10 Dorm Room Essentials

dorm room essentials

Hey guys! Today I’d like to share with you 10 dorm room essentials to get you ready for heading back to school this fall.

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1. Tapestries

Tapestries are wonderfully versatile decorations. You can put them on the walls surrounding your bed, or use them as a bed sheet.

forest galaxy tapestry
rose gold world map
rose gold mandala tapestry dorm

2. Fairy lights

Fairy lights a.k.a. white Christmas lights add really pretty and soft lighting to your room. You can put them on the wall like in the picture below, or around the top and sides of a tapestry as a backdrop to your bed. This creates a really nice boho vibe and they can be a lot less bright and jarring than regular lamps or overhead lighting.

3. Pillows

If you’re going to be spending long hours reading and studying you might as well be comfortable. Add some pretty throw pillows to dial up your decor and give yourself some back support.

yin yang throw pillow
rose gold mandala throw pillow

4. Cute bedding

You’ll be spending a lot of time on your bed so it might as well look cute and reflect your unique personality!

galaxy forest dorm room comforter
rose gold mandala bedroom comforter duvet

5. Cute stationary

From the dorm room to the classroom, everyone needs some cute stationary. You can find all kinds of unique notebooks, planners, pens and more. You can even get customized stationary with your name on it!

floral planner
spiral notebook with mandalas
custom name modern clipboard pink and marble

6. Photos of Friends and Family

You might be away from home for a while, so it’s nice to have some photos of your friends and family close by. You’ll also be making a lot of new friends! A great way to showcase these special people and moments is to use a bulletin board. You can pin all kinds of photos into a fun collage to hang near your bed or work desk.

7. Cozy blankets

When the nights start getting long and cold, a nice fuzzy throw blanket is just what you need to curl up with a good book.

stay wild moon child blanket
mandala pattern throw blanket for dorm room

8. Plants

Since you can’t have any pets it’s nice to add some greenery and life to your dorm to brighten things up. If you don’t have a window you can get a little grow lamp or even just some fake plants, which can really add to that zen boho vibe.

9. Posters

Posters are a dorm room must have! You could have pictures of your favourite celebrities or an iconic photo of your city to remind you of home. Even a motivational quote to start your day would be a great addition to your dorm room.

Adventure Landscape Sunset Dorm room Poster
Stay Wild Flower Child Mandala Dorm room Poster

10. Coffee Maker and Mugs

Everyone needs their morning coffee but buying it every day can add up! If your dorm allows it, invest in a small coffee maker like a Keurig or even just a french press with a hot water kettle. Make sure you pair it with a cute mug!

Pink and white tropical leaf pattern dorm room coffee mug
Galaxy mandala dorm room coffee mug
Peace love cats dorm room coffee mug

I hope you’ve found this list of dorm room essentials useful. Good luck at school this year!

Cheers,

Julie

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3D Printed Mandala Art?!

Can you turn a 2D mandala drawing into 3D printed artwork? Apparently, yes.

My boyfriend has a 3D printer so we thought it would be fun to see if one of my mandala designs could be printed in 3D! We also made a video out of the process.

Check out the timelapse video above to see my mandala art being drawn by a machine!

The original mandala design was drawn by hand and then scanned to the computer. I used Adobe Illustrator to turn the image into a .stl file, which is the file type used for 3D printing. To do this I exported the file as .svg from Illustrator and then used a website called SVG to STL to turn it into the correct file type.

The finished result of the 3D printed mandala is pictured below:

3d printed mandala

The mandala is only a couple centimeters thick. It’s pretty flat so I’ve actually been using it as coaster! It also could be some sort of window art or other decoration. Honestly it was just an experiment so I have no real plan for it otherwise.

3d printed mandala art

I think it’s pretty cool to use new technology for art. What do you guys think? Would you be interested in seeing more videos of 3D printed mandalas or other things? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers,

Julie

Common Scams for Artists to Watch Out For

scams for artists to watch out for

Hey guys! If you’ve been online pretty much ever, you’ve probably seen a scammer in action. But did you know there are scams specifically targeting artists and creatives?

I have personally encountered some of these scams and they can be very difficult to identify. I created this post in order to share them with you so you don’t fall prey to them.

Scammers are always coming up with new ways to take your money or intellectual property, so I’m sure this list will be outdated as soon as it’s published. However, I’ve also provided some tips on how to weed out a scam if you think you’ve encountered one.

Ways to Identify a Scam

It’s always exciting as an artist when people reach out to you and recognize your talent. Many people and companies prey on this and find ways to disguise their scams as “opportunities” for artists.

Read every e-mail or message thoroughly. If the language and grammar is very poor and sentences don’t make sense, it’s likely not worth your time and could even just be an automated message.

Whenever you are approached by a person or company find out as much as you can about them before proceeding. Google the company, and read reviews about them on websites like Better Business Bureau. Ask friends or other artists if they have experience with this company. If you can’t find anything about them online that’s usually a red flag.

When a company sends you an offer or contract, thoroughly read the fine print because there could be a catch. If you have to spend any of your own money up front, it’s probably a scam.

Always consider what’s in it for them. Why are they interested in you and your art? What do they get out of the partnership? Not to say your art isn’t good, but no one works for free or without motive.

