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Be Patient with Yourself

The beginning of a journey is always exciting, as it was with my Surface Pattern Design journey.  Exciting new skills to learn, seeing my simple doodles come to life with different colours to explore, all leading to new discoveries with no horizon too big for my imagination.

As time went on I began to explore other artist’s work. Artists who were well ahead of me on this journey.  I felt myself beginning to shrink back, doubts began to fly in. Do I have what it takes? I don’t even know my true style….. I am scared to show my work. Maybe I am not a true artist after all. Am I just a fake?

At this point it was time to rest, stop comparing myself and take stock.  I needed to be patient with myself. Stop comparing and counteract the doubt.

Yes, you do have what it takes – take one step at a time. ‘Befriend’ time. Take it slow and enjoy the process. Remember that your own true style will reveal itself over time with consistency. So do something creative every day and show your work. What is the worst thing that could happen? Probably nothing at all, although there could be great things like feedback, encouragement from others, engagement with other artists and maybe, just maybe, a contact. That’s not too scary is it?

There is creativity in everyone. We were created that way by the Greatest Creator of all. So the artistic ability that flows from you and in you is God given. Be content and confident in that, and your genuine artistic self will flow out.

So…what is my motivation to you today? Remember to be patient with yourself, embrace your early imperfections and grow them into your greatest masterpieces.

Love, Gina Anne

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The Beginning of a Journey

Surface Pattern Design…. Hmm one of those things I had always loved and admired especially on fabric, but had actually never really defined. I wasn’t even aware that it had a name. I just refereed to it as the ‘Pattern’. Without realizing this was the key that opened up the door to a new world of discovery and surface pattern design. I started to wonder how the pattern was constructed, drawn, and then digitized. What software was used and was it possible for someone with mediocre drawing skills to have a place in this industry?

As time went on I stumbled across sites like Spoonflower and Creative Bug of which I joined. For me it was on Creative Bug that surface pattern design was really defined, especially in regards to fabric. I devoured their classes and wanted more. I now had the key phrase, and as everyone knows ‘Google is your friend’ so I typed in ‘surface pattern design tutorials’ and my world opened up.

The first thing to master was a seamless pattern. Using any simple doodle I began practicing on paper, which is a good exercise in understanding the way a seamless pattern works. By now I  was beginning to realize that the software I was possibly going to need was Adobe Illustrator (AI). Ah… but the price and it was no longer the case of buying a once off hard copy of AI. Not to be daunted I began to learn all I could about Surface Pattern Design in AI by watching tutorials. I  enrolled in Skillshare and  began to learn through Bonnie Christine’s classes on Surface Pattern Design, replaying them over and over still without Adobe illustrator. Finally I was able to borrow a  version  CS6 from my son in law. Elated I dove in. I now had ( all be it borrowed ) Adobe Illustrator and was on my way to my first seamless pattern.