Monthly Archives: April 2012

Playing With My Designs…

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Stationery Set

Tonight  have been playing!  In my Surface Pattern Class by Rachel Taylor we were given an assignment to create a line of stationery from a brief.  The brief specified the elements desired in the line, and that it is to be aimed at a contemporary audience, trendy with a touch of sophistication.  Do you think I hit the target audience?  I hope so!

The class is comprised of many wonderful and talented aspiring designers.  Most of them design digitally on their computers.  While I am fascinated by what they create, I am too “hands on” (or maybe that should be “hands messy) to design that way.  So I have taken my mixed media designs and manipulated  them to finish this assignment.  It’s much more my style…and much more fun for me!

I started with this background that I painted.  I scanned it before adding the words or picture.

Believe In Your Beauty
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Then I manipulated it to create this pattern board – taking snippets of it that I thought were visually interesting.

Wild Garden Pattern

From there I took the pieces of this pattern and repurposed them into the pieces of the stationery set according to the size specs from our brief.  This was really fun for me to do.  I am imagining seeing it on the shelves of Barnes & Noble and wanting to write on these with a fresh sharpened pencil!!

Introducing…. the Body Fab-YOU-lous line!

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It’s finally here!  I am excited to unveil my new art line – Body Fab-YOU-lous!   The Body Fab-YOU-lous line is dedicated to helping women find peace and end their struggle with weight loss and body image challenges.

We all spend so much time wishing for that thinner version of ourself to reappear. But here is what I have learned – it’s not the thinner version that gives us what we want. What we want is to FEEL the way we think being thinner will feel. We want to be energized. We want to feel strong, lean, and alive. We want to feel beautiful. And we want to feel free – free from the struggle of weight loss and body image negativity.

I don’t think I have all the answers, and I am certainly not inside what I perceive the ideal body to be.  But I have learned how to find peace from what has seemed like a never ending struggle – peace right now as I am today.

The key to ending the weight loss and body image struggles that so many women have begins with changing the thoughts that fill up our own minds. I hope my art in the line will be a beautiful reminder that a better future is possible – one filled with belief in your own beauty!  I want to help women believe – believe in themselves and that peace can be found right now, in the body you inhabit today.

The full line can be found by clicking here!  Enjoy the images!

Prints of my work can be purchased on my Etsy Store.  Come on over and have a look at the different inspirational weight loss art.  You truly ARE Body Fab-YOU-lous!

Pattern Pretty!

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I am excited to share a new Pattern Page on my website!  Check out all of my fun pattern designs at http://justmarydesigns.com/patterns.

My latest pattern was fun to put together…. it started with this simple drawing below…

Firework Motif

And it turned into a pattern like this!  Oh the fun things a gal can do in photoshop!!!

Fireworks Pattern

A Little Bout Love…

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Love is all around us.  We see weddings, engagements, and anniversaries happening all of the time.  People honoring their love with celebrations.

Sometimes it is easy to overlook the love around us….to feel lonely.  Sometimes it feels like everyone else has the love we desire.  When that happens to me, I begin to look inside.  I firmly believe that we have to have love inwardly for our own selves before we can love outwardly for someone else.

When you love someone, you do make promises.  And you create expectations.  I have yet to figure out the secret of loving someone unconditionally, without expectations of what THEY will do for ME in exchange for my love.  But I am working on it!  I believe in the power of love.  I believe that love can help create positive change.  It can inspire people to be the best version of themselves possible.  Love can change a person from the inside.  I hope this brings a little love to your day!!