Sunday, December 8, 2013

Sunday Quote

Yesterday I had the opportunity to help my mom make this cute handout for her Young Women's lesson. This quote is from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. He said, "The most effective way to preach the gospel is through example. If we live according to our beliefs, people will notice. If the countenance of Jesus Christ shines in our lives, if we are joyful and at peace with the world, people will want to know why. One of the greatest sermons ever pronounced on missionary work is this simple thought attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.” Opportunities to do so are all around us. 
I really love this thought. I want to live my life as a witness of Christ and share my testimony through my actions and words. I try to live righteously every day, and I know that I am blessed for doing so. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Day 16 - Confetti Dots!

Here's day 16. This patterns colors match day 15. I like making companion patterns- maybe one could go on the front & one could go on the back of "my paper."

Day 15 - Flower Patch

Here is day 15 Pattern... about a week & a half late. I started a new full time job this last week at American Craft! It's so exciting and my life is about 10x busier, but that's alright. :) Im happy. I'm still going to finish out my 30 days of patterns and make up the ones I've missed. So here is the first make up.

With all the snow in Utah, i'm wishing for warmer weather and flowers...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day 14- Just some stripes.

Just a few stripes to go along with the triangles. :) Not too exciting, but I worked all day today and made dinner... isn't that good enough?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Day 13! Just a few little triangles

Day 13- Inspired by quilts maybe? and "fallish colors"? :) It didn't quite line up along the bottom, I'll post a fix on it after I figure out how to make it line up. 

Day 12- Little Orange Polkas

I love polka dots. They make me happy, so I created a small orange polka dot pattern. I used a variation of this pattern for the umbrellas on the last pattern. This one I've added texture too and I like the worn, distressed feel it gives to the pattern.

Day 11- A few days late... but for good reason.

So Scott & I spent the weekend in St. George mountain biking in the rain... it was just a little bit chilly, wet & soggy. We managed to have a lot of fun and I neglected a few days of pattern making. Meanwhile I caught a cold and my patience for pattern making diminished but I am on the road to recover & am working on making up the days I missed. This is the first of them, Day 11! (inspired by Rainy St. George... I think it was only the days we were down there that it rained and I was really hoping for sunshine but that's okay. :) life goes on.)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 10- A little folk influence

I've always loved the simple yet complex design of Nordic Folk Art and so I decided to base a pattern off that influence. I used some simple colors, shapes and patterning to make something that I think is beautiful.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Day 8- Letters to Santa Claus

So I'm still on a Christmas holiday kick. I might have spent a lot more time on this one than I should have... but it was a lot of fun and I'm really happy with how it turned out. I used to love writing letters to Santa and getting letters back, so I decided to capture that in a pattern. Here it is:

Friday, November 15, 2013

30 Days of Patterns- Day 5

Another quick pattern. I'm working on a more complicated one currently, possibly to be posted tomorrow. Look forward to it! :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Day 4- Everything is Cuter with Eyeballs.

Case in point? I think so. This one is kinda random, but fun I think.  Only on day 4 & I barely made it. Posting something new everyday is harder than I thought it would be.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

30 Days of Patterns- Day 1

I've decided that I love making patterns. I'd like to develop my portfolio of patterns & so I have set a goal. I'm going to post one pattern each day. Check back every day to see how it's going! If you have any suggestions for patterns I'd love to hear those as well. Happy November! I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving pie. :)


Friday, November 8, 2013

Stone- A Super Natural Shower Rock

I had the opportunity to work with an engineering group at BYU on an entrepreneurial project. They designed & created a shower rock called Stone and needed some packaging design. So I came up with some options.  I really enjoyed this project. They decided to go with the white and turquoise bubble packaging theme to go with the shower theme. You can find their website and product at Design by They. :) 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Just a Spoonful of Sugar...

A few months ago I was able to work with Design Dazzle blogger Toni Roberts in the creation of a Mary Poppins Party printable package. We started with the You're invited sign and went from there. The look was supposed to be very Mary Poppins, vintage, gingham, yellow, red, chalkboard. I think I captured it very well. All of the writing you see is my own. The basis for everything was from the chalk board backdrop and a lot of the elements you see in everything are pulled from there. It was fun and a lot of work! To see pictures of the Mary Poppins party & how all of my designs were applied go here: Design Dazzle Mary Poppins Party


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Patterns!

Just having a little fun with the pattern feature in illustrator. :) Happy early Halloween! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Star Painting, A US Map & A Shower Invite.

So I had the opportunity to work with Utah artist,  Michael Phipps on the Christus Statue mural for the Mexico City Temple Visitors Center. I helped paint the dark blue background and all of the teeny, tiny stars. The mural was about 20" High by 60" long. It was craziness! It took a lot of time and I got to ride on and drive a scissor lift... which was kind of scary but fun. Here are some pictures I took with my phone of the job. If you make it to the Mexico City Temple Visitors Center's you'll have to check out the stars on the mural and think to yourself, "wow... Kelsey Carlson painted a lot of tiny little stars." :)

I took a job about a month ago doing some wall paintings in a home in West Orem. The family wanted a U.S. map painted on the wall along with a Dr. Seuss trees (I'll post this later). The mom picked out the colors and I started painting away. Luckily, I was able to borrow a projector to trace the map onto the wall which was very helpful. This job was exciting and I'm happy with how the map turned out.

So one of my childhood best friends is getting married! My mom and I were in charge of the ward shower invites... so I whipped something up. Her colors are mint and grey. I was quite pleased with the final product and wanted to share it here. :)