Tuesday, December 31, 2013

January 2014 Desktop Calendar

Welcome 2014 with this desktop calendar featuring my "Purple Tribal Ikat" pattern! If you're loving Pantone's 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid, then you will love having this pattern for the month of January :)

Happy New Year!!!!! xoxo -bgj

To download the calendar, simply click on the image to enlarge it to its full size, then copy over to your desktop. And...as always...enjoy!

If you really love this pattern, check out my shops! "Purple Tribal Ikat" is available to purchase as fabric on Spoonflower, and is also available on a variety of other products such as phone cases, pillows, and mouse pads, and tote bags through Society 6 and Zazzle.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Free Printable List Pads From Ghostkitten

These adorable printable list pads are available for free, courtesy of Ghostkitten!

Ghostkitten is Nicole Piar, an illustrator and surface designer. Her artwork can be seen on everything from greeting cards to clothing to books. Her mission is to awaken a sense of wonder and inspire flights of fancy.

The characters that she has created for these list pads are Sadie and Zee. Sadie is on the left and Zee is the blue mischief-maker. Ghostkitten spotted these guys in the wilds of her imagination and brought them to life with these quick field sketches. Sadie and Zee love to make LISTS! Lists of their favorite books, and of silly things to do before sunrise, and of all the colors in a particularly special rock they found behind their house.

To help you make your lists a bit more magical, they are gracing each sheet to be Your Little List Helpers.

To get the free printable list pads, follow this link: http://www.ghostkitten.com/freebies/

Also, check out the Ghostkitten's website! It's full of whimsical and magical patterns and illustrations!

xoxo -bgj

Thursday, November 28, 2013

December 2013 Desktop Calendar

Here it is... the very last desktop calendar for 2013! I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season! xoxo -bgj

To download the calendar, simply click on the image below to enlarge it to full size, then copy over to your desktop from there. Enjoy!

Monday, November 18, 2013

New: Bohemian Tribal Fabrics

I am thrilled to now offer these 4 pattern designs as fabric! The colors are fun and vibrant and the patterns are bohemian tribal with a modern trendy feel. And... not only are they fabric, they are also available as wallpaper and wrapping paper! Visit my Spoonflower shop to check them out! xoxo -bgj

Friday, November 15, 2013

New Pattern: Shibori Fusion

I've starting experimenting with making digital shibori patterns. Honestly, I'm having a lot of fun with it! This is my first published shibori pattern. It's called "Shibori Fusion" because I mixed in another pattern for a little more visual interest. You can now find this pattern on Society 6!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Free Owl Lover 2014 Calendar

If you happen to be looking for a lovely printable owl calendar to download, head over to my friends at My Owl Barn! The calendar is a collaboration of 50 artists from all around the world, and Shivani of My Barn Owl. Download the calendar here! If you love owls and free calendars, you've hit the jackpot! xoxo -bgj

Friday, November 1, 2013

New Product... Mugs!

Attention all coffee and hot tea drinkers...

Society 6 just rolled out a totally new product... mugs! I think they are super-cute and will soon be finding their way into lots of loving homes :) xoxo

Find them in my store here

Sunday, October 27, 2013

November 2013 Desktop Calendar

It's that time again... time to change your desktop calendar! November is a special month...time for reflection, family, and gratitude. I am thankful for so many things! My challenge for you is to find 30 things that you are thankful for. One for each day of November. This year is quickly coming to a close and it's important to take a moment to reflect on all the wonderful things about our lives. I am a firm believer that we create our own realities. Our lives are rich and full if we reflect on the good, and our lives are hollow and empty if we reflect on the bad. I choose the good... each and every day. I hope you do too! Happy Thanksgiving everyone. XOXO

To download the calendar, simply click on the image below to enlarge to full size, then copy over to your desktop! Enjoy!

November 2013 Desktop Calendar. © Bohemian Gypsy Jane. Personal use only.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Sequoyah" Fabric Collection

Those 4 more designs I mentioned last week are now available on Spoonflower! This is the "Sequoyah" collection. It's a tribal ikat themed collection in the most luscious colors! I can't wait to start seeing what people will make with these fabrics :)

Did you know that Spoonflower also makes gift wrap? Be sure to check these designs out as wrapping paper too! They are super-cute for a fabulous gift.

