Folk Art Birds and a Hand-carved Stamp

Friday, June 19, 2015

So I did a little folk art inspired illustration the other day of some wood pigeons and when I was finished I thought one of the wood pigeons would make a nice stamp! So I grabbed a rubber block, did a quick tracing of the wood pigeon and transferred it to the block by rubbing it face down with a bone folder.

I carved around the outline using my lino cutting tools and carved some of the inner details (I was carving out all of the pencil marks out and leaving the blank parts untouched). I did it pretty quickly because I wasn't too worried about having it looking perfect.

I cut off the excess rubber around the outside of the stamp with a strong, sharp knife. I then carved out some of the smaller details around the neck and eye.

Then I tested out my new stamp by inking it up with some Memento Luxe Bahama Blue ink, I love these inks, they always give me great results! Then I carved any little bits I didn't want away from around the edges, some people leave these bits but I usually get rid of them!

Then I went on to stamp an army of birds! I think they would make nice hand-made wrapping paper with a matching notecard.

Here's a closer look at the illustration that inspired the stamp. I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy Father's Day! : )

Time for tea!

Monday, June 15, 2015

I've a couple of new illustrations to share today, this time with a tea theme! I love teacups and mugs, and I've quite a large collection of all different shapes, sizes and patterns. So I decided to paint a few, there's also a couple of jugs in there too. As soon as I'd finished the cups and jugs, a teapot flashed into my head and of course I had to paint that too! When something pops into my mind it has a habit of lingering there until I make it a reality!

I don't normally go for yellow but this was the coloured sheet (see my previous post about the painted sheets!) that spoke to me! And for some reason I always associate kitchens with yellow, probably because my mom always painted her kitchen yellow and it's stuck in my memory!

I love the bright clash of colours in this, yellow, pink, orange and red, it shouldn't work but just feels right somehow (to me)! Anyway, hopefully I'll get to do another illustration or two this week, I'm busy working on some Halloween commissions at the moment! And yes, Christmas will be next!! : ) Thanks for dropping by! : )

Inspired by house martins

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Hello! I've some illustrations to share with you today, including some handlettering. Just in case you're wondering I'll still be sharing paper-crafted projects on my blog, including published cards, tutorials etc but I'll be showing more of my illustrations and patterns on here too. It's an area I've always wanted to explore, so I'm making the time to create a body of work and see how my style develops. I'm creating something everyday and it's exciting to see what emerges every time.

I was a bit intimidated by the white page every time I'd sit down to create something, so I had the idea to work on coloured backgrounds. It happened by accident really, I use acrylic paints when I'm working and I usually have some left over, so instead of wasting it I get several sheets of paper and paint a block of colour. I have a pile of these on my desk now and I pick one every day, depending on what colour I'm drawn too. It makes it much easier to start!

The house martins in the above illustration were inspired by some real house martins nesting outside my window! They've been swooping by back and forth for the past few weeks building their nests. I love watching them and hearing them twittering!

They've returned to our house for a few years now, they usually nest high up in the apex of the house but this is the first year they've built low down just above the window, only about 8 feet off the ground! It's amazing to see them so close up, they don't seem to be too bothered by us and we have been careful not to scare them.

We have three nests altogether and I think a forth is being built on the remaining side of the house! I just hope they all nest successfully this year, it's terrible when they fall down. Fingers crossed they all make it! : )