"Be Open To Whatever" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Be Open To Whatever” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

Change doesn’t always come with options. When a loved one dies, you usually don’t have an option. When you get older and your body goes through different changes, you don’t always have an option with that one either. However, I am talking about changing my art and with that I am finding an abundance of options.

As for the types of art I can make, I am finding the number of options to be mind-boggling. Over the past couple of days I have been looking at different types of art trying to decide what I want to do. There is so much beautiful art to look at and for me, I have been like a kid in a candy store with the instruction, “pick out anything that you want, and no, you can’t have it all.”

I am still in the process of deciding what I want. There are many things about my art that I do like. I think I am just a little board doing the same thing over and over again. I feel like it is time to try something new. However, in that process there are some things that I don’t want to change, and to me these are my “non-negotiables”. I love the colorfulness of my art, and I really don’t want to change that. So I am trying to pick a medium where I can still get the bold bright colors that I love.

Another thing that I want to keep are all the things that I use to “define” my style. That would be my whimsical doodle drawings with my sketchy lines. Although I use quite a bit of hand lettering in my previous art, that is something that I would like do more and have be more pronounced. The messages in my art are the most important thing to me and so I have to find a way to make that work.

And of course I can’t do without little random black and white checkerboard. I just don’t know how I could live without that.

One of the mediums that I came really close to choosing was Alcohol Inks. I love the boldness and saturation of color in the inks, yet, I was concerned if I would be able to have the control and versatility that I want to have when incorporating my “non-negotiables”.

I have also been looking at mixed media collage. I don’t know if this will work or not. Trying to incorporate my “non-negotiables” may be pretty interesting. I don’t know if it will work or not, but I do know that I am being really drawn to it, so I think I am going to give it a try.

Although working with different mediums and developing “style” are the really fun things that I get to do, I also have to keep remembering that this is a business too.

"Attitude Is The Difference" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“Attitude Is The Difference” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

A really big part of this business (and probably one of the most important parts) is the marketing end. Unfortunately, that is my least favorite part. Perhaps that is where I need to make the biggest change. And the biggest change that I need to make there is probably simply in just my attitude.

Before I can get started on the experimentation and making changes to my art and my business, I have to first complete a move. We are moving in two days and I first have to finish packing. Once we have moved then I can get started on my new art in a new studio.

Moving Boxes #1 3-20-2016

There are just so many changes going on for me right now! Granted these changes are a little scary and filled with tons of uncertainty, I am really looking forward to them and seeing how things look on the other side of the change.





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Change is a funny little thing! Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is not so good. There are subtle changes that come along with nature such as the changes our bodies go through. It seems like with every 10 years of age there comes some sort of physical change that my body has gone through, which usually hasn’t been something to brag about.

On the other hand, when I stopped working for somebody else and decided to make art full-time, that was a sudden change, and it was a fabulous change.

Changes come in all sizes. There a little bitty changes that are so subtle you hardly notice them. Then there are those gigantic changes that totally rock your world.

A lot of times you don’t see change coming until it is completely finished and you find yourself on the other side, wondering when and how the heck that changed happened. Then there are those times when you can actually see the change coming. You know it is coming and you either brace yourself to ride through the change or you start preparing to fight the impending battle that is about to pursue.

All this week I have been hearing this pesky little word ringing through my head. That word is “change”. At first I thought I kept hearing that little inner voice of mine telling me the word “change” because Tim and I are getting ready to move. I know we are getting ready to change not only the residence where we live, but the town we live in. To me that is change. It is a change that I am all too familiar with since we move at least once a year (if not more). So I thought that was the change that was coming and just dismissed the word.

However, the more I tried to dismiss the word, THINKING that I knew what it meant, the word only got stronger and louder. I found myself writing the word on a piece of paper trying to figure out what it was trying to tell me. Then I found myself drawing the word. This word was driving me crazy and I just could not figure it out.

Then I finally figured it out. This little voice was telling me to change my art. Change my art? Are you kidding me? What in the world am I supposed to change my art too? I had a million questions and once again, all I could hear is “change”.

So, here I am. I know that my art is getting ready to change, yet I don’t have a clue about “how” it is going to change or “what” it is going to change into, I just know it is going to change. On one hand it is scary… very scary. Yet on the other hand I am really very excited. I don’t know if exhilarated fear is an actual term or not, but that is probably the best way that I can describe this feeling.

I know that for a while I am going to get to be like a mad scientist, or in my case I will be a mad artist. I am going to get to play, explore and experiment with new mediums and methods. I don’t know exactly what those are going to be right now, but I am really excited to find out.

I don’t know if these changes are going to be really big, making my art totally different from what it is now, or if the changes are going to be so subtle that nobody notices but me. I guess we will find out. However, I do know that there will be some things about my art that will not change. Those things are why I make art. (I will be sharing those non-negotiable changes in future post.)

