Happy Chinese New Year 2016!

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Are you a Monkey?

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To Relieve Stress Try Coloring!

I’ve been noticing a new trend lately that keeps growing by the minute.  Adult coloring books.  Seen on the shelves of my local art store, JoAnn’s Fabric store, Target, Amazon, there are dozens of titles suddenly appearing everywhere.

So what is driving this trend?  According to artist/blogger Joan Beiriger, publishers such as Dover Publications began marketing their coloring books by pointing out that coloring has therapeutic value.  Joan’s blog post led me to another blog, Quartz to read more about coloring in its post, “Color Me Happy”.  It says and I quote here:

“Many adult colorists have latched onto the idea that coloring promotes mindfulness, and can help reduce stress. They are right, judging by the latest expert thinking. Though there aren’t studies specifically on the benefits of adult coloring, play is important for both adults and children. Coloring can act as a de-stressor, art therapist Saba Harouni tells Quartz.

These coloring books can act as a reset button for adults who are moving too quickly from one responsibility to the next, or trying to do them all at once. The repetitive motion of coloring can be both cathartic and meditative, and you can focus on filling in the lines on the page. “You’re giving your brain some some space and something to focus on that’s meditative, that’s containing,” Harouni says.”
So, it’s not surprising that artists see this as another opportunity to find ways to put their art out there and have it be interactive with consumers.  Spread the joy!  My good friend Debra Valencia just released three wonderful adult coloring books on Amazon.com and is working on several more for later release.  They feature some of her signature patterns that she has successfully licensed to a multitude of surface design applications.
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New Great Arrow Cards!

Great Arrow Graphics, the greeting card company that makes every card by hand using traditional silkscreen methods sent to me a box of my latest designs. It’s always exciting to see the finished products and hold them in my hands.  I think they look great, feel great and even have a lovely smell of fresh ink!  Let me know what you think and leave a comment.  I will choose at random, three people and they will receive a nice sampler gift package of my cards.  Not just the ones you see here but for other occasions as well!

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Fashion Top Design Of The Week

So excited to see this design up on the  BeforeandAgain’s website!  Of the eight designs they picked up last year, I think this is my favorite.  What do you think?  I am going to try and do some more hand painted art in the future.

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Artist Spotlight in Annie Troe’s Art Licensing Blog

I’m honored to appear on Annie Troe’s Art Licensing Blog, Artist Spotlight feature.  You can read it here.

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Spoonflower Steampunk Design Contest for Valentine’s Day

I’ve entered my second Spoonflower fabric design contest “Steampunk Valentine” with this print that is part of my “Time Machine Collection”.

Spoonflower has teamed up with Urban Threads and the challenge is to create a fabric design from which a Steampunk Valentine-themed embroidery pattern can be adapted by Urban Threads.

If you would like to vote for me you can go here.  I wish I could tell you how to do a search and find my entry, but they make it so you have to scroll through every entry and this time there are quite of few of them.  This particular design is called Eternal Love.  May the best design win!!!!

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Eternal Love © Teresa Woo-Murray all rights reserved.

Vote for me! Please.

I’ve entered a design contest at Spoonflower.com and if you are so inclined, please vote for me at this link.  The theme this week is ‘Penguins’ and I’ve entered my pattern “Penguin’s Snow Day”.  There are quite a few entries, so I apologize that you’ll have to scroll through dozens of designs.  Be prepared for a big dose of cuteness.  You can vote for as many as you like, but I’d appreciate a vote for me and tell your friends!  My shop name is listed with the design as Popfortune which I will explain at another time why I chose that name.Print

 

 

 

Happy New Year 2015!

Thank you for reading my blog, a bit of a clumsy stumbling effort through the last year as I was trying to get the hang of using the software.  I’m still figuring it out, so I’m going to be patient with myself and keep moving forward.  I wish all of you joy, peace, health and prosperity in 2015, in your families, in your work and in your personal endeavors.  I did not mention yet that during the year I reconnected with a licensee that I lost contact with from a few years ago and I also  signed several new contracts with new companies.  I look forward to working with them to get them new art.  But mostly I want to continue to make more art that conveys the feeling of  innocence, wonder and joy of life that come out in my characters and designs. Art that people have said makes them feel happy.  To do that I must stay connected to the most important things that matter and have gratitude for those blessings.  Happy New Year!

© Teresa Woo-Murray

© Teresa Woo-Murray

Year In Review Part One

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Some one needs to scold this negligent artist for not keeping up with her blog!  Not only that, but this artist also does not keep up with her press and online presence very well.  Bad artist!  Does this mean I will get a lump of coal for Christmas?

So to make up for it, this artist, ahem, ME, will post several bits of news from the year in review.  To begin with, I JUST today discovered that Oklahoma Embroidery Supply and Design, aka OESD featured me on their blog way back in JANUARY!  This was my very first collection, Cupid and Hearts Floral embroidery collection.  I will continue to post more news every few days until the end of the year.  Then I vow to be much better at this in 2015!

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Year Of The Horse

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Happy Chinese New Year 2014!   Wishing you joy, peace, hope and prosperity in the auspicious Year Of The Horse.  I hope you will surmount the challenges you face and enjoy the successes you’ve worked for and earned! Every Chinese New Year, I enjoy coming up with an illustration to celebrate the particular animal that is represented in that year by the Chinese Zodiac.  While I’m not an expert on Chinese Astrology, I like to think that creating this annual illustration makes me feel that I’m a little connected to my Chinese Heritage, in spite of being a 6th generation Chinese American!  Sometimes it’s very difficult to draw certain animals I might not be so fond of and is for me a challenge to find the beauty that nature created.  For instance, last year the 2013 animal was the Snake.  My snake illustration surprised me because it came out beautifully, I thought.  Here is last years Chinese New Year greeting.  If you’d like to learn more about Chinese Astrology you can click here or do an online search where there is a plethora of information on the subject!

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