I recently made a video on “How to Edit an Astrological Birth Chart in Adobe Illustrator“, check out the YouTube video here.
In the video I go over all of the product files and features, including a Birth Chart template that I created in Adobe Illustrator that can be modified to your liking. There are also helpful beginner steps on how to use Adobe Illustrator, short cuts, and ways to navigate to edit your design!
There are also other layouts of birth charts and astrological wheels that you can modify and edit on your own. Including pre-made backgrounds that you can insert into your designs and also Photoshop files that you can edit the layers with. You can change the file sizes to print posters or prints for fun projects!
Shibori is an ancient Japanese tie-dyeing technique that means “shaped resist dyeing,” which describes the inherent patterning process of manipulating the two-dimensional cloth surface into three-dimensional shapes before compressing them to dye.
I wanted to create something digital but with a hand made feel, I came up with this set of “Shibori tie-dye” photoshop brushes that anyone can use to create some fun projects. My aim was to create something that creatives can use to add to their design by using specific shapes.
This is perfect for artists of all kinds! Designers, fashion designers, illustrators, hobbyists and crafters! Create your own designs onto products!
12 Brushes to get you started in creating all kinds of Shibori patterns!
What’s included in the Shibori Brush Pack:
.abr file to load onto your brush preset palette
Formatted for Adobe Photoshop CC
All brushes are high res 2000px by 2000px across for creating higher res files.
I wanted to share some wedding graphics I designed for my friend’s wedding! I really loved helping design some of the menu and welcome signage for their wedding a few weeks ago on August 4th. It was such a joy to create some work that was inspired by Palm Springs and geometric shapes for some of the designs! The wedding took place in San Jose, the wedding theme took inspiration from both Lily’s Vietnamese background and Mark’s Filipino background. It was such an awesome wedding that they put together, merging both of their influences in food choices and some of the wedding props and furniture that were hand selected by the bride and groom definitely reflected their backgrounds.
I couldn’t imagine myself spending months preparing and organizing all of the wedding details but a lot of our friends, including myself had helped out along the way. I know that preparing for a wedding takes a lot of hard work and energy, I am indeed in awe of Lily and Mark for taking the time and energy to create such a magnificent wedding. Check out some of the graphics I designed below for their wedding and some of the design choices I made as I created some of these elements for their wedding.
In action below! Typically the photobooth company will provide a template that you can plug in and drop the design elements onto. Printed size template is 2 x 6 in.
Printed size 5 x 7 in.
The theme of the wedding was inspired by Palm Springs with a desert vibe, so we chose some watercolor illustrations, some geometric backgrounds, and some gold frame vector elements to give it some flair. The best method of choosing the design of any wedding invitations, signage or menu design for a wedding is to make sure the elements are contrasting and not competing with each other, and that they are subtle and look good visually. A good rule of thumb when designing is to choose colors that are in harmony with each other, for these designs we chose a complimentary color scheme to reflect the style of the wedding, with lots of green succulents, we opted for a pink accent and that carried over to the flowers at the wedding. For the font choices we chose Palm Canyon and for the table numbers we chose Rollfast Black to match some of the geometric borders and backgrounds, we wanted to mix and match art deco elements to give it a visually interesting combination.
Some of the graphics and elements I use in these designs I bought from Creative Market, the links are right below if you are interested in checking them out! You can also find elements that fit within your theme and style through the website as they have so many different options and designs that you can choose from. I use pre-made templates and vector graphics to save time and most of the graphics are great for personal use, licensing on Creative Market is only required if you are going to use graphics on products that you are selling and making a profit from. But its great for personal use on projects like weddings and events, as long as you aren’t using the graphics to sell anything.
Are you an artist? Maker? Creative? You too can create a shop on Redbubble! There’s never been a better time than now to capitalize on this artist revolution! There are quite a few online print on demand sites that lets artists create free shops without having to maintain the logistics of creating a website or buying product inventory. The time is now to create the kind of work you want to create and generate some passive income for yourself!
“Setting up a Redbubble shop can be a great way to build your work online presence and to connect with new people.”
