New Greeting Card in the Shop

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I’m excited to let you know today that there is a new greeting card available to purchase in my Etsy shop. I designed this one with Christmas in mind but it is blank inside so can be used for lots of different occasions.

Unlike the other cards in my shop, each of these cards will be printed by hand using a lino block that I carved. That means that no two cards will be 100% identical.

I also have a special offer available now on ALL cards in my shop so make sure you take advantage of that with the holiday season fast approaching.

Find my new card, the special offer and all my other cards, prints, notebooks and original works in my shop.

 

By | October 23rd, 2017|Design, Shop|0 Comments

My Current Daily Art Kit

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At the moment I’m working on the 365 Days to a Portfolio Project, which involves making 3 illustrations each week, and my 100 Days of Hand Lettering, which I do every single day. I usually combine the 2 when they overlap just to make life a bit easier, but it’s a lot of work. And because I didn’t have enough going on (!) I’m also taking the latest Sketchbook Skool klass as well, which lasts 5 weeks.

I’m sharing my work every day on social media so I thought I’d explain here a bit more about the process and the tools I’m using pretty muc every day. They’re not all pictured here. Most of them are but these are the main things I use each day.

An A4 sketchbook.

I’m using a Seawhite of Brighton Creative Casebound sketchbook, which has nice smooth drawing paper and is hard bound. I’m using that to draw out my hand lettering every day. Sometimes I use pencil first and then ink it but mostly I just use a pen (hence the spelling mistake I made in one of the quotations you can see here!).

Micron pens.

I have a selection of Pigma Micron pens, which I’m using for my lettering and they range from 005 to the Pigma Graphic 1 and they work nicely on the smooth paper in this big sketchbook.

Surface Pro tablet.

I’ve been digitising most of my hand lettering so far and to do that I scan the sketchbook and then clean things up and edit things together in Photoshop so the Surface Pro, together with my Bamboo stylus, comes in handy for that, as does my laptop.

A5 Watercolour Moleskine Sketchbook.

On days when I don’t digitise my hand lettering I use a page in my A5 Moleskine watercolour sketchbook. These are one of my favourite all-round sketchbooks to use regularly. I like the size, the landscape format and they handle watercolour paint pretty well.

Watercolour Paint.

This is my medium-sized palette from Winsor and Newton which I use most days for non-digital hand lettering and other sketches and drawings. The bright coloured blobs of paint inside the lid are gouache paint which I just mix from the tube and clean off every so often.

Paintbrushes.

I use a whole range of paintbrushes but my favourites at the moment are from Rosemary and Co. I especially like this mop brush for creating big washes of colour for backgrounds.

A5 Mixed Media Sketchbook.

This is the sketchbook I use most often. It’s a Stillman and Birn Zeta sketchbook and I really like the thick paper (although I think my favourite is their Beta sketchbook because the paper has a bit more ‘tooth’). I haven’t tried yet but it’s really smooth so I think it would handle Copic markers nicely.

These are the core of what I use to make my drawings and illustrations each day at the moment. Sometimes I also add in some coloured Uniball pens, Gelly Roll and Gelly Glaze pens, a pencil and watercolour pencils for sketching.

What are you favourite and most useful tools that you use regularly?

By | April 21st, 2017|Design, Drawing|0 Comments

Starting the 100 Day Project 2017

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The 100 Day Project starts today. Last year I created a hand drawn pattern every day and this year I’m going to create some hand lettering every day. I’m leaving it quite open so that I have the option to create a hand lettered word, phrase, quotation or a single letter.

Because I have the 365 Days to a Portfolio challenge that I’m working on 3 days a week I didn’t want to create a lot of extra work for myself on those days, so my plan is to incorporate my hand lettering into those drawings. Again, that might be a word, phrase or a relevant quotation. I’ll digitise my work when I can but I can’t commit to doing that every single day.

This feels like a big challenge but I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes.

Are you joining the 100 Day Project this year? What are you working on?

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By | April 4th, 2017|Creativity, Design, Drawing|0 Comments

Illustrated Map

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This week, as March comes to an end we’re coming to the end of a month of botanical drawings in the 365 Days to a Portfolio challenge. There’s one more drawing to go but today’s prompt was ‘garden map’.

This was the first illustrated map that I’ve made and I chose to create a map of Postman’s Park, which is a small park/garden in the City of London. It was a challenge because it involved creating lots of individual drawings and hand lettering, and then assembling them in Photoshop. But it was fun and something that I might do again.

I’ve also created a second version of this map, which I’ve submitted to They Draw and Travel. You can also see that version on my portfolio page.

 

By | March 29th, 2017|Design, Drawing, Travel|0 Comments

A Little Something For You!

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Last week I closed my Etsy shop for a 2 week Christmas break. I’ll be re-opening on 2nd January. Tomorrow I’ll be drawing my last patterned alphabet letter and I’ll share the whole series with you here next week. In the meantime as a thank you for your support in reading my blog, supporting me on social media and/or buying from my Etsy shop I wanted to offer something to you.

Christmas is now less than 2 days away and if you’re still wrapping gifts I thought you might find this free printable sheet of gift tags useful. I carved each image from a lino block and the text is my own handwriting.

I don’t know about you, but I often run out of gift tags when I’m doing my last-minute wrapping so feel free to print off as many sheets of these as you need. I think they’d look great on brown recycled card, but if you have some white or brightly coloured card that would work too. Just click on the image below and you’ll be taken to a printable pdf file.

Once you’ve printed them on to your chosen sheet of A4 card just cut along the dotted lines, write your message on the back and either tape them to a gift or punch a hole and attach some twine or ribbon. I’d love to see photos of your packages with my tags on!

I’m sure I don’t need to say this but these gift tags are for your personal use only so that means the copyright belongs to me and they are not for resale. Thank you very much for all of your support this year. I hope you have a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

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By | December 23rd, 2016|Design|0 Comments