Anyone who’s ever taken a walk with me will know I usually come home with a few ‘finds’ in my pocket which I use either as inspiration for a drawing, digital sketch or just to photograph and scan into Illustrator. These were my finds from last week, a collection of seeds, nuts and berries gathered during a long walk in the forest with my dog.
I love this time of year especially for the seed heads which are everywhere. I find them just as fascinating as the flowers they started out as. Sometimes they’re even better and more interesting. This collection made a perfect study for drawings and photos.
By the middle of the week I had a few images ready to work on in Illustrator.
After a bit more work plus finding a suitable colour palette to work from I came up with a few designs I really love. I’ve turned these into greetings cards which are now in my Etsy shop.
I’m super happy with how they turned out and so glad I walk everywhere with my eyes on the ground and a little net bag in my pocket.
Since opening my shop in Etsy I’ve been going through the stock to decide what to actually put on the shelves.
When it comes to the greetings cards I’ve decided to mostly stick to original designs which means a lot of the images on the card fronts are my own designs. If any of them are made using a stamp or die cut from another company then I’ll put that in the description. Eventually the only cards I’ll be creating will be designs from hand drawn images by me. The three below are stamps and stencils designed and made by me in my studio.
Designed by Basement Studio
There’s something very satisfying in seeing my own designs on a card, like a little piece of artwork.
You can find these and many other card designs on Etsy here by following this link.
It’s nearly that time of year when we get all mushy and soft, cook a romantic dinner, maybe light a candle and pack the kiddies off to bed a bit earlier. With that in mind I’ve whipped up a few arty cards with a Valentine theme.
I took some pre-painted backgrounds and cut them into hearts. I think they look so pretty like that.
I layered most of them over a watercolour wash and flicked some gold paint here and there. The gel printed background was already quite busy so I left the heart simply gold so it would stand out.
What a fantastic weekend just gone. A massive thank you to everyone who came to my workshop on Saturday, it was absolutely wonderful to be back in the salle teaching again after a break of 18 months. Hopefully this is the start of better things ahead.
Leading up to the workshop I had quite a few printing sessions, just to make sure I got it right, so I thought I’d make use of some of the best prints and make a few cards out of them. I rarely give up on a print as even some of the truly chaotic ones can look totally different when they’re cut up into smaller pieces or die cut from.
Here are the prints cut and mounted onto card.
I can’t decide whether to add a small sentiment or leave them blank, it seems a shame to cover up these beautiful prints. I’ve still got a huge pile of prints to cut so I guess that means I’ll have a busy day ahead.