Monday, 12 September 2016

Etsy shop now open for biz

Apologies for lack of posts over the last year...I've been beavering away designing some pretty new prints (among other things) which can now be purchased through my Etsy shop.  You see these and more in the shop which I've just updated, ideal for home and nursery wall art.  Hope you like them!!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Feature on Print Pattern

Yay!! I was super-excited today to see that my work had made it onto Print Pattern's awesome surface pattern design blog.  I'm even having a cheeky glass of wine later to celebrate.  You can see the post here

Thursday, 23 April 2015


I know Christmas is a way off but Im taking part in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Module 3 and these are couple of assignment pieces I've finished.  The Christmas card is more my normal style but the mark-making is a new experiment for me.  I'm pretty happy with the fonts Ive been making, feel like I found a style that feels very 'me'. 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Fiesta Fiesta!!

Well, the last assignment of Make Art That Sells Module B is finished (I missed 2 of them due to illness) but was pretty happy with how this one turned out.  Based on Folk style we were asked to come up with some party paper ware.  Not sure how much a cockerel says 'party' but it was good fun to do.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Happy Mother's Day to an intrepid traveller

For my Mum, a fearless adventurer, who is somewhere on the other side of the world right now, probably traipsing through jungle.  This isn't my finest work but it's the thought that counts:)

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Make Art That Sells Part B

Last year I took Make Art That Sells Part A, and now I'm on Part B so I thought I'd show you the 2 assignments I've completed so far.  First assignment was a Christmas Card with a toy train theme and second was a kidswear design based on seahorses and seaweed.

This little mog playing needs a playmate

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Land of Make Believe

I love maps and wanted to try and make a fun one for my daughter, although her bonkers imagination could probably come up with some more imaginative places than I have. Maybe I'll do one with dragons and ice bears next! Went a bit overboard with the photoshop textures!  Probably need to work on it a bit more but I think Im hooked on making maps!

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Birds of a feather...

...stick together, especially when they are both stuck in a party belljar! I think this print needs some text but not sure what yet. (Cant really use 'free as a bird' as they are are captive in the jar!)

I've got a pair of nasty bird ornaments that I sprayed gold for a DIY project that I keep in a belljar with some fircones and when I'm at my computer they stare at me from across the room. The other day I thought it might make a good picture. 

Friday, 9 January 2015

Lilla Rogers MATS A course

Here are a few of the assignments I did for the Lilla Rogers course in the Autumn.  It was a fantastic course and really helped me find my style.  There were some incredible artists on the course which was a bit daunting but I think it helped in a way, you don't want to be the most accomplished designer on the course or you havent got so much to aim for.  With all the awesome working flying about, it was so inspiring and made me try that bit harder!

Suzani-inspired tableware

Bird Life

Hare and Tortoise bookcover

I know, I know, Christmas is over...

But, I never got round to posting these bad boys that I created for my advent series.  I never got further than 10, so maybe by next Christmas I'll have it finished!  Here are a few of them.

I'm back!

Phew!  I've been so busy the last few months, the poor old blog is neglected again!  I did Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells Part A course in the Autumn, after doing the first module of The Art and Business of Surface pattern Design last Summer.   I've learnt so much and those two courses really helped me find my style so now I'm working on honing that more and hoping to start selling work this year.  Last year I had my first forays into selling my designs but I really want to make a leap this year into making design for a living.

Things are about to get super-busy again as I'm doing The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Modules 2 and 3 this Spring aswell as Make Art That Sells Part B all on top of my two part time jobs (Am I an idiot?). 

I've been trying to create more placement prints, as I have previously only really made repeat patterns.  I'm having a whale of a time, just like these little forest folk!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Tigerprint birthday card comp.

Here are a couple of birthday card designs I made to enter into the Tigerprint birthday card competition.  (YAY!! they made the short-list!!)

Monday, 12 May 2014

Mocking up

Having lots of fun mocking up my designs onto all sorts of things!  Maybe one day they will make the light of day in a shop or two (fingers. toes, everything crossed)

Sunday, 11 May 2014

High Tea

A first stab at a collection, still don't feel like I've nailed it style-wise, feels a bit like the style got sucked out of the co-ordinates a bit but its a start.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Secret Garden

A little garden-inspired seed pattern to welcome summer (and the beginning of the dreaded hay fever season - tissues at the ready!)

Hola mi amigos

Here is some more character-type design for the ASPBD course.  This times my design is inspired by Mexican 'alebrije' (painted wooden folklorish animals).  I first saw them on holiday in Texas when I went to visit my American family a few years ago and was really taken with the bright little creatures. 

I tried a more sketchy style for this pattern.   Love the joy and energy that come from all things mexican -inspired and hope to create a whole collection, but I'm not sure whether this more sketchy style is too full on, compared to my other designs below?  What are your thoughts?  Which style do you prefer?

