Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Lily garden pattern collection & a miracle story

Today has been full on. Actually, yesterday too. It's 7pm & I'm still in my art studio although I wanted to go to yoga (which starts exactly now).
I've been working till 11pm on some days recently and you know what? I adore it. When you work on your own projects and pursue your dream life, you stop noticing time. The joy from successes (however small!) pushes your boundaries and keeps you going forward.

I would love to share a project with you that I completed today, which happened due to a small miracle.

I took Bonnie Christine's 'Intro to Surface Pattern Design: Learn Adobe Illustrator' course and after 5 weeks (mostly learning during the nights), I've finished it today. It gave me an intro to illustrator and taught me how to put together pattern collections.

I've been admiring Bonnie's work for a long time and am reading her blog for about 2 years now. So when I figured that she's made this course, I've immediately placed it on my imaginary education wishlist with a priority #1.

And then a small miracle happened :)
One late night 5 weeks ago (some time around midnight), I was slowly but surely getting ready for bedtime and just quickly checked Instagram for the very last time that day. Bonnie has posted an image with the letters 'hoorraay' (this one) which made me curious and so I read the caption. I could not believe what I was reading. Bonnie was announcing that she is giving away 50 free course passes in cooperation with Besotted Blog: first come first serve, all you needed to do was to follow a link from Besotted Blog. 
All of a sudden I wasn't so tired. I managed to grab my laptop, sign in to my Skillshare account and follow the link within just a few seconds. I GOT IN on time! I made it within those 50 lucky ones.  
I'm pretty sure my neighbors heard my excitement as I screamed with joy, I was really that happy! 
The miracle had a following just this past Saturday when Bonnie released a volume 2 of the course and posted the very same image on Instagram. I was in a shopping mall with Chris at that moment and my world has stopped completely. I told him that I'll need to do this RIGHT NOW (again, 50 free spots were open, I was aware of every second that went pass by). In about 2 minutes, this time fully done on my phone, I GOT IN TOO!

So I'll be taking the second part as well :) I feel SO lucky and grateful that I can take both of the courses!

In any case, here are my process snapshots from the 1st course & my final pattern collection.

The topic of the project was 'Your favorite thing in the nature', so I think it won't be any surprise to you that I chose LILIES :)

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Tattoo design: bookings for May now open!

Hi lovelies!

How have you been? Has the sun been helping you out of the bed in the mornings as well? It's so nice to feel the spring coming again. I'm so much more energetic and ready to jump out of bed when the room is lit with sun rays. Happy days!

Apart from being pumped up about the spring, I've been busy working on tattoo designs. I fell in love with them so much that I've decided to schedule in more of them for May, yays!
So if you or a friend of yours have been thinking of a lovely flowery or neat lettering tattoo and want to have a motive designed just for YOU, then get in touch! My calendar is already booked for April (I miiiiiight be able to squeeze in 1 last commission if you are fast), so I'm now opening bookings for May.
[Update 25.3.: April is fully booked now, that one last squeeze space was booked today!]

Lily tattoo design for Martina in progress
Detail of the final motive. I worked on it for 10 hours in total and made sure every little detail is perfect.
My lily design finalised by the tattoo salon - one very happy customer!
Font inspiration for my second tattoo design.
This font has been designed for Mr. Masaryk's (the first Czech president) presidential ball invitations.
It's now been used for presidential ball that took place in Prague in March.
First round of sketches: pretty letter Ts
Work in progress - getting close to the final motive!
You tell me what your idea is - I create a unique piece of art just for you - you get a tattoo in your favorite tattoo salon - all of us are happy!
My work process:
1. DEFINITION: Customer tells me what their basic idea is, what's the size and placement of the tattoo and we agree on the scope of the work.
2. INITIAL SKETCHES: I then go ahead and start researching, gathering inspiration and work on the first set of sketches. Usually, this includes 3 rough sketches for the customer to choose from, though it really depends on the project, you can for example see that I did five letter Ts within the initial sketches for the latest tattoo work.
3. FIRST REVISION: When my initial sketches are done, the customer revises them and tells me which one is their favorite and we agree on how I'll develop the motive further.
4. SECOND REVISION: I then create another round of much more detailed sketches for the customer to revise. By this point, we are both falling in love with the image :)
5. FINAL REVISION: Lastly, I am sending the customer the third round of my work - either we are done and jumping up by happiness or I finish off last details and we are euphorically happy then.

The final motive is a piece of art that is just for that one person and makes us both ever so proud.

I am so ready to do more of these; I fell in love.

See more of my work in my portfolio here & drop me a line if you want to find out more!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Mint love: still on!

product links: stones | card | brooch | wax | earrings | eggs | hair | necklace
I was window shopping on Etsy the other day and made this mint treasury list (the whole list is here). Mint has been a favorite of mine for some time now and so I didn't think twice about the items I was adding, the 'shopping' was rather spontaneous. 

I just imagined how nice it would be to buy all these goodies and throw a mint party with stylish and super pretty decorations. Totally day dreaming now :)

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Always Home Envelopes + Freebie + Quick giveaway

After 30+ hours of work in the past two weeks, I've launched my collection of Always Home Envelopes. YAY!

The concept is simple - download a 2 page document with the envelope motive and instructions, cut out the envelope and assemble it. It's so rewarding to create them from scratch! 

The envelopes fit a standard A6 greeting card (105mm × 148mm / 4.13 x 5.83 inches).  
You can print out as many as you like and use them for to parties, weddings, mail outs, you name it. 

Have a look at them in my shop here.

To celebrate the launch of the collection, I've also created a white Always Home envelope freebie for you. 

You can download it right here

What you'll need:
- printer 
- preferably a 200 g/m2 paper (a normal office paper will do, but a thicker paper is ideal) 
- scissors 
- double sided tape or glue 
- ruler

The document includes instructions, but I've also taken pictures showing the process step by step:

As I would L-O-V-E to see you assembling your envelopes (either one of the patterned designs from my shop or the white one), I am announcing a fun little giveaway

- post a photo of your envelope on Instagram
- hastag #alwayshomeenvelopes #nataliezart
- tag @nataliezart
- follow me @nataliezart

I will choose a winner on March 15th.  

The winner can choose a set of five greeting cards from my shop. I'll carefully pack them and mail them to you! 

Can't wait to see your pics! <3

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