Just a few pics of some new things I have been working on…
Letterpressed sketchbooks to sell at print fairs, A5 & A6.
Simple lino cut card design with added hand drawn detail in pen.
Hand drawn boys birthday card. (for my brother)
New lino prints, border outline & Oh Hi.
Thank You & Happy Birthday.
I created this lino print border as a starting point for any card, then I can hand draw in type to fit the occasion.
This way I get to combine my love of printing & my love to draw type.
Not a computer in sight!
I’ve got a right little studio on the go at home, with lots of new facilities, papers & paints which make me so happy.
Got myself a second hand screen from ebay for only £9 which is in great condition.
I’ve bought this so I can get myself into the Bluecoat Print Studios based in Liverpool city centre. They have amazing screenprint & etching/litho facilities there, it’s only £14 a session but you have to have your own materials, which is fair enough!
I can’t wait to get started in there!
Also I’ve bought my own lino tools & lino ready to make new work!
Over the last few months I have attended 2 print fairs.
This fair unfortunately wasn’t very successful due to the horrendous weather that day
& despite selling something, I only just covered the cost of my table.
HOWEVER I met the nicest lady ever, Karen Edwards who runs The Red Button Press in Liverpool, a seasoned letterpress-lady who is so enthusiastic about the process it was so lovely to be around her all day.
The next fair I did was so much more sucessfull…
It was at the Camp & Furnace in Liverpool with other local artists, printamakers & illustrators along with 20 odd German students from Dessau, some of their work was so lovely!
I had a great day, saw a lot of familiar faces & sold quite a bit!
This was my stall for the day!
A look at the fair…
I picked up loads of business cards that day too, it’s a really good place to meet other artists & printmakers, good for making new friends & contacts.
I also picked up these treats for a gift for a friend too my some of the other artists there at the fair. A lovely little lino cut card, a European based screenprinted calender & a letterpressed print.
My print production line.x
I always intended to start going to print fairs to sell my work, I’ve been to a few before,
just as a customer & I always loved how professional the sellers would package their
designs & add little personalized touches to them.
So I knew when I needed to package my prints up I’d do the same.
I spent quite a bit on cellophane wrapping & envelopes & it took me an absolute age of
none stop packing to get all of my work sorted.
I backed each print with a support board, added a small contact sheet & sealed with a
I also put some of my more favourite prints in frames to sell.
But after a grueling week I finally had all of my current work ready to sell.
I bought a card stand to take to fairs to put my prints on too…
I was pretty much ready to go for any print fair!
I’ve been neglecting my Tumblr page so much…
& I honestly put it down to my new iPhone & the fact even though I’m never off it
I never like to use it for posting on Tumblr.
So I have many a thing to post today via the comfort of my Mac.
I’m really getting into my ‘design career’ lately, I think it’s down to the fact a lot
of my friends from uni all have professional graphic design jobs now & I don’t.
Then again I’m not unhappy to say I don’t ‘cause I couldn’t follow in my friends
footsteps & sell my soul to commercial design, no thank you.
But I have been doing a lot to further me personally.
I made some lovely business cards, they’re really simple, I know.
But I love the simplicity of them, I used my stamp that I had made & then after
hand drawing some type I had that scanned in & sent away to make cards.
They only cost me £4 for 200 & I really like the way they aren’t slick & ‘commercial’
Loving your work! Very innovative! I'm starting my Graphic Design degree in September... would you say it's hard finding work after you graduate?
Awh that’s so sweet thank you! I’m not gonna sugar coat it for you, yes it is hard… I’ve been out of Uni for 14 months now & I haven’t done a thing, but I have taken a bit of a break from design. I’ve got my 1st print fair in a few weeks though! :) plus as my work is very hands on in finding it hard to find a job!!!
*Let there be light.x
Hand-drawn lampshades to feature either as a print or on a card for my new online
I really love the detail in these lampshades. I love the inverted design especially, it really stands out! I’d love to get some Poska Pens & draw these again onto black card.
I drew them an awful long time ago for a
poster to promote the 2009 Annual Leeds Light Night…
I now have my very own personalized stamp. :)
I’m veryy excited by this & have been stamping away all afternoon.
It’s made it a whole lot easier to stamp all of my prints on the back
rather than hand drawn my signature on.
I got it from the site http://www.englishstamp.com/
It’s a really simple process. You can choose an existing design or create your own.
I had previously hand drawn this type, scanned it in & popped it into a 3.5cm radius circle, uploaded this to the site & voila I have a lovely stamp!
It came in less than 48hours! Super speedy!
I’m so happy with it!
ohmygod I haven’t posted anything in THE longest time.
After leaving university & coming back home I’ve well & truly become stuck in rut
& creatively drained….
After a severe pep talk from one of my best friends I decided I needed to get back
in the zone so to speak…
So I’m getting lots of work ready to sell at craft fairs & online, I’m hoping to set up a small online shop :)