Monday, February 08, 2016

{in my sketchbook}

I've been paying more attention lately to what wants to come out of my pen and onto the paper. The past few days it was organic shapes and intricate pattern. 

Drawing these shapes is major therapy for me. As my pen glides across the paper I can literally feel my anxiety flow out with the ink. 

Landon came over to me while I was filling this one in and said, "That's a lot of tiny circles!" Yep, sure is buddy! 

This owl is another piece I created last week...

And here is a peek of my process cleaning up some of these intricate images in Photoshop...

As I'm starting to see a collection of these designs come together, of course I'm thinking of another coloring book. I'm excited to see what continues to happen in my sketchbook and tie it all together!

I'm also busy working on organizing and decorating my new art studio space in our house. It is so exciting to have an inspiring space to create in. Yesterday I hung two art pieces by Jessica Swift, a pretty string of lights, and tucked in a framed sketch by my Grandaddy. 

I love having his art near me when I'm creating.

My goal for this space is to surround myself only with things that bring me joy and inspiration, which means A LOT of purging is going on. But that feels so good!

Before I go, a couple shop updates:

If you're looking for a fun Valentine's Day activity, you can grab a copy of my printable Valentine's Day coloring book for only $5!

And I've added a bunch of new prints of my licensed pieces back to my shop. 

This guy is one of my favorites. 

Here's to a caffeine-filled and fabulous Monday!



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!




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