Tropical Outdoor Pillows

Happy Summer! I created some Tropical Outdoor Pillows for the summer season! The patterns on these pillows have a tropical theme with tropical leaves, pineapples, and flamingos as the main design elements. The main pillow has a flamingo print with plenty of tropical leaves and bright colors to really stand out. I made some accent pillows with the color scheme of yellow, green and pink with polka dots to add some nice texture when considering how they would look on outdoor furniture as a collection.

This is a great practice for designers to mockup their patterns on actual products. I like to use services like printful.com or gooten.com since I regularly order their products for my store. They have great mockup photos built right in that I can easily download or use for marketing purposes and also for my portfolio. This is an easy way that I can demonstrate to art directors and potential buyers how I think my designs will look on products. Pillows are one of my favorite products to mockup since shoppers love to trade out their pillows for easy seasonal decor to immediately change up their living spaces.

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Patriotic Designs

The summertime is filled with plenty of opportunities to express your patriotism by wearing red, white and blue, from Memorial Day in May, Independence Day in July and Labor Day in September. These are my new Patriotic Patterns!

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Branding Design

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I am starting a 3-part blog post series on Branding Design! Branding is so important to your business, club or organization. It can be overwhelming to think of everything you may need when you first start out, or rebrand. I hope this blog post series will demonstrate how with a logo, brand colors, a website and social media accounts, you are ready to start your business! Follow me on Instagram to see my blog post announcements and also see my designs!

In this blog post series, we will first look at Logo Design. Having a logo is key to your brand identity. It is important to have a logo so that your audience (customers, readers, students) can instantly recognize what you are offering or selling as part of your brand. Next, we will explore Website Design and Social Media. Once your logo is established, it is easy to upload it to all of your accounts. Streamlining your social media accounts, online shops and website is helpful in getting your audience to easily recognize your brand. Next, we will explore Marketing Materials for your brand. This includes t-shirts, vinyl banners, business cards, letterhead, sticky notes, stationery, pens, stickers and labels and anything else you may want to use in promoting your brand. I will discuss some of my favorite places to order t-shirts, business cards and even iPhone cases with your logo. Lastly, I offer all of the design services I discuss if you need help with your branding. Logo Design and Branding is one of my favorite things to work on since each design is unique. Let me know here if you need a graphic designer. I would be happy to help!

By the end of this series, you will have an entire Brand Design Package!

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Floral Meadow Wedding Invitation Collection

I love working on wedding designs! It is a chance to combine illustration, color, and typography into a collection. Below I show my Floral Meadow Wedding Invitation Collection. This pattern reminds of spring with flowers in bloom, grasses swaying and an overall whimsical feel to the design.

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When I was designing my own wedding invitations, I fell in love with the process of graphic design! I had no skills at the time and worked with a small print shop to design the invitations. I loved choosing fonts, illustrations and colors. I started designing collections to sell and license. This collection is designed from my Floral Meadow Pattern that uses yellow and pink flowers and grasses.

Wedding Invitation

Wedding Invitation

The front of the invitation includes all the wedding details and a small spot graphic that ties the invitation elements together.

Save the Date

Save the Date

The Save the Date card is important to set the theme and colors for the wedding. I like when they coordinate. I used the same font and then some of the greenery elements from the Floral Meadow Pattern to tie the invitation together.

Floral Meadow Pattern

Floral Meadow Pattern

The back of the invitation uses the Floral Meadow Pattern. Some invitations do not include a back, but I like to include on in my collections.

Wedding Invitation Back

Wedding Invitation Back

The R.S.V.P. card matches the invitation and just needs to include a space for guests to respond if they will be attending. Often these can be postcards with a postage stamp so that guests can easily respond and mail them back quickly at no expense.

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R.S.V.P.

FLoral Meadow Wedding Invitation Collection

FLoral Meadow Wedding Invitation Collection

I like to include a spot graphic that wraps up the design and can be used on the front or back of the stationery as an extra element. I just pulled these yellow flowers from the main pattern and used them on the front of the wedding invitation, but they could be used in other ways to add that extra element of design. If you are in need of wedding invitations, contact me through my website or message me on Instagram!

Yellow Flowers

Yellow Flowers

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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St. Patrick’s Day is today! The holiday to wear green is finally here! I had fun designing some graphics and t-shirts for the occasion. I love incorporating simple typography and pattern into my designs. It is so fun to design seasonally. I like to add designs to my Instagram for the holidays and put seasonal products in my shops for my customers. I am sharing a few of my favorite designs and t-shirts below to check out.

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I love designing patterns and making shapes out of them! My Shamrock Florals are designed from my floral pattern I use in my branding and in a lot of my designs. I simply change the colors for different seasons and it makes an entirely new design!

