The final week of #makeartthatsells with @Lilla Rogers – The Gift Market

Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham

I thoroughly enjoyed making this piece for the last week of the #makeartthatsells course.  I’ve never taken my painted images and layered them like this in Photoshop. I thought there must be a way to make layers semi transparent and discovered how through Googling.  It’s very simple to do in the layers palette.  This week I didn’t have the turmoil of will it be picked? will Lilla like it? Hooray.

That I like it and feel I have progressed is enough. I’ve learned patience and to enjoy the moment. I realise this is obvious but you can get so caught up in what others think of you and it’s a real problem for artists  – sometimes.  Listening to Tracy Emin talk on Radio 4 this week I was struck by her self belief – incredibly strong, which is why she is where she is.

© Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham

The final thing ended up looking almost oriental, we were asked to do something ‘lush’ with florals and our collections.  I really enjoyed drawing a beautiful face for a change.. this one was just done from my head but I used my own hand for a model there (with improved nail).

© Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham

Bit tricky! I just leaned on my left elbow and drew and painted it in my brown paper sketch book.

Without talking specifically about the brief too much we were asked to create artwork for a decorative zip lock pouch.  I seem to have accumulated some lovely old china and from time to time I go to crystal healing so I have a few colourful shiny things about and some vintage jewellery. We were also allowed to use any elements of past weeks if that was appropriate.

© Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham

These scribbles show you how I start my ideas off! Ha!

thumb nail sketches... © Gabriella Buckingham

thumb nail sketches… © Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham - tiny rough sketches

© Gabriella Buckingham – tiny rough sketches

Acrylic and pencil  © Gabriella Buckingham

Acrylic and pencil © Gabriella Buckingham

This is a small mock-up I did on blue to show how it might look manufactured

© Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham

Today I remade the artwork as a potential notebook. I printed it and put it together to photograph:

© Gabriella Buckingham

© Gabriella Buckingham

I’ve made some lovely new Facebook artist friends throughout the world from taking part in this course and it’s been wonderful. A big thank you to Lilla Rogers and Beth Kempton who have worked so hard to make this course so informative and fun. Thank you to Tammie Bennett for a mention in her blog about the course last week, you can read all about her gorgeous design this week here.

I am looking forward to the October Part B very much and in the meantime am going to keep making art with the aim of discovering what kind of artist I truly am. Moobaacluck may get a dose of spice!

If you’ve seen the five pieces I’ve made you’ll know they are all quite different.. at least when you look at them at first. I am going to do some serious self-examination over the coming months but really the only answer is to make art. Theorising is all very well but it’s a visceral experience, you have to DO it. Your best work gives you joy and a certain excitement at revealing it. If you don’t feel that you know it’s not the best you could do.. maybe it is that day because that’s what you came up with. If however you feel a mild disappointment or  get stuck you need to go away for hours and look afresh, either make changes or begin again. You know you’ve learned something when the next thing makes you giddy with happiness.


Garlic Mushrooms #makeartthatsells with @LillaRogers

This is my final repeat for ‘Bolt Fabric’ week, the first week with Lilla Rogers and her ‘Make Art That Sells’ course.


I hand drew all the elements and then used Illustrator for the first time to create an entire piece of work from my black and white drawings. I am so glad I invested in a course with Alma Loveland  and Nicole’s classes just to demystify it a bit. Plus – thanks to Rachael Taylor’s course notes on how to make a repeat in illustrator I was able to do that on Illustrator too. Then I copied it over to Photoshop to tile up and check how the repeat worked. I haven’t shown that here – but it did 🙂

Things I love about it are the yellow bowl, the little cap mushrooms with dotted line and my mushrooms in a platter; and the little salt cellar drawing – really lifted by the off white behind it. I am pleased with all the hand drawn elements really – of course they change quite a bit when you ‘Live Trace’ in Illustrator – I’ve learned how to fine tune the live trace options though so I turned down the default setting to about ‘1’ rather than 2; that made it a little truer to what I originally drew. If you are interested in seeing my original sketches do look at the previous post.

The hardest thing for me was the positioning of elements and spread of colours (once I’d decided to just work from drawings rather than paintings). When I put it into repeat I could see that the knife really jumps out so I would have just made the blade a steely grey and kept that background colour to small elements. The mushroom slice stands out too much on that colour for the same reason.

I think it looks more like a cookery book jacket!

Absolutely loving how Lilla teaches. I’ve been away for the weekend so had to be quicker for this project than I liked. There was a great video to watch on Friday that I missed with good pointers for our designing. I watched it last night though and it means that any future fabric designs I do will be approached more confidently. Wonderful video Lilla ( if you happen to read this ) thank you! Can’t wait for this weeks assignment.

Work in progress #ippweeklycreate

Today’s Photoshop background collage of the single sketch made in #ippdailydraw – this is a 45cm repeat but just the first stage. I used Illustrator to Live Trace and imported the sketch to Photoshop.

So far I see this as a potential fabric design, it looks quite Chintzy!!

I carried on… and this is what I ended up with last night.

© Gabriella Buckingham 2012

I can see mistakes in lining up in this close up and the whole thing looks rather confusing but believe it or not I feel I’ve learned something and considering this whole design is made up of just one sketch I don’t think it’s a bad result. For a professional job I’d do it very differently!

© Gabriella Buckingham – this shows the 45cm repeat

© Gabriella Buckingham – this shows how it might look as a fabric design but the actual print would be quite large not as ditsy ..

So there you have it. I might now go right back to the beginning and do something with a coloured background. Then again I may find I have to leave this experiment here.

What do you think so far?

This was the original sketch for those that didn’t see it:

© Gabriella Buckingham