Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Lovely letters!

Hello, Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you've all enjoyed your time over the festivities...and they haven't finished yet, we've still the New Year to see in too. Hurray!

I was busy working right up to Christmas Eve preparing some gifts (even employing my family to get the work done quicker). I felt like a real Christmas Elf! I made wooden letters, hand painted them in an array of gorgeous colours - some from the Craig & Rose 1829 range - and linked these together with wire to form some pretty name blocks. I've now decided to make an abundance of these for signs, catchphrases, you name it! So watch out for more over the coming weeks.

I've also been sketching some new designs for 2012. I'm really excited about how I've developed over the past year since picking up my pencils again. This blog account may only be a couple of months old, but I started painting back in January 2011 for the first time in over a decade, and have learned to love it all again. Now I'm kicking myself over those missed 10 years! But this is how life goes, and everything happens for a reason. Now, I'm determined to get out as much as I can from my fingertips and hopefully someone will be impressed enough to want to help me make a living from it.

Have a great new year folks! x

Monday, 19 December 2011


Greetings readers, recently I have been working on hand painted signs for interior and exterior decor. I've just finished two of them - a name plaque for a wee gorgeous girl called Libby Ursa W., and a Plas Newydd home sign to hang at the end of a drive. Both experimental, I've never painted a bear or acorns before, but am pleased with the results.

Libby's was painted with acrylic, sanded to give it a more natural effect, and finished with fabric, ribbon and button applique. The little bear is her symbol (Ursa). Similar to the Evie plaque in design, whilst a little different too, as each plaque is handmade and no two will ever be exactly the same.

The house sign is on a bright background so it can be easily spotted on the country road, especially in the dark, and has acorns and oak leaves because there are old oak trees on the land. For some reason, I just wanted to carry on painting leaves onto this one...worked hard to not get carried away with swirly branches!

Both plaques are completely different and both have been given my undivided love and attention. I even worked on them whilst the heating was off, wearing earmuffs, gilet and a thick woollen scarf in the study (had also just taken my gloves off). That's dedication!

I've a fair few more signs to do and can't wait to see how they turn out. Some are Christmas related and others will be more name plaques and seasonal decor. Check back in the new year to see pics!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

A little rummage...

Oooh, I love that word, rummage! Reminds me of going through old bags of clothes and finding outfits that can be revamped, or new toys to play with! All about bringing out and dusting off some old work. So I thought I'd have a rummage through my work and pop up some new images...

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Christmas Fair

Happy December! So tonight sees my cards and name plaques up for sale at Ysgol Twm o'r Nant's Christmas Fair. Here's some of what's on offer...

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Summer fun in Winter

Good evening, tonight is the eve before all my Christmas decorations go up and I am glad to have just finished another commission so that I can concentrate on making my home spectacularly Christmassy!

So this commission is for Lynn and is a special one for her as it's a painting of her two sons, their puppy and a place the family love to go on holiday to - Criccieth. Having never been there myself, I feel like I now know it particularly well. This painting was made from watercolour, acrylic and pen and ink to finish, on watercolour paper. This will be made as a postcard size print to add to my collection.

Next in line are some wooden name plaques for some gorgeous little children...check back soon!

Friday, 25 November 2011

Love is...

So I may be jumping ahead a couple of months but have already got Valentine's on my mind...have you? With December barely upon us, and the weather really only just starting to make us shiver (well, in North Wales it is anyway), I have taken to thinking about what love means to me and the colours that I feel it in. Love for me is a traditional and old-worldly sentiment that spans thousands of years. It isn't new, bright and perky, but time-defying and vintage. Here I've put together three love prints that are in three different shades - Plum, Smoky, and Evergreen.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Autumnal baby commission

Hurray, pulled out the stops today to finish a new baby commission. I tried out a few different techniques with this one, mixing watercolour and acrylic, then finishing off with a fine liner. I debated whether or not to use the fine liner as it stripped away some of the 3d effect, but overall it's added to the jovial scenery and colours.

I also decided to play around with some of the colours on the photographed version....What do you think?

Saturday, 12 November 2011

...owls and blossom

Here's another name plaque, currently a work in progress whilst I've lots of other orders to get on with, and need to tend to each of them lovingly. My dear friends over at RAW adventures in Nant Peris have asked for a nautical version for newborn Jude, and a flowery/owl version for their little Libby. Do you know anyone who would love their own name plaque, with a style that they love? Fairies and woodland creatures, shabby chic, vintage or nautical?

Friday, 4 November 2011

Wooden Name Plaques

Hurray, I have finished a wooden name plaque for Tom...well, not my Tom of course, but whichever Tom would love to be the owner of this seafaring illustration. On the back I have stuck my 'eden with pencils' logo sticker and signed it by me and where I am.

It has taken a little longer to get through than planned simply because other projects beckoned, but I devoted some time today to work on it, and my finishing touch with a fabric flag has made it worthwhile. And it doesn't stop there. This one was relatively quick to prepare, illustrate and paint, measuring 22cm x 7cm with a simple design. My next one is a little grander, more decorative and hopefully will be even more beautiful! I've plenty of wood to try out lots of different names and have a list of designs to work on. Can't wait!!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Etsy & Folksy

So I decided to hit both Etsy and Folksy sites with my Christmas cards and some art prints. I wonder which will do better?

