Category Archives: Art

Drawing Wild Flowers For 100 Days

I joined The 100 Day Project again! I did handlettering last year and this year I am drawing wild flowers. I decided to use my Lamy fountain pen and Seawhite sketchbook for this project.

Originally I wanted to paint them all but I realised it’d take a lot of time away from my other work, so I hope to find time to turn some of my favourites into paintings eventually!

I post my 100 day project on my Instagram every day, please follow along if you like them!

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I love seeing what other artists are up to with their 100 day projects and I really enjoy these above – what’s not to like about little animal paintings about friendships and smiley kawaii produce!

Recent Purchases From Small Businesses

Modern Botanics

Modern Botanics

Cathryn Worrell

Cathryn Worrell

Lily Anja

Lily Anya

I had a little collection of art cards and prints to put up on my studio wall front of my desk but there wasn’t enough to fill out the space, so I bought originals and prints from three of my favourite artists – Mirta from Modern Botanics, Cathryn Worrell, and Lily Anya (click links below images to visit their shops). This is what my wall look like so far, but I will be sharing better pictures when I blog about my studio soon. It is really nice to see those special pieces every day, knowing that they were made by genuinely lovely people I admire.

Shop them:
Leaves and Pods Lino Print
Set of Two Hand Printed Botanical Postcards (similar)
Marmite Art Print
Original Hand Printed Feather Lino Print
Mushroom Original Lino Print

Have you bought from small businesses recently?

Artist In The Limelight: Joanna Payne

I am glad to have found Joanna, she is ever so bubbly and lovely to follow especially on Instagram! I really like all the colours and patterns she made in her handmade accessories. Her blog is pretty awesome too!


Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi my name’s Joanna and I’m the face behind Adventures and Tea Parties, a blog and online shop selling handmade accessories. I recently returned, after spending 8 years in London, to my university city of Leicester, looking for a calmer, less expensive and hectic life and to focus more time on my creative pursuits. I haven’t looked back since and have just gone part-time on the day job as a Librarian, so that I can dedicate more time to my shop.

How did you become an artist?

I’ve always been making, designing, creating and crafting but never truly focused or found my passion until my late twenties. As a kid I would make entire board games and work my way through embroidery kits obsessively. As a teenager I was forever up-cycling my school bag and redesigning my bedroom. I remember getting really annoyed with friends, who would see my latest bedroom make-over and promptly copy it. I would rush home and instantly re-design it. That makes me laugh now; I should have been pleased! In my twenties I kind of left my creative side behind as I became focused on my new life in London, going to gigs, exploring the big smoke and training to be a Librarian. After about 4 years in London my dormant creative side suddenly woke up when my London flat mate brought home a sewing machine one day. After she showed me how it worked, I couldn’t keep away from it or the local fabric shop. As much as a cliché at this might sound, it was then that I realised something had been missing from my life for too long – the need to design, create and make. Since then it is now a part of my daily life, it is who I am and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. Profile

How would you describe your art?

I would describe my creations as colourful, alternative and fun. Tartan necklaces

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Artist In The Limelight: Chloe Hall

Again, thanks to Twitter, I discovered the lovely work of an illustrator from Leicester, Chloe Hall. I adore her work, especially that she adds embroidery on her illustrations. I thought it is very clever and bold thing to do.


 Hey Chloe! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Hello! My name is Chloe Hall, with help from De Montfort University’s Enterprise Inc scheme I have been able to do what I love and start a business as a freelance illustrator! I live in Leicester, and have recently turned my shed into a little studio to do all my drawing, making and tea drinking.
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How did you become an artist?

I didn’t really have a set plan to become an artist, I studied graphic design & art at A Level, enjoyed it a lot so decided to carry it onto a foundation course, thats when I realised I really wanted to do art as a career and went onto complete a degree in Graphic Design & Illustration, which was really fun! I was then fortunate enough to get a place on the Enterprise Inc Scheme through De Montfort and I haven’t really stopped drawing since I finished uni!

How would you describe your art?

