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
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!
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
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
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…
My flat is fairly small and we usually spend Christmas Day at our parents' so the need for a Christmas tree to 'keep presents under' has been fairly defunct for the past few years. I do decorate the flat, just no tree. This year I feel like I want somewhere proper for the presents to … Continue reading 8 Easy & Stylish DIY Alternatives To Christmas Trees
I recently picked up this great book at a Yard Sale in Brooklyn. 1300 Real And Fanciful Animals From Seventeen Century Engravings by Matthaus Merian. It's filled with wonderful illustrations and pages which would look fantastic as framed pictures. However not all the illustrations would be something I'd want on my wall! Nice! Comment if … Continue reading Fanciful Animal Illustration Find
If playing The Sims has taught me anything, it's that having a plant in a room can increase happiness. Other more scientifically back benefits include cleaner air plus improved memory & productivity. Recently I visited a dear friend in Sweden, when I went into her flat it was brimming with potted plants. The atmosphere was … Continue reading Indoor House Plants – Getting Started & How Easy It Can Be!
I came across a blog post by The Crafted Life about 5 Non-Traditional Ways to Paint a Wall. She points out something obvious that many of us, myself included, simply don't think about when decorating. Walls in your home don't have to be painted all one colour. The short blog post shows 5 easy ideas which … Continue reading Exciting & Easy Ways To Paint A DIY Feature Wall
Sorting the books on your bookshelves by colours is a super easy and inexpensive way to make the room pop! And create a centre piece and focal point for free using things you already have. This blog post gives some helpful tips on ways you can do it: 10 Tips for Colour Coded Bookshelves from … Continue reading Sort Books By Colour To Create Easy Focal Point