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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!

Latest Artwork // Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Watercolour Painting Katrina Sophia

I painted this on the other day. Thank you, Fee for your suggestion! I love how colourful Rainbow trout is. Adding black spots were both fun and daunting (as to whether I was going to ruin the whole painting! But look like I didn’t. Right?).

Check out my mackerel and salmon painting if you haven’t yet.

Latest Artwork // Mackerel

mackeralI have had a lot of fun painting this, even though there are areas I would have done differently. While I like the blues, I want it to be on more lilac side and maybe more silvery.

When a piece I am painting is complicated than usual, I tend to accidentally use too much water or add too much layers that the paper – no matter how good quality/ expensive it is – warps a little and the paint applied sometimes looks dense (for the lack of a better word). That was what happened to the shadow area, but it looks fine scanned.

If you are wondering why I chose to paint mackerel, I eat this type the most out of all the fish out there. I love tinned mackerels, even though it stinks so bad! It is particularly yummy with salad.

I am surprised I could make fish look pretty! Let’s see if I will paint more. Check out my work in progress video of this watercolour piece.

Latest Artwork // Barn Owl

barn owl

After finishing my commission at the end of last week, I sat down on my desk aspiring to paint something I wanted to paint and I painted a barn owl.

Around that time, I’d discovered Hyperlaspe app and took an opportunity to try it out while I was working on the owl. Check them out here and here.

I realise I often keep my artwork to myself, will only share them with you if I am at least happy with them and now I want to challenge myself to share work in progress pictures, not knowing whether the piece will go well or not and maybe if I could muster up the courage, share the finished piece even though I don’t like it myself.