Tag Archives: Watercolour

Sunrises and starry skies

For the last few months, I’ve been starting my week by posting golden sunrises and starry skies on my instagram.

I love being able to be free and loose with my paintings which is something I can’t do when I’m illustrating characters!

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Through these landscapes I’ve also been looking for inspiration for travel. Me and the boyf are hoping to go on our first holiday in over 4 years (4 YEARS, so long!) next year and we cannot decide where to go.

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Do we go for a big holiday, one of the ones we’ve always dreamed of? Or is that too much pressure for the first holiday in years? Should we do a warm-up-holiday, that gets us ready for the big holiday a year (or a few years…) later?

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Do we stay in Europe? Do we go further afield? Do we go lazy beach days or cultural exploration? Ahh so many decisions… I think by the time we finally decide, we’ll definitely be in need of a decent holiday, wherever we end up going!

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The art of procrastination

Sometimes, the more I try to focus on doing something worthwhile, the more I get distracted and end up doing something completely unproductive – but I’m sure this happens to most people, at least, I hope it does!

On one such unproductive afternoon, whilst avoiding doing anything useful and wanting to try something different, I sploshed lovely blue watercolour onto some log slices, added some cute twinkly stars, and ta dah, my starry nights trio!

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Ok, so there is a little more to it than sploshing the colours on – to start with, so so so many layers to get the lovely deep blues! But there isn’t too much more to it, which makes it so much fun 🙂

As a morning person (sort of), I wanted to try a few sunrises too, just to keep me on my toes!

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I don’t think these are quite as effective as the night sky, but I think with some more practice, these could look quite cute!

As I had so much fun with my night skies, I wanted to try some galaxy inspired pieces sneaking in some pink and purple splodges and I think these might be my favourites yet.

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I love these little starscapes! So pretty!

Next on my hit list are some constellation illustrations of the 12 star signs – starting with Taurus, of course!

I’m not quite sure what to do with these yet, possibly add them to my etsy shop, but for now I think they look pretty cute on my shelves. I’ve got a couple of logs drying in our kitchen almost ready to be sliced, so let me know if you think you’d be interested in buying some and I’ll get painting!

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Art prints coming soon!

I’m finally just one step away from putting my art prints up for sale!

My main goal for 2017 is to start selling art prints of my illustrations, and I’m so close to adding these to my etsy shop, I just need your help for that final stage!

Before I can set them up in my shop, I need to choose just 5 of my illustrations to start the ball rolling, then I’ll be able to offer them all up to the wider world.

So, my question to you:

Which illustrations should I include in my first print run?

Any and all of the illustrations I’ve shared on Facebook, instagram and my blog are eligible to be turned into prints. I’ll then choose the 5 most popular illustrations to send to be printed, and these will be the first ones that are ready to buy in my etsy shop.

As a thank you, I’ll be sharing a 10% discount code for my etsy shop with everyone that makes a suggestion!

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All prints will be on 340gsm textured card, as shown by this mini test print of my ‘I do believe in fairies’ illustration. They will be unframed and unmounted.

The prints will be A4, at a cost of £12 plus £2.50 p&p. I may also offer A5 prints in the future!

I can’t wait to hear your suggestions!

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and just to try to tempt you, think how cute one of these prints could look on your shelf…

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Autumn leaves and new house keys

On 30th September, after 5 months of waiting, we finally got the keys to our first home!

We collected the keys at lunchtime and drove over to the house with champagne and strawberries to enjoy in our new house.

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We spent an unglamourous two hours hoovering up spiders, pulling down curtains and lampshades, and really this should have been a big hint as to how we’d spend the first month of owning our home.

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Throughout October, we pulled up carpets, ripped out a bathroom and painted every wall in sight, finally moving in on 29th October with two scaredy cats and rather a lot of boxes.

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As a result, most of my painting this autumn has been on walls rather than in my sketchbooks, but I still managed to fit in a few autumn themed illustrations.

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I spent most of my days dressed in scruffy, paint covered jeans and jumpers, so it’s nice to imagine what I could’ve been wearing to enjoy sunny autumn days.

