Studio Sunday, Pattern Play and Blog Anniversary!

Welcome to Sunday on this extended holiday weekend!  It's a true gift having an additional day to play creatively and to work on building my skills.  I was totally inspired by one of the artists who is participating in the on-line workshop I am attending, the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design.  Friday night, I was up very late blowing ink across paper :)  I nearly passed out, but I was so inspired to keep going because of the amazing organic looking marks that you can make with this technique.  Here is the piece that I used to layer with my imagery above to get the look.

Every part of this repeat pattern has been created and manipulated in Photoshop Elements.  I have been learning quickly the components of Elements that I had not previously been using and it opens up an entirely new set of tools to work with!  You really need both Photoshop and Illustrator to design with.  This is good for me since so much of my design elements are still in Photoshop Elements.  I will soon have to graduate to the full blown Photoshop CS6 program but I will hold off as long as I can.

What I do need right now is a bigger monitor, a drafting table and a back-up hard drive!!!!


I want to take a minute to talk about my Blog Anniversary!  This very weekend, exactly 5 years ago, I created my blog, "Scrap Wisdom Collage", and wrote my first article for submission to Quilting Arts Magazine  under the same name.  I can't believe it has been 5 years and when I look back over this time, I can't help but pat myself on the back for the success I have achieved in my creative life.  We all measure success in different ways and the past 5 years have shown me that I have been very successful and I am really happy with that level of success. A significant part of my happiness has been sharing techniques and ideas with others and the satisfaction that comes from helping other people achieve their own success.

Perseverance and passion will take you as far as you want to go.  I still have so much yet to learn, but every seed planted has the ability to grow and bloom.  Always remember to push those ideas when they surface!


If you haven't had a chance yet, go to this posting and leave a comment to be entered into the free giveaway for my Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop DVD, "Paint, Print, Layer Collage: Creating With Personal Imagery" and 2 free Thermofax screens from my Etsy shop!! Don't miss it!  Leave a comment now!!  I will select one winner on Friday, May 31st!!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day and takes time to honor all of the soldiers who have given their lives fighting for our freedom and in the name of global terrorism.  



Bumpkin Bears said…
I remember blowing watercolors a few months ago, it was fun, but you're right it takes a lot of breath!! So glad to find your blog through our course, catherine x
Leslie McNeil said…
margi... that pattern you've developed is soooo beautiful! i'm quite attracted to it, and no doubt... would be passed out with you!!! sooo fun. congratulations on all of your successes, and may your passion for design take you to fun places! thanks for the inspiration, and always... always, best to you! xo
elle said…
oooh! That is such a wonderfully playful and creative image as your intro photo. You deserve a pat on the back for all your hard work and for inspiring us (me) with your excitement and your tutorials. Blessings. And I'm tipping the cup to the next fun five years!
HollyM said…
Wow, I love that pattern! It would be beautiful in fabric! I'd buy it.
Congratulations! May you have even more success in the next 5 years....
Adrian said…
Congratulations on your 5th Anniversary!!!! You have done so much in a very short amount of time. Well done, girl. Keep up the good work and enjoy your journey.
Istockphotos said…
Perseverance and passion do take you far. I can imagine how you felt when you were running out of breath. There must be an easier way to produce the air needed for that technique. Thanks for sharing.
Passion said…
Yup, perseverance and passion in individuals has helped all of us move forward