Click here to see these designs as well as the rest of my designs on Spoonflower!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

"Moonrise" Fabric Collection

This collection of fabric designs is now available on Spoonflower! I'm so excited to be building up my fabric shop. There are 4 more designs that will be available soon :)
Find the "Moonrise" collection here

Saturday, October 5, 2013


This new design "Kind-Gentle-Brave" is now available exclusively on Society 6. I wanted to step away from the pattern designs for a moment in order to create this more artistic piece that has been brewing in my head for awhile. I think the words portray the qualities that I value the most. A kind heart is an absolute must in this world. Carry it with you wherever you go. A gentle spirit is a state of grace, a contentment, an acceptance of the beauty and value in all things great and small...the ability to watch and admire without the need to capture or exploit. I love the old native saying "walk gently upon this earth". And last but not least, a brave soul. Bravery is not the lack of fear, it is walking forward with hope despite what might seem impossible. It is holding onto, and walking through life holding onto your values and beliefs no matter what. It is being true to yourself. So, I made this one for all my fellow "gypsies". May you always have a kind heart, a gentle spirit, and a brave soul. XOXO

Find it on Society 6 here

Friday, October 4, 2013

New Collection: Sequoyah

My newest collection, Sequoyah, is now complete and ready on a variety of products from Society 6 and Zazzle!

I would like to first present them on the brand new tote bags available from Society 6. I'm so happy that this new product became available just as I was ready to show off the Sequoyah collection! I am soooo in love with these bags!

Also on Society 6 there are iPhone cases, art prints, stationery cards, pillow covers, and iPad cases to name a few. Here is the Sequoyah collection on iPhone cases and pillow covers from Society 6...

I also have some new product types on Zazzle. I have added day planners, clocks, kitchen towels, melamine plates, and wristlet/zipper bags! Also available on Zazzle are iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 4, 4S, and 3 cases, Samsung S4 and S3 cases, Droid RAZR cases, HTC Vivid cases, iPad and iPad mini cases, iPad folios, mouse pads, pillows, and kindle folios.

Bohemian Gypsy Jane products on Zazzle http://www.zazzle.com/bohemiangypsyjane*

Bohemian Gypsy Jane products on Society 6 http://society6.com/BohemianGypsyJane

Fabric is not yet available but it will be very, very soon!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

October 2013 Desktop Calendar

It's hard to believe that September is almost gone! I hope everyone enjoyed September's calendar; You may have noticed that it was part of my new design collection that I revealed last week. This month's calendar is also a part of a new collection that I am working on. I wanted to create a fall-inspired collection, but with fun and energizing colors. My new collection is built around this fun color scheme of golden yellow, deep orange, and black... with the addition of fuchsia and a hushed-down turquoise to give it some pizazz and I am loving it! I hope you love it too :) I will be revealing the rest of the collection soon.

Click on the image to enlarge to full size, then copy over to your desktop. Enjoy!

and... Happy Fall!!!

October 2013 Desktop Calendar

Friday, September 20, 2013

New Designs!

I'm so thrilled to finally have this new set of designs completed and ready to sell! There are now 4 brand new patterns available in both my Zazzle and my Society 6 shops. (Fabric will be available from Spoonflower in the near future)

And...YES, they are available for the iPhone 5S and 5C!

These designs are also available as pillows, kitchen towels, mouse pads, kindle folios, art prints, and laptop skins. I sincerely hope that you all love them-I know I have loved creating them for you!

Monday, August 26, 2013

September 2013 Desktop Calendar

I've had a nice little break from designing, but now that Summer is winding down it's time for me to jump back into it! I'm currently working on a group of coordinating patterns for product and fabric designs. This month's calendar is a little sneak peak of what's coming up soon!

To download the calendar to your desktop, simply click on the image to bring it to full size, then copy over to your computer! Enjoy!

September 2013 Desktop Calendar

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

iPad Folio Feature/Giveaway!

I'm so excited to finally share this news! I was contacted a few months ago by a very nice lady named Ruth Sleightholme from House & Garden magazine. She was wanting permission to feature one of my iPad designs in her upcoming iPad round-up for the magazine. I've been waiting to share this news until I saw the actual magazine in print with my design in it... and sure enough it arrived today! I was so scared that they might change their minds at the last minute and put a different design in my place, but when I opened it up it was there!

