Week 2 #makeartthatsells with @lillarogers – Pods and Flowers

I decided to challenge myself in a different way this week. Years ago I was fairly good at water-colour. One of my first jobs on leaving college was to paint in front of a camera all day while my work was photographed for a ‘How to paint’ water-colour book by Dorling Kindersley. I’d be nervous of that now! ( I’ve never earned that much in one day before or since 😉

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Last week I drew in brown ink and then used Illustrator to finish the piece. Something very VERY new to me. Normally I work in acrylic on gesso.

This week I’ve decided to use inks in a watercolour style and Photoshop to finish the piece off in layers but essentially all hand done. We don’t yet have the brief but it’s likely to be some sort of dinner ware  that we need to design a pattern for. I can’t wait until tomorrow to find out.

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When I started using inks again, for the first time in years really, I felt uncomfortable and started to panic a bit .. ‘Should I stop and revert to acrylics and use those in a watercolour style…?’ ( which is what I used to do all those years ago when I graduated from Kingston Poly (as it was then). Are the images I am making too simple – too old fashioned, too bright? too plain?!

what started to excite me was the white space and some of the lines created with the square flat brush I used to paint this large forget me not.. You can't see it that well from these phone pics!

what started to excite me was the white space and some of the lines created with the square flat brush I used to paint this large forget me not.. You can’t see it that well from these phone pics!

I decided to stick with it and found my excitement growing. I’ll carry on tomorrow as I am starting to find out what I like. It’s so true that the only way to be happy with your art- work is to do lots of it. I’ve a long way to go to get back and then progress from where I was but as I often say “It’s a start!”

This is a glimpse of my cram packed studio and inspiration gathered from my garden..

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As you can see from this last image of my desk and the piece of paper I’ve been using as a surface for my scraps of water-colour, I have a cartoony style in me too. Makes for head spin!

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I am going to get an early night tonight as I was up working til gone midnight on private commissions  – itching to get back to water colours in the morning and to read what Lilla has in store.

Doodles and fun inspired by Lilla Rogers new book

I ordered Lilla Rogers new book before Christmas and it arrived this week – yipee! It’s just what I needed to spur me on. It’s uplifting, lighthearted, motivating, to the point and practical without being heavy going. Visually it’s a delight of course and its FUN. Something I need 🙂 I particularly love the tiny tarot at the end which I’ve already made my own version of and put in a pot I made at ceramics class years ago!

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I carved out some time for myself not doing my hand painted orders (you do need a break sometimes!) to play. Ages ago I’d painted a yellow background on wood and a few coloured circles. I saw it lying on the side in the studio and decided to play with it adding more to it.

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This led to designing a card for a friend with it.. and then I did another and put it in my Etsy shop inkpaintpaper.

Next I painted a couple of small background patterns, sketched a rabbit baby and designed some new baby cards.

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One set large and personalisable (available at Moobaacluck on Notonthehighstreet.com) the other two are smaller simply with “It’s a girl!” and “It’s a boy!” on the front. Find them in my Etsy shop too.

Hope you like them! And thank you Lilla 🙂