I love creating textile designs more than anything these days, and the program I use most often to create my designs is not Photoshop. Don't get me wrong...I use Photoshop every day and despite my initial reluctance to learn it, I do love it. But since 2009, I have been using Corel Painter for my… Continue reading How to create a batik effect in Corel Painter
It's strange how life sometimes throws you a hint. Even stranger is the way that a certain memory is stored with perfect clarity while the rest of the same day fades away. It was summertime, right before I went away to college and I was visiting a friend of mine. We were standing in his… Continue reading The first time I heard the words “Textile Designer”
I work a full time job in an entirely different industry from the art world. That leaves me scrambling to create content for Instagram, get my portfolio updated (and post the updates to my artist website sandandchi.com) Once all of that is done, I have to finish collections, design new elements, make new patterns...and the… Continue reading My December organizational binge
I've had a successful career in another field for over 20 years. When things got stressful or discouraging I sought solace in the same place again and again - my art studio. Painting, drawing, and designing have carried me through some of the worst times in my life and have also given me some of… Continue reading Making art my second career
I've been going through a revamping of the Sand & Chi brand since this past summer. I've really been trying to focus on a cohesive style instead of just producing a rather random mix of patterns and prints in various forms. One of the things I did in the process was to look at my… Continue reading Why there is so much orange in my portfolio
It's been one whole year since I started designing patterns in an organized way - in other words, actually running my hobby as a business. I've been designing for years now, but I made a shift last year to exclusively designing patterns (instead of producing paintings and illustrations as canvas works). Truthfully, it has become… Continue reading Narrowing the focus of my art & design business
I'm starting to build a new collection of textiles for a bedroom. The feel should be soft, organic, and very restful - but the bedding is going to stay completely white (there's an ultra soft microfiber duvet cover and pillow shams that must remain). In order to design something that will fit the space seamlessly,… Continue reading I’m starting a new collection of eclectic and organic themed textiles.
I am not complaining at all...the truth is I look forward to a week long vacation so I can get things done. Things that need to be done for my business as well as things I love to do for the enjoyment of them. Vacation gives me time to organize my business, clean up my… Continue reading There’s no such thing as vacation…