So, to celebrate this major milestone, I am giving away one of my Ikat Chevron iPad folios!!! To enter, go to my Facebook page, "like" the page if you haven't already, then comment on my post about this news. Your comment will be your entry. A winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, July 26th. Good luck!

Click here to visit the Bohemian Gypsy Jane store on Zazzle and see this product and my other product designs. If you haven't visited Zazzle lately, then you need to check it out. They recently gave themselves a makeover and it looks really nice!

Friday, May 3, 2013

May 2013 Desktop Calendar

Here is the desktop calendar for May! Sorry for the delay, it's been such a crazy week!

To download, simply click on the image below to enlarge it to its full size, then copy the image over to your computer. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

New...Bohemian Gypsy Jane Fabrics!

Okay, so I'm really excited about this. I've been wanting to turn some of my designs into fabric for quite some time and I finally got around to converting some of them into seamless designs for fabric just a few weeks ago. I finally got my proofs in the mail yesterday and I approved them all for sale this morning. For now there are only 4 designs, but I will be adding more in the future!

Here is the link to my new Spoonflower store!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring & Summer Color Palettes

It's time to brighten up our color palettes for Spring and Summer 2013! Gray will continue to be a popular accent color through these seasons, and shades of coral and turquoise will still be popular. Keep a look out for splashes of emerald, although I don't think it will reach the popularity that tangerine tango reached last year. But, all in all...this is the time of year to start having some fun with color! Try using a few of the trend colors as well as mixing up some of your own combinations! I made a few palettes to share... feel free to use them or be inspired by them!

Friday, March 29, 2013

April 2013 Desktop Calendar

Here's the desktop calendar for April, 2013!

Click on the image to enlarge the calendar to its full size, then copy the image over to your computer. Enjoy!

April 2013 Desktop Calendar

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Artist Interview: Teagan White

Teagan White is a freelance designer and illustrator originally from Chicago, but currently living in St Paul, Minnesota. She only recently graduated from Minneapolis College of Art & Design with a BFA in Illustration, but she's been successfully freelancing since even before she finished her degree! She's a sought-after illustrator that has worked for clients such as Nike, Wired Magazine, Anthropologie, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Target, and many small businesses, independent musicians, and individuals. Not many artists can claim such notoriety at such a young age, but as you will see, Teagan's talent speaks for itself... and people have noticed.

"Honey & Sorrow" by Teagan White

"Great Horned Owl" by Teagan White
Teagan is one of the most amazing artists I've come across. It's truly difficult for me to write this introduction because I feel like I just can't do her justice with words. Not only is she extraordinarily talented... she is humble, down-to-earth, inspiring, and simply likable! As I read her answers to my questions I imagined we could easily be friends and just hang out. I think all of you will feel the same way. She really opened up and offered some beautiful and honest answers that let us see a glimpse of who she really is... the soul behind the art.

Also, I want to mention that Teagan has one of the most - maybe THE most - beautiful website I have ever seen, so please take a few minutes after you have read the interview to take a look. There is a link at the end of the interview along with a link to her store where you can purchase some of her artwork.

"Cicada" by Teagan White

So, here we go.... everyone, meet Teagan White!

BGJ: The types of illustrations that you do are so intricate and detailed that they must use up a ton of your creative energy. Are there any activities that you enjoy that help to refuel your creative energy?

Teagan: To be honest, the intricate & detailed parts of a piece are relaxing for me, not draining. I find sketching and concepting to be incredibly draining - I usually have to sketch ideas early in the morning when I have tons of energy & a fresh mind, and I have to really be in a good mood to start planning out a piece or it just won't turn out. Once I start working on the final illustration I'm on autopilot - I can work all day and night, and I usually listen to audiobooks, podcasts, music, or play TV shows in the background while I work so I don't get distracted with checking facebook or googling every strange thing that I think or wonder about while my mind drifts in work mode. While I'm sketching, though, I usually need silence.

"The Mangrove Tree" by Teagan White

BGJ: Artistic styles tend to evolve throughout the lifetime of an artist. Do you see your style currently evolving towards a different direction?

