New Etsy Art Print – Whimsical Green


Printed on Matt Poster Paper
using Giclée printing


One of my favourite illustrations is now available to purchase as an Art print from my Etsy shop for £4.00. Inspired by the colour green, a whimsical garden. This illustration has been printed using a Giclée printing technique which ensures that the colours stay vibrant and last a very long time.


In the coming weeks I’m hoping to expand my range of illustrated Art prints available to purchase from my Etsy Shop.

Searching for Inspiration

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Sometimes finding inspiration for a new creative project can be a task in itself. We have all been there – when your sat at your desk staring into the screen wishing your brain would just magically click and let you have an out-pouring of amazing ideas, but unfortunately inspiration just doesn’t work like that (unless your very lucky, or a wizard).

#1 / Step away from the desk

One of the best ways to find inspiration for projects is to actually get away from the space that you work in, get out of the familiar and see what happens. This can really help if your feeling stressed about your work, because you might just be going over the problem too much, when really all you need is to clear your head. This could start by simply taking a break and going for a walk. When I do this I always take my camera, its relaxing and when the mind is at rest new ideas can evolve and take shape.

#2 / Take a Walk 

You might already know what places inspire you. For me its parks and nature, so I know when I take a walk in an area like this I feel comfortable and can get some good shots to use in my work. However, the same could be said if you’re inspired by modern architecture or people – having a walk into the city centre armed with your camera could provide you with tons of things to inspire you.

If you wanted, another good idea for inspiration is to sit in a public place and draw what you see. You could do this in a cafe observing the people around you, watching their body language and facial expressions. (Don’t worry most people don’t even mind you drawing them! You never know this could even be a good way to publicise yourself as an artist in your local area).


#3 / Reflection

After you have gathered some material and information, sit yourself down with a lovely cup of tea (or a hot beverage of your choice) and think about what you saw or if anything stood out to you. Write down your ideas and take a look through your images. If you really wanted you could even create a bit of a mood board or take to pinterest to start to plan ideas which could then turn into some good work.

Another thing you could do if your still feeling uninspired is look at your old work, you might find something that you used to enjoy drawing or crafting, and this could trigger a new idea. Allow yourself to make mistakes. Creating new work at the end of the day is meant to be fun! If your not feeling inspired, maybe try experimenting with new materials and mediums or try a new approach. Sometimes when your just doodling ideas or making messy art in a sketchbook, these things can lead to a good piece of inspiration and work.

#4 / Seek some feedback 

Always ask people what they think of your work, if your struggling to come up with new ideas getting other perspectives is a great way to figure out what is working and what isn’t. Theres lots of great ways to do this whether its just asking your close friends for advice or even putting your work out there to the wider world! (which can seem like the scariest thing but any feedback is good feedback and this allows you to focus on the things which you can work on).


#5 / Knowledge is key 

It’s always important to gain more knowledge on a subject as this allows you to have a better understanding on a variety of topics, enabling you to think outside of the box. If you have an idea in mind – research this area in depth! Or if its a certain skill that you need to improve on in order to work on an idea then teach yourself more about it. One way of keeping inspired without even leaving the house is to look at blogs,websites and books. See what other designers/artists are doing. Some of my personal favourites include;

Its nice that / Creative Bloq /Creative Boom /Design Juices/Pikaland/Illustration Friday/A Beautiful Mess/graphiquefantastique

There isn’t a right and wrong answer to how you gather inspiration or where it comes from. The important thing is to not be too hard on yourself and to accept mistakes. Some of the best ideas simply come to us when we are playing around with new material, or even when we are just nodding off to sleep. Just remember that an idea can spark at any moment, all you have to do is jot it down and thats where it all begins.

My article was  originally featured  on Fashion Philosophy.

New Art Supplies


I had a nice walk into town the other day and bought some new art supplies, theres a great art shop in my local town of Lancaster called Studio Arts. Even though its quite a small shop it sells everything you could possibly want, when it comes to art supplies. I haven’t bought any new art material in a while, as I’ve been working with photographs and Adobe Photoshop at the moment (when creating my 3D sets). I think I want to try and get back into the habit of keeping a good old sketchbook for inspiration and ideas, as I’ve just been using a notepad to jot down things.

I also bought some new pens to replace my old ones that had run out, the Faber-Castell pens are my favourite as I love the different thicknesses and the lines you can create with them. This is another path I want to explore at the moment, working with lettering. I created an illustration that I will share on my blog soon, which sparked this idea. I’ve always loved handwriting things (Ever since the days of Year.6 handwriting practice!) so I don’t know why I haven’t looked into it more.

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I’m also excited to use my new scalpel! as I’ve been after this one for a quite a while. My previous scapel had started to do that thing where it catches on the paper and just tears. If you use a scalpel for your art work or design work you will know what I mean! It starts to get annoying.

So in general I’m trying to be a bit more pro-active with creating new work at the moment and I’m hoping these new purchases will help me to do that.

January Design Books

This month two design books I treated myself too are ones which I have been lusting after for quite a while! They are Graphic Design Rules 365 Essential Design Dos & Don’ts and Papercut Owen Gildersleeve. As someone who is obsessed with all things paper craft this book has been in my Amazon wish list for quite a while and I’m now really happy to have a copy. The Graphic Design Rules is a book which I  borrowed from the library whilst at University and found it to be really interesting and witty, so that made me want to have it in my collection of design books.

books2I liked the fact it didn’t take itself too seriously but also gave valuable advice. I’ve found myself flicking through it every time I design something now, just to double check if I might have forgotten or missed things. Having the book split up into the different sections is also handy as it makes for easy reference if your stuck on a particular problem or are unsure about how to do a certain thing. (For me the type and typography section has been very useful, especially the rule Thou shall not exceed a character count of 80 per line in a measure! For when my brain refuses to remember). Just incase your thinking of purchasing  the book yourself and want more information on what it includes the different sections are: Type and Typography, layout and Design, Colour, Imagery and Graphics, Production and Print and The Practice of Design. (so basically everything thing you would want information on when designing).


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Paper cut is such a beautiful book. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but the cover just draws you in (its so fun!) Each paper crafter which is featured has an in-dept interview about their design process and influences, so you get a much deeper understanding of what drives them to create in the way they do. I always find it interesting to see how designers and illustrators started their careers and what made them take a certain path. I think this makes you look at their designs in a different way and have a greater appreciation. There is a great selection of paper craft illustrators from around the globe, so its exciting to read about how paper craft fits in with the illustration “scene” in different places and how their craft is fits in.



Weekly inspiration – Zim & Zou

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Sorry I’ve been gone for a while, I was having a short break. The blog posts will definitely now be more frequent! My love for paper-craft just keeps growing. How amazing is the work of design studio Zim & Zou. They use hand-crafted objects to make these amazing installations.

Check out my full inspiration post over at Illustration Friday.