I’ve added some Christmas cards to my Etsy shop, featuring a Nordic Christmas elf with her pet plant.
Category Archives: Traditional
I’ve been revisiting the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti after a number of years – I first studied the poem at art college over a decade ago, as part of a self-initiated degree project, and my fascination with the dark children’s tale continues.
This illustration wasn’t planned. I knew I wanted to illustrate Laura and Lizzie, so began sketching the sisters, and subconsciously the hair grew into trees and menacing little goblin men started appearing in the woods.
“Evening by evening
I’d love to hear what you think?
My illustration in the book “Drawn from Life – Contemporary Artists, Timeless Techniques” by Helen Birch
One of my sketches is featured in a showcase of life drawings in the book Drawn from Life by Helen Birch. This is a lovely little book for those interested in drawing the figure from life, and provides inspiration from a variety of artists and traditional (yet contemporary) techniques.
My drawing comes under the heading ‘informal practice’ as it’s a sketch drawn while lounging on my parents sofa a few years ago (hence the Marimekko Unikko design blanket – Finnish mother!) This sketch came at a time when I was trying to rebel against my natural desire to perfect what I was seeing, to draw what I see without improving on the truth. Society inflicts images of perfection upon us with Photoshop, make-up, filters, and fakery. Life drawing should be about what is real. I love the truth and all its imperfections!
If you’d like a copy of the book, you can buy one here.
I’ve listed egg cups with happy faces that come ready for your Easter display with a chick and alfalfa sprout seeds that you can grow for hair. Fun for the kids (and big kids like me!) I can personalise the egg cups with a name on the back as a custom order too – just contact me via Etsy!
Here’s a custom bat egg cup order (with names on the back), that I decided needed chicks and seeds too:
You can also find my egg cups in UK Handmade’s Spring Showcase at the moment:
I post on Instagram more regularly than on my blog, so if you’d like to see what I’m up to, feel free to find/follow my account @makingstrangers.
2017 brings a new creative urge to make use of ideas that have been hibernating in sketchbooks and journals throughout 2016! I’m not going to lie, some of them have probably been waiting since 2012 to be born. Half of my time now is dedicated to Digibloom, my one-woman-business that champions and supports creative small businesses.
The other half is spent working on illustrations and fulfilling my need for creative expression. 2017 is about sustaining a work/life balance for me, so there is also yoga and t’ai chi, family time, and long nature walks to keep the inspiration and wellbeing tuned up.
So what have I been working on?
Want to send this card to your favourite bogey? You can order one here on Etsy.
My new sloth Valentine’s card is currently only available via Thortful.com. You can find it here.
Valentine’s Day gifts
Personalised couple egg cups with names on the back.
The names on the back are handwritten in ribbon banners. They come as a pair so make a thoughtful and personal gift idea for a couple celebrating Valentine’s Day, their wedding, or an anniversary! The egg cups have multiple uses, such as little succulent planters, ring holders, and candle holders.
Currently in stock is a cat face egg cup, and I’m about to list a sloth and a bat. Keep checking back as more are added to my Etsy shop!
Happy new year! x
New items in my Etsy shop, ideal for Christmas gift giving.
This little elf has been busy in the elf workshop painting on ceramics and personalising journals. My hand-painted porcelain egg cups can also be used as tea light candle holders, tiny succulent pots, or little ring bowls. These are indeed a great size for stocking fillers or token gifts for friends, colleagues, and family.
You can pick an egg cup to adopt from my Etsy shop. They are hand-painted, so no two are the same, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
My shop wouldn’t be complete without ‘little peekers’ aka Finnish tonttu (Christmas elves) sneaking peeks out of Moleskine journal windows! I’m currently working on new journals that people can have personalised with a name or word as well. So keep ’em peeled in my Etsy shop.
See all my latest bits and pieces on my Instagram: MakingStrangers.
Some pesky pumpkins are causing mischief, Moleskine style!
This altered Moleskine pocket journal is a one-of-a-kind illustration piece for sale in my Etsy shop. Go get ’em!
Fresh in my shop – a personalised Moleskine notebook with cut-out cover and illustrated 1st page.
This journal depicts a naiad/water nymph, a female spirit that presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water.
There is a blank ribbon banner so the journal can be personalised into a thoughtful gift with a name or word of your choice.
Here’s a new print in my shop, taken from a pencil drawing in one of my sketchbooks. “I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing” is a feeling I keep returning to throughout my life. I guess it depends if you focus on the bigger or smaller picture, but every so often this reality check comes back around and I question everything.
This is the first of my illustrations to be professionally printed on 300gsm white recycled board with a textured look. It comes in A5 size as part of a signed, open edition.
New altered/illustrated Moleskine cahier pocket journals now listed in my Etsy shop. As I travel quite a lot and enjoy scribbling and doodling my adventures into these wee journals, I figured others might too. These journals are ideal size and weight-wise as the last thing you need when backpacking is a cumbersome journal. They also have a little pocket-fold inside the back page for keeping bits and bobs such as receipts and tickets… or is that just the
hoarder collector in me?
The blank cut-out space at the top is for personalisation of name/country/word, etc.
Followers of my artwork from years back (any of you still out there?) may remember my little “I like people who smile when it’s raining” illustrations. Now they have been buried in Google searches under many other works using my quote (without credit – tsh!!) I’ve resurrected the idea for some new work and my sentiment is still the same, albeit I’m mostly liking the people who smile when it’s raining rather than the actual rain itself these days – too many music festival experiences involving torrential rain and mud have been endured since that positive meteorological outlook of mine!
You can find these journals in my shop!