Teagan: My style has changed and solidified a lot in the last couple of years; it was probably less than two years ago when I started using color with any degree of confidence - before that my work was mainly greyscale - and that led me to a lot of changes in technique and style that I think are still developing. My children's illustration work is also a very recent development; I only started working with characters a little of a year ago. I think overall my taste has just changed a lot since I first started out. I used to gravitate towards a lot of black & white work with tons and tons of detail and be pretty dismissive of anything else, and recently, I've been enjoying mainly work that is more colorful, decorative, pattern-like, and stylized in a folk-art way, even if it's simple, which has made me realize that I can make work that is both simple & good too. I still love detail, so I guess that what I'm currently enjoying is letting some areas of a piece be extremely detailed, and letting some areas be looser or simpler, which actually adds more depth and complexity in some cases, and makes the detailed areas seem even more detailed because there is something loose to contrast it.

"The Queen of Pentacles" by Teagan White

"Mister Owl & The Owl Lady" by Teagan White

BGJ: Do you have a personal favorite work of your own? If so, which one and what is the story behind it?

Teagan: I'm not sure about a favorite, but the piece that I am most attached to is "Everything is a Cycle", which is actually one of the oldest things on my website, and was done for a fine arts class when I was a junior at MCAD. I think most of my attachment comes from the fact that at roughly 3.5 ft by 5.5 ft, it's the largest piece I've ever made, and that I worked on it off and on for about two months - being engaged with something for that long without getting sick of it kind of forges a bond I think. It was also an important piece for me because it was the first time that I really figured out how to put abstract concepts and philosophies that I care deeply about into my work, which was very exciting for me, and I quickly made a lot of similar work in the same series, addressing the same ideas about my reverence for life cycles & decomposers, and the joy in recognizing the beauty of natural death as opposed to any spiritual conception of an afterlife. I haven't really done any more fine art since that semester, because I feel more or less satisfied with having explored that style and subject matter enough for now, but that body of work somehow made something click for me, and all of the illustration work I did after that was drastically better than what I'd been doing previously. I honestly don't even know why, whether it was an increase in confidence, or if I learned to incorporate things I was passionate about into my work more effectively, or what, but since then most things I work on have come out better and felt more natural.

"Everything is a Cycle" by Teagan White

BGJ: Tell me one interesting thing about you that has absolutely nothing to do with art.

Teagan: There are a lot of interesting animals around my house. My boyfriend and I live in an apartment unit in a large house that's in a kind of hidden forested spot in an old, mile long, secluded industrial trail by the Mississippi river, in a crappy suburb of St Paul. A lot of the road is undeveloped - train tracks follow it the whole way, and there are a few houses on the opposite end from us but mostly it's just industry and weedy woods and fields of gorgeous wild vegetation that sprout up along railroads. Anyway, that means that even though we're just outside the city, we get lots of interesting wildlife. When I moved in last summer a family of foxes moved in on the street at the same time - a mom and two kits, and we found out where their den was & visited (/harassed) them a few times a week. Every night after dusk they would walk up & down the railroad tracks screaming the way foxes do, and sometimes they would show up in our yard & fight with the woodchuck mom and babies that live in a pile of lumber out back. One of the foxes ended up getting hit by a car on the busy street nearby, and for a few months we thought they'd gone entirely, but we've started seeing them again recently and I think they just moved to a different den in a construction site further up the street. We see deer pretty often (though more often their carcasses which people like to dump by the side of the road, which I'm also okay with too because dead things are fascinating), and a large family of robins who in the summer had their nests clearly visible outside my studio window, and there are 3 or 4 squirrels living in a squirrel paradise in our yard because they chewed through the trash cans (which our landlord hasn't replaced) and always eat our trash, and we sometimes put food & a game cam outside and record video of them eating.
I guess that was more than one investing thing sort of, but yeah, those are my animal friend stories from the past nine months living here, which I think is not too bad for basically living in the city.

"Fox in Foliage" by Teagan White

"Doe Eyed" by Teagan White

"Chipmunk & Morning Glory" by Teagan White

BGJ: You have been amazingly successful since a very young age due to your incredible talent. No one can say for sure what makes a great artist, but I would say that it has something to do with a combination of passion and practice. Do you have any thoughts on this matter?