My art I would say is quite delicate, hand crafted and often humorous, I like adding textile elements into my work to give it more detail.
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Artist In The Limelight: Eloise Georgia Mae

So glad to have Eloise as July’s Artist In The Limelight, she is a talented artist and fun blogger!


Hey Eloise! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Well hi! My name is Eloise Georgia Mae, I am currently hanging out in little New Zealand finishing up my bachelors in visual arts soon to start my honours. I have 5 siblings and 2 dogs and 2 turtles. I’m better at talking than writing. When I’m not making art I spend my days with pruned hands teaching swimming.

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How did you become an artist?

I actually kind of fell into art, I’ve always been the creative child, the ‘bright child’ but it wasn’t until late in highschool that I realised I did have an inkling of talent and so I basically just walked into an art degree with one eye open.

How would you describe your art?

My practise is always in a state of flux. On any given day it can be messy and heavy or delicate and laboured. But always very gestural.
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Who or what inspires your work?

Things I touch inspire my work. I like working with my hands so it’s different things that I come across by way of touch. Also shapes are a biggy, not necessarily what that shape belongs to.

What is your favourite piece you have ever produced?

I guess it would be this green piece {on the left}… I have had many offers for it but i just can’t bring myself to part from it.

Who is your favourite artist if you have one?

I really don’t have one but currently I am taken with Kathy Butterly’s work and will forever love De Kooning.

What advice or tips would you share with a fellow artist?

Take a break when you need a break. I can literally not make art for weeks but there is nothing worse than a work that is subpar and contrived (unpopular opinion). Do something different. Throw yourself into research. And most of all, my favourite saying “you do you”.


Thanks Eloise for wicked answers!

Her little ceramics are just lovely, aren’t they? Do follow her on her blog, Facebook pageTwitter and Instagram.

Interested to be involved in this series? Get in touch! You can be photographer, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, knitter etc too. Meet the rest of artists here.

Artist In The Limelight: Louise Lavender

Louise is one of the most loveliest person I’ve met through blogging. Recently she – in her own kitchen – has started a yarn dyeing business called The Cryptozoologist. As I enjoy knitting, crocheting and beautiful colours, what Louise is doing inspires me massively that I want to buy all of her yarns! I also backed her Kickstarter campaign, which was successfully funded. Yay! I am so looking forward to see her business to grow.


Hey Louise! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a twenty-eight year old wannabe unicorn living in beautiful Yorkshire with my husband, our cats Jiji and Arthur and our rabbits Felix and Fliss. I’m a complete night-owl, I generally don’t really come alive until mid afternoon, and then I’m at my prime in the night. I guess if I had to sum myself up it would be as a fibre artist – I’m an obsessive knitter, and I am also an indie dyer. I also appreciate a good cat, weird knitwear and spam watch Orange is the New Black.

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How did you become an artist?

I’ve been experimenting with a number of different crafts over the years – from painting to scrapbooking, felting to spinning – but I never really felt settled enough to call myself an artist, until I discovered knitting. I like to express myself with different patterns – both my own and other peoples, and I’m really into colour theory. So, I guess this naturally led to me beginning to dye my own yarn – I often found myself dreaming of strange colour combinations that no-one else really seemed to stock – so I decided to make the jump and produce them myself.

I have always been pretty into using British wool when knitting – so when I managed to source some lovely British wool, spun in my home county no less – it seemed like kismet.

How would you describe your art?

Squidgy colourful stuff! But on a more serious note I would say that I am taking heritage British wool breeds and modernising them with pop culture, geekery and unusual colours. I like to choose a theme and let myself get lost in colour. To me, there is nothing better than fibre art – I’m a very tactile person, so if you can bury your fingers in it – I’m happy!

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Who or what inspires your work?

My inspiration can be anything, a mobile phone game, a 1980s toy or popular TV shows. At the moment I’m working on Final Fantasy-themed colourways, and in the future I am hoping to add The Last Unicorn and The Moomins to my range. I love pop culture – I’m the girl quoting Buffy episodes in the corner and sharing inside jokes about The Princess Bride or Game of Thrones.

What is your favourite piece you have ever produced?