Here are some common scams for Artists to watch out for

  • Companies reaching out to you for a “media feature” – Don’t waste your time. You will later learn you have to pay upwards of $5000 for this feature that probably doesn’t reach your target audience at all.
  • People asking to “collaborate” only to get free content from you, such as a photo of yourself using their product. Unless it is a big company which aligns with your brand, don’t give away your content for free.
  • Someone asking to use your art for their website or logo. Be very wary and do your research before sending them anything. Do not give it to them for free either. At least create some sort of contract saying they cannot re-sell your art and only use it for a specific purpose so you could take legal action if needed.
  • People asking for free art or products in exchange for a social media shout-out. I strongly encourage you never to give your art away for free. If the person is a legitimate social media influencer they probably would not be approaching you.
  • Amateur art shows that are paid for by the artists. These art shows sound exciting but you should not be forced to sell tickets or pay to fund the show yourself. Always research the company, read reviews, and consider what they are getting out of it.
  • So-called “gurus” trying to you sell you expensive courses to “help your business”. Some of them ask for $20,000 or more! Don’t give up your life savings for the same things you can learn online for free.
  • People asking to buy your artwork, but want to pay through non-traditional payment methods. ONLY accept payment through Paypal, Cards or E-transfer. Do not accept cheques. Never send files or ship art until after you’ve received payment and it’s in your bank account.
  • Sellers ripping off your designs to sell on websites like Amazon, AliExpress, TeeSpring etc.¬†Google the keywords of your most popular works every few months to see if it shows up on websites that are not your own.¬†Then submit take-down notices.

Have you ever been scammed or encountered an artist-specific scam? Leave your experience below for others to learn from!

Cheers,

Julie

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Glowing Gone – Help Save the World’s Coral Reefs with Art

Hey guys! Today I’m sharing some digital art I created for the Glowing Gone campaign.

This is a campaign sponsored by The Ocean Agency, Adobe Stock and Pantone raising awareness about the mass die off of coral due to warming ocean temperatures. Over 50% of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years, due to human activity!

Amazingly, some corals give off beautiful bright colours as a last-ditch attempt to survive these oceanic heatwaves.

The Glowing Gone campaign has called for artists to create work supporting this initiative, using the specific colour palette created by Pantone for it.

Want to create art that means something? Want to help save the oceans coral which is dying at an alarming rate? Check out the Glowing Gone campaign and create something yourself to help spread awareness of this major problem which will certainly affect the future of our planet!

If you wind up creating something for this campaign I’d love to see your work! Tag me @julieerindesigns on Instagram or @julieerindesign on Twitter in your entries!

Let’s save the world together!

Cheers,

Julie

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What is a Mandala and How to Draw One

what is a mandala and how to draw one

What is a mandala?

The word mandala literally means “circle” in Sanskrit, but they are so much more than that. Mandalas are beautiful geometric images that represent the circle of life, the universe, divine power, synchronicity and more.

Evidence of mandalas date back to the first century B.C. However, they are likely much older than that. Mandalas have been found all over the world, from India to South America. They are a common symbol in many religions including Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity.

Christian Mandalas Rose Window Sainte Chapelle Chapel in Paris
Rose Window Mandala in Sainte Chapelle Chapel in Paris

Today, mandalas are used around the world as a meditative art practice. They utilize a combination of radial balance and abstract patterns to mesmerize the artist and viewer alike.

Why draw mandalas?

Drawing mandalas can be a tranquil and meditative experience. They are often used in Art Therapy as a way to disconnect from stress and anxiety. They help the artist concentrate on being present in the moment.

Drawing intricate patterns is also a great way to improve hand-eye coordination.

Drawing mandalas is easy and fun, and the end result is unique and beautiful.

How to draw a mandala

There are many different ways to draw mandalas.

You can draw them completely free hand, or use a template. You can create your own template by using a compass and a ruler, or you can download the templates I created here.

Generally when drawing a mandala you start from the center and work your way out.

mandala drawing template
Drawing a mandala using my template

Incorporate different geometric patterns into your mandala as it expands outwards.

You can use many different materials to create mandalas. Pen and paper is the most obvious. However, people create mandalas from sand, rocks, leafs, crochet, yarn, and many other materials.

yarn mandalas diy craft project kids
Mandala made with yarn. aka Ojo De Dios or “God’s Eye”

It’s a good idea to keep a sketchbook or even a Pinterest Board with different patterns to refer back to for future mandala drawings.

Learn more about the history and religious uses of mandalas here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about mandalas, and how and why you should draw them!

Cheers,

Julie

Artist Interview and Collab with FleeBee Phone Cases

Blue and gold mandala pattern iphone case

Hey guys! I recently had an opportunity to collab with FleeBee New York, a cell phone case company specializing in high quality phone cases for Samsung and iPhone.

Not only are they featuring my designs on their phone cases but they interviewed me for a blog post on their website. Read my interview and artist’s profile here!

mandala phone cases

This is an exciting opportunity for me to work with a start up company and grow with their brand. Their cases are affordable and the prints are vibrant.

Check out my full collection here.

You can also use my promo code juliesartxfleebee for 30% off! The code works for my designs only.

Shop more products featuring my artwork here.

Cheers,

Julie