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December 2016

No need to mope…

via Daily Prompt: Mope

Christmas day has come and gone in a flurry of tinsel and wrapping paper, but there’s no need to mope and wait for the January blues to hit. Use promo code ‘HELLO2017’ in my online shop Hanna-Mae Illustration on Folksy to get 20% off everything! Or bust some stress and practice mindfulness with buy 1 get 1 free on wipe-clean colouring cards. And there’s no need to wait until next year or your birthday to feel that sense of anticipation again, with every order I’ll include a free surprise if you include the note: ‘Gift me!’

Next year I’ll also be adding brand new content on top of the usual creative/artistic tutorials and reviews. If you’re interested in culinary creativity and more earth-conscious living (especially vegan-friendly and recipes focused on certain health/beauty issues) watch this space!

I’ll be kicking 2017 off with a new tutorial. Bring on 2017!

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Leaving your PRINT on 2016

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Houses linoprint, Hanna-Mae Williams

I’ve been so inspired lately by all the fantastic lino/block prints popping up on pinterest! In this post I bring you some of my favourites, and if you’re left feeling inspired yourself, why not check out this tutorial from painters-online? ‘Print your own seasonal greetings cards using linocut techniques‘. It’s a versatile and easy way to get eye-catching results!

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Andrea’s designs are quirky and use colour in a way that really sets off the image. You can see tons of her wonderful creations by visiting her instagram page (click the icon below). The talented print-maker even shared her knowledge by publishing a book in May this year, which is available on Amazon: ‘Block Print: Everything you need to know for printing with lino blocks, rubber blocks, foam sheets, and stamp sets’

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Harriet is a fellow illustrator whose work includes, but isn’t limited to print. I found this skull piece on pinterest which in turn led me to her behance profile, and more of her exciting projects. You can see all sorts of mediums in Harriet’s quirky style by visiting her website harrydrawspictures.com or connect with her via social media using the icons below.

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As soon as I saw this linocut on pinterest I had to add it to my collection of favourites! Helen is a multi-talented illustrator, graphic designer, and of course print-maker.The gallery on her website ‘Helentimburydesign.com.au‘ is full of colourful, inspirational eye candy.

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Happy printing!

Micro Review: An Illustrated Life by Danny Gregory

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Full title: An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers

Author: Danny Gregory

ISBN: 978-1600610868

Publisher: HOW books (US)

Price: From £8.29 – £18.78

About: A look inside the sketchbooks and lives of 50 creatives, chosen by author Danny Gregory, acting more as a curator of inspirational material than traditional ‘author’.

Why buy?:

♥ Ideal for visual-minded people (the very people often interested in the subject matter in the first place) It appeals wonderfully to its target audience. A visual table of contents is one example of the thought put into the layout/aesthetic of the book.

♥ The contents is international, giving the impression of dedication on the author’s part to unearth the creme de la creme of the art & design world. From Scotland to Sweden, Gregory reaches across the globe to compile his top 50.

♥ I can liken the contents to pinterest – You pick this book up looking for ‘creative inspiration’ and are met with a mass of results all in one place. From sketchbook pages, to photographs of work spaces, it’s all inside the pages of this book!

♥ It’s not style-biased. Often our own preferences see us gravitating towards a certain style; in Gregory’s book you’ll find no such thing! The book includes everything from traditional children’s book illustration, to digital drawings such as those by Barry Gritt, and even more detailed work with a more ‘fine arty’ feel.

 

Where can I get it?

Aside from searching your local library, the book can be purchased at a reasonable price on Amazon. The book was published in the USA, but after having a search around I found it quite easy to source as it was distributed in the UK. Click below to find out more:

‘An Illustrated Life’ on Amazon

‘An Illustrated Life’ on ebay

The right kind of paper cut!

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As the festive season fast approaches I’ve found myself in a whirlwind of art and craft in my aim to make people’s Christmas just that bit more personal by adding a handmade element to everyone’s gifts. When I’ve allowed myself to be pulled away for a much-needed break from my work space, I’ve been spending my time attending and browsing craft fairs, and have been blown away by the amount of talented individuals out there.

Last Saturday I had a stall at a Christmas fair where I tested out for the first time how my paper cut pieces would go down. I was pleasantly surprised at the lovely comments and interest and will be adding some framed paper cuts to my Folksy shop in the near future, so be sure to keep checking! (https://folksy.com/shops/hmillustration)

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It was whilst browsing at BelleVue Park’s craft fair a few days later that I came across a fellow artist/crafter whose cuts I fell in love with. From small box-framed designs, to larger intricate ones, the detail and whimsical work of Gemma, owner of Papur Pinc, is well worth checking out!

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‘Monthly tutorial’ will be starting again in January, with creative tips and ideas to keep you busy! In the mean-time, why not re-visit this year’s ideas? Simply click whichever one takes your fancy to be transported!:

Monthly Tutorial: Neatening a seam by hand

Accurate drawing for beginners

Treetorial: How to paint trees using oil paint

Painting clouds with oil paints

 

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