Part III. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?

Boundaries. Authenticity. Your Biz And Social Media.

How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media Part III

 

Welcome to Part III of a IV part series on vulnerability.

Through this series I hope to share with you what vulnerability can mean to us artists as we struggle to define ourselves in the creative space and build small businesses that, let’s be real, are direct reflections of us and our hearts.

Each post in this series will feature the thoughts of a different designer who is actively sharing their work and building a creative business. In the last post I will share my own struggles and embrace vulnerability as I tell you some of the challenges I’ve faced as a creative.

I hope you enjoy. Here’s to being vulnerable!

 


In part I of this series, Virginia (AKA The Happy Artisan) shared with us her concerns about diving into social media as someone aspiring to build a creative business.

In part II of this seriesMary Williams of Creating to Love shared with us what it is like as someone who jumped in and embraced vulnerability from the start.

Today, Lisa Hetrick of IndigoJade Creative and IndigoJade Art shares with us how she navigates social media as a business owner and creative who for years has helped small businesses tell their story. I was lucky enough to connect with Lisa early on when I started blogging, and have found her advice, support and friendship invaluable. In fact, we previously collaborated on the blog post Patterns Infused with Meaning Kick Ass.

I think you’ll enjoy reading what Lisa has to say, and hearing the advice she gives her clients.


Social media has definitely changed the way we share our lives and our work.

I believe it can take several years to really find a good balance of use. Our lives are so much bigger and more interesting than what we all show in the squares/posts! It’s easy to get caught up in what we see and it can be a huge strain on time and mental health.

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Rework Old Patterns and Expand your Portfolio

Pull out those old patterns. It’s time to play.

Rework Old Patterns and Expand your Portfolio

 

Hi Guys! You know what is so much fun? (Well, for pattern nerds like us, wink wink)

Going back to finished patterns, ones that have been labeled done, and messing around with them. You know, adding a layer, recoloring…just pushing them a bit further or in a different direction.

I’ve really been into this lately, for three reasons:

  1. I know a lot more about how to build patterns after a few years of playing around and experimenting. I can now go back and improve upon some of my early pattern attempts!
  2. I’ve finally tackled Photoshop, which allows me to design in a different way from Illustrator.
  3. I feel confident taking risks and making mistakes now because I know I can clean them up (most of the time!).

Reworking old patterns is also a great way to expand your portfolio! Why start from scratch when you’ve got great material close at hand.

 

Here are a couple of my remix experiments: Continue reading “Rework Old Patterns and Expand your Portfolio”

Reconnecting to Your Creativity with Sam Pernoski

Reawakening your creative spirit. Not always easy. See how Sam did it.

Reconnecting to Your Creativity with Sam Pernoski

 

Hi Guys! Today I’d like to introduce you to the work of illustrator and pattern designer, Sam Pernoski. Many years ago Sam lost her creative spark, and walked away from art after the passing of her Mom. She just couldn’t bring herself to create. But then slowly, over time, she found a way to overcome this block and reconnect with the joy art once brought her.

This is a lovely interview and one that I think will be inspiring for all of us who have gone through a rough patch…one where we just did’t feel we had it in us to be creative.

Even though this is a bit of a heavy topic, I promise it is a sweet and inspiring interview. Enjoy!


 

Hi Sam! Please tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into surface pattern design.

I’ve been a creative type ever since I can remember. As a child I drew, colored and glued whatever I could get my hands on. 

It wasn’t until I reached my mid 20’s that I began to create with a bit more purpose. I spent a lot of time working on paintings that I sold online. I also sold bits of jewelry and smaller paintings at a local gallery gift shop. Continue reading “Reconnecting to Your Creativity with Sam Pernoski”

Part II. How Vulnerable Should You be on Social Media?

 

How Vulnerable Should You Be On Social Media II

 

Welcome to Part II of a IV part series on vulnerability.

Through this series I hope to share with you what vulnerability can mean to us artists as we struggle to define ourselves in the creative space and build small business that, lets be real, are direct reflections of us and our hearts.

Each post in this series will feature the thoughts of a different designer who is actively sharing their work and building a creative business. In the last post I will share my own struggles and embrace vulnerability as I tell you some of the challenges I’ve faced as a creative.

I hope you enjoy. Here’s to being vulnerable!

 


In part I of this series, Virginia (AKA The Happy Artisan) shared with us her concerns about diving into social media as someone new to the game and just starting a creative business.

Today, Mary Williams of Creating to Love shares with us what it is like as someone who just went for it, jumping in feet first and embracing vulnerability on social media from the start. Mary decided that if she was going to be on social media and share her art, she was going to be super honest about the process and her challenges.


 

Why I Jumped In

I believe that we’re all vulnerable, all the time.

It is a choice to acknowledge that simple fact, and then to take it a step further and share our vulnerability with others.

I’ve been longing to live a more creative life for some time now. I loved art as a child and don’t know why I wandered so far away from that beautiful interest. I currently have a part time portrait photography business, but it just doesn’t feed my artistic interests in the ways I truly need.

As a stay-at-home mom, I feel a need to have a place or time each day (usually when my children are sleeping) to just express myself, to just be. All these reasons made me decide to do The 100 Day Project this past spring. This is what really pushed me to put myself out there, create and share it all. The good, the bad, and the ugly all became meaningful to me because of my desire to explore this calling to create. It’s authentic, and I’m deeply grateful for this part of my life.

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Thinking ‘Outside’ the Box

Abstract Pattern + Overlapping Boxes. Time to Experiment!

Outside of the Box: A Pattern Experiment

 

It has been AGES since I’ve shared with you one of my experiments. So today I thought I’d show you how I played around and built out this layered pattern.

I’ve decided to call the method I used to build out the pattern my outside of the box technique. I know, super cheesy, but that’s me.

I started by creating a digital painting using overlapping layers of dots in Adobe Photoshop. I used brushes by Kyle T. Webster. I love them and plan on trying out some of his other brush packs soon. Continue reading “Thinking ‘Outside’ the Box”