May 10, 2015

World Lupus Day 2015 ( and Mother's Day )

Today is World Lupus Day and my fellow designer and friend Dawn Clarkson is having a butterfly showcase over at her blog Nice and Fancy in its third year to raise awareness of Lupus disease.

"Lupus is a chronic disease which can affect anyone at any age, it is hard to diagnose and the exact causes of the condition are still unknown. Lupus, considered to be a rare disease is becoming more and more common. The butterfly is universally accepted as the symbol which represents the disease."
I m very happy I was able to contribute with a butterfly design and a small donation to help to create interest towards Lupus. 
Due to the great response of Dawn's call for butterfly designs she is having four posts in total today over at her blog. 
What a great success already ! 
There is even a Pinterest board where you can see all designs together.
Please take your time and check out all gorgeous butterfly designs at Nice and Fancy.

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015
Butterfly design for World Lupus Day 2015 / copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015

We also do not want to forget it is Mother's Day today...I am wishing all amazing moms out there a very Happy Mother's Day - may it be filled with joy !

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015
Happy Mother's Day Card / copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015

Happy Sunday !!!

Apr 16, 2015


The lettering from last week started something in me...I kept going and made those two Zen/Taoist quotes out of my lettering. 
You can also find them in my Etsy store for instant download. 

design copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015
Zen Proverb "All You Have Is Now" design copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015

design copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015
Taoist Proverb " The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With a Single Step" design copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015

I am off to Spring break and will be back beginning of May ! 
Enjoy the the first warm sunshine ! 
Happy Thursday !

Apr 10, 2015

MATS Bootcamp April

After a quiet ( and very cold ) Easter Weekend I am in full swing back into designing. 
I was very much looking forward to the new "mini" assignment for Lilla Roger's bootcamp new mini assignment for the month of April. 
It is lettering...the words "The Global Art Gathering". 
The Global Art Gathering is actually taking place in June in Brighton and I wished I could go and meet fellow designers as well as Lilla and many other fabulous speakers at the event. 
Usually if I do lettering I start designing a whole alphabet and then use any letters I need for my illustration, patterns, etc. I did the same this time but pulled out my collection of Origami papers and started cutting out the letters. Next I did some hand lettering and while putting the words together, I also used some letters I have done some time back already and mixed it all up. I am happy with the result and I might develop some quotes for my Etsy shop in this style.

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Lettering cut out of Origami paper

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My finished design for the "mini" assignment   copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015

Happy Friday everyone !

Apr 1, 2015

New Items

Last week you saw some sketches of my vase shapes and this week I want to show you what I did with them. 
So far all items are for digital download and you can print them out on your home printer or in a copy shop. 
Over the next few days I will also experiment with this pattern and see how it looks on the front cover of a notebook. 
If you like to see what else I have in my Etsy store, please click here.
Perpetual Birthday Calendar "Vases" copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015
Wall Art "Vases" copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015
2015 Wall Calendar "Vases" copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015

I am wishing everyone a Happy Thursday and a very Happy Easter !

Mar 26, 2015

Sneak Peek

Life is busy and I am always grateful if I can sneak in some time to draw. I wanted to draw something in black.
I always love black and white art - I find it extremely powerful and it is simple at the same time.
Thinking about what I can draw ( and looks good in black and white only ) vases came into my mind and I started drawing some...just as shapes.
Here is a sneak week I will show you my new product(s) I made from it for my Etsy is still in progress.

copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2015
Sketches : Shapes of vases

Happy Thursday !

Mar 5, 2015

Happy Dance !

I have to admit I did my little happy dance a while ago, when I found out my submissions for the new Print&Pattern Geometric book were accepted and my work will actually be shown in the newest book of the fabulous Print&Pattern series by Bowie Style 
( Thank you Marie for including me ! )
The first Print&Pattern book ( the blue one ) was my first book about surface pattern design ever and I still love this one as well as the following books "Print&Pattern 2" and "Print&Pattern Kids". 
Of course it was my dream to be included into one of these books one day but I was not sure to ever achieve my dream. I remember I submitted for the kids call and I did not make it. So I tried again for the Geometric book ( which really suits my style best ) and my work was accepted. 
Hurray ! 
Amazing designers are showing their beautiful designs in this book and many of them are fellow students from the "Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design" course by Rachael Taylor and Beth Kempton.
I think this post is appropriate for the World Book Day 2015 today ! 
Who does not love a good book ? 
No matter if it is a book with lots of pictures or a good novel. 
I love books and I truly believe you can not own enough of it ( especially art books... ;) )

New book Print&Pattern Geometric by Bowie Style ( picture source )

I am on page 194 ! ( picture source )

Happy World Book Day and Happy Thursday !