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And despite being fully prepared for any trick or treaters on Halloween, we didn’t get a single visitor! So, unfortunately for us, we’ve had to eat all of the chocolates ourselves…

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Once we’ve finished putting the house back together again, I’ll share some before and after photos so you can see the transformation from unloved rental to very-much-loved first home. Now to prepare for our first Christmas in our new home!

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Summer round up

It looks like Summer is officially over for yet another year, but that does mean that Autumn is just around the corner.

This Summer, I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time at home painting and enjoying the sunshine (and rain showers!).

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I designed and printed 16 new cards for my etsy store (go on, have a browse!), I painted 8 christmas card designs that I’m no longer keen on (typical!) and I’ve finally found my own painting style.

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Well, hello there, indeed! I’ve been trying to figure out for so long what kind of style I wanted for my illustrations and I am so glad I’ve found it at last!

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As a lover of childrens’ books, fairy tales and animated films, it’s surprising that it took me so long to realise that this is what would capture my imagination and give me most inspiration.

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So now my sketchbooks are slowly filling up with cute and colourful illustrations of little ones on adventures, playing dress up and making friends. I share most of my favs on instagram, so follow me there for the latest illustrations!

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Good weather for ducks

No matter how strongly the sun is shining, you know it’s only a matter of time before it starts raining again. After all, it is the Great British Summer!

Even as I write this, I’ve just had to dash outside to bring the sun lounger in. What started out as a glorious August morning has turned into an unpredictable day swinging between toasty sunshine and spots of rain. Oh well, it started brightly!

When I used to visit my Gran in the summer holidays, we’d look out on rainy days to see ducks merrily gliding along the river at the end of the garden. They’d be swimming along in the rain, diving in, in search of food or an unlucky holiday maker handing out bread under cover of a large umbrella. I’d huff and slouch my shoulders at another day wasted and my Gran would cheerfully say ‘well, it’s good weather for ducks.’

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So maybe, it’s time to stop frowning at the rain clouds and embrace the British weather.

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And perhaps, it’s also time to invest in a good anorak and wellies!

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Where has the time gone?!

Time passes in strange ways.

It feels like it was only a few weeks ago that I was celebrating the arrival of spring and getting excited about designing a few new cards for my etsy shop. Now its over two months later, I’m sat in glorious summer sunshine, that may or may not be here to stay, and I’m still yet to print my new cards!

Life, or rather work, seems to get in the way!

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Last week, I was in Denmark for work. It was lots of long days, laughs and walking in inappropriate shoes. After weeks of prep, it was over in a flash. I got to meet lots of lovely new people and explore a little bit of what seemed to be a beautiful and relaxed country.

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And so, I’m back home, lounging in the sunshine, getting ready for the next project and putting the final touches to my new cards. As a little sneak peak, here is one of my new wedding cards, soon to be stocked in my etsy shop:

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As a slight aside, a HUGE thank you to those of you who have bought my cards! I don’t think Clintons have anything to worry about at the moment, but it’s so exciting every time someone chooses to send one of my cards!

Recently, my sketchbook has been filling up with little characters such as the adorable little boy with his duck below. As you probably know, I love children’s stories and animated films, so hopefully, if enough little characters appear in my sketches, I’ll be that little bit closer to creating my own story.

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So in celebration of the arriving Summer, here is my Summer girl dreaming of days filled with daisy chains, adventures and ice cream. I hope the sun is shining where you are, as I’m planning on making the most of my time off in the sun and am heading out in search of a cornetto!

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Spring inspiration

So finally, Spring has sprung! Thank goodness, I didn’t think it would ever stop drizzling.

Spring is the time for new beginnings, and as you may remember me mentioning once, or maybe twice… my spring has started with my band new etsy shop! Please check it out and if you like my cards, please spread the word and send people my way!

Since designing the cards, I’ve been thinking about what else I should stock in my shop, and recently I seem to be filling my sketchbooks with animal illustrations, here are a few I’ve been working on.

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Daffodils are my favourite flowers, so bright, sunny and spring-y, so I love any chance to sneak them into a painting!

easter bunnies

I don’t think all Easter bunnies are the same, I think some love their job, they are dedicated and serious bunny-types, whereas some others are a little more relaxed, they take the time to enjoy the flowers as they do their egg hiding duties!

