southern recipes- veganized. sauteed apples and cabbage with apple sage ‘sausage’ and cornbread!

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a truly inspirational article on how to stay connected with our friends by the lovely natalie borton.

and that’s not even all! tribe members also received a list of favorite links and resources and got exclusive discounts and deals in the awesome spring greens gift guide. 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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adobe illustrator keyboard shortcuts

i use shortcuts while working in adobe illustrator constantly, and find that it’s an incredible time saver! it makes things easier, quicker and more streamlined. however, it can be really hard to learn shortcuts for any new program (just put me working in photoshop and i’m lost!). that’s why i really like these keyboard shortcut guides. you can use them to refer to, or set them as your desktop background to keep them handy at all times.

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turn your hand lettering into vectors + wacom tablet tutorial

these are the topics i get asked about the most:

1) how do you use a pen tablet?
2) how do you turn your hand lettering into vectors?

well since i couldn’t live without my wacom tablet and think using my handwriting for projects and posts is possibly the most fun thing EVER, i’m really excited to share this pair of tutorials with the roost tribe this week!

in the first tutorial, i’ll cover what type of pen tablet is best, how to use one and what options and settings we have in adobe illustrator.

in the second tutorial, i’ll be covering three ways in which to turn your hand lettering into vectors, how to play with colors and patterns, and how to save the file to best use on the web. you’ll also learn how to do it both with and without a scanner.

sound interesting? tutorials will be sent out this friday (10.19) to the roost tribe. you can find out more information on the tribe and learn how to join here! **don’t have illustrator? adobe offers a free 30 day trial. you can check it out here!

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palette inspiration

a little palette inspiration for artists of all kinds!

dream catcher art print by small talk studio – $20

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