I’m back!!

It’s been a crazy year for me. I’ve been a busy girl the last few months or so. After completed a coarse with one of the world’s top agent, Lilla Rogers, I finally had the confidence to start sending my work out to agents and companies. I also entered this years fabric8 competition over at Spoonflower. Read more about my journey here on the Spoonflower blog. But I am delighted to say that I actually won! My winning collection will be released with Robert Kaufman fabrics some time in January next year. I also managed to pick up in agent in America who will now be representing some of my work. So, yes, it’s been a busy year. But the craziness has finally subsided a little and I now have a bit of time to work on new sets for Creative Clipart Collection. Here are a few that were finished this week. Until next time. X

 

Snow Queen Clipart Set

 

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Toucan Do It Clipart Set

 

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Paper lanterns

So if your anything like me and love entertaining, you will love this idea of making paper lanterns. I am always looking for new ways of decorating my dinner table to mix things up a bit and i love putting in the extra effort to make my guest’s feel special.

Here is a simple yet effective idea to brighten up your next dinner party or maybe a special birthday dinner for two. I started off just making the paper lanterns but then thought why not go all out and make a theme! Add a little band around your napkin or use up the rest of your paper and make guest name tags. This ties everything together beautifully and look great, yet is inexpensive and easy!

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As we are making these out of paper it is ideal to use flameless  battery candles. Although if you can not find these maybe pop your candle in a small glass to protect it from burning the paper.

Materials

Card stock paper-
I have used the ‘Chloe digital paper set’ from Creative Clipart Collection found here


Craft glue
Metal ruler
Cutting mat
Stanley knife
Flameless candle (battery candle)
Glitter

 

Step 1
Cut your card stock into a 8″ by 4″ rectangle.

Step 2
Using your stanley knife on your cutting mat, cut different patterns. Mix it up a bit and cut out whole shapes or just cut various lines, which when turned into a lantern will open up and let the light shine through.

Step 3
Using craft glue, squeeze a small amount where you want to add a glittery touch. Sprinkle will glue and allow to dry.

Step 4
Once dry squeeze a line of glue along one end and bring them both together. Allow to dry.

Name tags
For the name tags, I just used what I had left over and cut out some shapes so the pattern shows through.

Napkin Rings
Cut out a strip of paper and attach each end at the back with some craft glue. I like the look of using a stanley knife to cut out a row of shapes.

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Wooden bead keychain

So I have a little obsession with wooden beads! They are cute and small. I have been trying to think of a cool way of using these and here it is…

They are an awesome addition to your pile of keys, handbag or even to add to your child’s school bag so they are able to easily spot which one is theirs. As they are lots of fun to make, why not get your children  to make their wooden bead keychain too!

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Materials

Leather cord
A selection of wooden beads
Silver clasp
Tassel
Paint
Paint brush
Scissors

Step 1
Paint your beads. Use a variety of designs and allow to dry. I have painted the beads on a skewer, as it was easier and didn’t smudge.

Step 2
Cut a piece of the leather cord into approximately 10 inches.

Step 3
At one end attach your tassel and secure tightly.

Step 4
Add on the beads and tie off the end.

Step 5
Attach your silver clasp and secure tightly.

Step 6
Cut off any extra cord.

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Cookie parcels

Who does not like cookies!? Today I have for you a beautiful way of sharing your yummy baking treats. I will show you how to make these cute cookie parcels that can be used for sharing with friends, favors for parties or just a special homemade gift.

Enjoy and try not too eat the cookies before you gift them!

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Materials

Card stock
I have used paper from two different sets:
Retro Kitchen Digital Paper set found here
Floral Patterned Paper set found here

Baking paper
Thick twine
Scissors
Any extra embellishments you have

Template, which can be download from here…

 

Step 1
After printing out your template, cut it out.

Step 2
Place your template onto the plain side of your desired paper and trace around. I have used a pen so you can see it better but I would recommend using a pencil.

Step 3
Cut out your shape.

Step 4
Gently fold all the sides to the centre.

Step 5
Repeat steps 2-4 with the baking paper.

Step 6
Add your cookie!

Step 7
Tie up with twine or string. Add any of your extra embellishments.

 

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I didn’t know Dinosaurs could do Ballet!

I was asked by a customer of mine to illustrate some Dinosaurs wearing Tutus! I’m not quite sure what she needs them for but I will have to find out! Drawing a Dinosaur in a Tutu is not easy but I got there in the end. As always, I drew some sketches on paper first and then illustrated them in Adobe illustrator.

If you have any requests for clipart sets, please feel free to contact me. I am always happy to hear from you.

Find more Dinosaurs in Tutus here:

 

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Helen Dardik

I get a little bored talking about myself sometimes. I’m really not that interesting! But Helen Dardik is!

Ok, so I am just going to blurt this out. I LOVE Helen Dardik! Her illustrations are fun, colourful and always manage to put a smile on my face. I recently brought a print from Helen’s Etsy store. Can you believe she took the time to draw the most delightful illustration with black sharpie all over the envelope! I mean, this artist is one busy lady bit still managed to take the time out to make a boring envelope look pretty. And yes, I will be treasuring that envelope for ever!

Helen is represented by Lilla Rogers and is featured in Blogs and magazines everywhere, most recently the latest copy of Flow where her delightful illustrations are scattered throughout the magazine in the form of stickers and full page prints.

Helen Dardik was born in Russia, spent several years in Siberia and trained at the ORT School of Art and Design in Israel. She now resides in Canada where she has started her own independent design and illustration firm.

