Whew. About a week ago I entered my submission for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent competition. A couple of months ago I signed up to participate in the competition and received my brief in the beginning of July. It was so fun and has been awe-inspiring to see other creatives’ entries on Facebook! We were asked to create a “playground-themed” journal as if the amazing Paperchase were our client. I took a snip of the submission page in case I needed to compulsively remind myself later on that I did indeed submit my work. 😉


I had a ton of fun dreaming up ideas for this little project. The theme was right up my ally; I work all day with wee little sweet ones and frequent the playground to watch them play and learn and grow and giggle. Occasionally I’ll humor them with a slide down the slide or two…;)

I sat down in my studio on a perfectly rainy Saturday with my air plant, milk tea and some inspiration.photo(23)

After sketching out some ideas roughly, I looked through my painter’s palette and started to color block different aspects. And then it was all about little details and outlining with my favorite micron pens.photo(25)

Please mind the painter’s pajamas. :O

Then, the fun began as I scanned in my Acrylic work onto my computer and played around creating transparent icons in Photoshop and then transferring them into Adobe Illustrator to create a lovely little pattern. It was a beautiful Sunday victory for me!! This pattern was the first I created using my acrylic images (since I now had the skills to create little transparent icons…I think I like the word little…a little bit lot)and I was a wee bit excited!! I’m addicted to pattern-making now and am reading up on surface pattern design and catching inspiration from the pattern-making queen. (!)

photo(26) photo(27) lillasubmission_lowres      And there you go…here is my final submission!!  I put myself out there and am waiting to see who the Top 50 shortlisted artists will be on Lilla Rogers’ blog August 1. I’m praying that He will use this opportunity regardless of whether or not I get shortlisted. I have BEEN BLOWN AWAY by the amount of insane talent that exists. Wow, our Creator sure knew how to dole out creativity. For one theme, I have not seen any similar pieces. Praise God for creative souls.

praying, hoping, trusting, sort of crossing my fingers…


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