Preparing For Your First Art Licensing Trade Show

Today I published a video on everything you need to know before exhibiting at your first art licensing trade show. I’ve covered costs, things you need to buy, and what you need to have before even considering exhibiting. Check out the video below. Along with the video, I’ve created a timeline to help you plan your first show. 12+ Months Start saving money Research trade shows Attend a show Set budget 12-6 Months Have at least 50 designs Contact show rep Set goals Continue designing 6 Months Start booth/banner design Start designing marketing materials Continue designing 4 Months Plan giveaway …

New York Trip & My First Trade Show

It’s been almost a month since Blueprint…how is that even possible?! Since then I’ve been working on going through my portfolio and uploading new designs on to places like Zazzle and Society 6. The trip was great and my sister & I learn a lot about exhibiting at trade shows. Next week I’m posting a video and blog on preparing for your first art licensing trade show. New York Here We Come The drive up to NJ was pretty uneventful. I didn’t have to drive so I was able to sit in the backseat and snuggle with Willow. Isn’t she …

Licensing Deal, Blueprint, and More

Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve updated you guys on what’s been going on with me. Earlier this year I made the decision to step back a bit from the blog. Things were super busy with work and preparing for the (fast-approaching) trade show. Recently some things have changed in my life and will now make it much easier to keep this site up-to-date. I’m looking forward to being able to spend some more time on here. 🙂 Anyways, here’s a quick look at what’s been going on for the past couple of months. My First Licensing Deal!! (yay!) …

Join Me On The 100 Day Challenge

Last year I participated in the 100-day project and created a new pattern every day, for 100 days. Those 100 days were a really great experience and I learned a lot about my own design skills & style. It was during this time that my confidence grew enough to start teaching and it was also the beginning of me really starting to figure out my own design style. So, let me ask you a question. Are there any design skills that you want to improve? Come on, I know there is at least one thing you can come up with. …

Color Palette

How To Create Color Palettes & Swatches In Illustrator

Personalize your designs by using your own photos. Learn how to create color palettes & swatches easily in Illustrator. They’re easy to use over and over again, as well as share with other. Below is a couple of examples of color palettes I’ve created using this method. Keep scrolling for a video tutorial. How To Create Color Palettes & Swatches In Illustrator P.S. – Sign up to get more free printables, design tutorials and ideas:

Tips for Using the Pattern Tool in Adobe Illustrator

The pattern tool was added to Illustrator in the CS6 version. It was a feature that I rarely used up until the last few months. I first learned to create patterns the traditional way in Illustrator. For the most part I still do it this way, with the exceptions of half-drop repeats. It’s also really helpful when making super simple polka dotted or striped backgrounds (and faster!). Whether you’re new to the pattern tool or you’re someone that has been using it for a while, there’s always new tips to learn. Check out the video below to learn how to …