Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Let the Tour begin!

Morning y'all! (or evening, wherever you all lovely readers are!)

As you can tell I am a Texan! NOT! But my heart belongs in Texas (I lived there for 8 years and left my soul there...)

But this post is not about Texas. This post is about a wonderful lady called Lilla Rogers and the dreams she weaves. So, here goes...

Once upon a time, there was a tiny girl (woman) sadly walking the shores of the mystical Arabian Sea... you see, she had lost something very valuable. And the sad part is, she couldn't remember what it was... all she knew is that there was something missing in her life which seemed to hold life for her. She looked hither and she looked thither! Uff (an Urdu slang for oh!), where was it and most importantly WHAT was it??

One day she fell asleep tired and sad... she would never find it would she?

That night a fairy came to her in her dream. She was this radiant fairy, so motherly and kind and she spoke to her. She called the girl to her, held her, and like magic the little girl knew what she was looking for and what she must seek.

The next day she went looking for the fairy in real- for she knew it wasn't just magic- she had to be real. She searched and without much adieu, there she appeared. She seemed like a mirage to the little girl. The little girl vowed to muster up ALL her treasures and her courage to REACH out to the fairy, and she did. Along the way, the girl was helped and assisted by her very very dear friends* and she was MOST grateful to them.
And so her journey began with the Fairy Lilla. Fairy Lilla was patient and knowledgeable and resourceful. She guided the girl; she held her hand and made her believe in herself again. She showed the little girl what she had been seeking all her life… the world of surface design. Where all dreams come true!

Make Art that Sells

The title itself arrested me. That there was actually someone out there TEACHING this stuff was unbelievable! My first five week course with Lilla Rogers has come to an end and I look forward to the next part in Spring 2014.

The course on the one hand made an explosion of ideas and possibilities in my head, on the other; it brought me to my tribe. I HAVE A TRIBE! Oh have you ever belonged to a tribe?? When someone is ALWAYS there for you?? It’s a feeling I had never experienced before! And it makes me all mushy and emotional (by the way, my Native Indian name is Aisha the Emotional). What can I say, words escape me which is why I have been rambling for 500 words already…

So the point of this particular post is that my tribe decided to go on a Blog Tour of which I am one of the first stops! : D me so proud!

I am Aisha the Emotional junior (no there are no other Aisha’s in the group, but I am junior in art, hence…). Little me is surrounded by FABULOUS designers whose work is exemplary and awe-inspiring! With me two people kick start the tour.

1-    Linda Tordoff (www.paintlovestudio.blogspot.co.uk)

Linda is a freelance Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer who works under the name of Paintlove Studio. Her work is amazing as you can see here:

My favorite of her work was the Children’s Books Assignment here:

Good luck Linda!

2-    Jill Byers (http://jillbyers.blogspot.com)

Jill skipped Week 4 and came back with a BANG in Week 5! Here is her Gift Assignment! I mean WOW!

Good luck Jill!

So tomorrow it’s the turn of:

1-    Martina Lenhardt (www.ma-len.blogspot.com)
2-    Melissa Doran (www.melissadoran.com / www.goradiate.ie)
3-    Sarah Gager (www.sarahgager.com)

And let the Tour Commence! (Blow horns, fireworks, dances, you name it! It’s all happening! Remember I said this is the magical world of Surface Design!)

Enjoy y’all (and if you don’t well then I pity you my friend!) :D

That’s all folks! (With feeling this time!)

*I must mention two friends in particular: Patricia Zapata for bringing Lilla to my knowledge and Fatima and Hasan- without their PayPal account and loan, I would never have been able to take this leap! MUCHOS MUCHOS gracias!

PS- a BIG thank you to Beth Kempton for putting up this class! And best of luck with the coming new arrival in your life!


  1. Great way to kick off the tour Aisha! Loved your little fairy story too! Lilla really was our fairy art mother wasn't she!

  2. Fantastic! Love your story telling. x x

  3. Cool stuff Aisha very inspiring. I always was a wannabe designer/artist. Lovely to see you getting closer to your dream and producing such amazing work. Also loved the Russian children's book cover by Linda. Kudos.

  4. My classmates are awesome Fari! And hey its never too late to just pick up the brush! You've got it in you- you know it!! For all those who don't know my childhood friend Farhana above, she is a highly accomplished Doctor! And I'm so proud of her. But Fari, let me tell you, there are so many people in this class who came from med background. One of them is a nurse! You can do it girl!

  5. Hi Aisha, you did a great job kicking off the blog tour. Lovely to read your story, and thanks for showing my work!

    1. as did you Linda! Love your work! Check out the compliment my friend paid you above :)

  6. Love this Aisha! Great little story - you had my full attention! I'm glad the little girl found her Fairy Godmother and is on this wonderful journey! I'm so glad and grateful to be part of the TRIBE with you!

  7. Loved your story, Aisha. Great way to kick-off the tour. All the best to you!


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