Please join my Art challenge

Please join my Art challenge

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Hello, everybody! I hope you are enjoying the Christmas time and find some time to relax, bake some cookies, and kiss underneath the mistletoe.

I am very busy as usual, not only with Christmas preparations and my current exhibition “Love remains” (I told you about it in my last post) but also with making plans for the new year. Which courses and workshops will I teach? Where is the best place? How can I advertise most efficiently? As an entrepreneur you always need to be one step ahead.

And when I was thinking about my plans I came up with the idea of my very own art challenge for 2017 to which you are now officially invited! Yay!

The challenge is called “52 weeks of vegan art 2017” and is going to start on 2 January. Every Monday I will post a certain topic for the week and you can create whatever suits you best. Everything is possible from photography, via sketches, doodles, paintings, to sculptures or elaborate photoshop images. Everybody can take part from mere beginners to famous professionals, from long-time vegans to people who are just interested in becoming vegan.

I set up a Facebook group where you can share your creations, make new friends, post vegan related  things, or just have a look at the work of the other artists.

52 weeks of vegan art 2017

You can also post your pictures on instagram using #52weeksofveganart2017

I will post lots of your images on my blog and give shoutouts on IG.

The first topic will be “A lucky pig for 2017”

The whole challenge is of course absolutely free with no hidden agenda except to make 2017 a bright and colourful year for the cause of #animalequality and #veganism so I hope I could convince you to join me. 🙂

 

Enjoy the advent time!

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My new pattern “Mistletoe & Holly” is now available on Spoonflower and Redbubble.

Find me on redbubble

 

 

 

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My Creative Summer 2016

My Creative Summer 2016

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It´s July – that means summer, holidays, free time, sitting outside, having fun with friends, etc. But July is almost over and there is only one week of holidays left before it will be back to school or work for us here in Lower Saxony, Germany. So you already know all about my trips to England and Fulda but what else did I do during this precious time?

Well, I painted, sketched, illustrated, created, etc., you name it.

For the past four months I took part in the MATS (Make art that sells) Bootcamp 2016  where you get an assignment every month and you can create a piece which fits the theme in your own style. There were more than 500 participants and my Facebook feed contained a lot of eye-candy from all these talented designers who were part of the group. The trendy themes of the assignments were: colouring book, ornaments, tarot cards, children´s books, and a journal cover. It was fun to work on all of these very different topics.

Find all MATS courses here

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Another thing which is still going on for me is the #100dayproject on Instagram.

I chose to do 100 Food Illustrations in order to improve my skills in that area and I think it has helped me a lot. You can find all my sketches on IG with #susisveganfoodillustrations

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Then there have been two courses which started on 1 July:

The 30 days portfolio challenge by the German Illustrator  Johanna Fritz is a great opportunity to create more illustrations for your portfolio. Johanna #byjohannafritz #erfolgreichillustrator is a great teacher and she gave us four weekly assignments, including a greeting card, an editorial, a pattern, and a fairytale book cover. It was a nice challenge and again I learned a lot (although there is still so much more to learn).

Portfolio challenge

The other course I am attending at the moment is “Ever after” by Willowing

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The mixed media course runs over a period of four months and involves twelve fairy tale lessons by different teachers. In July we learned about Snow-white, The little Mermaid, and Beauty & the Beast. I am very much looking forward to the next three lessons in August.

Then there was the Global HeART swap organised by Louise Gale.

Global Art Swap

You get three addresses, create an artwork on a postcard-sized paper or cardboard for each recipient and send them off. In return you will get three beautiful postcards from strangers from all over the world who are sending you their art  accompanied by positive wishes. I took part for the second time and this time the theme was:

Love & Light

 

I guess that is about it. In August it will continue with the Global  Talent Search and the Make it in Design Summer School.

Summer School

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my creative ventures, next time more Vegan Travelling!

Spring into Summer

Spring into Summer

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Amazing, it is June  – which means almost half of 2016 is already over and gone! What have you been up to so far? Have you reached any of your goals for this year yet? Have any dreams come true? Well, I certainly hope so. And if you think nothing has happened so far, think again, maybe you can come up with some seemingly minor achievements which may be a step on the way to success!

