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how to pull a color story from a photograph video tutorial by bonnie christine

hey guys! i can’t even begin to tell you how excited i am about my upcoming creativeLIVE course (you can read more about it here). it starts in just about 3 weeks! ah! to help me prepare and share with you a little of what i’ll be covering in design surface patterns from scratch, i’m starting a countdown to creativeLIVE. this video tutorial on how to pull a color story from a photograph is where we begin!

this method of creating a color palette is so fun and easy to do. pulling colors from a photograph is one of my favorite ways to create a color story. nature has a way of always having the perfect balance of hues and they always look good together. who would have thought?!

this is just a quick example of the things i’ll be sharing during the 3 day course on how to design surface patterns. if you’re into this kind of thing, you can RSVP for the course here IT’S FREE to watch live!

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 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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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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DIY teardrop planters (1)

hello, friends! i’ve been on a diy kick lately, can you tell? (with lots more coming!) i was so inspired to make these teardrop planters after i saw the tutorial over on vintage revivals. i followed mandi’s instructions exactly and they turned out wonderful!

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i keep them hung from a curtain rod by our large sliding glass doors in the living room. i love how cheery they are that they add a splash of gold to the area. i purchased these little white bowls from ikea and filled them with drapey succulents.

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they really were pretty easy to make, other than the fact i had to cut up a bunch of pipes. it wasn’t really difficult, just time consuming. i think i cut pipes every night for a few weeks! the end result was definitely worth it though. head on over to vintage revivals to grab the tutorial!

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pssst. BONUS! if you notice something peculiar in one of the photos above, leave your entry in the comment section. the first person to get it right will win two 1/2 yard cuts of my last fabric line, sweet as honey!

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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!

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sweet as honey pillow cases (6)

hey everyone! i’m so excited that TODAY is my turn to contribute to the sweet as honey blog tour! (yes, i put myself on the schedule. i couldn’t resist joining in on the fun! #dork.) i’ve been determined to spruce up our guest room for a while now and decided that the all white bed needed some colorful pillow cases and lots of pillows. i mean, can you ever have too many pillows? i actually made 8 pillow cases, but that many pillows on the bed just looked ridiculous. so six it is.

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for this project, i used missouri star quilting co’s super easy video tutorial on how to make a tube pillow case. i also (of course) used my latest fabric line sweet as honey and even threw in a little of my first line, reminisce. see it? since the video does such a great job showing step by step instructions, i decided not to include a tutorial here but instead direct you to their video. you can watch it here.

to prep for this project though, all you need is:

- 3/4 yard for the case
– 9″ coordinating strip for the cuff
– 2″ coordinating strip for the trim

there’s a really fun trick to this project that i can’t quite wrap my brain around. basically, you roll everything up into a tube, sew a little and out comes a pillow case. (haha!) the video tutorial does a nice job at explaining the entire process though and it’s very easy to follow.

sidenote: you could also easily use this technique to make pretty hemmed curtains, table runners, skirts and more!

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i think it has added just the right punch of color to this room (though i should probably go a head and apologize to all of david’s cycling buddies that will be staying here, surrounded by flowers. sorry guys!).

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if you haven’t already, be sure to hop on the sweet as honey blog tour! we’re about half way through and it’s been so much fun to see what everyone is making! be sure to check out nancy’s beautiful pillow on owen’s olivia from yesterday and follow the tour on monday with cindy’s project over on schoolhouse patterns. you can also catch up and see the full schedule here.

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february roost tribe recap (1)

hi friends! today i’m excited to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what february brought to the roost tribe. the good news is, it’s not too late to get all of february’s content! i’ll be sending out a february recap on thursday, march 6th to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from february so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

that means, that if you join before thursday, march 6th you’ll still get all of february’s content + march’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

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adobe illustrator tutorial on my top 10 favorite tips and tricks that i use every day.

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a set of printable sweet as honey shipping labels!

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tufted mini 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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my all time favorite chili recipe. it’s vegan, gluten free and super hearty and delicious!

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set of adventure illustrations.

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with brave wings she flies.

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article on how to bathe without using chemicals + a guide to essential oils for your skin type. photo by peg and awl.

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!

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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!

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sweater wraps tutorial

December 20, 2013

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today i’m sharing the last gifty idea i have before christmas (you can also see tutorials for soy candles, painted wooden spoons and reversible ribbon cuffs!). this one is so easy, you can easily make a whole bundle in just a few hours! because they’re repurposed from old sweaters, they don’t require many supplies and are definitely easy on the wallet. i always hold on to to wool sweaters i’ve ruined in the wash (which means i had plenty!), but if you don’t have any woolies you’re ready to part with, i’m sure your local thrift store will have plenty to choose from.

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i wear a wrap nearly every day. they’re perfect for top knots, messy hair days, cool weather and quick runs to town. i also love that these come with two looks! wear the tie in the back or on top (off centered looks best!).

supplies:

– 1 (or more) wool sweaters
printable template (click to download)
– serger or sewing machine
– scissors
– matching thread
– iron

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directions:

step 1: download and print the template twice (choose ‘do not scale when printing’). cut out the large and small templates (if desired) and tape together along the edges. most sweaters will make 5 wraps- if you use the sleeves and the small template where the neckline is.

step 2: fold the template in half and lay it on your sweater (see image above for guidelines). cut along the edges.

step 3: if your wrap is in two pieces, place them right sides together and serge or stitch along the widest edge to make it one piece.

step 4: serge along all four edges. if you don’t have a serger, you can turn down the edges 1/4″ and press, then turn them down another 1/4″ and press again. then, straight stitch along the turned down edges to finish.

step 5: tie the ends to make the wrap- you can either wear it with tie in the back or on top (i like to wear it with the tie off centered in the front!).

sweater wrap tags

for the labels:

printable tags (click to download)
– sticker paper (i used full page sticker paper from world label)
– tissue paper and baker’s twine (if you want)

directions:

download the printable tags and print on full page sticker paper. cut out along faint dotted lines. tie up with tissue paper and twine. gift!

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p.s. i know you love my mama bear sweatshirt! (obviously, i couldn’t resist it.)

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