Teagan: Ahhh blush blush thank you! Uhmm. I don't think I'm too amazing, I think I have sooo much learning to do, but I am glad that you and others like my work. As far as the technical skills, practice is key - there are no shortcuts to developing drawing skills or style, as far as I know. Most good artists work pretty much constantly to become that good; it's not a hobby for them. I think passion is important too, not just about drawing or making, but about The Other Things in life - the best art comes out of being interested in something in life, and putting your passion for and insight about the Thing into your work to offer a unique perspective.

"Lost Bird" by Teagan White

I hope you have all enjoyed this interview with Teagan! I know I really appreciate her taking the time to articulate some really great answers that have made this such an interesting interview. Please take the time to visit her website!

Thank you, Teagan!!!

Friday, March 1, 2013

March 2013 Desktop Calendar

Can you believe that March is here already? I'm really looking forward to some warmer weather and getting outside to work in my garden! I thought that a Spring-inspired floral design would be perfect to help get everyone ready for Spring. The first day of Spring is March 20th. Let the countdown begin...

To download the calendar, simply click on the image above to enlarge it to its full size. Then, copy over to your computer! Please enjoy, and Happy Spring!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Designer Interview: Jessica Wilde

Jessica Wilde is passionately creative. Her formal education was at Birmingham City University with a degree in Textile Design specializing in weave. She's been using her talents as a wallpaper designer and she is currently building a pretty amazing portfolio of surface pattern designs. Her work has been featured on Tigerprint, and she was the winner of the Tigerprint & SDC Colour Competition. Jessica currently lives in Shropshire, England.

Note: There are some spelling variations in this post - i.e. color/colour - as should be expected when when an American girl (me) interviews a British girl (Jessica). But, I hope that no matter which side of the pond you live on, that you enjoy this designer interview with Jessica Wilde! She is a fabulous designer and I had a wonderful time corresponding with her via email :)

So....let's dive right in to the interview...

BGJ: Tell me about how you became interested in surface pattern design.

Jessica: Oddly, I think surface pattern found me. I've always loved drawing and designing for as long as I can remember though I've explored it from various angles. From originally wanting to go into fashion design, then studying weave and trends for my textiles degree, it wasn't until I left University, took a step back and looked at what I enjoyed most, that I found my direction in print.

"Fifties Floral" © Jessica Wilde

BGJ: I know one thing that's hard about surface pattern design is trying to make a pattern that would potentially work on many different products. Is there a certain type of product that you like to see your work on - such as fabric or textile products, or paper goods such as wrapping paper?

Jessica: I think a lot of designs can be so transferable, that when designing I try to not let the end use hold me back too much, and instead enjoy the freedom to run with the idea. I'd really love to see some of mine on a range of products, from homewares to stationary and giftware.

"Spring Time Geometric" from the Artisan Kitsch Collection © Jessica Wilde

BGJ: What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of surface pattern design and what do you find to be the most fulfilling?

Jessica: Designing always comes with ups and downs. Some days things just flow, other days progress is more difficult. Also, it's always too easy to be overly critical of your own work. Persevering, believing in what you can do and seeing the end results make it all worth while, and every bit of positive feedback really does mean a lot.

"Raindrops" from the Lovely Weather for It Collection © Jessica Wilde

"Urchin" design from the Doodle Love Collection © Jessica Wilde

BGJ: You are also an illustrator and a photographer, as well as a surface pattern designer. In what area did your creative journey originally begin, and where do you see yourself heading in the foreseeable future?

Jessica: I've always loved drawing and surface pattern naturally seemed to grow from this. Photography has then fitted in nicely for capturing colour, texture and inspiration. Looking to the future I'm in the process of completing Rachel Taylor's e-course, The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design, so hope to see some patterns on product for 2013!

© Jessica Wilde

© Jessica Wilde
BGJ: What are some of your favorite colors to work with?

Jessica: I love to work with complementary brights in my patterns, and always enjoy playing with fun combinations as well as looking at what new trends are doing. In complete contrast to this, I also like the simplicity of black and white for my illustrations.

from the Artisan Kitsch Collection © Jessica Wilde
See more of Jessica Wilde's work on her website: http://www.jessicawilde.co.uk/

Also check out her feature on Tigerprint: http://tigerprint.typepad.com/tigerprint/2012/09/jessica-wilde.html

And...her Tigerprint & SDC Colour Competition winning design! http://tigerprint.typepad.com/competition/2013/02/tigerprint-sdc-colour-competition-the-results.html