Shamrock Florals

Shamrock Florals

Lucky Charm Pattern

Lucky Charm Pattern

This is my Lucky Charm Pattern. I used my shamrocks, rainbows, and typography from other designs to make a simple pattern to share today for the holiday.

Rainbow

Rainbow

I designed this rainbow for my Society6 Shop. I incorporated it in my t-shirts for St. Patrick’s Day. I like designing graphics that I can use in various ways. I sell art prints of my rainbow, but it also works great for this holiday!

Shamrock Truck

Shamrock Truck

This is my Shamrock truck. I use these vintage trucks in a lot of my designs! They make great seasonal t-shirts!

Check out my St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts here! Use Code: STPATRICKS5OFF to save $5.00 on your order!


Shamrock Tee

Shamrock Tee

Luck of the Irish Rainbow Tee

Luck of the Irish Rainbow Tee

Luck of the Irish Tee

Luck of the Irish Tee

Shamrock Truck

Shamrock Truck

Christmas at the Farm

Just like my Fall Collection, I made a Christmas Collection inspired by farm life. This collection makes you want to come to the farm for Christmas, to see the iconic red truck parked outside, evergreen trees in the background, and horses grazing in the snowy pastures.

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There are six patterns in this collection. Lantern is inspired after the vintage, red lanterns often seen in cabins and used for camping back in the day. I saw these in a General Store and knew I wanted to incorporate them into my work. Spruce is just a simple tree that I use throughout the collection. Peppermint Mocha is coffee cups with little trees on the sleeves. Horse Pasture is a simple pattern of horses. I saw these horses near my house one day and was so excited to see a horse with coloring like these. Christmas Farm includes a barn, a silo, a windmill, a vintage truck and horses. Christmas Trees is reminiscent of visiting a Christmas Tree Farm during the holidays to pick out your own tree to take home and decorate.

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This pattern collection has plenty of red and green for a seasonal palette, as well as hints of light blue, brown and yellow. I used five main colors: christmas green, peppermint, sage, tree branch brown and wintergreen. These colors blend together well to create a wintry, Christmas collection. I used earth tones to bring out the natural elements in the collection as well as pops of color, like the yellow in the Lantern pattern to keep the collection lively.

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My first illustration is based on the barn I saw in Connecticut that I wrote about in my Fall Collection Blog Post. For Christmas, I used the same red barn and I put a red truck out front with snowy trees in the background, and horses grazing in the snowy fields. My second illustration is a red truck and Christmas tree. My last illustration is a simple tree farm sign.

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I used this pattern collection to make art prints, pillows and t-shirts for my Etsy Store.

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As a graphic designer building my portfolio, I love making mockups of my products that I offer. This is my Christmas Living Room. I have pillows from the Seasonal Collection and some additional Art Prints on the wall. I enjoy this process as my goal as a designer is to one day license my artwork and see it out in the world.

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Welcome to the Farm Fall Collection

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This pattern collection was inspired by a barn I photographed in Washington Depot, Connecticut. I loved the pastoral countryside; it was so rustic and simple. The countryside in Connecticut was filled with vintage farms, small towns and beautiful color. I visited in the winter, but knew this would be the perfect inspiration for a Fall Collection!

This pattern collection has hints of fall foliage including a red, orange and mustard as well as a light blue and brown. This collection encapsulates the beauty of the farm, with the chickens feeding in the barnyard, the antique truck arriving carrying a pumpkin harvest and a rustic, red barn.

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There are six patterns in this collection. Patch is a mix of orange and white pumpkins. Pumpkin is a just a simple pumpkin with a woody stem. Pumpkin Spice is coffee cups with little pumpkins on the sleeves. Chicken Feed has multi-colored chickens feeding in the pastures. Fall Farm includes a barn, silo and windmill with a vintage truck. Chickens are grazing in the fields and the trees are full of fall colors. Fall Foliage is a mixture of the colorful trees as they turn their leaves in the changing of the seasons.

 
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My first illustration is based on the barn I saw in Connecticut. I loved the style so much I could not wait to illustrate it for a collection. I added a silo, some fall trees in the background, a vintage truck and some chickens grazing in the pasture. My second illustration is a vintage truck I saw at an agriculture trade show. I added pumpkins and fall trees to make a picturesque fall scene. My last illustration is a simple pumpkin patch sign.

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I used this pattern collection to make art prints, pillows and t-shirts for my Etsy Store.

 
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As a graphic designer building my portfolio, I love to make mockups of my products that I offer. Here is my Fall Living Room! I have pillows from the Fall Collection and Art Prints on the wall. This is a fun practice to see how my products can be used in the real world.

 
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