Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Booth Numbers for Surtex!

Well, they have done some shifting around and shifted our location.  The new booth numbers for the Cultivate Art Collective are 214 and 216!  I felt the need to re-post my flyers with the new booth numbers.

I'm counting down the days with still so much to do!  There is fabric on order from Spoonflower to make some wearable pieces from my designs, my portfolio books on Blurb to build and other materials to be put together and ready for printing!  Somehow I will pull it all together in enough time :)  

I hope everyone is seeing bits of Spring emerging in their areas!  The birds are singing and it's the first thing I think of when I walk out the door in the morning.  Wish I could hear them all year round!

Happy Spring and keep creating!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2014


Join me on Wednesday, March 19th for my 3rd in a series of live webinars hosted by Interweave/FW Media!
Have you got some older artwork or individual pieces that you can't seem to throw away?  Journal pages, paintings, fiber art?  Now's the time to REPURPOSE them for pattern designs for printing to fabric and paper!  Create a main design and two coordinates as I share my techniques!!!

Click HERE to register!

I hope you can join us!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Cultivate Art Collective's Sea Art Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Cultivate Art Collective's Sea Art Blog Hop!!  Our Blog Hop is a collaboration of 10 diverse artists from the Collective who will be exhibiting together at SURTEX on May 18-20, 2014.  For our very first Blog Hop we chose a "Sea" theme to be interpreted, re-imagined and beautifully designed by each artist to showcase their unique vision and creative talents.

After you have checked out my "Sea" themed art, please keep the Blog Hop hopping and scroll down to the bottom of the post to find links to the other 9 fabulous artists!!!
I have to say that researching barnacles was not exactly how I planned on beginning my "Sea" themed designs.  I found out a lot about barnacles (shown above) and viewed so many amazing underwater photos. Gooseneck barnacles are both beautiful and creepy at the same time as they seem like clam shells attached to very long worms.  The Titan Acorn barnacle is a a giant sized rock barnacle laced with the most beautiful pink color.  When viewed up close, barnacles present amazing texture and pattern that is sure to inspire.

Illustration doesn't excite me as much as digital play and manipulation so I pulled together a few pattern designs carrying on with the "Sea" theme.  This is much more within my comfort zone and I love to build out texture and patterns this way.

Make sure to check out the rest of the "Sea" themed artwork by the 9 other amazing artists who I will be exhibiting at SURTEX with Cultivate Art Collective!  

Stunningly Strange by Kaitlin Goodey 

Diane Hunt Studio

Just Mary Designs

Tatyana Starikova

Jami Darwin

Enjoy the Hop!!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Another Promotional Surtex Flyer

Promotional Flyers for Surtex 2014

There seems to be no end to the work getting ready for Surtex in May!  Here are a couple of promotional flyers for Margaret Applin Designs exhibiting with Cultivate Art Collective in Booths 224 + 226.

I'm hoping I will be ready!!!!!  Wish me luck!!!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Repurposing a Journal Page

I'm having a lot of fun using older experimental pieces of artwork to create new designs with for licensing.  I absolutely love how my two art worlds continue to feed off of one another this way and you know I'm all about pushing and maximizing my personal imagery.  You may remember this journal page:

At one point, I separate the blue flowers by making a color copy of the journal page and then scanned them separately.  That way I was able to use them digitally and recolor them and placed them on this digital journal layout.

I love how the images have maintained their hand-painted look and I will be working with more of this same look feel for future designs.  Well, I used these same flowers again in one of my repeat patterns below and that isn't even the best one yet!  I'm not ready to share the one I love the most as it might be used for upcoming marketing materials for another on-line webinar that I am creating for Quilting Arts!  Woohoo!!!  Stay Tuned!!!

You can see how my philosophy for repurposing your artwork plays out here from one media to the next.  This is one of my favorite designs in that it looks like a batik fabric!  I was so excited with the results from all the play.  In Adobe Illustrator, you can separate the colored sections from the outline sections and further manipulate the image pieces that you can go back and apply in Photoshop.  This version actually has 3 pieces that make up each bunch of flowers.  There is a solid version of the entire overall shape of the flower bunch, another layer that applies the painted interior of the flowers that I transformed to a textured brush and then the top layer is the sketchy outlines of the image.  Everyday is a learning process with these awesome digital tools!

Stay tuned for new Live Webinar information from Quilting Daily and mark your calendar for February 13th!!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

YES, I'M BACK and Save the Date!!

Well, yes, I am back!  If you are still here with me, then FABULOUS!  There was so much that I was leaving behind here that it's been really getting to me so I needed to renew my presence as the original ScrapWisdomCollage girl!

I have been working really hard on surface pattern designs as I will be exhibiting at SURTEX May 18, 19, and 20, 2014!  It's hard to believe that it is already 2014 and in 5 months, I will be in NYC presenting my artwork to the world!  With still so much to do in order to prepare, I will be fairly quiet here but will jump in every chance I get.

I thought I would share a couple of designs that I have been working on.  I'm really excited about how much fun I had creating the feathers for this design!  I have been having to push myself  to draw more and what I discovered is that if you push one design, you can create additional depth and interest by also creating layers that will interact with one another.  My feathers started with a solid background image that I used as a guide to sketch the inner details with that would lay on top of the solid design.  Then I created a third layer for my image by separating my scanned image in Illustrator.  

Now I know not everyone has Illustrator but this design process can work even without it.  All you need is your drawing paper, a couple of pieces of tracing paper and a black marker.

I'm sure you can see what I am talking about here.  So I challenge you to take any image and think about it in layers.  These could be 3 stamps you carve or even hand-cut stencils!  Feel free to share them if you would like me to put them up on my blog!

The design below was created by layering simple line drawings.  I'm trying to stylize more and step back from realistic forms as I find I spend too much time trying to make them perfect.  I'm trying to stay loose, open-minded and focused!  We'll see how that works :)


I can't share everything right now, but stay tuned and circle the date on your calendar for February 13, 2014!  If you liked my live webinar in February last year, you will love what's coming up soon!  I will share more details as soon as I have them!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!!!  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My Blog Is Moving!

Where the heck have I been???  Good question :)  Working my tush off!!!

Things are changing quickly for me and I feel like I am abandoning my previous art life.  Sorry for being silent for way too long but I have good news and bad news.  Bad news first, I am moving my blog to my website for convenience purposes.  It doesn't currently have all the bells and whistles but that will come with time.  The good news is I'm feeling really good about the direction I'm going in.  I know I will probably lose some of my followers as I move onto this different path, but I am still here and still sharing art and techniques.  So if you would like to come along on this journey, here is where I will be posting!!

Additionally, I just joined Pinterest and you can follow me there as well.

All of my previous postings have been moved over to the new blog and hopefully soon I will have everything put back together.

For those of you who might be saying Goodbye, thank you for all of your comments and support over the past five years.  Every accomplishment I've shared with you along the way has brought me to where I am today and I thank you for that.

I hope you join me!