The Surface Pattern Design Guide

Here it is! It finally arrived! Uppercase Magazine, issue #32, the Surface Pattern Design Guide and guess who’s in it… ME!

I was so excited when submissions opened last fall to be featured in this issue. Yet, I was nervous, didn’t feel ready and worried that my art wasn’t “computer polished” enough to submit. But I submitted anyway. I’m so happy I did! When I received the “congratulations” email, I was over the moon excited! Janine Vangool received 788 submissions from around the world and selected 100 artists to feature in her magazine. I am so honored and blessed to have been chosen to be in the Uppercase magazine Surface Pattern Design Guide. Look out world… here we come!

The Surface Pattern Design Guide is overflowing with amazing art from talented artist from around the globe. Get yourself a copy of this magazine. You’re eyes will fall in love! Every issue is always full of inspiring people and their creations. You’re creativity will thank you!

Something I’ve learned over the years, is that you can’t let fear or your feelings of unpreparedness stop you from doing anything. You just have to do it afraid! Jump in and start swimming. Figure things out as you go. Start down that new trail and navigate as you blaze it. And if you really think about it… you’re more prepared than you think! So… Start it. Write it. Paint it. Choreograph it. Compose it. Post it. Share it. Submit it. DO IT!

I know you have it in you!

Dig deep. Blaze your trail. Show the world what you got!

Rachel xo

 

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Uppercase Magazine

I’m so excited to announce that my art was selected to be featured in Uppercase Magazine, issue 32, as part of their Surface Pattern Design Guide which features seasoned and up-and-coming designers! I’m an up-and-coming surface pattern designer and I’m honored and oh so excited to have been chosen by Janine Vangool and be featured in her incredible magazine!!!

 

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Art by Sarah Golden

 

 

 

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Cover Art by Kara Kramer

 

 

Issue 32, The Surface Pattern Design Guide, will be available for purchase as a single copy in January, you can get it here. Or you can subscribe to this fabulous magazine and get delicious eye candy delivered to your post box. Every issue is filled with inspiration, color and beauty! As well as inspiring and educational articles. I’ve been a subscriber for a few years now and I devour each magazine and always learn something new!

I’m excitedly awaiting issue 32’s arrival!

Happy Happy!

Rachel

 

 

 

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Happy Fall Y’all

Happy Fall y’all! That’s a cute little saying that’s popular in the South these days. The other day, I heard my 73 year old Auntie say it in her lovely Southern accent and it was so cute and sweet that I decided to adopt that phrase too (but I don’t have that lovely Southern accent… I just sound like a regular ol city girl)!

And guess what… Fall finally come to us here in the Deep South! So I wrote a haiku to celebrate:

Chilly wind blows
Golden treasures upon us
Fall has fallen South.

Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons. These seasons have so much to offer. Crisp air, rustling leaves, crunchy things under foot, beautiful earth tones, the bare bones of trees, gray pale skies, stillness, quiet, reflection… peace. I love all the seasons but Fall and Winter are my favorites these days. I enjoy hibernating and sipping hot drinks and knitting warm things during the long cold nights. And I really enjoy taking walks in these seasons… even when it’s super cold. My hubby not so much. I gotta drag him outside for a walk when it’s cold. And he usually looks like he’s 100lbs heavier than he is because of all the layers of clothes he’s piled on. He cracks me up! But our daily walks to together, is truly one of my favorite things to do.

Here’s some treasures I picked up on our most recent “Fall” walks. It’s so exciting to find these colors in South Louisiana. Cause we usually go from green to brown overnight!

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So what about you? Which is your favorite season? What do you like about that season?

Well, I’m off to enjoy this chilly day!

I wish y’all a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! I am thankful for you, my fellow creatives!

Rachel xo

 

 

 

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Be Kind

Hello! It’s been a while. A long while. Over the summer, my hubby embarked upon a new business adventure and needed my help. So I’ve been busy helping him make his dreams come to life! What a joy to help him! It’s always a wonderful thing to see ones dreams become reality!

