Watercolour Illustrations. Surface pattern design.







        Hello! Thanks a lot for visiting me! 




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.




 Thanks for visiting me!




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.  

                                                                                                          

Happy Christmas !


Hello readers and friends,

A new year is aproaching and I wanted to wish you the best! Happy Christmas!

These last months have been hard for me, due to my mother´s health. Sorry for not having written before.

I want to give thanks to all people who have been by my side and have followed and read some of my last blog posts. I hope you liked them.

I hope next year to share with you some of my new work and experiences!

Be very creative and full of hopes!

Be happy! 


Back to work. Pattern designer.




      Hello, thanks for visiting to me.

    

I have had another short wonderful holidays for a week with my family at the beginning of this month, but I have come back to hard work again. 

I have been working lately in making new patterns. I have also opened some new shops at Pod sites, as it is a very good way of being known and sell. I have enjoyed myself and taking it as a challenge entering to new designs contest too, at sites as Minted or Jovoto. I have also been in talks to license my designs  with another iphone cases brand too. Crossing fingers! 


                  My turquoise flowers pattern and a black and white colorway

I feel that it is important not to miss any opportunities. When an artist tries to sell her art on the net, lots of factors apart from her good artwork it counts. One of the most important thing is to promote and been promoted your art on social media and have a wide net working relationship. It seems it is important to be seen in every place, therefore; I have started to use Instagram too. This is a non-stop!

Working in my home-studio is great, but I often exceed the daily works hours without realizing it. I was tired, but now after that great break with my children, I have recharged my batteries again. When I try to create a pattern I get so involved in it, that time flies for me!



   

Anyway, after months of hard work, I have learnt the lesson. I have realised that I have to attach myself to a routine daily timetable in order to find some more free time, and allow me to go to the gym or for an evening walk. . 




New iphone 6s iphone cases at, http://www.casetify.com/juliagrifol/collection


 I am showing here, some of of my last work. I hope you like it and to receive  you in my creative space very soon!