These delightful collages immediately caught my eyes when I was exploring Instagram and ever since her account has been one of my favourites!
Fiona Clabon is a collage illustrator from Bristol and her creative process is unique – from her love for printmaking, she creates coloured textured papers by pressing a piece of paper down onto rolled out ink and when dry, she cuts them up to make illustrations. How amazing is that! But Fiona explains her creative process so much better than me so do read her “My Making” page.
What I love about her illustrations the most is texture, it makes every detail of the picture interesting and beautiful. I love her use of colour too.
I have recently set up a Pinterest board all about collage art because I have been dreaming of doing a collage piece for myself lately but because I haven’t done any since uni (7 years ago!), I am little afraid to start!
More of Fiona and her work:
This was what I was working on last month. It was so fun to paint as well as challenging since I rarely paint houses. But I’d LOVE to paint more commissions like this so if you happen to know anyone that are looking for their houses to be painted, let me know! Thank you.
This commission was painted with watercolour and a bit of acrylic. As usual, I was nervous to post it to my client and to my delight, she loved it so much.
It makes me smile every time I see one of these painted envelopes on my IG feed. It is Lucy Halcomb that painted these cute illustrations on brightly (mostly) coloured envelopes. I love the way she paints the subjects – they are illustrative, bold, and playful. Knowing me, her food illustration are the ones that I love the most. I am so glad to have found her project and I hope you are too!
When my cards and especially prints were running out fast over these festive months (thank you so much guys), I took an opportunity to refresh my shop by removing some prints that weren’t selling well, retaking product photos and introducing new prints, as well as the new sizes – A4 and A3. I made a decision to go for a new printing company and chose a new type of paper for my prints, which is more costly but it is worth it because it has that lovely luxurious feel to it that I want for my new prints. So exciting!
I have hugely struggled with product photography all my business life, despite reading every product photography advice post I could find. Amongst small businesses’ beautiful product photos, I subconsciously felt the pressure to make mine look as super cool but I realised recently that I needed to stop trying too hard and take photos of my products as I wanted them to look like, basically, staying true to myself. I am aware that a product photo without props and exciting colours might appear boring to many but that is me, I love keeping everything simple and fuss free. I wanted my pictures to look as light and clean as possible, obviously I haven’t quite achieved it yet but I need to stop worrying and hope that I will suddenly turn in an awesome product photographer one day!
I am feeling a lot better about my shop that is now tidied up and looking smart. Soon I will be adding my current cards that needs to be photographed again, originals and my brand new cards that will hopefully make its debut this Saturday (5th December) where I will be selling my art with Made In Camberwell Arts Market. If you happen to be heading that way too, see you there!
As you might know already, I love flamingos and my art products featuring my bestselling Flamingo has been very popular since I launched the design at the beginning of 2014. It was only recently that I felt it was a bit dated so I wanted to paint it again, and to give it feet too!
Not satisfied with my first try, I am utterly delighted with my second one (this one!) and not knowing whether people other than Aneurin and I would like it, I took the risk and had it printed in various sized prints (I got A4 and A3 prints for the first time, yay!). Fortunately, I sold A5 and A3 prints of it in Old Truman Brewery last Sunday and this new painting definitely got a lot of love by visitors.
At first, I spent too long worrying about the feathers and it didn’t look natural so for the second painting, I loosened up and added layers of darker shade and white acrylic paint. The watercolour I used for this painting is Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Watercolour Painting Plus.
I will be adding an original and some prints up on the shop this week so if you are also in love, keep your eyes out for them!