Friday, 31 January 2014

My Watercolour Diary

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 began…

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 will come.

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

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Gathered by Mollie Makes

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 and my pocket mirrors are available to buy from me here

Flora x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Escape Ticket

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!!

Flora x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Society 6 // New Designs

Herewith some new products in my Society6 shop... From mugs to cushions. Theres lot's of useful products with my artwork on, so please have a look!

Flora x

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Go On An Adventure

I'm working on a new range of Greeting cards, for every occasion. And above is one of the designs! I have always had a great love of bikes, and two years ago, whilst at college I did a whole project on Bicycles, and how they hold such a great sense of adventure. (You can see them here). And now 2 years on, I've re-illustraed them. This bike is inspired by my bicycle, the Bobbin Birdy. And of course every vintage bicycle should have a whicker basket, full of beautiful wild flowers! I hope this illustration encourages you to get your bicycle out, and to go on an adventure...

Flora x

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Cant quite believe how quick 2013 wizzed past… but here's to another year, 2014! I have so many resolutions for this year and goals to reach. One of which, is to really develop the "Flora Fricker" brand… Above is a new illustration that I've now finished. I'm currently working on a range of all year greetings cards, and this is one of the designs! If you follow me on instagram then you may have seen the flipagram video i made, of the painting process of this painting! You can see it here.

Flora x
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