This past October I decided to take on Inktober for the first time. For those of you that don't know, Inktober is a drawing challenge with daily prompts for the month. It is a big challenge to draw daily for over 30 days, so I tried to do as much as possible to increase my chances of success. Read more on my Inktober experience here.

One of the things I did was establish a color scheme for the challenge. This way one of the creative decisions was done for me. I created a fairly broad palette of 12 colors, and I allowed myself to play with variations on these colors (such as different blending modes). So, while this one less thing for me to think about, it still allowed for some creative freedom.

Establishing this color scheme for the month of October was one of my favorite things that came out of my Inktober challenge. It made my Instagram feed feel cohesive without being overly curated. Also, it was fun to use these colors in unexpected ways, like a green whale. I would have never done that if I had a gray to use.

Now that Inktober is over, I really want to continue using an established palette for my work. However, the idea of using one set of colors for forever seems extremely boring and creating a new one every month is a bit overwhelming. So, taking inspiration from Peter McKinnon's grid challenge about transitioning into seasons, I'm going to create color schemes seasonally.

I can't tell you how excited I am about this! I love to play with color and I think it will be fun to way challenge myself. The plan right now is to continue to use my Inktober palette through November for fall and then transition to a winter color scheme in December. I already have this figured out and am excited to share it with you!

If you would like to use this color scheme in your work, you can download it here (.ase and Procreate swatches). ♥

Oh, Hey!

Hey! Hello! Welcome! I'm so excited that you are here! I have been thinking about starting a design blog for a long time and finally have!

Let me give you a little back story as to why I have started this blog...

My major in school was graphic design (obviously) and my minor was communications. The thought process was that graphic design is often defined as visual communication, so it would only make sense to also study communications. Let me tell you, this was the best decision! Something that I think a lot of designers struggle with is talking about their work, and communications gave me the skills to confidently do so. Beyond that, communications showed me that I really enjoyed doing presentations and speeches, despite my introvert personality.

Ever since then I have had a dream in the back of my head of someday giving speeches on design. It’s so strange to see that in writing, as it’s not a dream I’ve really talked about. The big thing that has stopped me from pursing this is that I don't feel like I have the experience or right voice to inspire others. However, over the past year this dream has slowly been moving more into the front of my head. (That is a weird phrase but I'm going with it.) First though, I need to break down that brick wall, and that is where this blog comes in!

I'm excited to use this platform as a place to find my voice and gain experience creating motivational content. Right now, the plan is to blog weekly on Fridays. Posts are going to range from simply sharing projects to thoughts about cultivating creativity. I already have posts for the next few months planed out, and I'm super excited about them!

I hope that this becomes a place where you feel inspired! I would love to hear about the kind of content you would like to see. So, feel free to send me an email and let me know! ♥