Thursday, October 9, 2014

Design Surface Patterns from Scratch Blog Tour

Welcome & thank you for visiting! Thank you to Bonnie Christine from Going Home to Roost for being our gracious host. We all met though the class she taught: Design Surface Patterns from Scratch on CreativeLive.  The class was one of the best I've taken.  I was ready to jump in & start playing in Illustrator.  I bought the class, so I own the recordings of the class & can watch them anytime.  It was a jam-packed 3 days of information.  It is amazing how much I learned about the Illustrator program from Bonnie.  She is an Amazing teacher - & it's not just me. Take a look at the student work & their reviews.

Here are all of us from this week:

Monday October 6th
Megan Tannahill |

Tuesday  October 7th
Twitter: or @studioemdesigns
Instagram: @studio_em_interiors

Wednesday October 8th
instagram:  sweetgumsara

Thursday October 9th
You are Here!
instagram: nerissaalford

Friday October 10th
heidi ahmed |

You can look at all of the posts here.

My sweet family.
For those of you that are here for the first time, my name is Nerissa Alford.  I am a military spouse, mom, artist & nomad.  I'm into all sorts of artsy things.  I started designing jewelry, then I found mixed media canvases & photography.  With the photography I became interested in digital design.  At our last base, I was lucky enough to work as a graphic designer & became proficient with Photoshop.  These days I've been playing with digital design & watercolors.

These are photos I've taken on base or right outside base at the local market. After I took this class, I look at EVERYTHING as inspiration.  I think I drive the kids nuts having to stop all the time to snap a photo.

We have been blessed to have had the opportunity to live abroad.  We spent 3 years in Kuwait, 2 years in Turkey & we'll spend the next 2 years here in Korea. Life has been an adventure!
My collection is based on what's inspiring me here in Korea during our everyday life. We've been carless for a bit, so we've done a few tours & I'm just exploring what's around me.  The plan is to make 2 collections: within the gate & beyond the gate.  Pictured on this post is the "within the gate" phase until I get some wheels.

My color palette for the collection.  I began with the colors from a canvas I painted & added some fall colors.  Before I learned how to use Illustrator, I used colourlovers to help create color combos.

Don't laugh, but this is as far as I've gone in Illustrator, besides the artboards above.  I used to blob brush to "trace" the photograph.
I am so excited about what I've learned that I'm going in so many tangents.  I have always been inspired by my environment & surroundings, but it's as if this class has retrained my eyes. I've been taking pictures, sketching & I probably have a million ideas in my head for collections.  So I don't know if this is too aggressive, but I'm giving myself 2 weeks to finish this half of the collection.  We've been in our home for about 6 weeks & I'm starting to feel settled.  Granted we're going away this weekend, so stay tuned for those pictures.

Mixing my current love of watercolors & digital design.  Back in the day, I would have never thought I'd label myself an illustrator & painter & here I am. Illustrating "the Girls" has been so much fun!
I've taken some of my new Illustrator knowledge & have been making downloadable prints in my etsy store. My current love is taking acrylic & watercolor paintings I've done & mixed them with digital art.  I hope you've enjoyed your visit to my blog.  Korea is full of festivals & they are currently in full swing. I'll have more inspiration after this weekend!  I hope you come back to enjoy our adventures here in Korea. Come back & see me here:

Bonnie has graciously offered readers a free month to join the Roost Tribe.  She has resources like downloads, tips, printables & recipes.  She had such a wonderful demeanor during the class & the vibe continues on.
The blog hop continues for another 3+ weeks, so make sure you visit Bonnie's post for lots of inspiration.


  1. Nerissa you are so fortunate to see so much of the world! Look forward to seeing more of your work :)

    1. Sheila, thanks for stopping by. We're taking a little road trip this week, so I'll hopefully be inspired by it. Have a great weekend.

  2. Lovely work! The photos from your neighborhood are so interesting. How lucky you are to visit different parts of the world and have new sites to see.

    1. Carlyn, Thank you for your kind words! I don't know what I'll do when we stop moving. I'm going to have to take some time to explore your blogs. I can't even keep up with my one ;)