100 Days Project: First 10 Days of Illustration

Over the past 10 days I've undertaken my first 100 days project with the aim of re-defining my drawing style making it more versatile and appealing. Some days it is hard to find time, energy or headspace to sit down and get something done but if you force it upon yourself it is ultimately worth … Continue reading 100 Days Project: First 10 Days of Illustration

The 100 Day Project: 100 Days of Illustration – Day 1!

With my recent foray back into drawing and particularly pattern design I've felt the need to try and improve my techniques and hone in on more of my own 'style'. It's been a good few years since I finished art college and I've done little drawing or art since then so any skills I gained … Continue reading The 100 Day Project: 100 Days of Illustration – Day 1!

Watercolour Insects Design Challenge

This week I have entered a new design into the Spoonflower design challenge. This weeks theme is Whimsical Watercolour Insects. I've greatly enjoyed doing this design and am pleased with it - I feel like I'm getting the hang of the repeating pattern and think this design looks much closer to a 'professional' one than … Continue reading Watercolour Insects Design Challenge

Jackalope Jinx Fabric Design – Spoonflower Competition

I've been working hard in the evenings over the last few weeks on a new venture of pattern design for fabric and other applications! Getting back into drawing and illustration has been really great as it has been a long time since I did any. I entered my first Spoonflower Design Competition last week themed … Continue reading Jackalope Jinx Fabric Design – Spoonflower Competition

Foray into Surface Design – Patterns Galore!

It's all been a bit quiet on the blog here - I've been re-learning Adobe Illustrator and re-working drawings from sketchbooks into designs and repeating patterns for surface design! These I hope to print onto fabric for creation of many home ware and soft furnishing pieces. Working with nature based designs and animal illustrations plus … Continue reading Foray into Surface Design – Patterns Galore!

New Illustration Designs on Society6

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 I'm really pleased to announce that I've launched three new designs on Society6 which are now available as prints, canvases, cushions, bags, notepads and more! The works feature mixed media of fine pen illustrations based on old fashioned scientific etchings of the natural world. These are then placed with some swirling colourful ink work to … Continue reading New Illustration Designs on Society6

Succulent Maddness! Affordable Potted Plants For Easy, Low Maintenance Style

Oh no! Another post about succulents! I cant help it! Listen, I just got back from a quick trip to Homebase DIY store upon where I spotted some really nice succulents in sturdt ceramic pots. The plants are of a good size and pots are in a range of muted pastel and earthy shades, for … Continue reading Succulent Maddness! Affordable Potted Plants For Easy, Low Maintenance Style

Succulent Terrarium in Geometric Glass and Gold – How to Plant Tutorial

Earlier this year I bought a geometric glass and metal candle holder which was hung out in the garden all Summer. Now as my succulent plant obsession grows I'm turning it into a terrarium! This style of glass and metal ornament has been very popular and there are many around. Here's what I did as … Continue reading Succulent Terrarium in Geometric Glass and Gold – How to Plant Tutorial

First Experiments – Ink Swirls and Animal Illustrations

Following on from my last post I've created some quick first experiments using Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and I really am pleased with the results. Especially for a first try.   I went for three fairly earthy colours as I wanted to keep the palette fairly natural. This is definitely worth pursuing for me. Now … Continue reading First Experiments – Ink Swirls and Animal Illustrations

Antique Animal Illustrations – There’s Potential Here…

I recently found a book on a Brooklyn street sale which I wrote about here: Fanciful Animal Illustration Find. Since then I've been looking at other books by the same publisher (Dover) who have a array of great sounding titles like: 'The Day Of The Dead: A Pictorial Archive Of Dia De Los Muertos' 'Art … Continue reading Antique Animal Illustrations – There’s Potential Here…