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Hallowe'en delights

What a busy week! I love it when things come together, even in small doses. This week I have prepared for 8 orders, one being for a local boutique in my town of Denbigh called Baroque, who will be my local Christmas card seller. How exciting! I am quickly running out of room, so some rearranging of my study has taken place this afternoon...more shelves required please! I am loving this process, and can't wait to see people's smiles when they receive their cards.

Also this week at home we have prepared our pumpkin for the little trick or treaters...positively ghoulish!I wonder if anyone will dress up like my little Pumpkin Boy?

On the agenda for the coming week? Dispatch my orders, get some ideas together for a fantastic new beach/castle themed commission, prepare a special commission for a friend's baby, and sand down more name plaques! What a creative place I am in right now!

Thank goodness the kids will be back in school!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Original gifts

I am working on original name plaques for doors and walls, some alphabet images on wood and canvas board (which can be printed as a poster), and family tree pictures.

These are brilliant gifts for family and friends all year round and go well with commissions for baby arrivals.

I can design the alphabet images to suit individual styles with topics covered on certain letters of the alphabet - or all of them.

The name plaques will be painted onto wood and can also be individually styled.

The family tree image can be as complex or as simple as you wish, and can be styled in a range of colours and patterns. Very pretty.

If you'd like to know more about this then send me an email! I look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Folksy sale

Ready for sale on Folksy for the first time, the range of 5 Dotty Christmas cards have been printed and are ready for ordering. Looking forward to sharing them with the world :0)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

...and next

Next project on the list? Name plaques. I have kindly been donated some wood for chopping down, dusting off, painting and decorating into lovely signs and plaques for doors (not just bedroom ones!), and in return I will be painting the new farm sign for the kind donor. (Thanks Tim)

Looking forward to this one, will coincide nicely with the alphabets that I have been working on, and maybe a large piece of wood (or a long one) would look nice as an alphabet sign? Who knows, will see how it all pans out...

...and I am very much looking forward to starting the commission for Lynn! When you're ready with those photos, Lynn! x

Ready for printing

Hurray, the paintings are all complete and ready to be printed. Here are the last two for the range. There are five in total and they're all dotty! Paper should arrive at the start of this week, the printer has been recalibrated and hopefully will survive this operation. Will let you know when they're ready for sale. Until then...

Friday, 14 October 2011

Scrumptious Pancakes

Thankfully, Tom treated me to some delicious pancakes with honey and Greek yoghurt whilst I arduously worked on my third "Have a Dotty Christmas" card...two turtle doves. And just as I had it completed my little boy was sick requiring a complete room change. How thoughtful of him to wait until I'd finished!

Thursday, 13 October 2011

...it is the season

Well here are two finished paintings ready for scanning and printing. On that note, I have just ordered some Ilford Galeria Pearl Paper 270gsm for my DIY printing, to make these cards truly homemade! Just 3 more images to go to finish the set...and yes, it's 2:05am and I am working on my cards...

As a beginner, I would love some ideas and feedback on the best way to carry this through to a successful finish, although trial and error means I can learn and improve all by myself, a little nudge in the right direction wouldn't hurt...

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Christmas is here...

Hello, I could not sleep last night (after a late shift till midnight) because of all the ideas spinning around in my head. I was up at 2.30 making notes on my smart phone...and today, bleary eyed, I have been working through them. I am excited. Christmas has entered my thoughts and has taken over my desk!! Here are two of my range of 5 new Christmas cards that will be out soon as part of the 'Have a Dotty Christmas' range...

...all inspired by one little girl's gilet. They are just snippets as the finishing touches are yet to be added, and hopefully they'll be with the printers shortly...or should I print them at home?? That dilemma, is for another day...

Monday, 10 October 2011

Folksy & Etsy

Could you help me? I have opened both Etsy and Folksy accounts, and am very fresh-faced with the whole concept. Is there an idiot's guide to work with? Or do you have fantastic ideas about how to make them work well for you...I'm awash with technical/digital data and am struggling to do what I want with them...

Sunday, 9 October 2011

...off the ground

Here are a couple of baby arrival illustrations that I have done recently. They are both individual to the baby, in style and theme. I am testing various methods of styles to have a few options for you to choose from, and then the theme itself will depend on your baby's own uniqueness. A water sign for a water baby? A theme based on your baby's name? These are lots of fun and are a wonderful surprise for new parents or family. They can be made into postcards to let the world know, or used as individual gifts and memoirs.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Greetings and much merriment...

Hey, what a new start, with everything else I have to do I just couldn't hold myself back any more. I have to blog. Independently setting myself up in Denbigh as an illustrator, at the moment I'm just testing the waters - what I like to do, and what others like about what I do...and we'll see what happens.
I'm loving shabbyblogs and their wonderful colours and style...so have pinched a few things to start me off. I expect it will be a slow start...but the wheels are already turning.

So what is this all about?

Well here is a little illustration to start with, appropriate for the season I thought :0)