Monday, 5 May 2014

Terrarium Spoonflower challenge

Spoonflower, a fabric printing service, run weekly surface pattern contests online.  The upcoming competition is on the subject of terrariums.  This is my offering for the competition. If anyone is feeling particularly generous and would like to throw a vote my way, you can do so here, I'll be eternally grateful:) You may need to scroll down a bit to see it.

If you go down to the woods today...

One of our exercises on the ABSPD Module 1 was to create some character designs.  I've always had trouble drawing animals and people but finally created some girls and woodland creatures that I was fairly happy with as a start.  

I have a habit of throwing everything including the kitchen sink into my designs and this design was even busier until my husband cast his eye over it and said it might be a bit full on.  So this is the pared back version - believe it or not.  The colours have become a bit muted when I've uploaded them this time but you get an idea.  

Which version do you prefer?  Would you like to see anything else added/removed from the design to improve it?  All suggestions welcome.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Tigerprint Competition - Mother's Day Florals

Boosted on by the great time I'm having creating patterns and playing with colour on the ABSPD course, I've entered the Tigerprint Mother's Day Floral competition today with these 2 card designs.  Which do you prefer?  UPDATE: I made it to the shortlist (yay!) but no further (boohoo!)  Better luck next time I hope.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Misty mornings

Last week as part of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course Module #1 we worked on colours and moodboards.  I made lots but I won't bore you with them all.  As I normally go for bright colours, I thought I'd try some more muted tones.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


I could make a joke about being a fungi guy, but I won't!  Another pattern I knocked up today. Not my favourite of the ones I've done so far, maybe need to work on the colours.

Autumn in Spring

I created this pattern today inspired by acorns and autumn.  Not sure about the colours - too sickly?  I have a habit of making things look too saccharine!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Art and Business of Surface pattern course

I've loved surface pattern for years.  I wanted to study it at university but didn't get the right grades to go get onto the course I wanted to and I ending up doing Fashion instead which wasn't my first choice and I haven't worked in that industry for over 10 years now.  I've been messing about with patterns on Illustrator for the last few years (with mostly horrific results!) but  recently I signed up with the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design course with designer Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton of Do What you Love in order to try and find 'my style' with a view to hopefully being able to start selling my patterns.  I've been having a blast with it so far, and we are only just into week 3 of the first module.  Here are a couple of the patterns I've created so far.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Give Nana's ornaments a facelift

You've seen them before - the forlorn looking ornaments gracing the shelves of pretty much every charity shop.  Give those ornaments a new home and a new lease of life with this super quick tutorial I made for Craft Candy.

Toilet roll craft pinatas

Who knew loo rolls could be so cute!  I made this tutorial for Craft Candy who are celebrating their birthday this month.    Instead of being filled with sweets, these pinatas are filled with crafty treated instead.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Build a little birdhouse in your soul...

"Not to put too fine a point on it, Say I'm the only bee in your bonnet, Make a little birdhouse in your soul"...

Here's a little DIY cardboard and pom-pomy birdhouse demo which will surely cheer up your soul (Please note, any bibliophiles watching this video and cringing at the book being cut up - it was already damaged!) 

Kitsch shot glass revamp

Another mini tutorial video I made for Craft Candy - Use left over bits of candle and melt them down to create these cute kitsch shot glass candles - great gift idea too - and cheap - I usually pick up these shot glasses for about 25p each in my local charity shop - and you can't beat a canine candle!

Birdie plate DIY

Got a load of old crocks hiding forlornly in your kitchen cupboards? Here's a quick idea to jazz them up and get them on your wall

Pretty pushpins

Another Vine super quick 7 second (yes, you heard right, 7 seconds long!!) tutorial I did for Craft Candy:

Monday, 13 January 2014

DIY: Pom pom twigs

Another quick tutorial I did for Craft Candy recently, simply using pom pom fringing, a splash of paint, some twigs I picked up in the park and my favourite craft tool of choice - the glue gun.  

Friday, 10 January 2014

Flashback: Helen Musselwhite

I first found Helen Musselwhite's work back in 2010, and wrote about her intricate paper cut creations on this blog.  I have recently seen her creations cropping up on Pinterest a lot lately and wanted to show her current work to you all again, in case you missed it first time round.

Helen lives just south of Manchester and takes a lot of her inspiration from the countryside round there which is obvious from her work which feature lots of British flora and fauna.  Helen has been busy since I last featured her and her work has been used on many magazine covers and advertising campaigns, including Audi, Cadbury and Nokia and also window designs for Stella McCartney and Smythson.  

I love to read about people making a living from something they LOVE doing, which is sadly a bit of a rarity in this day and age.  You can see how much care and attention goes into her work and its lovely to read on her website that ..'I think it’s simply that I love doing this so much I can get totally lost in what I’m doing and the time passes by without me noticing. I’m at my happiest when I’ve nearly finished a piece that I’ve been really caught up in – sometimes I feel quite bereft when I’ve finished them!..'


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