Yesterday I was in the beginning stages of making a "dots and squiggles" themed pattern, when suddenly, as I drew the squiggle at the bottom, I noticed something looking back at me.

It was one of those moments when I didn't know whether to laugh or be creeped out by it. I think I did a little of both. It reminded me of my painting teacher who once said she always looks for faces in her finished artwork, as they can sneak up on you out of nowhere. Point taken.

Thankfully, as I drew more dots and squiggles, moved shapes and added color, the pattern emerged into something quite different though just as lively. It reminds me of confetti that you might find printed on gift wrap.

If I'm being totally honest, there is still a little squiggle in there that reminds me of an ear. But I rotated the shape in such a way that it doesn't catch your attention quite as much. As least, I hope. ;)

~Christina

Yesterday as I thought about the art I would create for the day, the lyrics from a song kept floating through my mind: "More than mortals, we are royals, we are Yours" (from the North Point InsideOut EP 'Nothing Ordinary').

The idea of us being royalty, princes and princesses, almost sounds too good to be true. But scripture says "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 Corinthians 6:18

What a beautiful statement.

We belong.

We are wanted by a loving Father.

We are children of the most high King.

more than mortals

tailored font featured

I had a couple of nice surprises over the Memorial Day weekend. First, I received a notice that my Tailored font was featured on the Creative Market blog. You guys, being on their platform has been one of the best experiences I've had on the web and it's been less than a month since I joined. They have excellent customer service with helpful tips galore on setting up shop and how to be successful there. And the staff has personally reached out to welcome me to the site and offer assistance at any time. It's no wonder they have become the go-to resource for graphic designers. And they give the spotlight to newbies? So good.

Click here to read the full post on the Creative Market blog.

Second, the font sold for the first time! Thank you if you're the one who purchased it. :) It feels so good to know my digital work is already being used and appreciated.

Thank you, Matt Borchert (said staff), for the warm welcome and thank you Creative Market!

~Christina

(Photo credit: Creative Market)

Font-making has never been at the top of my to-do list. Actually, it's never made my list at all. I've had zero interest...until recently, that is. I just joined the group of talented designers over at Creative Market and well-made fonts are always in demand. I've even purchased some myself, recently. So when inspiration (shockingly) hit, I rolled with it. → Read More

This daily creativity habit of "just make one thing" is teaching me. I'm learning what colors I like (and don't like) and which art supplies I like (and don't like). It's showing me which design ideas work well and which ones don't. I'm learning discipline and how to focus. In some ways I feel like I'm finally "growing up". If that's true, it sure took awhile. ;)

Below is one of my most recent patterns and the color palette caught me off guard. I've noticed that I often use green in my designs and frequently pair it with pink. In fact, this design originally had pink in it. But when I couldn't find the right shade of pink, I experimented with colors and found the royal blue to almost pop off the screen at me. It's not the color I had in mind but the only color that seems right now.

I think this pattern really says "me" and is not one I could have created even three months ago. Daily practice has made a difference.

succulent pattern → Read More

For 15 years of my adult life I had the same journal. That tells you how often I wrote it in. When I read the old entries from my early 20's, and there aren't that many, it's obvious I was searching. Searching for purpose. Searching for answers to hard questions.

There was a 7-year gap between my last entry and the first one written somewhat recently in 2015. When I compare those two entries, the difference in myself is like night and day. I had faith in God back then, but it was still immature. Somewhere during those 7 years I moved from discontentment to being full of peace and confidence that God was truly with me. That first entry in 2015 was prompted by my time spent in El Salvador, which changed my life in a profound way. I haven't stopped writing since. → Read More

Blog Post Header - Sweet Rest-01I've heard it said that as an entrepreneur, when your "why" meets your passion, magic happens. You find the fuel to implement your ideas, commit to your projects and push through the difficult parts. Your business flourishes. Yes, I believe when the two intersect it is a powerful thing. But I also believe it's not enough to rely on our own efforts. We become discouraged too easily, give up too easily and listen to the well-meaning opinions of others too easily. → Read More

I met a friend for a run at the trail today. I enjoy the time I spend with her as we get moving, soak up the sun and fresh air, catch up on personal life and talk art and business. She's a creative person as well so it's great to share thoughts with her and know that she truly understands.

As we talked about art business, a topic that came up was social media. You might remember that I basically declared war on social media last summer. I largely stepped away so that I could learn to control my use of social media instead of letting it control me. And if I'm being honest, to a certain extent, I still have trouble with it today. It's a slippery slope that will probably always be that way. But today I'm also much more aware of my social media use. It doesn't receive my attention first thing in the morning anymore and I'm no longer victim to the comparison trap. Whew! It feels good to say that.

But the biggest benefit to unplugging for awhile? → Continue Reading

This may seem like an obvious choice, but can you believe that as someone who likes to draw, I've never used a professional, artist-grade ink pen? I've used Sharpies, standard ball point pens, graphite pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, markers and pastel, but never just a simple artist ink pen. I realized the need when I wanted to scan hand drawings into Adobe Illustrator and pencil wasn't quite enough (the more saturated the marks on paper, the better).

So, I ordered a set of Faber-Castell PITT artist pens and tried them right away. I was nervous at first since I'm used to drawing with erasable mediums. But, starting with pencil first and then going over the lines with ink takes away some of the fear factor.

Here is a snapshot of my first illustrations using the pens. I've always had an interest in foliage that naturally forms patterns and wanted to incorporate some examples I've seen on various trips to local gardens. The ink on paper feels really good and I love the contrast of pure black on white.

patterned leaf sketches in ink → Continue Reading

There have been quite a few positive changes recently in the way that I work and in the artwork I've been creating. I have a new sense of direction that has been slowly building from all of my past artistic experiences combined. So while I can't exactly see how and where things will end up, I've been enjoying the process and anticipate the path in front of me continuing to become clear. → Continue Reading