Who knew that starting a small business had so many teeny-tiny time consuming tasks before one is ready to launch? Perhaps, I’m slow to the show and last to know. If anyone is aware of faster ways to launch or secrets that speed up this process, I’m all ears.

I finally sent in some cards to a print shop in town to get samples printed up. They turned out fine as far as comparing original to print, but I’m not loving the card stock. I’ll be calling around this week to see if there are any print shops that have capabilities of printing on heavier than 110# stock. I haven’t googled to see if this is the norm. If anyone has experience feel free to share. I have a thing for heavier paper and not ready to throw in the towel for the 110# sample I just had made.

Below is a comparison of original to print. The main thing for me is the feel. I use 140# card stock on original and the print is on 110#. I could probably live with 120#.

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By: Katie’s Design Studio

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”

Earl Nightingale

1921-1989, Radio Announcer, Author and Speaker

I’ve spent the past few weekends furiously trying to complete an online course, creating patterns in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Who knew learning new programs could take so much time. Thank goodness the instructor had some payment options where you could extend access to the online tutorials. I see a few more weekends in my future working through these. Since it’s 150 degrees in Texas I’m fine with staying in my air conditioned home while I learn some more.

It has been tons of fun learning how to put color on my drawings through Illustrator, but I can’t lie, it’s a tedious process. Below is a rough version of adding color. I just wanted to play around to see how it looked.

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Compare to the original black and white.

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I can’t lie, figuring out the color palette can take hours on end, sheesh. I probably need to spend some time doing just that, and save the palettes to use on future designs.

The other thing I did was upload one of my drawings and turn it into a pattern. This did not go so well, you can see for yourself down below. This particular design had no interest in meshing. Note to self make sure the design can scale and not look like a psychedelic trip gone wrong.

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As you can see, I have a long way to go with the pattern creation. Bring on the good times!

August, how did you get here so fast. The final month of summer, and yet the heat will remain. School will be back in session soon, followed with traffic jams. Oh, summer, you leave so soon. Yeah, I know, I’m not in school and don’t have kids so summer is just a more relaxed work environment for me.

I do not have updates for last week due to work travel to Silicone Valley for my nine-to-fiver. I will leave you with some pics.

Goal for the new week is to send in work (some or one not sure) for a test print. I’m ready.

Leavin' on a jet plane

Leavin’ on a jet plane

Tacolicious in Palo Alto

Tacolicious in Palo Alto

My ride for the week. #jealous

My ride for the week. #jealous

The latest in my sketchbook.

The latest in my sketchbook.

*all photos by Katie’s Design Studio

Finally, I ran by the print shop this week so I could get paper samples and ask questions. Good thing I ran by as I need to load my artwork into either Illustrator or Photoshop with an additional 1/8″ of space on all edges for them to trim down since my work goes to the edge of the paper. Whew, the fancy term is bleed. Now you know, devil is in the details.

Also, my Sales and Use Tax Permit came in the mail. Super exciting stuff, not really, just a bunch of teeny-tiny details getting knocked out prior to launch. This week we won’t see much progress as I’ll be traveling for work and unable to get to things. Such is life.

 

What's happening in my sketchbook.

What’s happening in my sketchbook.

Now for the books. I don’t think there are words that can explain my love of books. Lately I’ve been focused on motivation, business stuff and art. That’s probably my theme for the year. Here’s a snapshot of my faves so far.

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So many things I could say about all of these books and yet, the words escape me. The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna is a work of art in itself. She’s a talented artist with an impressive work background.

Art, Inc by Lisa Congdon. I think I dog eared the majority of this book. She’s the one that said to see if your state required a Sales and Use Tax Permit. Important info I can assure you. Lisa is doing so many different projects at all times I have no idea how she stays sane. Her book is loaded with great business info for those wanting to be a creative entrepreneur.

And finally, Daily Rituals by Mason Curry. I am obsessed with rituals and hearing if other successful people have them and what theirs look like. I love my morning ritual and would die without them. If you’re like me reading how other creative types lived is very interesting. Let’s just say a lot of artists and writers relied heavily on their adult beverages. And the older they got the earlier in the day they consumed their adult beverages. I found this to be hysterical.

What good books are you reading?

Things worked on behind the scenes last week. I finally finished all of my online videos for the pattern class I was taking. Pattern camp is the actual name, and it was a great class with oodles of information I now need to put into play, sigh. Somewhere down the line I want to create gift wrap, tissue paper and gift bags and will need to know how to integrate my patterns into Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I need to work on this before all the knowledge falls out of my head, this could happen.

