hi everyone! i’m pleased to welcome heidi ahmed to our space today. she’s a talented watercolor artist, illustrator and surface pattern designer. we recently got connected through my creativelive course, and i have been blown away by her work (see her pattern collection here!). today, she’s sharing with us some inspiration and a beautiful printable. thank you, heidi!
Hello! My name is Heidi Ahmed. I am from Columbus, Ohio and specialize in watercolor illustration & design. I have recently branched my watercolors into surface pattern design after taking Bonnie’s CreativeLive class on Designing Surface Patterns From Scratch. This class was life-changing for me because it exemplified a career path that provided more purpose and opportunities for my art. In my current work, I had noticed that painting images has its limits. While I enjoyed the process, I did not find as much fulfillment as I was expecting. Surface design allows my work to touch people’s lives in a more tangible way. In addition to the nature of the work, I found myself drawn to the community because they were generous, talented, and encouraging.
In essence, surface design gave strength to my weaknesses.
During the class, I was inspired not only by Bonnie’s sincerity but also her willingness to teach. I was completely blown away by how genuine she was. One of the concepts from her class which really stuck out to me was the idea to “sharesomething everyday” (inspired by austin kleon). It was clear that Bonnie believed in this idea and demonstrated it in her own life and work.
I was drawn to this concept because it is something I have struggled with since the beginning of my career. I was afraid to share my work not for fear of people’s critiques but for fear of theft. Seeing Bonnie’s generosity and confidence, however, inspired me to have courage and share my work. We have to be willing to let our work go and “find its place in the world,” much like a student going to school.
As a reminder to myself of its importance, I wrote out the words “ShareSomething Everyday” in calligraphic hand and posted it on my wall. I was determined to put this concept into practice for myself! I felt the first step in doing so would be to do just that: share it! So I’m sharing it as a free download here.
to download: click here (or on the image above) to download the printable PDF. print on kraft paper and cut out along faint lines.
Lastly, I want to thank Bonnie for the opportunity to share my thoughts. I have grown not just professionally but also personally through her class. If you are interested in taking her class, it is available on CreativeLive.com. If you have any thoughts you’d like to share… about sharing… please share them in the comments below!
Heidi Ahmed is an artist working in Columbus, Ohio. She specializes in watercolor illustration & design. You can see more of her work on Lost in Reverie and visit her shop here.