My blue feathers pattern design.


       
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I want to show you my pattern “blue feathers” printed on different products. 

It is a vector pattern and the idea came to me when my son brought me a pigeon feather he had found in the park.I did another version only with grey feathers.


This is a pattern which it is licensed by several brands . It is very regarding to see it on great products and on sale. 






I have checked some products samples which I was given, and the printing looks great.





Hope customers like them as I do! 

Have a nice week, greetings from Spain. 






Ink flowers. Illustration






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HAPPY 2017! Sorry for not having writing till today!

At last my blog is working again! Last December it was impossible for me to open my blog due to a template error. I didn´t know how to solve it, as it was also Christmas time approaching, so I could not do anything, as I need my time to be with my children. I felt so heartbroken thinking that maybe I would have to make a new blog.

Luckily; my husband after talking to an expert, told me it was a silly and easy error, and just changing some code symbols in my template I could solved it! 

So glad I had not lost it and I could easily recover it!

I have bought a new appointment book and I am trying to note all my to do list for this new year. 

I think one of my best wish is to increase my licensing deals with new brands. 
So, definitely I must be more productive and try to feel concentrated and inspired for creating new and good arwork.




I have started to use Instagram these last months trying to show my hand artistic skills as I think in my personal case,  hand drawing is more valued than digital artwork.  

So great, because I feel that way I can kill two birds with one stone. I am promoting my work and at the same time this fact it has made me to come back to use my old watercolour painting box and new ink markers and to focus on creating hand artwork. 

Glad as I was contacted for two new brands which had seen my feed.



I am happy as I have been designing vector patterns for ages ,and to have breaks for taking my brushes out, it makes me feel great. 
It is very very relaxing and funny. 

See you soon!                                                        

Watercolour Illustrations. Surface pattern design.







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I have been designing geometric and floral textiles patterns digitally for years, vector ones. 
Last year I was surprised to see so many watercolors prints in everywhere, iphone cases, fashion, home products...This fact it made me think about my portfolio.


Although I studied illustration and fashion design for 5 years practicing lots of artistic painting techniques like gouaches, acrylics, oil painting, pastel when I was young, the truth it is that it has been lots of years years since I had not spent time drawing with them.

I was a little tired of spending all my time in front of my computer screen. I have been addicted to it, designing, using social media, promoting, reading tutorials, opening accounts at pod sites…I didn´t realize the big amount of time needed for all this.

Luckily, I have lost the 5 kilos I gained for having such a sedentary life!(I am going to find time to take care of my food and to be fit too)




I was worried for some weeks, thinking that nowadays artistic or handcrafted artworks made by hand, are most valued and trending than digital work and that I didn´t have watercolour prints to offer to any brand. 

Really I felt that as designer I had to have more hand, artistic work in my portfolio, to show my creativity.

The amount of artists using watercolour it is amazing, gorgeous works which show they have an absolute control of this technique. Rather frustrating trying to use watercolours knowing that I am not an expert of it.

But I thought I could use watercolors in a way it was easier for me. I thought  it would be easier for me to keep the style for children I used to have when I was younger.  Really I am happy with the results.

I enjoyed it so much painting these illustrations that I have decided to create like a serie. The worst part for me it is to scan them and clean them at photoshop, as I used a texturized paper.



But the best part of it, it is discover the fast it is for me to make a illustration, and it is so regarding  to have one finished illustration in a couple of hours.
Some of them were very fast to do as I didn´t use nor a pencil to sketch them first. 
So happy to open my horizon and to feel I can covert more styles. I am opened an account at Saatchi art web to sell this kind of illustrations outright and althought I have only  a few of them on sale, it is a very good motivation for creating many more.


By the way in July I was featured at Print &pattern blog, just with these new illustrations which it has made me very glad.




I have designed some patterns with my watercolour icons, and I would like to create many more. This is one of the latest which I have entered at a Minted gift wrap paper contest. 



Hope you like my work and to see you again!                         