Though we were very busy, I always found and made time for art. Creating keeps me happy, calm and sane! So, even in the midst of life’s little detours… I never skimp on sketching, doodling and making new art. After all, art is my dream, passion and business, so I give it all I’ve got!

I also found time to add some new things to my Etsy shop. There are lots of great items for gifting! Pop over and see what’s new.

In the meantime, here are a few new pieces of art that I created over the past few months. They are my response to all of the disturbing events that have happened all around the world this year. Each piece is paper cut out collage. Which I think is fitting being that after tragedy, we pick up the pieces and begin creating life anew.

 

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The world needs beauty. It needs art. It needs YOUR art and MY art. So YOU keep making and sharing yours, and I’ll keep making and sharing mine! Lets flood the earth with love and art!

Happy creating!

Rachel

 

 

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My New Etsy Shop!

Hi y’all! It’s been a while. A long while. But I promise I’ve been a productive creative busy bee! With what, you ask? An online shop! For the past few months, I’ve been setting up my Etsy shop. It’s something I have been pondering for a few years now. Yes, years… and I finally took the plunge!

My friend Rachael Pace gave me a little nudge and our friend Joe Badon pushed me off the edge (which was a wonderful thing and I am grateful to them both for the encouragement to just go for it)! Joe told me to just jump in with both feet and figure it out as I go along.

That… Is… So… NOT… Me…!!!

I like the planets to be in alignment and all my eggs to look, oh so pretty in the basket before I begin. Before I begin ANYTHING (other than adventure and travel, somehow I’m spontaneous about that)! Which, sadly, is why some things never get started, done or accomplished. But this time, I decided to give Joe’s way of doing things a try. And you know what… Things have worked out just fine! Nothing imploded. My head is still attached. Are things perfect? By all means, NO! But I work on the bumpy things as I come across them. Do I stress out on occasion? YES! But I’m learning to let go of my controlling perfectionism and just go with the flow. GO WITH THE FLOW! After all, it’s just my heart poured out through my creations, which are being shared with the world through and online shop… right? Right! And what a wonderful thing it is! So, thanks, Rachael and Joe!

And I have a huge THANK YOU and lots of hugs for Brittany Rose, for her beautiful photography and amazing eye for showcasing ALL my art and creations!!! Brittany, you make my work shine and sparkle just like you do!

Here are a few items from the shop… and you can check out my shop here!

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Would you mind helping me out?

  1. Favorite the shop, so you can be the first to know when new items are added!
  2. Favorite the items you like… That helps me know what you folk are interested in!
  3. Share the shop with your friends and family!
  4. SHOP!

Thanks!!! And let me know what you think!

So, if there’s something you’ve been wanting to do, or try, or create… but perfectionism and control are screaming at you… just ignore them… jump in with both feet and see what happens! I promise, you will survive and will probably discover happiness and fun!

Happy jumping!

Rachel xo

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White Out Poetry

So, this is what I’m into right now at this very moment in time… White Out Poetry.

Totally inspired by Lynn Whipple, creative adventurer extraordinaire and teacher of  WordPlay Painting. Take this workshop… it will expand your world!

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I want to dash off to the used book shop and buy up all the old, unwanted books so that I can create these quirky, silly, fun poems all day long.

Try it. You’ll like it.

Happy white out writing!

Rachel

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Sea Doodles

Sanibel Island, Florida… Part 3

The beach, a sketchbook and pen in hand… bliss!

These are some of the doodles I did in-between sea shell collecting on Sanibel Island. This first one was done with some natural charcoal I found on the beach. Natural charcoal is just charred wood from a fire! There is something magical about drawing with something that you find in nature… One of God’s art supplies!

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I had to doodle shells from my first hunt! I drew them with a sepia Micron. I really like simple line drawings. They make me happy and remind me that things don’t have to be so complicated.

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Of course I had to create a pattern in blues and greens…!!!

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This is a sketch of some of the flora I found on the island. Such lovely, simple shapes!

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I keep asking my hubby if we can uproot and move to Sanibel Island. I tell him I can be a professional sea shell collector… He just rolls his eyes and laughs! One day… maybe.

Happy Summer!

Rachel

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