I didn't expect to be immersed in patterns again, but I'm having so much fun recoloring existing ones. I began to see this modern tree pattern as one that would be great for Christmas and New Year designs. So I gave it new life with three bright color palettes for the holidays. The bundle contains vectors and seamless tiles, so they can be used in Illustrator and Photoshop.

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Yes, it feels good to release the patterns I've been holding onto for far too long. I just added this vintage floral pattern to my Creative Market shop, in three eye-catching color combinations. Use it for branding, home decor, stationery...the applications are limitless.

Click the image to add these patterns to your design toolbox.😊

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This week I created the Wetlands Pattern collection, with designs that came from the 100 Days of Pillows project. I used three of the patterns as-is. Two needed only color changes to make them cohesive with the group.

It's my favorite collection yet, with swans, cattails, feathers and snails. The pink and green color palette is soft and punchy.

I envision the designs on stationery, packaging, and in nurseries. But the fun part is knowing they'll also be used on projects I haven't thought of.

Designers - these seamless patterns can be used in Illustrator and Photoshop. You can get the collection from my Creative Market shop here:

https://creativemarket.com/christinasteward/2891548-Wetlands-Seamless-Pattern-Collection

Have fun!

~Christina

I added this seasonal, pumpkin patch illustration to my Creative Market shop. It's almost that time of year!

Graphic designers -- use the illustration as-is, or rearrange the graphics as you wish.

Click here for details: https://creativemarket.com/christinasteward/2881251-Pumpkin-Patch-Illustration

I often say Atlanta when people ask where I live. It's mostly true. I live in a northern suburb and assume most people have heard of Atlanta. But the actual city I live in is Cumming, GA. It's a fast-growing town with a strong mix of rural spaces and modern conveniences.

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This week I've been diving deeper into graphic design and trying new techniques in Photoshop, like using clips of photography in the text of this quote. I've found that while graphic design doesn't necessarily involve drawing (though it certainly can), working with photography, text and colors alone still feels very creative!

I even incorporated my own personal photo into this graphic. While designers often use stock photography for client projects, I love the idea of pulling from my own bank of personal images, too.

I'm excited to see where this is headed. Thanks for joining me! ❤

~Christina

An Honest Prayer

Jul 11, 2018

In:Faith

If I see the things in nature as part of your creation -- trees, flowers, birds, the sky -- beautiful and complex beyond comprehension, God help me to see other people through that same lens.

I finally dedicated time to adding a few new digital products to my Creative Market shop! There are 2 new pattern collections available, one called Fresh Tropical and the other Forest Floor.
 

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Also, I illustrated a colorful set of crayons that can be used in designs for teachers and school children alike.
 

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I plan to give more attention to my Creative Market shop in the future, so let me know if there's something specific you'd like me to draw.

Happy designing!

~Christina

Hello, May

May 1, 2018

In:Drawing

I fell out of my blogging habit when I finished the 100 Days project, didn't I? The truth is that I have so many project ideas in my head that I can't keep them straight. I'm writing them down as they come but know that I can't possibly finish them all at once. So I keep reminding myself to be patient. Everything will occur as it should in its own time.

One project I HAVE moved forward on is having my art printed on coffee mugs. That's right: now you can enjoy your cup of Joe (or tea!) with my original artwork in hand. I created a collection of 4 graphic designs in black and white - flowers, mosaics, philodendron leaves and a herringbone pattern. A little something for everyone.

black and white coffee mugs

Click here to shop the collection.

In other news, you probably know how much I enjoy learning, right? Well, I recently joined Skillshare, a platform for online learning in many subject areas including creativity and business. I've been soaking it up and can already see an improvement in my art since I joined. If you're interested in giving it a whirl, let me know and I'll send you a link where you can receive 2 months of their Premium version for free. ❤

I hope you have a wonderful start to May!

~Christina

Cup Overflowing

This morning I met with my women's small group, where we're in the middle of studying the story of Gideon in the Bible. I can relate to Gideon so much. He had a faith in God, but still needed assurance when God called him to do something that was beyond his own strength. And instead of God being angry at his questioning, He accommodated Gideon's requests. I'd like to say my faith is so strong that I immediately do what God says to do, or go where He says to go, but sometimes I hold back. Sometimes I let fear rule my heart instead of trusting God to do what only He can do. But God is changing me one day at a time. The more I trust Him, the more easily I can say no to fear (read: there's no room for fear in a heart who knows God!).

After group was over my heart was full, my cup overflowing if you will. Our conversation had been rich with Gideon's story and our own life experiences, real questions and honest answers. I believe it's important to surround yourself with people who are moving in the same direction in life as you so they can help fill your cup. Then you're free to pour yourself into others who need it. And, when things happen beyond your control and you're spilled out in grief or disappointment or illness, you'll still have a little something in your cup.

Artistically, I prefer using pencil on paper to lay down my sketch before adding digital color. But then once on the computer, I often refine my lines and lose the imperfect, sketchy appearance I love so much. With this drawing, I resisted the urge to clean it up to perfection and left plenty of sketchiness (I think that's a word!). If you look close enough, you can see the loose lines and I think it adds so much character. I also experimented with a few new brushes that added fun texture. The cup shown, by the way, is my favorite painted mug (not painted by me) that I've had for years. Drawing it made me realize I've favored gold in art for quite some time without even knowing it!

I hope you're filled to the brim today.

~Christina