Friday, 31 October 2014

freebie friday!

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you wherever you may be. today it is of course freebie friday and i have a bit of a freebie double header for you!

part 1

i have a gorgeous pdf card printable for you. simply click on the picture mock up above to view, save and print your card template. it features my bronze whimsy girl, which is also available as an art print in my store here.

part 2

a couple of weeks ago i shared a free template for printing the perfect a6 cards, along with some instructions on how to add your own art work to the template.

some people found the written instructions a little difficult to follow, and i had a few requests for a video tutorial to go with. therefore, below you can behold with wonder said tutorial! hopefully it will make it clear how to use your template to print your own art cards.

have a fantastic friday and a wonderful weekend people!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

family illustrations - perfect for christmas

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to talk to you about my gorgeous custom family illustration adventures!

i have this service listed on etsy here, and have been so thrilled to receive two commissions recently.

i start with photos of the family (which i am not sharing as i don't want to accidentally give the game away to their family!) and then create a cute cartoon version of them, using any extra images they want to have included. in this case a christmas tree.

i add in colour with watercolour pencils first of all, to give a little depth.

then i add some alcohol markers.

my final stage involves my black fineliner and some metallic ink pens i have.

if you want to see the final design (which i made into a christmas card printable for them) you'll have to check out my etsy listing! it is all very top secret and hush hush until the christmas cards have been sent out!

if you'd like to order your own custom family cartoon just click on the link above. i'd love to make one for you! i will send you the jpeg and png version of the original sketch, plus versions with a christmas greeting of your choice in jpeg format. i also supply a word document printable version so you can easily print them onto a6 card stock for all your friends and family.

super cute no?!

have a great day lovelies!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

adventures in quilting!

hey there lovelies and a very happy wednesday to you wherever you may be! today i wanted to share with you my recent adventures in quilting!

i set up my sewing machine in the back bedroom (as i felt i would be more likely to use it if it was out rather than tidied away) and i was right! i started making my first ever quilt!

i got my supplies from bobbins and lace crafts which is a local craft store that also has a vintage supplies shop on etsy! so, my cottons and wadding came from the local store but my fabrics came from etsy!

a gorgeous array of floral fabrics, all cut into squares and perfect for quilting! and only £5!

i really loved the fabric and thought it would be a great place to start as i am not the most confident when it comes to using the sewing machine, cutting fabric with seam allowance, etc. these little squares i simply cut into quarters (by folding them in half and half again) then stitched them together. no complicated measurements required!

as you can see, i got quite a lot of small squares from my original purchase, enough to make a good sized quilt from them.

i then stitched with a simple running stitch each square along one edge. i put two squares right sides together then stitched along. then added another until i had a row of 4 squares. here's what it looked like right sides upwards!

i then stitched together my rows of 4 to make the bigger quilt!

look at the gorgeous floral patterns! don't they look nice together?

i really love this bundle and think the fabrics are so lovely. like a cottage garden or something.

as you can see i still have a ways to go. i need to iron down my seams, complete the full size, add wadding and a piece of backing fabric. but it's a start!

i have been saying forever that i wanted to have a go at quilting and now i have started! and all thanks to a little nudge from a local craft store.

i'm thinking of using plain cotton on the back in slightly bigger squares, but using my oakaki machine to embroider flowers onto each square using the flower foot. then joining them together in a similar fashion to the above sections.

wish me luck!

have a great day!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

curious creatives

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to continue with my curious creatives interview series here on the blog!

this is a gorgeous interview series where i feature a different creative each and every month. think of it as a little sneak peek into the hearts and minds of curious creatives everywhere!

next up for this monthly interview series is the lovely joyelle!

Tell us a little something about your creativity. What do you enjoy creating the most?

I love mixed media painting. Having dabbled in oils, acrylics, and watercolours, once I found mixed media, it all came together for me.

What made you decide to start creating?

It was never really a decision. I have always created. Songs, stories, artwork. It's a drive that I cannot ignore. When I don't create, I am miserable. I believe art is the best therapy around, and it has always been my way to process emotion.

