Monday, January 26, 2015

January has arrived!

illustration by Lisa M. Griffin
As we prepare for what sounds like an epic snowstorm... I had our winged friends on my mind. All our bird feeders are filled to the brim. Going to be hard for them to dig for food under 2' of snow.
Enjoy your day-

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pattern #3 - Little Fox Design

My latest pattern design for 52 Patterns in 2015 was created using one of my illustrations. I have always loved this little fox and I am smitten with this pattern on pillows!
Have a great weekend,

Monday, January 19, 2015

Set simple goals - free downloads

Do you have a creative goal or a dream for 2015? 
A brand new year is stretched out before you. What can you begin TODAY that will get you to where you want to be in 2016?

My suggestion... start simple. Plan mini-weekly goals that will help you reach a bigger goal. For example, I want to create several pattern collections this year. To help this become a reality (and not feel overwhelmed in the process) I have a mini-weekly goal in place to design at least 1 pattern a week. By doing so, I would have created a minimum of 52 patterns by the end of this year... how great is that! And YOU can do the very same for yourself, by thinking of one goal/dream that you would like to achieve this year and then plan out smaller goals that will bring you to that resolution.

To help you begin, I created two different Creative Goal templates. A complete planner with weekly schedule, monthly goal, and mini-goal section as well as thinking points regarding your goals for that week.

Creative Goals template by lisa m. griffin, partial sample
The other template was designed for those of us whose computer monitor looks like this....

This weekly planner couldn't be more simple, just print it out and attach sticky notes in the blank squares that outline your goals for the week. Once a task is done, tear off the sticky note and bask in the glow of self-satisfaction.
Goal list template by lisa m. griffin, partial sample

Click below to download either of these free templates:

DOWNLOAD Creative Goal planner (more detailed)
DOWNLOAD Creative Goal using sticky notes (more simplified)

Come back and visit to let me know which template design worked better for you in organizing your creative goals for the year.

Friday, January 16, 2015

52 Patterns in 2015

surface pattern design c. lisa m. griffin 2015
Pattern #2.... only 50 more to go!
Have a great weekend everyone,

"The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling."
- fabienne fredrickson

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Trust the Magic of New Beginnings

Each morning I start my day with 30 minutes of personal art. I make my coffee, greet my family and walk into my studio space to enjoy this time of exploration and play. I don't check my email or open a browser window, there are no distractions. My focus is on creating something that I want. Maybe it will end up in my portfolio, or here on my blog... or maybe not. It is more about giving myself the space to enjoy art for the simple joy of it and stepping outside of my comfort zone to see what develops.
Do not believe that there is no time in your day for what is truly calling you. All it takes is a conscious decision to start - trust in the process and just begin.

"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." - Earl Nightingale

Monday, January 12, 2015

Thriving Artist Summit 2015

I don't know about you, but my day runs a lot better when I start it off with some positive, uplifting and inspiring mojo. And for the past week, there has been no better place online to do this than with the Thriving Artist Summit. If you have not signed up, do so HERE.
It's FREE and continues through January 18th with daily podcasts sent right to your Inbox from some amazing industry artists and creative marketing experts. Some of my favorite interviews so far.... Lisa Congdon, Jessica Swift, Lila Rogers... what lovely woman who are sharing their own personal experiences and thoughts regarding being a working artist.
Check-it out and let me know what you think!

Friday, January 9, 2015

52 patterns in 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone is off to a refreshing start in 2015! I love the energy that a new year brings, full of possibilities! With the start of January, I like to ponder goals and ideas that I had in the previous year and then plan ahead for the coming year. My main goal this year to is to better with time management. To do this, I am setting more strict time guides for myself during the work week and planning for mini-weekly goals as well. These mini-goals are not so daunting that I will feel hard pressed to achieve them and in turn will keep my creative momentum going all year long.

For example: 52 patterns in 2015! A creative gal in my Pattern Camp fb group, Stephanie Nash, came up with this fabulous idea. The goal: to create a pattern a week.
If you are crazy about patterns, feel free to join in and make this one of your own mini-goals for the new year.
52 patterns in 2015 - c. lisa m. griffin 2015

What are some of your ideas and goals for the new year?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Printable Holiday Cheer gift tags & labels

Printable holiday cheer gift tags and labels, by Lisa M. Griffin 2014
The season of merriment and giving is upon us! In that spirit, I would like to share some printable holiday gift tags & labels. Follow the link below for your free printable download.

Print ( I recommend printing the page on cardstock) and trim along the dotted lines, and voila colorful tags ready in a snap!

Have a wonderful month celebrating, gathering and enjoying friends and family!

CLICK HERE for your Holiday Cheer Download!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Patterns, Patterns, and more Patterns!

Woodland Gnome by Lisa M. Griffin
This weekend I had a great time playing with illustrations & color in Pattern Camp!
What a fun workshop hosted by the talented and extremely helpful, Jessica Swift.
Now I am working hard to balance some deadlines and get more "play time" in the studio. My goal is to combine more of my sketchy illustrations into patterns. For now I am having a grand time experimenting and trying new things.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful & creative week. :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

International Dot Day 2014

Hummingbird "Dot" by Lisa M. Griffin, 2014
It has been too long! Sometimes I find the social media juggle to be quite busy... plus I get caught up in being creative lil bee in the studio that before I realize, it has been months without a post. Literally! So if any of you other creative types have tips on how you balance better posting, please share below.
This week was the wonderful International Dot Day 2014 which began with the amazingly talented Peter H Reynolds - what an inspiration that man is. Happily I participated and made my mark to share with the world.
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

High Sea Adventure

c. Lisa M. Griffin illustration
Slight revamp of this illustration following the SCBWI conference.
I love seeing/hearing kids reactions to this piece - so fun to get all the different perspectives.
Have a wonderful, creative week!