But for now, I am embracing this change with the total excitement and the same anticipation as that of a small child on Christmas morning, anxious to see what I am going to find when I unwrap that beautiful package.

Over the coming days, weeks and maybe even months as I go through this process I will be updating this blog on a frequent basis. I will be doing this mainly as a process of journaling for myself. However, I welcome you to join me on this journey.

I would love to hear your comments (either in the form of encouragement or advice), but due to an enormous number of spammers I have had to turn off the comments here. However, please feel free to comment over on my Facebook page.

I am excited to share this adventure with you and lets enjoy a great ride!




Accomplishment Journal

I am all about getting things done and having accomplishments. Every night after I go to bed and before I go to sleep, in my mind I list five things that I am grateful for. Then I list five things that I accomplished that day. And then I think about my goal. Since I started this practice I have noticed how much more I accomplish every day.

Granted, most of my accomplishments are small, but it seems as though the bigger accomplishments are getting bigger and they are happening much more frequently. To me this just proves the point the more you focus and think about something, the more you will have it in your life.

This was the premise behind creating my new “Accomplishment Journal”. I wanted to find a way to help other people have more accomplishments in their lives.

"Accomplishment Journal" by Debi Payne

“Accomplishment Journal” by Debi Payne

The “Accomplishment Journal” consist of 12 monthly 2-page spreads with a small box for each day of the month for your to write your daily accomplishment. Each monthly 2-page spread also feature a whimsical design with a motivational phrase in beautiful full color.


In addition to the 12-monthly, 2-page spreads there are four 2-page sections in the back of the book for you to write your wishes, hopes & dreams, special celebrations, things you are grateful for, and any special thoughts or ideas you have during the year.

Here is a video that shows each of the pages.

When I first designed the book I was afraid that the boxes might be too small, however, since my intent was to write just a brief statement about one thing that you had accomplished that day they turned out to be the perfect size. It wasn’t designed to write a list of everything you did that day along with all your thoughts and feelings. It was meant to be just a brief statement.

I wanted to make a sample month to show how it could be completed. I thought it would be fun to put in what other people had accomplished. So, I went onto Facebook and I asked everybody to tell me what they had accomplished the day before. Then I wrote their answers in the boxes.


As you can see, the boxes were large enough. Granted I probably write smaller than others, which showed me that you can write larger and have plenty of room. Or you do like I did and take advantage of the empty space to draw a little doodle.

Here are some close-up photos of the daily boxes with text and a little doodle.







Regardless of whether or not you write large or you write small and add doodles, the point is to write down at least one accomplishment every day.

I have kept journals like this for the past 2 years and it is some much fun to go back and look at them from time to time. I know with regular journals, I will write in them and then never look at them again. But these journals are different for me! I find myself frequently going back to my books to see when I did this or that. Then on top of that, it is a pretty book and that makes it even more fun to keep up with it!

Start your journal on January 1st and write in it all though the year. Then at the end of the year you will see the treasure of accomplishments you have had throughout the year.

To purchase an “Accomplishment Journal” for yourself, click here.

Here’s to your accomplishments!!!




Savannah Collection


This is the Savannah Collection.  This is probably one of my favorite fabric collections that I have created.


Savannah is light and airy design of flowers, swirls and leave is bright shades of pink, orange, yellow and green.  The white background gives the design such a clean and fresh feel.


The products created from the Savannah Collection have such a delightful feeling of spring and summer!

If you would like for products from the Savannah Collection, click here.







You Do What You Believe In


One day I heard somebody say that we only do what we believe in.  When I heard that statement I had to stop and think about it for a minute.


After thinking about it for a just a minute, I realized how true this statement really was.  Many people have dreams of what they want, yet they do nothing to move themselves closer to making that dream to come true.

"What You Believe In" by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

“What You Believe In” by Debi Payne of Debi Payne Designs

By their lack of action they really are saying that to don’t believe in their dream.

What is your dream?  What are doing to make that dream come true?  If you aren’t doing anything, then perhaps it is because you don’t believe in your dream.  If you believe in your dream, then get busy and make it happen.

If you would like to shop for products with this design, click here.





Madeline Collection


Madeline was a fun design to create.  I used a combination of henna and zentangle designs.


Then I added a teal shadow line drawing design underneath.


The Madelyn design created some excellent products.

If you would like to shop for products using the Madelyn Collection design, click here.



Harmony Swirl


Harmony Swirl is a delightful swirl design in rich earth tones.


Combined with a split background of tone-on-tone burgundy and tan.


“Harmony Swirl” by Debi Payne Designs.

The design and background is accented with the text, “Do things Not for what you can get, but for what you can Become.”

If you would like to shop for products with this design, click here.





Carmine Collection


Carmine is the second in the Debi Payne Designs repeat/fabric collection.


With its Zentangle/doodle designs in deep rich colors of reds, purple and greens, Carmine is a beautiful design.


“Carmine Collection” products by Debi Payne Designs

If you would like to shop for products using the Carmine Collection design, click here.