Where do you get your inspiration from for your creative endeavours?

Often from other artists. I love seeing images from artists like Danielle Daniel, Flora Bowley, Juliette Crane, Mindy Lacefield, and Donna Downey. I have taken classes now with all of them, and find them so inspiring!

What do you if you feel creatively blocked? How do you get past that?   

I pull out some creative exercises, like the one from Painted Pages by Sarah Ahearn Bellamare. I think the best way to get through a creative block is to get out of your head and just get something down.

Do you have any advice on silencing your inner critic?

Tell it to shut up. ;) Actually, what I have found really helpful is reading interviews with artists who I admire, and hearing that we all struggle with these demons. It is so much a part of the creative process, although not a part that I enjoy. It is a part of what makes us grow as artists. Sometimes we need to listen, acknowledge the wisdom, and then keep creating anyway.

What would be your top tips for living a more creatively fulfilled life?

Think outside of the box. Don't limit your creativity to just your art form. Find ways to imbue your everyday life with the same creative energy. Whether it is how you dress, how you cook, how you decorate your home, or how you garden, use that creative energy as often as you can. I find that approaching my life like this fills the well in way that strictly focusing on my art would not.

Pick one of your creative projects to feature here – it could be your favourite, your newest or a popular piece.  What do you think is so special about that item? Tell us more!

I just completed my first self-published children's book. I wrote and illustrated a story called Princess Monsters from A to Z. This book is about loving our individuality, and embracing the traits that make us different. I hope this book will inspire young girls to live their lives more freely, without worrying about what someone else will think.

thanks so much joyelle for sharing with us your art and your heart with us today - what a great interview! 

if you'd like to be involved in this monthly series on my blog just let me know! you can message me in the comments or use my fancy new contact page up at the top of this page :)

have a fantastic day!

Monday, 27 October 2014

create your guardian angel

hey there lovelies and a very happy monday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you some details for a workshop i am running in my local area of cottingham on november 6th.

for international readers i beg your indulgence! i am so excited about this class and really wanted to share it! i know you can't come along but you'll be there in spirit!

for local readers please do sign up for the class. it's going to be totally awesome!

i will help you to create a gorgeous guardian angel piece of art work you can use to decorate your home. i will also help you to create a digital file of your work so that you can create prints and greetings cards using it for your friends and family.

the class itself is a three week one. it will take you through, layer by layer from pencil sketch through shading to adding colour, collage and magic to your piece of art!

i loved creating my own guardian angel so much, and i shared my video adventure with my curiously gorgeous sisters too! it is a wonderful, healing and uplifting piece of art work to bring to life and i know you will love the opportunity to learn the techniques, socialise with other budding artists and most of all have fun!

all materials are included in the workshop, running from november 6th til november 20th and there are two time slots available - 10am-12, and 1pm-3.

the class is held at bobbins and lace craft shop in cottingham and i would love to have you join us. simply pop into the store to book your spot!

for readers both local and international, here are some close ups of my own guardian angel - enjoy!

thanks for letting me share and have a fabulous monday!

ps. if you'd like to work with me in an upcoming mixed media adventure whilst capturing your own inner goddess simply click on the picture below to find out more and claim your spot! this is an online class so it is open to local and international readers alike :)

Friday, 24 October 2014

freebie friday!

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be. today is friday so of course that means a lovely freebie for you!

today i have a gorgeous goddess art print for you. simply click on the picture mock up above to view, save, download and print the art for yourself.

i would recommend printing onto canvas photo paper for best results.

have a fantastic friday and a wonderful weekend people!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

your inner goddess

your inner goddess, she shines inside.

she shines away, although she may hide.

she longs to be set free and fly.

displaying your talent high in the sky.

i'm working away on a brand new ecourse. it's all about finding your inner goddess and capturing her on canvas. i'll let you know more as i create it. it's going to be awesome!

have a fantastic day lovelies!