It’s so hard to pick a favourite! I think I would have to say that Princess Skylark has the most meaning to me. It’s based on a My Little Pony toy that I had as a child – and I adored her so much I never put her down. The idea to dye a yarn inspired by her was what sparked the idea to open a shop.

I’m also really keen on Moon Sugar. The Jacob yarn is so beautifully soft and plump – and as a unicorn girl, I’m predisposed to like pink!

Who is your favourite artist if you have one?

In the most traditional meaning of art – I absolutely adore Sandra Dieckmann‘s work. She creates these beautiful, fantastical animal-themed artworks that consistently take my breath away. But, in a more modern sense I love the work of Baz Luhrmann and David Lynch. I always feel so inspired after watching their work – and I could just live in Lynch’s Twin Peaks – it’s so beautifully dreamy. In fact David Lynch has coined one of my favourite quotes ever, that ties in with my adoration of night time “I like the mood at night, time gets funny at night.”

What advice or tips would you share with a fellow artist?

I’m still so new to this, that the only advice I can really offer is to accept no limitations. If you believe you can do something – you can do it. It might seem crazy, or weird to other people, but if you are passionate about what you are doing – you are already successful.


Louise, thank you so much for taking part of this series and I love your answers so much!

Her yarns are pretty, aren’t they? Be sure to follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Etsy and blog.

Interested to be involved in this series? Get in touch! You can be photographer, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, knitter etc too. Meet the rest of artists here.

Artist In The Limelight: Rich Banks

I am excited to have Rich Banks this month. Having connected him in Twitter few months ago, I have been following his art that I really love because they all are consistent, mostly symmetrical and detailed. What not to love!


Hey Rich! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in York. I have a studio at Bar Lane Studios, where I also produce limited edition screen prints of my work.

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How did you become an artist?

By accident really, I’m a trained graphic designer and ran my own graphic design company straight out of University with a friend. Then that just wasn’t really working and my friend got offered a well paid job elsewhere, so I had to figure out what I wanted to do. After a couple of failed months trying painting I started drawing again, which led to me getting a studio at Bar Lane. From there I’ve focused more on my own drawings and printmaking, as well as taking illustration work on for clients.

How would you describe your art?

Obsessive compulsive drawing! I have quite a technical and bold style of drawing, which I think comes from being taught to draw by an architect and also through my graphic design background. I use a lot of geometric patterns and symmetry in my work, which I think works well with my bold style of drawing. Because I screen print my work I have to find ways to create depth in my drawings without using gradients. So I use a lot of hatching/cross hatching/stippling and chequerboard patterns which is probably where the obsessive compulsive part to my work comes in!

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Who or what inspires your work?

Day to day life really, I wouldn’t say theres anything that is more of an inspiration to me than anything else. I have found that since getting a studio and not working from home that my works improved. I think that is down to the people at Bar Lane or the people that come in to print. I’ve got to meet some amazing people and see some amazing work. If you’re struggling with your work then you can bounce ideas off each other, and it’s also opened up a lot of opportunities for me, which wouldn’t of been there if I was working from home. So I guess you could say the other artists, designers and printmakers I’ve met inspire me to create better work.

What is your favourite piece you have ever produced?

I’m really happy with my smoking frog drawing. From the initial concept drawing through to finishing a run of 200 screen printed cards, nothing went wrong. Which is really unusual, normally you can expect there to be problems when producing work, especially screen prints.

Who is your favourite artist if you have one?

I couldn’t just choose one, I have a very varied taste. I love illustrators like Alfred Wainwright and then painters like Kandinksy. Having a studio in York I also get to see artists working like Nathan Walsh and Dean Hopkins. Their work and their dedication to that work is just incredible!

What advice or tips would you share with a fellow artist?

If you enjoy what you do, you will create better work.


Thank you Rich for your marvellous answers! His work are so good, aren’t they? Don’t forget to pay a visit to his website, shop, Facebook and Twitter!

Interested to be involved in this series? Get in touch! You can be photographer, sculptor, illustrator, printmaker, knitter etc too. Meet the rest of artists here.