If at First you Don’t Succeed

If at first you don’t succeed…try a million times til you get it right!

Yeup, that was me and Charlie when it came to learning how to screen print. We got our supplies, and were so excited to start! We read the directions, watched all kinds of tutorials on Youtube and online..What could go wrong right?

So up until a few days ago, I know nothing about screen printing. I knew how to set up files, but not the actual production work. For those of you that are newbies like me turns out you have to create a screen of your artwork onto a mesh board using emulsion and some good ol’ UV rays (whether it be from the sun or from a light source). You apply this emulsion to the screen on both sides and allow it to dry (usually overnight) without being exposed to light. The next day, you can burn your artwork onto your screen, wash it out, and voila! You’ve got yourself a screen board ready for some ink. There are tons of resources online if you ever want to see what the process is like.

Can’t be that hard right?  

OMG. 1st time – fail. 2nd time – fail. 3rd time – fail. 4th time – fail, but closer! 5th time – YAY! We finally got one! After half the tub of emulsion, lots of emulsion remover, patience, and 5 attempts we’ve got ourselves a winner!! You’ve heard the saying, “5th time’s a charm” right?! 🙂

Here she is my friends, in all her orange glory. I don’t know about you, but I’m doing a happy dance!


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Designing with Confidence

This is something I battle with every day. I’ve been studying graphic design even before I entered college and to this day my self-confidence (especially when it comes to designing) has always been lower than low. My inner turmoil of “never being good enough” and “not knowing as much as other designers” has burdened my ability to really design from my own heart and knowledge. This year, that changes.


My problem? Me. God has equipped me with everything I need to succeed. I don’t have enough faith in my talents and abilities. I concern myself with fear instead of surrounding myself with

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In 1 John 4:18, he talks about love conquering fear.

“There is no fear in love…”

I can lift my fears and insecurities to the Lord and He’ll give me love. His love is exactly what I need.


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Favorite Colors for 2014

Pantone’s 2014 Color of the year is the gorgeous Radiant Orchid. And do I love it? No. Do I like it? Yes. Purple has never really been my favorite. But I like it. I like the slightly muted tone which warms up a cold winter but isn’t too bright. It’s also very soft and sweet which would go very well for Spring and

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Summer. I think it’s going to be all about what you pair the colors with.

I’ve always been a lover a color. I feel like every color exudes a certain emotion and makes you feel a certain way. And though I also have a place in my heart for beautiful patterns color definitely takes the cake.

So here is my personal color palette for 2014. Like I said, it’s all about what you pair the colors with.

color_paletteI always like a contrast of color. No matter the season or time or year I like to pair lights and darks or loud colors with muted tones. It always gives me a sense of balance. I guess that’s the reason for most of my color selections to pair with that pink/purple hue.


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