All new Greeting Cards have arrived from the printers, and I couldn't be happier with how they've turned out. I put a lot of time into each illustration, making sure they would fit any occasion, and I think they do?
I had them printed with Printed.com , definitely the best printers I've come across; simple website, with easy navigation and they always respond quickly to any problems. They also have a great range of products. My cards are printed on 125gsm Gesso paper. A very soft high quality paper that gives the effect of watercolour paper, it looks as though I've hand paint each card!
On 1st February 2013, I started a Watercolour Diary. I was inspired my an artist called Trisha
Thompson Adams, who had completed a 366 page sketchbook the previous
year. It was a truly lovely idea, and all her paintings were just amazing!
However, I didn't realise until I started this project, just how much
determination it would take. At the beginning, I was feeling quite uninspired, probably to do with
it being January, the most depressing month of the year. I needed something
that would pick me up, and keep me creative. And, so my watercolour adventure
Every night for 366 days, I painted a watercolour
that summarised my day. Whether, it be something I did, ate, drank, saw, wore,
bought, felt, heard, or even, dreamt. Every one of those watercolours is a
personal symbol to me. It's so nice, because I can look at almost any of the
paintings, and they will prompt the memory that came when painting it.I can go back to that very day. It’s such a
great way of remembering my year...
On completing every painting, I photographed it and
uploaded it to my Instagram (@Florafricker). Next, I scanned it to my computer,
and, uploaded it to my Watercolour Diary tumblr. And, finally, I
stuck each one to my bedroom wall. I must have gone through at least 6 packets
of blue tac.. But, my room is now like a “Gallery Of My Year”. I'm surrounded
by my memories. And, wowee, it’s all so, colourful.
This was such a challenge. There were many, many
times, when I felt like giving it all up, and sometimes I forgot what the whole
point was. But, I continued to remind myself that, at the end I will have this
amazing array of paintings, and a huge image bank of my own inspirations. And,
I started it because I wanted to keep being creative, and to prove that I am a
very self- motivated and determined person, and this has proved to me
that if you want something, then you have to work at it, and eventually…. it
So what now? I will be keeping the paintings on my
wall for a while. And, I plan to make a book of all my watercolours. Something,
to show the grandchildren. I, also have a huge image bank, so I can go back to
my watercolours and develop them further. I also want to thank my Mum and Dad
for their patience, as we spent many evenings wondering what I was going to
paint. So, thank you!
I couldn't have achieved this without my Winsor
& Newton watercolour paints, they've lasted so well. And, my Fabriano paper.
I definitely recommend them!
I hope you enjoy looking through my WatercolourDiary. But most of all, I hope that I have inspired you in some way. Flora x
My Pocket Mirrors have been featured in this week's issue of Gathered by MollieMakes!!! So exciting as this is my first ever feature in a magazine... You can download it here http://bit.ly/19RXgNc and my pocket mirrors are available to buy from me here
Everybody needs an escape. So I redesigned a little ticket that i created a couple of months ago. (See the original here) I love hand written typography, although its not easy to archive... It took me many drafts and scribbles and opinions from a few people to get to this. Although now I look at it, it seems so simple. This is an illustration that I will be putting on a card, for my new range of greeting cards! I hope you like it. And I wish i could make this ticket a reality... Where is your place of escape? Or where is it, that you wish to escape to?
I've also just been featured on Ohh Deer's blog, which i am so happy about! You can read about it here!!