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TDL News 6-6-21

Upcoming Event: How To Sell Your Work Group-Study

One of our most popular courses, “How To Sell Your Work” is being updated and we are celebrating with a group-study event for the TDL community!

The two week group-study event will start on June 14, 2021 and you can grab your spot here.

This course will remain posted for the Lab, so if you feel busy with other courses or challenges, you are welcome to return to it in the future.




Chelsea’s Challenge: Joyful Expression

From Chelsea, “I am so excited about this month’s Chelsea’s Challenge! It encompasses the trendiest of trends, bright candy colors, 90’s/00’s nostalgia, and embracing all things that might be considered kitschy, silly, and just plain fun! WGSN has dubbed this particular mix of trends “joyful expression,”

If you aren’t familiar with our Chelsea’s Challenges you can read all the recommendations and guidelines in the challenge description.

Get started here.



June Goals Check-In

Each month we come together as a community to check-in with our progress and offer support to one another. There is no lesson during this hour long session, but an opportunity to share, listen and brainstorm ideas!

Our next Goals Check-in is on June 9 at 1pm Eastern. A link will be sent out on the morning of the event.


Recording Posted: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

On Tuesday, June 1st Laura Coyle gave an informative presentation on why those pesky white lines appear in Illustrator and various ways to get rid of them when exporting files to Photoshop.

“The topic this time is on making sure your patterns and exports don’t have grid lines or flaws in the repeat that can happen because of a few quirks of Illustrator.

We’ll talk about those white tiling artifacts, aligning to the pixel grid, exporting for spoonflower, and things to watch out for when resizing. This will be a session that you can always refer back to when you are having trouble.”

The recording is posted here.

Our next Illustrator live event is scheduled for June 29th at 11am Eastern.


Recording Posted: June Kickoff

Last week we kicked off the month of June together as a community!

In this live event we discussed our schedule for the month and watched an archived presentation with Ronnie Walter.

Watch the recording here.






Recording: LIVE One Hour Challenge

Chelsea’s latest LIVE One Hour Design Challenge was last week and the recording can be found here.

Here are the supplies that you’ll need:

  • paper,
  • something that wipes clean like a piece of glass or plastic (plastic wrap will work too),
  • masking tape,
  • paint (preferably watercolor but acrylic could definitely work too–maybe both if they want to experiment)
  • and a paintbrush

You can watch a recording of last month’s session here.


Recording Posted: Creating Colorways with Sherry London

What an amazing session by Sherry! In this recording you can learn a method for creating pattern colorways using the gradient tool in Photoshop.

Have a topic that you would like discussed in an upcoming presentation? Please tag @prancingpixel on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.





Recording Posted: Designing for Blinds & Curtains with Laura Olivia

If you are interested in designing patterns for home decor this is a presentation that you do not want to miss!

Laura dives into the details of creating patterns for home decor, specifically curtains and blinds.

You can watch the recording here.





Recordings Posted: Creating Collections Your Way
We wrapped up our “Creating Collections Your Way” training series and you can watch all of the recordings here.
We are planning on running this series again after the Sellable Sketch Group-Study wraps up and it will be added to the calendar soon!



Recording: Exploring Pinterest & Tailwind with Jessica Molnar

In this live presentation guest expert Jessica Molnar shares how she uses Pinterest and Tailwind in her marketing plan.

This presentation recording is here.

Want to check out the paid version of Tailwind and receive $15 off? You can use my referral link here.




Upcoming Events

Here are some of the live events happening this month. All times are Eastern and all events will be recorded.

6/9/21 1pm: Goals Check-In

6/14/21- How to Sell Your Work Group-Study

6/16/21 1pm- How to Sell Your Work Chat

6/21/21 11am- Live Photoshop Training with Sherry London

6/23/21 11am- How to Sell Your Work Chat

6/29/21 11am- Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle


Textile Prints with Fizah Malik: Tile Prints

We are thrilled to announce that we just released a new tutorial in the Lab by the fabulous Fizah Malik!

This is the fourth in a series of tutorials that she has created for the Lab that will be released over the next few months. In this tutorial Fizah shares her technique for creating tile prints.

Watch the tutorial here.

New: TDL Community Connect

Our TDL Video Chat room will now be open all day, everyday. Feel free to stop by while you are working on a project or to simply chat with your fellow members!

In the future we might need to have specific meeting times, but I wanted to open this opportunity up to people across various time zones and with different schedules.

Members can grab the link here.




Weekly Art Critiques. Please join the TDL community on THURSDAY at 1 PM Eastern for a live art critique. Our art critiques are fun events where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing and sales. A registration link will be emailed the morning of the critique and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

June 5, 2021

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