                                                                                      

Watercolour iphone cases designs. Surface pattern designer.







Welcome to my creative space! Thanks a lot for visiting me. 




I started this 2016 year full of hopes, plans and dreams to fufill. But sometimes one can´t make plans as something you didn´t expect, it appears in your life. You never know what the future is going to bring. 

These last months have been hard to me as my mother had some bad times due to her bad health and bad state of mind. So many mixed feelings, memories of my childish, and worries made me not to feel like  writing in my blog. I was so busy with my work, my teenagers, my home, my promotion in social media that I was not able to find the right moment either. 

I have always felt a  very strong emotional connection with my mother, which it makes me to have her in my thoughts.


You can buy this design and many others here, https://www.casetify.com/es_ES/juliagrifol/all

My brother and I had to take the hard decision of entering her in an private old people´s home two months ago, as it was not possible for us to give her the daily cares she needs. 

It has been the best thing we could make for her, as she has started to go out a little from the dark world she was immersed. Depression is one of the bad illnesses one can deal with, as I read in a book about psycology ,discipline and timetables are very needed in those cases. 
I feel so relieved now knowing she is in good hands. Sorry about writing about  some of my personal issues, as you know I used to write mainly about my work and others artists.

I have worked very hard as it was the best way for me to escape from the pity I felt. 
As watercolours pantings are so trendy now, I realised that my portfolio was full of digital, and vector, and ink patterns and prints, but I didn´t have watercolours paintings. 





It was like a challenge for me, and taking a brush it has made me feel very relaxed and enjoyed it very much. Really very recommended.

Surprisingly, I have painted using lots of pink tones lately, painting lots of dancing flowers, creating sweet, and romantic prints.




I have applied these prints to Casetify iphone cases, and I am happy with the results. 
So my next step is going to be, to create watercolours patterns!.


I hope we can meet here soon! I hope you feel very motivated, and inspired! 



Creating is such a good therapy when you are free to create what you like




New artwork. Surface and textile pattern design.




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Hello,

I wrote a very long to do list last month as I am used to making it every January. It is the best way to motivate myself, to have goals and dreams to fulfil.

Last year; I had some bad moments due to my  mum´s delicate state of health, and  I was also a little worried as I had to take some echoes and tests. But luckily everything was right for me.  

But these health matterns and other family issues, made me to work harder in order to be busy and not to think too much about it.  

Selling on the net is a very hard work, apart from being productive, you must promote your work and  be quite active in social media platforms. The most followers you have, the most well-known and good seller you become. That it is the way it works, you must create an identity and a reputation. 


   
An ink hand flower drawing, selling on iphone cases. https://www.casetify.com/es_ES/juliagrifol/all 

But this year, I have realized I had some stressful days due to my long working days, as it is difficult for me to disconnect when I am  creating an artwork. I feel so exciting to finish it, that I forget the time, and I 
don´t want to leave it for the next day. Designing is a vice for me. I must learn to control that, and to find a balance. I am very grateful that working from my studio home it allows to me to have lots of contact with my sons. 


This year I am going to change lots of the mistakes I made last year. In fact; I have decided to find time to go to the gym. It is necessary to change habits, as I spend lots of hours sitting in front of my computer which it has made me to gain some weight, which I am going to loose before July to come. I am mentally ready for it!

A new leaves design and colorways. http://kessinhouse.com/pages/Julia-Grifol


Sure taking exercise and a healthy food is going to make me feel much better. 

Yesterday, I had a wonderful seven kms walk along the beach with my husband and  I'm a bit stiff in the legs today. I am not fit yet! That is something I hope I can repeat next Saturday. 

I have created new work lately for some of the brands I am licensing my work to. My comfort zone is designing botanical patterns such as flowers and leaves.  I am going to try to create other kind of prints these next months. 



                                                                 
                                                                       Fashion dress mock up. 

There are so many things to learn, artistic techniques, effects, tips, that the list is nervetheless.



I hope you like some of my new work! See you soon.