Jan 22, 2015

Boot Camp 2015 Journal Cover

After staying in bed for a few days I am back on my feet and on my desk...still feeling not so great but on the mend. 
Due to the flu I had not much time working on the first "Big Assignment" for Lilla Roger's Boot Camp 2015 but I finished it and it was fun. 
When I work on a Boot Camp assignment I always have Lilla's advice in my ears...for example "Think about using contrast so the journal cover has some pop"...I did that and I love this advice - it is a good one ! 
What I did not do...using a lot of "icons". I did draw some icons but only used one - I know. I will get back on it with some more time at a later date. But so far I am ok with my journal cover. 

How do you like it ?

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Journal cover "Edwardian Brooches" for Lilla Roger's Boot Camp 2015 by Maike Thoma

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Sketches "Edwardian Brooches" by Maike Thoma

Happy Thursday !

Jan 16, 2015

Happy Weekend !

Not much from me today...I am sick in bed.
 Just want to say Happy Weekend to everyone. Next week I can show you my work I did for Lilla Roger's Bootcamp 2015...remember the Edwardian brooches I showed you last week ? The final assignment for this months is designing a journal cover with Edwardian brooches. Fun !

Happy Friday !

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Illustration by Pattern Jots

Jan 7, 2015

Happy New Year...

I am wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year filled with good health, joy and creativity. 
After spending Christmas and New Years with family in Germany and eating way to many cookies, I am back at my desk planning new products for my Etsy store and drawing. 
On Monday Lilla Roger's Boot Camp 2015 started which I gave to myself for Christmas. 
Everyone was so curious what the topic of the first month would be...I was guessing something with jewelry. The topic was revealed on Monday and it is Edwardian brooches. I liked it immediately. Gathering information I found out the Edwardian era in the UK took place between 1901 and 1910 and is covering the reign of King Edward VII and is sometimes extended beyond. The Edwardian period stands out as a time of peace and plenty. And I think this reflects in the beautiful jewelry of this era. If you look closely at the jewelry you notice elements of the Art Nouveau era which took place almost at the same time between 1890 and 1910.

Here I show you some of my favourite pieces I found during my search :

Edwardian Diamond Brooch ( source )

Edwardian Diamond Plaque Brooch ( source )

Edwardian Diamond Star Brooch ( source )

I could go on and on and probably post an other 100 pictures of beautiful Edwardian brooches...there are so many if you start searching online.

Looking through my jewelry I found this ring which was considered fashion jewelry by that time and it must be maybe from the 1930s, but maybe it is older. I inherited the ring from my grandmother.

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My own ring from my grandmother.

You can see my first doodles....soon I will move on to a black pen but for loosening up I like to sketch with pencil.

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Doodles Edwardian Brooches

Happy Thursday !