Last month, I was looking through a pile of old paintings I did years ago and saw old butterfly painting, which wasn’t very good. I vaguely remember painting it and got frustrated because I hated it.
I then decided to start painting butterflies again. I looked up the most common butterflies in Britain and listed them. I slowly went through the list painting 8 butterflies in total. They were received well over at my Instagram and I went ahead with my plan to turn them into a print.
I got them printed on notebooks, A4 prints, and A3 prints. I absolutely love the end result. I initially thought about adding handlettered titles like my Culinary Herbs print but I decided against it and let the artwork speak for itself.
See more of my butterfly series here. Which one is your favourite?
After launching my handmade clay necklaces on the shop, I was approached by the lovely Yasumi from Stranger London – an online shop filled with thoughtful and lovingly made accessories, homeware and jewellery. She asked me to make bespoke clay beads to add to her wall hangings, where she’d sell on her shop.
I was slowly improving from feeling uninspired few weeks before. I think starting my butterfly series helped a lot, and it was a hit! I wanted to do more oil paintings but with less work coming in, I couldn’t afford more canvases and paints that was running very low. The weather was glorious, apart from some random rainy days (which was also pretty beautiful though), I was inspired by British countryside hence the bird I painted from my front garden (1st picture), this windowsill painting (I really don’t like it!) and those butterfly illustrations.
My thoughts while being creative every day in July:
- My persistence was impressive – painting butterflies were surprisingly not easy so I ended up painting some of them twice for me to finally be happy with them. It was totally worth it now I have new products featuring them! Keep your eyes out for them as they are going to be listed on the shop super soon.
- Painting this windowsill painting that I didn’t like, I wanted a challenge and to do something different. I wanted to try paint something bigger than a painting of object with white space around it, which is my usual style and that is fine – I just wanted to see what I am capable of! It freaked me out that painting a ‘scene’ was harder than I thought and I am trying not to let my fears take over. I have few ideas floating around and I hope I nail it next time!
Imagine my excitement when I saw that Handmade Nottingham is hosting a market event for the first time this Sunday.
I will be selling my paintings and products with 20+ other designers/ makers. It has been a while since I sold in markets so I am curious whether my latest arrivals will sell well, including my clay necklaces. The response to my market stall is usually different from my online shop.
I will also be selling brand new collection of prints and notebooks, featuring my butterfly series and new paintings I’ve yet shared. I’ve just sent designs to the printer and I hope they will turn out as lovely as I imagine them to be!
My last market event was last December and feeling a little out of practice, I’ve already started preparing last week. My tasks this week are to finish painting new necklaces, test new boxes I am going to display my products with and organise float money.
Wish me luck!