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Dreaming on a Star at the Markets!

Hi everyone. Dreaming on a Star has been at the markets!

So far I’ve done four markets – three at Strandhill People’s Market and one at the Sligo Flea Market in the Model Art Gallery.

I love interacting with customers. Hearing someone compliment your work or making someone smile is a special thing.  I love making that connection – it’s both a joy and a privilege.

Dreaming on a Star at Strandhill People's Market

Dreaming on a Star at Strandhill People’s Market

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Tigerprint Kids Character Design Competition

Hi everyone. I’ve entered the Tigerprint Kids Character Design Competition with a little character – she’s one of the Doodle Dolls.  She’s very girly, loves flowers, colour and pattern and when she grows up she wants to work as a fashion designer.

Doodle Doll by Dreaming on a Star

Doodle Doll by Dreaming on a Star

She came from a little doodle I did a while ago.

Dolly Doodles by Dreaming on a Star

Dolly Doodles by Dreaming on a Star

I’d like to work more on these doodles and make some patterns and a collection. Watch this space! 

Happy Birthday Olive!

On 27, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In design, illustration, inspiration, love, my work | By Tina

Hi everyone. Today is my niece, Olive’s birthday! She’s 3 years old and I drew her a little illustration to celebrate her birthday. She’s a cutie pie, full of energy and mischief.

Happy Birthday Olive! Illustration by Dreaming on a Star

Happy Birthday Olive!

She’s a sparkle of sunshine in everybody’s life.

My family tell me how much she reminds them of me when I was little. So I’d like to wish my little kindred spirit a Happy Birthday.  Love my niece. 

Happy Tuesday!

On 22, Apr 2014 | No Comments | In illustration, my work, seasonal | By Tina

Hi everyone! Today I would like to wish you all a Happy Tuesday!

Happy Tuesday from Dreaming on a Star

Happy Tuesday from Dreaming on a Star

Tuesday gets a bad wrap – or it actually gets no wrap at all! It’s lost in the twilight zone of early/mid-week, not quite either/or.

We all know that Monday is the start of the week and many people complain about it. Wednesday is mid week (in fact in German, it is Mittwoch, which literally translates as that). Thursday is usually late open for some shops and some lucky people get paid on a Thursday. Everyone loves Fridays. Saturday and Sundays are the weekend of course. So unfortunately Tuesday gets looked over.

So today I would like to praise Tuesday! Here is some cool facts about Tuesday!

  • The name Tuesday derives from the Old English “Tiwesdæg” and literally means “Tiw’s Day”. Tiw or Týr in Norse is a God of war and law.
  • In Latin, Tuesday is dies Martis and means Day of Mars. In languages of Latin origin (French, Spanish, Italian, etc) it is also named after Mars, the God of War.
  • In Japanese and Korean, Tuesday translates as Fire Day (Mars, the planet is called Fire Star).
  • In the Indo-Aryan languages Pali and Sanskrit, as well as in Thailand, the name of the day is taken from Angaraka (‘one who is red in colour’) a style for Mangal, the god of war, and for Mars, the red planet.

So it looks like many cultures associated Tuesday with Mars, the planet and the ancient Roman God of War.
So Tuesday is a FIRE DAY! A day to get things done! If you have fire at the start of the week, it will give you the momentum to get through the week with gusto!

I hope you appreciate this forgotten day a bit more! Happy Tuesday – Happy Fire Day to you! 

40% Off Sale on Christmas & Hallowe’en Scrapbook

Hi everyone. I’m just letting you know that there is a 40% OFF SALE in my Etsy shop on all Christmas & Hallowe’en Scrapbook & Clip Art. Go grab yourself a Bargain! 

(Click on picture to go to shop)

40% OFF SALE on Christmas & Hallowe'en Scrapbook & Clip Art by Dreaming on a Star

Week 2 – Lilla Rogers MATS Class – Home Decor

On 20, Oct 2013 | No Comments | In animals, colour, illustration, lilla rogers, MATS, my work, textiles | By Tina

Hi everyone. I’ve just finished Week 2 of Lilla Rogers MATS class. This week was Home Decor and the subject matter was Bromeliads. OK I’m going to be honest. I had never heard this word before. That wasn’t the problem – it was the sound of the word. Bromeliads. It made me go ‘yuck’! Strange reaction. I love words, some are just fantastic. Cinnamon, licorice – I love these words – they sound musical to me. But everytime I heard the word Bromeliad, it made my skin crawl!

Dreaming on a Star - Home Decor - MATS

Dreaming on a Star – Home Decor – MATS

Another thing that made me procrastinate this week was the subject. You will think I’m even more strange. I love flowers, love growing them, smelling them, love their names 😉 but I don’t really draw them.
I think I get frustrated with myself. I get overwhelmed with all the beautiful watercolours. People have been drawing flowers for centuries. I think of all the botanical notebooks and the fine drawings. I prefer to draw them from my head as little doodles. I don’t enjoy drawing them from life. Read more…

My first week as a student at Lilla Rogers’ MATS class!