I found that I’ve gained a ton of visibility online from creating a Redbubble shop, and was even invited to do a hand lettering workshop back in 2017 for their 10th birthday party in San Francisco! I find that I continue to explore my process and my art is an ever-evolving thing on its own. I had a full-time career as a graphic designer and illustrator, and I’ve also worked with companies like Salesforce, Hasbro Studios, and Skechers in the last few years. (Check out more of that work here on my Behance profile). But the thing that continues to inspire me and brings me joy is being able to freely create my art. And that’s what I’ve done in the last two years since I’ve opened up a Redbubble shop. To have something to create on its own without having to work for clients is truly worth it, and knowing that I can make money from my creations is even cooler!
Follow these steps to sell your work on Redbubble and live your best artist life.
Create a Redbubble Shop
Signing up for a free Redbubble account is easy enough. Don’t forget to confirm your necessary account details so you can be paid
Set up your shop profile
Upload a header that showcases your work, along with a profile or logo picture so that people can easily recognize you. Utilize the bio description to let people know who you are and link to your social links and website. You can check out my shop to get an example.
Create collections for your work based on themes or different categories of your work. Or if you don’t have a collection of work, this would be a great way to start creating work. You can also check out other artist shops on Redbubble to get an idea of how they are setting up their shops. Shops that fall into niche markets do really well and they can be based on current trends or popular culture. Setting up a Redbubble shop can be a great way to build your work online presence and to connect with new people.
How do you even hone in and figure out your personal artist brand? First, think of the work you are producing or the kind of work you want to produce. Then, think of who may want to buy your work on products. It may help to figure out a target audience and to also do some competitive analysis online. See what’s trending. Find design trends in the home decor space, or maybe even in the world of comics or in the media? I focus my work on boho trends, festival goers and people who love the 70s tie-dye hippie era mixed in with the modern hippie trends. I create what I want to wear or want to have in my space to make things beautiful.
Upload Your First Design
The best file sizes to upload should have a high resolution, at least 6500 px at 300dpi if you’re wanting to upload to larger products like duvet covers and tapestries. Bigger is better for quick, one-time uploads, then you can click on each individual product to edit accordingly. Also, it’s really important to design and save files from Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.I’ve been a long time user of Adobe software and I can’t stress enough the value of having a subscription. There a ton of lesser value design software but I love using Adobe software, and if you want to be a professional artist or designer, getting the professional tools can only help you in the long run.
“Set aside some time during the week and set some realistic goals.”
Promote on Social Media
After you’ve uploaded your design onto Redbubble, I typically like to go to my shop and screen shot some of the mock-ups with my design on it. You can then either transfer these to your mobile device via dropbox or email,,upload to the social media channel of your choice! You can also check out the Redbubble Blog for product templates for mocking up your design!
Set aside some time during the week and set some realistic goals. If you have a full-time or part-time job, figure out how much time you can dedicate to creating work during the week. Can you upload a new piece of work daily? Or twice a week? Or once a week? Set weekly goals so that you can stay consistent and also so your followers will know when to expect new work from you. Creating work daily or weekly can also help with figuring out your style of art, and helps with trial and error so that you can perfect your work.
Create Journal Entries on Your Redbubble Shop
This is a great way to talk about your process or to show some behind the scenes work! People love reading and looking at processes. Where did you come up with the idea and how did you arrive to the final piece? Or maybe you have other places you have your work or want to promote other art? Whatever you want to use the Journal for, treat it as a blog and a great space for people to get to know you! Check out some of the things I’ve written in my Journal.
I recently created a new class on Skillshare, “How to Digitize Your Hand Lettering in Illustrator”
Really excited to release this course! There are a few more courses I’m working on finishing and one hopefully that will be done before the end of this month!
If you’ve ever wanted to either digitize a sketch or hand lettering work, I can show you the simple process of creating vector artwork with your drawings. I guide you through a step by step process from hand lettered sketch to digitizing the sketch in Adobe illustrator to final artwork. Check it out on Skillshare with this free 2 month subscription!
I recently made a video tutorial on YouTube on creating hand lettered gifs. There’s a lot of ways to create animated gifs. This is just one way I create animated gifs, I’m also always still exploring other methods. This is a very simple and easy way to get started especially if you want to animate text. I’m completely obsessed with creating gifs of all types because they are catchy and very popular right now! This is the hand lettering I started out with below.
I then brought in the vector file into Photoshop, duplicated the layer four times, and added a color overlay to each layer with different colors. I set up the file as 800px by 800px square format for uploading on Instagram since that’s where I typically upload most of my work. If it’s going on a banner for a website, I would figure out the size first before you set up the Photoshop file to animate the artwork. Check out my tutorial below and let me know if you have any questions!