Full steam ahead!

Card designs, Etsy, illustration friday, Illustrations, Prints

After a clogged up week of struggling to do my ‘own thing’ I feel I’m back on track. I guess we all get bogged down now and again in having to do dull mundane things. Sometimes for me the balance of being creative and being commercial clashes.
But a few good things this week, firstly I discovered some fabulous watercolour paper that can be used in my printer. I can now print black and white images that I’ve drawn and then hand colour with inks or watercolours. The Rose hips picture that I have hand coloured here is now for sale in the shop.
Rose hip close up
I want to do some smaller images with this technique so they can be put on to greetings cards. I’ve given up on getting greetings cards printed commercially as I just cant complete with the low prices that big stores sell them for. Tis hard times for the independent!
Secondly i ordered a selection of postcards with various illustrations that I’ve done over the year on them. They just arrived and I am very pleased. So much cheaper to get postcards printed! I think I will sell them in sets. I just have to work out the price.

Also good old Illustration Friday that always keeps me challenged every week. This weeks topic is Moustache. Not a detailed illustration from me this week as I haven’t much time to devote to it but here it is…….

11th Oct Illustration Friday

11th Oct Illustration Friday

Together – Illustration Friday

Card designs, illustration friday, portfolio
Together - IF  20/09/13

Together – IF 20/09/13

I haven’t done any illustrations for Illustration Friday for ages. I fancied giving this Fridays topic a go. Also I think it will make a good image for a greetings card. Coloured digitally, so nice and bright flat colour. The black and white version is below. Those Foxes again!!

B&W version

B&W version


Card designs

Apple tree nov 2013
I have started to design some card designs again as I would like to sell them through my Etsy shop. While playing around with the colour on Photoshop Elements I deleted the black strong lines, leaving just the background colour. This wasn’t intended but I quite like the effect it gives. Also the OLive tree looks quite Christmassy, which also wasn’t planned.  Its those little white dots I think that give it a snowy feel! Yet on the apple tree it looks like falling blossom.

I would love any feed back regarding the designs shown.  Do you think they would make nice cards? What do you want from a greetings card?  Is colour important to you.  What do you like to pay for a greetings card?  I would be very interested to know your thoughts. Thanks!
Olive tree

christmas angel


Card designs

Today I worked out how to get all my old blogs over from blogger to here.  Very pleased with myself.  It was all done very quickly, the only thing that I had to do was get the right image for each individual post on the home page. This took a little longer to do but we got there eventually.  I really wanted to get all the old blogs on this site before I started on anymore blog entries.  Job done, so here we go again.
Christmas card designs are underway.  I’ve gone for a 70’s feel.  Bright, bright psychedelic colours which I love and need when everything is grey outside.