For all of you who have been soaked and rained upon in the last few weeks, this is for you.
Happy New Year! Here’s hoping it’s drier from now on..
Hello! I decided rather late on to do some illustrations for an advent calendar (it’s #adventcatchup on twitter). So I have been catching up, but its been fun thinking up new things each day. So here they are so far..
That’s all for now.. hope they make you feel Christmassy.
I was approached a while back by a lovely lady who really liked my ‘Love Birds’ print (over on my Folksy shop) and wanted it on fabric. I wasn’t able to print it myself and so began an exciting discovery of places that print fabric and how you go about it. Its been a massive learning curve, but very enjoyable and something I am very interested in exploring in the future.
I had no idea about ’tiling’ or how to put together a repeat, and so I armed myself with a great book ‘A Field Guide To Fabric Design’ by Kimberly Kight and learnt from there. It was a very useful book and I can heartily recommend it. Not being particularly techy I started by playing with photocopies and from there realised that I needed something to fill in the big spaces, a second ‘pattern’ was created and added. I’m sure it’s much easier to do it digitally, but I needed to physically play with it.
This is a picture of the very reduced photocopy of the print, so I could play with the pattern.
This shows a tracing paper overlay (told you it was low tech!) with the additional pattern added. The grid helped with placing the pattern.
After looking at many UK companies, we went with ‘Spoonflower’ from the States, mainly due to choice of Fabrics and usability of their site. I’ve only had a fat quarter sample of the fabric done so far, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.
I also had a test of their wall decals done, I don’t think this design would work, but its inspired me to try some others. I couldn’t resist having a play with it though..
I’ve been doing a lot of birds lately, for one thing and another, so I thought I’d show you a couple.
The first was for a wedding card, loosely based on my ‘lovebirds’ screenprint.
what else could they be??
“Nonsense and Balderdash” cried Sergeant Rock Hard of Her Majesty’s Guard.. “There’s NO Such Thing as a Ghostie”.
This is from ‘There’s No Such Thing as a Ghostie’, written by Cressida Cowell and illustrated by me, way back in 2004.
A lovely thing happened the other day, I was emailed with a link to a blog Creating Misericordia and was delighted to read about how the blog creator , Katy, had made a Sergeant Rock Hard costume for her soon to be 3yr old son. The costume was superb and I was amazed to see how much detail she had picked up on. Very flattered.
So I wanted to do something special for her son. I set about trying to do him a picture of said Sergeant (-surprisingly difficult to try to capture how I painted back then) I hope he likes it.