What didn’t happen this week- I did not make it to the printer to discuss process for submitting artwork, printing, paper weight they use, etc. I need to make this happen.

Yesterday, Sean Wes challenged his followers on Instagram to #makeonethingtoday. Below is mine.
BTW- check him out, he’s got a lot going on in the creative world and it’s pretty impressive.

Happy Tuesday!

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I thought I would share the next phase of my creative world with the interwebs in hopes of making some progress. I have a dream of starting an online paper/stationery business that would include selling some of my art prints. There are so many things you can put designs on, however, I want to begin with the these items. It’s safe to say I have been procrastinating on this next phase for quite some time, reason being, this is the nitty-gritty un-fun details that go into starting a small business.

Last year I filed my DBA, Katie’s Design Studio, and spent the remainder of the year creating art for my business.  Now comes the hard part and in no particular order here’s my to-do list in getting this bad boy off the ground. *Finding an online platform to sell items, there are so many to choose from and figuring out which one will be best for your business is days on end of research. *Printer to print your work on, I have one in mind but need to go check out their paper quality, ie. set the deadline make it happen:-) *Load artwork to computer to clean up any messes within drawings. *Packaging for the stationery as well as material to ship sold items. Yes, I’m claiming to sell something right out of the gate. *Terms of agreements for items, which involves some legalese. Wish me luck!

I did submit my Texas Sales and Use Tax Form a biz is required to have in order to sell items, who knew you needed a state ID to sell.

Sneak peak of the stationery line.

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Katie’s Design Studio

 

Sheesh, I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I posted anything. Well, that’s not entirely true, I kinda lost my mojo on what to write about. You see writing isn’t my strong point, which is kind of strange since I am an avid reader. However, I do love to share pretty visuals I see. This may take some time to get rolling while I figure out what to share/not share and how to use WP again.

What have I been doing for the past year? Well, I’ve been doing a ton of drawing/doodling and slowly building a portfolio of paper products. My goal is to be selling stationery, art prints and fabric designs soon. Actually, I need to create a deadline to make this happen. I’ve been hanging out on the corner of fear and scared of failure for way too long. It’s time to choose a different road and see where it goes. Here are a few of the things I’ve created. I hope you enjoy!

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*All photos/drawings by Katie’s Design Studio

 

At her finest…Enjoy!

Wahkeena Falls

Wahkeena Falls

I forgot

I forgot

Cuz I can't stop...More Japanese Gardens

Cuz I can’t stop…More Japanese Gardens

More Japanese Gardens

More Japanese Gardens

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

Mary S. Young Park

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Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Up close-Multnomah Falls

Up close-Multnomah Falls

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I saw snow- Mt. Hood

I saw snow- Mt. Hood

* All pictures by Katie’s Design Studio

I think I love you. Man, oh man, is this place GOR-GEOUS!!! I forgot how much I loved mountains ’til my trip out west. All I’ve ever heard about Portland is it rains non-stop. Well, I was lucky as this was not the case. I do need to apologize ahead of time as I took 4 bazillion pictures and this may be broken in to two separate posts. This trip I only scratched the surface of discovery, so I’ll need to go back soon. Thanks Julia for letting me visit:-)

Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego

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Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

View of Mt. Hood from Julia's balcony

View of Mt. Hood from Julia’s balcony

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Pearl District

Pearl District

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Waterfalls to come…probably too many pix of them:-)

*All pictures by Katie’s Design Studio


Katie's Design Studio

Katie’s Design Studio

“And so with the sunshine and great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

 

Hmmm, it’s been awhile and not sure where the time has gone. I’m pretty sure blogging has been my creative outlet the past few years and now drawing/doodling has taken over my life. Guess what that means, no blogging. The full-time gig really gets in the way of all my creative playtime. Some day I hope to change this…

Well, very good news, Spring has sprung in Texas. You know what that means…

Bluebonnets & Bronco

Bluebonnets & Bronco

Errbody’s out taking photos in the bluebonnets…and some look like they’re poopin’ in bluebonnets. And this is how we do Spring in Texas, y’all!

My favorite part of this time of year…temps are PERFECT and the flowers are GORGEOUS!!!
IMG_1602“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
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“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with them.”~ Carrie Bradshaw