What have I done so far? For example I have graduated from the course “The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 2” which wasn´t only an excellent learning experience in terms of branding but also brought me closer to my tribe, I am getting to know more and more other creative beings who love the same things as I do – and I am very happy and grateful for that.

If you are interested in these kind of courses take a look here

Of course I also came up with a couple of new patterns:EarthedcolectionSheet.jpg

Then there is MATS Bootcamp. Another highly recommendable course for aspiring designers and illustrators. From March to July you get a monthly theme and are able to improve your skills and expand your portfolio working on it.

With 500 participants you will find a lot of talent in the bootcamp community which can be intimidating but if you concentrate on yourself and on your skills it is a magnificent experience! Three things I have learned in bootcamp so far:

  1. Stay true to yourself and your style – trying to compare yourself to someone else will get you nowhere.
  2. Stay open to new experiences – trying a new medium or techniques you haven´t done in ages may bring new joy to your work.
  3. Stay happy – even if you have a lot of work and other stuff going on let making art be your happy place. Enjoy sketching in the sun, if somebody made you angry paint a funny picture of that somebody and you will keep your joy.

Additionally I am taking part in a couple of challenges:

The #100daysproject on Instagram where I produce 100 food illustrations.

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Louise Gale´s beautiful Global Art Swap where you send postcards with positive notes to other participants from all over the world. I received very beautiful inspiring cards from the UK, and the USA.

Learn more about it here:

And last but not least – “Erfolgreich.Illustrator” formerly Fritzflock by Johanna Fritz – a very nice community of ambitious artists where you can take part in a weekly illustration challenge.

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So I hope you enjoyed my news and found something for you in it. See you soon!

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Please join our event: Green Thursday

Please join our event: Green Thursday

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Hi, my dear friends! Today I would like to ask you to take part in my Facebook challenge Green Thursday. As you might know I run a design business called Susi´s Cauldron and a smaller one on the side called Susi´s Vegan Cauldron which aims to show people that it is easy to become vegan and that you don´t have to fear to go hungry when you are a vegan.

The Thursday before Easter is traditionally called Green Thursday because around the Easter time you can find the first herbs in nature growing again and so our ancestors were able to cook a lovely soup from these herbs and break their fasting. Among the herbs you will find: dandelion, ground ivy, stinging nettle, daisies, goutweed, and common chickweed. The traditional soup contained 9 different herbs.

Now you might be thinking I don´t want to eat chickweed so our challenge for you is:

On Green Thursday, 24 March 2016 we will eat only green foods and drink green beverages. Go vegan for one day and try out for yourself what it feels like to eat fresh and healthy.

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Join us for #greenveganthursday! This Thursday we dare you to go vegan for one day and eat and drink green food only. There are so many vegetables and fruit to choose from: broccoli, lettuce, spinach, avocado, apples, cucumbers, etc. We will post our meals and you are very welcome to post your creations. Come on, it is just for one day, it will do you good and it is still lent after all. We are looking forward to seeing you taking part! #govegan
Macht mit beim veganen Gründonnerstag! Wir fordern euch heraus, an diesem Gründonnerstag für einen Tag vegan zu speisen und nur grüne Nahrungsmittel zu euch zu nehmen. Es gibt so viel Gemüse und Obstsorten, die in Frage kommen: Brokkoli, Spinat, Avocado, Gurke, Äpfel usw. Wir werden unsere Mahlzeiten hier posten, und ihr seid eingeladen eure Kreationen auch zu posten. Macht mit, es ist nur ein Tag, es wird euch gut tun und schließlich ist immer noch Fastenzeit. Wir freuen uns auf eure Teilnahme!

Susi´s Vegan Cauldron

Preparation is everything so stock up now on all your favourite green things. Or you can be spontaneous and make a traditional green Thursday herb soup from scratch. 🙂

 

I will keep you posted about this event! Please feel free to share! Thank you!

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A pattern of green veggies I designed yesterday.

You can find the design on top of the page on my redbubble page as throw pillow, tote bag, drawstring bag, etc.

Susi´s Cauldron on redbubble.com