Friday, February 05, 2016

{from sketch to pattern}

I thought it would be fun today to take you through my process of sketch to pattern! I've started making patterns again this week after a few months off, and I had forgotten how fun and addicting it is! 

{I learned how to create digital patterns by taking Jessica Swift's Pattern Camp course, which I can't say enough good things about!}

I drew those friendly lightbulbs up there a few weeks ago and knew right away they would make a great pattern. First I scanned them at a high resolution (300dpi or higher) and opened the image up in Photoshop. I removed the background and corrected the color balance so the black is super dark, and then saved each "motif" as a separate file. 

Then I opened up a new Illustrator file, placed my motifs, and recolored them. The recoloring is probably my favorite part of the entire process, other than seeing the pattern magically work at the end. 

Then I arranged them into a pattern...

And the finished product!

Man those little lightbulbs make me giddy.  I want them on a tote bag or a pillow. Or a journal! 

I also created this camping pattern which I can picture on children's bedding or a sleeping bag. 

If you are interested in learning more about making digital patterns, seriously check out Jessica's course. I learned SO much and use everything I learned not only for this purpose but in lots of other design work.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!


Wednesday, February 03, 2016


If you are in a coloring mood, head over to my Instagram where I'm giving away five digital copies of my Valentine's Day coloring book!

But hurry because the giveaway ends tonight at midnight EST!


Sunday, January 31, 2016

{in my sketchbook}

Happy Sunday!

It has been one of those perfectly relaxing, family time, Target trip, coffee and donuts kind of weekends at our house. 

I wanted to share what I added to my sketchbook yesterday. I was inspired by a piece of vintage pottery my mother-in-law gave me last year for my birthday...

This one will probably become a coloring page. Having too much fun with these!

And speaking of can grab my coloring books on Amazon, and printable versions in my Etsy shop here and here!



Thursday, January 28, 2016


I had the privilege of hearing Krista Tippett from On Being speak yesterday, and this gem of a quote stuck out to me.

I hope it does something for you too. 

Happy Thursday!



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

{new printable coloring book}

Happy Tuesday! How is your week going? 

I have some fun This Girl's Doodles news to share today...

I've added a five-page printable Valentine coloring book to my Etsy shop! I'm really proud of these pages. They are all so fun and happy, and I hope you love them too!

You can grab a copy here

And be sure to tag your pages with #coloringwithTGD so I can see your beautiful creations!


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

{in my sketchbook}

Hello friends! 

Are you staying warm? Winter has officially finally arrived in Indiana and I'm basically wearing a scarf and drinking coffee 24/7 but that's OK because scarves + coffee...I mean.  

I've been doodling lots of hearts the past few weeks, getting a mini Valentine's Day coloring book ready for my Etsy shop. Here are some shots from my sketchbook...

I'm super excited to get this one together and up in the shop. Valentine's Day is my favorite!



Friday, January 15, 2016

{Valentine Printables}

Holy cow you guys...did you notice that Valentine's Day is only a month away? Not that January is my favorite month...but it could slow down a bit and I'd be just fine.

I figured I could help you out by adding two printable Valentine's Day cards to the shop!

The first one is for you to give out to your friends, perhaps bundled up with some chocolate and a good book...

And the second is for the kiddos!

This one comes in two color versions, because 7 year olds are all about choices (or at least mine are). 

Both are super affordable and the best part is you can print as many as you need!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!



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