On 13, Oct 2013 | 4 Comments | In career, illustration, inspiration, lilla rogers, MATS, my work | By Tina

Hi everyone. I’ve enrolled in Lilla Rogers’ MATS class (Make Art That Sells – Part A) and have my very own student card! The first week is over and I want to tell you how I’ve been getting on and show you what I’ve been doing!

Dreaming on a Star's MATS Student Card!

Dreaming on a Star’s MATS Student Card!

The first week was all about Bolt Fabric. We learned to analyse different styles, what makes a great fabric design, how to make your designs stand out. There were interviews with Lilla’s artists and influential buyers in the Bolt Fabric industry. Lilla even spells out step by step how to approach a buyer.

The assignment for the week was to make a mini fabric collection (main print & two coordinates) based on Berries & Pyrex Casserole Dishes. Lilla broke down the assignment into simple steps. She emphasized having fun, because her motto is – People Buy Your Joy!

Unfortunately I had the flu for the first few days and I was panicking that I would get left behind. I managed a few scribbles whilst lying in bed but I really wanted to get stuck in. I kind of freaked out a bit, but I got some advice from my designer friends – look after yourself first, and everything else will look after itself!

So I took it easy, reading the course notes and a few days later when I was better, I started to draw a bit more and explore ideas about how I would approach the brief.

Dreaming on a Star - Berries & Pyrex Casseroles (MATS)

Berries & Pyrex Casseroles – Doodles

Lilla emphasized our Uniqueness and wanted us to put Us into our work – we all have a unique way of looking at the world.
When I was reading the brief, the idea of collecting berries reminded me of Harvest time. In Ireland, in Celtic times, an important Harvest festival, Lughnasadh was celebrated here. It was the gathering of the first fruits of harvest, namely berries.

I loved this idea and wanted to give the brief an Irish slant, but I didn’t want it too obvious. If you google Irish and Celtic symbols, you’ll see a lot of intertwining symbols. While these are very beautiful, they are ubiquitous in Ireland, so I wanted something less obvious.

Newgrange & Passage Tomb

Newgrange & Passage Tomb

Newgrange is a Neolithic structure in County Meath, Ireland. It was built over 5000 years ago and is thought to be a religious monument. The structure is aligned with the rising sun and its light floods the chamber on the winter solstice.

The tribal markings you can see on the ‘Doodles’ picture are Celtic symbols found on the massive stones in Newgrange. These are less obviously Irish but are beautiful. They are thought to explain the astronomical significance of the structure. (Also you may see there are quite a few geos in the design – those Celts were right on trend!)

Here is my finished piece:

Dreaming on a Star - Berries & Pyrex Dishes - MATS Bolt Fabric

Dreaming on a Star – Berries & Pyrex Dishes – MATS Bolt Fabric

Lúnasa (modern Irish spelling of Lughnasadh – pronounced Loo-na-sah) is also the name for August in the Irish language.

I hope you like it. I enjoyed making it and learned so much in Lilla’s class. She offers loads of advice and tips. I’m looking forward to Week 2.

Beatles lllustrations by Dreaming on a Star

On 12, Sep 2013 | No Comments | In Beatles, etsy, illustration, inspiration, love, my work | By Tina

Hi everyone. A few weeks ago I went to International Beatles Week in Liverpool. It’s a week long celebration of all things Beatles. There’s loads of tribute bands, films, documentaries, shows and a memorabilia fair. It’s quite literally Beatles heaven if you’re a fan of the Fab Four!

Beatles Illustration by Dreaming on a Star

Beatles Illustration

I’ve always been a fan of the Beatles but it’s only in the last 10 years or so that I’ve become a bigger fan. Their body of work never ceases to amaze me – from their raucous, rock-n-roll beginnings to their unmistakable jangly, catchy pop, to their more experimental, psychedelia and finally their thoughtful, more mature songs. Read more…

Buy 2 Get 1 FREE in my Etsy Printables Shop

Hi everyone. Dreaming on a Star is 1 year old! To mark this occasion I’m having a Buy 2 Get 1 FREE in my Etsy Printables Shop!

Dreaming on a Star – Buy 2 Get 1 FREE

Dreaming on a Star – Buy 2 Get 1 FREE

I have been adding loads of things to my shop – scrapbooking papers, clip art, washi tape,  journal cards, gift boxes, stationery – All printable – All available as Instant Downloads! Read more…

Dreaming on a Star’s Designs Licensed with Keka!

On 30, Aug 2013 | No Comments | In business, career, devices, illustration, Licensing, my work, shop | By Tina

Hi everyone. I have been meaning to write this blogpost for quite some time! In March this year I signed my first licensing deal with Keka – makers of fabulous iPad & Kindle covers (and soon clip-on cases for smartphones).

Dreaming on a Star for Keka

Dreaming on a Star for Keka

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