Jan 22, 2015

Boot Camp 2015 Journal Cover

After staying in bed for a few days I am back on my feet and on my desk...still feeling not so great but on the mend. 
Due to the flu I had not much time working on the first "Big Assignment" for Lilla Roger's Boot Camp 2015 but I finished it and it was fun. 
When I work on a Boot Camp assignment I always have Lilla's advice in my ears...for example "Think about using contrast so the journal cover has some pop"...I did that and I love this advice - it is a good one ! 
What I did not do...using a lot of "icons". I did draw some icons but only used one - I know. I will get back on it with some more time at a later date. But so far I am ok with my journal cover. 

How do you like it ?

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Journal cover "Edwardian Brooches" for Lilla Roger's Boot Camp 2015 by Maike Thoma

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Sketches "Edwardian Brooches" by Maike Thoma

Happy Thursday !

Jan 16, 2015

Happy Weekend !

Not much from me today...I am sick in bed.
 Just want to say Happy Weekend to everyone. Next week I can show you my work I did for Lilla Roger's Bootcamp 2015...remember the Edwardian brooches I showed you last week ? The final assignment for this months is designing a journal cover with Edwardian brooches. Fun !

Happy Friday !

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Illustration by Pattern Jots

Jan 7, 2015

Happy New Year...

I am wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year filled with good health, joy and creativity. 
After spending Christmas and New Years with family in Germany and eating way to many cookies, I am back at my desk planning new products for my Etsy store and drawing. 
On Monday Lilla Roger's Boot Camp 2015 started which I gave to myself for Christmas. 
Everyone was so curious what the topic of the first month would be...I was guessing something with jewelry. The topic was revealed on Monday and it is Edwardian brooches. I liked it immediately. Gathering information I found out the Edwardian era in the UK took place between 1901 and 1910 and is covering the reign of King Edward VII and is sometimes extended beyond. The Edwardian period stands out as a time of peace and plenty. And I think this reflects in the beautiful jewelry of this era. If you look closely at the jewelry you notice elements of the Art Nouveau era which took place almost at the same time between 1890 and 1910.

Here I show you some of my favourite pieces I found during my search :

Edwardian Diamond Brooch ( source )

Edwardian Diamond Plaque Brooch ( source )

Edwardian Diamond Star Brooch ( source )

I could go on and on and probably post an other 100 pictures of beautiful Edwardian brooches...there are so many if you start searching online.

Looking through my jewelry I found this ring which was considered fashion jewelry by that time and it must be maybe from the 1930s, but maybe it is older. I inherited the ring from my grandmother.

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My own ring from my grandmother.

You can see my first doodles....soon I will move on to a black pen but for loosening up I like to sketch with pencil.

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Doodles Edwardian Brooches

Happy Thursday !

Dec 18, 2014

Happy Holidays

The count down is on and even though I thought I won't stress myself too much this year, it was nothing besides a great wish. 
I had some goals like adding more items to my Etsy store before Christmas so I have been very busy. In case you are looking for some last minute gifts, please check out Pattern Jots Shop. So far all products are digital downloads and you can just sit at home with your printer near by ( and some mulled wine in your hands ) and print some lovely Christmas gifts for your loved ones. No need to leave the house ( except you are planning to frame what you purchased ) and join the crowds.

My latest addition :

Perpetual Birthday Calendar, copyright©Maike Thoma by Pattern Jots 2014
Perpetual Birthday Calendar available at Pattern Jots Shop

A quote always makes a great gift :

Do What YouLove Wall Art, copyright©Pattern Jots by Maike Thoma 2014
Do What You Love Wall Art available at Pattern Jots Shop

I am taking a break over the holidays and I will be back January 8th 2015.
Thank you to all my loyal blog readers. I wish everyone very Happy Holidays and a fabulous New Year. 

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Christmas Wishes from Pattern Jots

Dec 11, 2014

Marsala - Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

The Pantone color of the year announcement is always a much long waited event for all designer.
For 2015 Pantone announced the color "Marsala" 18-1438 as the color of the year. I have to admit I was not overly excited at the beginning until I started thinking about colour combinations and over a few days I warmed up to "Marsala" and can already imagine designing patterns which contain the color of "Marsala".

Marsala Pantone color of the year 2015

I especially like this statement by Pantone :
A Unifying Element
"The impactful, full bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as strong accent to many other colors."


And for sure I will buy this fab nail polish next...


And here are some of my favourite color combinations for "Marsala"

And did you see this gorgeous dress in "Marsala"... by Derek Lam...I think I will dream about this dress tonight, it is just my style !

Dress by Derek Lam seen at Harpers Bazaar

I find this is the perfect implementation of "Marsala" in interior design

As seen on the Lonny website

And I love that pillow by Crate and Barrel

Linet 18" pillow by Crate and Barrel

And do you see the hint of "Marsala" in the center of that pillow ?

Pondicherry 18" x 12" by Crate and Barrel

And last but not least something for the Christmas mood...I found this gorgeous gift wrap by talented designer Allison Cole which you can currently buy at Target.


The New Year can start now in style with "Marsala"...

Happy Thursday !

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Dec 4, 2014

Adventchallenge 2014

The count down to Christmas has started and it is already December 4th. 
As the previous two years Faye Brown initiated the fun advent challenge again. 
Everyone is invited to create a piece of art ( illustrate, sing, sew, felt, film, take pictures ) for 25 days according to the daily theme. 
I was able to do all 25 days last year and it was so much fun...this year I am so busy with other projects but I hope I can do a few days here and there. 
If you like to follow the advent challenge, look out for the hash tag #adventchallenge on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. It is great to see what is posted. There is also a Pinterest board where new art will be pinned every day.

So here is the list :

Advent challenge 2014
And here are some great pieces of art from my fellow designers :

Day 2 "Christmas Tree" by Julie Hamilton http://artisticallyafflicted.com

Day 2 "Christmas Tree" by Lindsay Buck http://slumbermonkey.blogspot.co.uk

Day 3 "A Tree Decoration" by Suzanne Washington http://www.suzyspellbound.com

Day 4 "Penguin" by Rebecca Stoner http://rebeccastoner.co.uk

Day 3 "A Tree Decoration" by Mary Tanana http://groovity.blogspot.ch
Isn't this all fabulous...I am looking forward to see more beautiful designs for the advent challenge. 

Here is one of my designs from last year :

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"A Tree Decoration" advent challenge 2013 by Pattern Jots www.patternjots.com
Please note the copyright for all designs shown in this blog post belong to the designer who created the art.

Happy Thursday !!!

Nov 27, 2014

Illustrated Birthday Calendar

So sorry I did not make it to write a blog post last week...health issues came up I had to take care of. Back at my desk for a few days already and it is getting very busy over here, less than a month until Christmas. 
I guess everyone is feeling the rush right now. I am happy to show you my latest project : a perpetual birthday calendar you can buy now from my Etsy store
It is an instant download and makes a perfect Christmas gift. So no need to leave the house and join the crowds in the city. Plus you support an individual artist and not the big box retailers.

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Front page contemporary birthday calendar by Pattern Jots 

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January page

See the full calendar over here.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Thursday everyone !