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 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 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 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)