From The Studio

GROW Collaboration

 Photos above belong to Brynn & Co

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may know this already but I am so excited to announce my collaboration with an embroidery artist, Amanda of Brynn & Co!

She first approached me to say that she loved my plant paintings and wanted to collaborate with me to create a plant-y design to sell as an embroidery kit. Of course, being a crazy plant lady and always on the lookout for exciting opportunities, I said yes! We talked about her vision of what the design would look like and I started sketching ideas. Happily, she absolutely loved my first draft so I painted it with watercolour and sent over a scan for her to base the embroidery on. I think this is the most exciting bit – seeing my painting come alive as embroidery art, a form I’ve always admired.

Like Amanda said, we couldn’t be happier with the results and we hope you are too!

LINKS:
GROW embroidery PDF pattern
GROW embroidery kit

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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!

@inky.diary

@parade.made

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!

My 2017 Goals

My heart rate quickens when I start to think about what my goals will be this year. It is both exciting and scary. A new year gives me an opportunity to reflect, improve and push myself but I have that not-so-little fear where I feel I can’t do it and worry that I will do badly this year and ultimately, embarrass myself in the process.

But that is just a fear, I must face and overcome it as best as I can. It has taken me a while to really think about what I want to achieve this year. I know I want to keep improving and exploring my art. I also want to take my business to the next level. Here are my goals of 2017:

Paint every day

Like my 2016 goal, I want to continue painting (or drawing) daily and being accountable to myself on Instagram, with one change: I want to not feel guilty if I miss a day – it is not productive or necessary to be so hard on myself. In my last post, I mentioned that I am making this goal my lifelong project because during my daily art adventure in 2016 I realised how important it is to practice every day because it is simply the best way to improve at it over time!

Make at least one clay piece per month

I have always wanted to have a monthly project. There are a few things I want to do but I had to choose one due to my workload and that would be making something with clay. I will aim to make at least one piece per month, to a finished state. I will be sharing progress here at the blog and across social media. I have thought about painting a flower per month with oil or acrylic but I am incorporating this into my daily art goal.

Improve my social media presence

I am rubbish at social media. While I understand how it works and what needs to be done for small business owners, I just don’t act on it. I want to be more intentional –  posting on the go, promoting my services whenever possible and making the most of scheduling tools that are available to us. Basically, I need to put myself out there and take my business where I want it to be!

Now, tell me yours! :)