Saturday, 16 November 2013

seasons - colours - leaves

The top image is a photo of 'Summer Leaves', printed on fabric, it's a design I created a while ago with a view to creating a collection based on the drawings. They were an experiment on my part as I wanted free pen drawings.

This week there is a competition on the Spoonflower site to create a design with 'Fall Leaves' as the theme. This gave me the impetus to play with colours and complete a leafy collection.

Below are the Winter and Spring!

......and it might not mean much to anyone else but I'm rather chuffed that the Spoonflower blog chose my 'Autumn leaves'  from the many amazing entries as one of the nine designs to promote the competition.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Brightness on a dull day

It's a dull grey Autumn day, not the best for taking photos and showing vibrant colours. But the postman delivered a parcel full of my fabrics and I couldn't resist trying to show you.

The first shows how my sample swatches arrive. They are 8 inch squares on a basic quilting cotton. I can now check the designs for the colours, the pattern repeat and the scale. If need be I can tweak whatever needs tweaking before I make them available for sale in my Spoonflower Shop.

The second image shows my new resized dolls as cut and sew designs on linen cotton canvas. They are smaller than the original 12 inch dolls, about 8 inches high and will be quicker and easier to make plus you get a set of four (Nellie, Lencie, Arthur and Alfred cousins) on a fat quarter rather than one big Nellie or Lencie or Arthur or Alfred!.

The third image is of a yard of my ever popular campervan cut and sew kit, with the little surfers who fit in the pockets down the sides so they look like they are driving along inside.

I have to say I am really pleased with the colour intensity, it's a shame I can't quite show how zingy they are, and I am also impressed with the crisp precision of the printing I just need to adjust the scaling of a few designs. Speaking of which,  I have reduced the scale of the monster collection, to make them more useful for a great quilting project and funky kids clothes and they are already for sale here.

Also my new Sunflower Calender tea towels arrived, but it was impossible to get even a vague impression of the sunniness of the design. When there is some brighter light I will attempt to show you!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Tea Towel Calender

I have created a tea towel 2014 calender using my Sunflower linocut print. I know we are only just hitting November, but if you buy it now from my Spoonflower shop you will have time to hem it and then it makes a great Christmas present.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Colour - Reds

Autumn is here and the garden is popping with every shade of red. They sing against the greens that are still vibrant before the real chill of the season sets in. It creates a beautiful palette.

Oh!.....and we found a fairy door in the magnolia tree at the bottom of the garden. I am told that Maggie the fairy lives there!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Illustration Friday - Together

This weeks Illustration Friday is 'Together', so I found a linocut that I cut a while ago for Hansel and Gretal.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Aqua Love

A collection of four fabric designs. All are small scale patterns in simple geometric shapes. (Somewhat different from my usual hand drawn, illustrative designs.) An indulgence in four basic colours that remind me of the sea this beautiful summer just gone.

Once I see the fabric samples and check the colours, they will be available from my Spoonflower shop.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

A Sneaky Peek

A sneaky peek at a book I have been illustrating for Plum Tree Books. I'd love to tell you the story but I can't...yet!