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Introducing Wildflowers Collection

I launched my newest collection on Friday – Wildflowers!

In the run up to Top Drawer in January I was advised to design a new range to launch at the event, so in the autumn last year I started to think about what my next collection would be. Wildflowers have been one of the collections on my to-do list for a while and I felt most excited and inspired about them.

During the Christmas rush I spent some time thinking about the collection, what type of products would the range includes, and learning more about wildflowers and choosing the ones I was going to paint. I used my Observer’s book of Wildflowers and RHS website for research.

I finally managed to find time to start painting and designing the range in December. I painted about 20 wildflowers and whittled it down to my best 12 for my first design of the range – British Wildflowers print.

I also designed four patterns from my wildflower illustrations. When I decided that I wanted to make patterns, I was stumped about where to start with so many wildflower illustrations in front of me! I had a brainwave and used my research to base my patterns on wildflowers that are mostly found in summer, spring, shady woodlands, and meadows. I found these groups of wildflowers actually work really well!

The product in this Wildflowers collection I am most proud of is Wildflowers Set of 6 Postcards.

It was SO hard to narrow down my wildflower paintings to 6 favourites but I eventually got there with my kind partner’s help. I wanted my postcard set to have a Victorian botanical vibe so I went for a very dark grey background with contrasting white text for plant name, which I feel works really well with my colourful wildflowers. I also decided to go for a different-than-usual paper stock for the set – ‘acquerello’ laid paper that is gorgeously cream and textured with fine-lined markings. It was a risky move and I was so happy when I saw it in print for the first time – it was exactly what I imagined it to be! Yay!

The new collection was received really well in Top Drawer and most of the new products received a lot of orders!

I am glad I pushed myself to do the patterns, which I always find myself in the deep end designing, and also trying a new paper stock for the postcard and notebook sets. I want to be more adventurous in the manufacturing area of my business (where I outsource primarily) rather than sticking with the usual cards and prints – which sold really well, but I feel like my vision is bigger than this: I want to see my illustrations on everything, from functional wares to textiles! I am a tactile person so that reflects my ambition.

Thank you for reading, I think it’s clear that I am fond of my new collection and I hope you love it too!

The Great British Bake Off Illustration

The Great British Bake Off Illustration

I was so excited for The Great British Bake Off’s new series on Wednesday that I painted the logo with the faces of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood!

As I rarely painted portraits with watercolour (I predominantly use oil for portraits), I don’t think I am quite there in term of likeness but I am happy enough because they are at least recognisable, right? I was tempted to paint them all over again but since it have taken me a long time to complete the illustration and that it is just for fun, I thought I shouldn’t fret about it too much.

In case you are wondering where I am at with my business at the moment – my commission listing is currently closed due to wanting to focus on my blog, shop and admin work as well as self development after neglecting them. I am also redefining my commission service and hoping to reopen this autumn (or possibly in the New Year) with a new dedicated page. While I love painting commissions, it is quite refreshing to be able to do everything else that also needs attention and I want to reopen the listing with an intention to improve my time managment. Tips? Send them my way!

Sandwich Illustrations for Tesco Food

Tesco Online Commission

Tesco commission

Last July, I was lucky enough to be commissioned by Tesco Food! They wanted four of their sandwiches to be painted for their Twitter and Instagram campaigns.

I found painting these sandwiches challenging due to complex detail of fillings but I would say – I nailed it! I’ve really enjoyed painting something so different and completely outside my comfort zone. I was very nervous when I handed over the finished piece and to my much relief, they loved it.

I am also pleased with my hand letterings, which I’ve been practising for the last few months.