You can find Helen’s Etsy store here. Make sure you check our her website and blog too. I’m sure you will be absolutely delighted by her illustrations.

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a fun pattern, busy with florals and friendly dogs...

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Bolt Fabric Pattern Assignment – Make Art that Sells – Part 2

After completing my mini assignment, our full assignment was revealed on Sunday. There was 1 major issue with our full assignment – I had to use my fruit and pyrex artwork to create a pattern but we were limited to a palette of only 8 colours. I found this rather challenging as I LOVE using lots of colour in my artwork.

So I had to go back and redraw all the little icons I was going to use in my pattern. But it worked out well in the end. After playing around with the placement of the fruit on my pattern, I realised that it was a little boring and rather busy and cluttered. I wanted my pattern to tell a story and the eye to be drawn to different pieces within the pattern. That’s when I came up with the idea of drawing some cute little Carmen Miranda’s and using these as larger icons in my pattern.

After drawing my different versions of Carmen Miranda and adding her to the pattern, I kept on thinking to myself, what would Lilla (or another agent) say if they saw this? What would they like and what would they change? I could go on forever changing things and second guessing my choices but in the end I think that part of the process is trusting your own judgement and knowing when to step away and say, ok, I’m done!

So here it is, my finished piece that I submitted. It would be lovely if my piece was picked by Lilla Rodgers to be critiqued as I would love the feedback but there are over 150 artists in my class and only a few pieces get picked each week. But please, feel free to let me know what you think.

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Make Art that Sells – Part 1

make-art-that-sells-lilla-rodgersToday I received my first assignment from Lilla Rodgers ‘Make Art that Sells’ e-course. I was so excited about getting started that I rushed through the instructions, so eager to start doodling some ideas that I had to take a step back, make a cup of tea and re-read the instructions! Our first assignment, or mini-assignment as she calls them (to prepare us for the big-un that is coming) we had to study and draw tropical fruits and Pyrex dishes.

This week it’s all about the Bolt Fabric industry and we will be eventually turning our designs into repeatable patterns that can be printed on fabric. The wonderful thing about this course is the Make Art that Sells Facebook page Lilla has set up for our classroom. Meeting, sharing ideas and drawing inspiration from the amazing artists in my class is just wonderful. It’s so amazing to see how different people approach the same assignment.

Over the next five weeks, I thought it would be fun to blog about my experiences and share my work with you.

Here are my first pieces. Unfortunately I don’t have much tropical fruit on hand and won’t be flying anywhere tropical for a while! So I began by looking up images on Google and doodling lots and lots of sketches on paper. I scanned my doodles into Illustrator and finished them off by vectorising them.

I can’t wait to learn how to put all the pieces together into a pattern.

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DIY Pinwheels / Pinwheel Mobile

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Today I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of Lamai’s beautiful digital papers. Spoilt with choice, I decided to explore DIY pinwheels and loved the results. These DIY Pinwheels are super easy to make and it’s fun to explore the different ways of arranging a Pinwheel Mobile.

These DIY Pinwheels are a great idea to brighten up your child’s room. I will definitely be making one for my son. Or if your like me and have a heap of friends and family members having babies, these DIY Pinwheels would be a perfect baby shower or newborn gift.

I have used a variety of sizes for the pinwheels – 3″/3″, 4″/4″, 6″/6″

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Materials

Double sided card stock paper

I have used paper from two different sets:
Moustache and Spectacles digital paper set found here
Carolyn digital paper set found here

Metal Ruler
Stanley Knife
Pencil
Cutting Mat
Craft Glue
Brads
Stick or Wood Hoop
Twine

Step 1
Cut your paper to your desired size using a metal ruler as a guide and a stanley knife.

Step 2
Using a pencil and ruler, mark the centre point. From there, mark out a four point square approximately 1cm from the centre point.

Step 3
Using a stanley knife and ruler, cut from each corner to the nearest point.

Step 4
Squeeze a small amount of craft glue in the centre point. Gently fold down a corner to the centre and hold down until set.

Step 5
Once the glue is dry, push through your brad and secure at the back.
*A tip for this one is to poke a pin through first and the brad will pass through easier without damaging the wheel.

Step 6
Depending on what you would like to hang your pinwheels on, attached some twine for hanging.
*A stick will only need two points but a hoop will need four points for balance.

Step 7
Cut several pieces of twine to different lengths. These will be used to hang your pinwheels on.

Step 8
Tie the twine around the back of the brad on the pinwheel. Add a spot of craft glue to secure in place.

Step 9
Attach each one to your base.

*As the pinwheels do no weigh much, you can add a heavy bead to the bottom of  each line to keep them straight.

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Goth Family Clipart Set

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I’m finally back from holiday! I spent an amazing two weeks in Singapore and Malaysia. I took my doodle pad and pencils away with me and got lots of sketches done. For some reason, I always feel so inspired when I am on holidays. I suppose it’s because I’m away from my computer screen, experiencing the world and seeing lots of wonderful new things.

Anyway, I loved this gothic house I sketched and decided to play around with it a bit and see what I could do with it. I bought some Artline pencils and some nice paper, got my husband to make me a lightbox at work and then I traced and changed and traced some more, adding details and lines until I was happy. I decided that it would be cute to add a little family with the house.

I love the jagged, imperfect lines. I think it adds a little whimsy to the whole image.

What do you think?

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To find out more or if you would like to purchase this set, you can find the Goth Family clipart set listing here

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