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I have two words… otterly adorable 🙂

adorable aardvark

I know an aardvark is an unusual choice, but after seeing you can bottle feed them at the zoo, I’ve found them fascinating. They had some aardvarks on the ‘Secret life of zoos’ programme on tv and they essentially spend all day snoozing on their backs, licking at imaginary termites in their sleep – too cute, I love them!

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It’s official, life should have more puns – it took me days to come up with this one, and it’s extra special as this was the illustration I did for my mum’s mother’s day card.

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And finally my loving llamas, no pun here unfortunately, but I am open to suggestions!

These are what I’ve done so far, and now I just have to decide whether I want to sell them as cards or prints, or both – what do you think? Do you have a favourite?

Thanks again for all your support, it all seems so exciting!

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A little etsy shop update

When I decided I wanted to open an etsy shop, I really hadn’t realised quite how much work was involved!

I’ve spent the last six weeks going round and round in circles trying to get a selection of cards ready to go and finally yesterday, I think I may have pressed the order button on the first batch of shop ready designs.

Fingers crossed, I’m hoping that by the end of next week I will be able to cut the metaphorical ribbon and open my shop to the big wide world!

In between days spent looking at endless logos and print outs of previous card designs, I also managed to do a few handmade cards.

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Among others, I did a valentine’s card for my cousin to give to her fiancé, and two thank you cards and a sheepy mother’s day card for a friend. It was good to take a break from looking at the same card illustrations over and over again!

One card design that didn’t make the final cut was this one:

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My first illustrations were too pale when I tried to use them in the cards and even after re-painting this one with bolder colours, I realised it was more jug than flowers – not what I was aiming for! The new flower design is probably one of my favourite cards, so it was definitely the right choice to start again from scratch, even if it felt like another step backwards.

On another break from the cards I did some quick robin sketches.

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I did consider using one of these as part of my logo, but I couldn’t decide which, if any, of these was the Bethany robin – get it… Robyn/Robin… oh dear, I’m sorry, that was terrible. I still think they are pretty cute though so I might keep them in reserve in case I change my mind!

You may remember at the start of the year I shared an illustration of a girl reaching for bubbles? Inspired by the terrible weather so far this year, I drew her again but with a little friend this time.

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Someone definitely worth sharing her umbrella with!

I hope you’re all staying warm and dry and I can’t wait to let you all know when my shop opens and see what you all think!

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Plans for the future!

In the hope of convincing myself that I’m a real illustrator-in-training, recently I’ve been looking into printing some cards and possibly setting up my own little etsy shop.

There, now that I’ve told you, I’m going to have to do it!

I’ve spent the last week sketching, painting, inking, photographing and tweaking a few designs, so hopefully I’ll have 11 cards ready to go when I open up.

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I’d like to say it’s been seamless so far, but I won’t lie to you… the sketching and painting has been the easiest part!

Yesterday I tried to print some test cards, only for the blue and pink inks to run out 4 cards in – not ideal! It turns out that four leaf clovers look both ill and unlucky without the blue…

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Here is a little preview of said gradually-less-blue mock ups, I’d like to say the blurriness of the photo is to add intrigue, but actually I had to rush the photo before the cat could jump on them!

So today, I braved the outside world for the first time in 4 days, (does that make me sound terribly lazy?) on a voyage to speak with a local printers to see what my options are for getting a lovely professional finish.

I arrived to see that although they are indeed open Mon to Sat, just below these opening times it states ‘Closed Wednesday’. I wish I had spotted that a little sooner. What a waste of eyeliner and outside clothes!

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So it looks like another journey into the wild for me tomorrow – I will not give up!

If any of you are unfamiliar with etsy, its a website where you can buy lots of things from artwork and knitwear to jewellery and homeware. Each seller has it’s own page, a bit like it’s own shop window.

My lovely friend Flo has an etsy page selling her bright, colourful and quirky cards and prints and she also has a Facebook page with more of her wonderful artwork which you should definitely check out!

My first purchase from etsy was an amazing Audrey Hepburn print which is on my wall along with some of my favourite paintings. It’s by an artist called Ileana Hunter, who it turns out is based near Norwich, her beautiful portrait sketches are well worth a look.

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So that’s a little update on how I’m spending my days at the moment. Elsewhere in the house, I managed to catch Midna making this face while enjoying some dreamies yesterday, I hope you have something in your life that gives you this much joy!

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