Friday, 4 April 2014

We have a winner!


Let me introduce you to...
SEAMOUR
the Seagull.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, the name of the person who said the name first on the FB thread (and who will be credited in the book is Imelda McKenna).

BUT,
If you remember I also stated that 5 lucky winners would get a signed limited edition print of him.
Here's the lucky 2 from the blog comments who were correct (the other three will be named on FB)

Congratulations 
Carlanda
and
Sue

please message me your postage details either on FB and I'll pop them in the post.

In other news today, I'm really proud to be featured on Gabriella Buckingham's Blog HERE as part of her Friday Finds series.


besides my bit, you can also read about other artists too. Plus check out Gabriella's fantastic art whilst you are at it.


Thanks for stopping by,

Rachelle x



(my new Surtex flyer artwork.)

Thursday, 27 March 2014

What's my name?


What's my name?

Well for those of you who have been following along on Facebook, you'll know that I'm currently working on my new Children's Book.  Although I'm not sharing any other story details right now, I am sharing that the main character is a seagull.  I ran a mini call for name suggestions, to which 179 of you responded!  I'm loving all the ideas, and I have picked one of the names for him (I will use this name in the book along with a credit given to the person who suggested it.) 
But, 
before I announce the name, I thought it would be fun to have a little competition. 
The winner of this competition (I'm hoping for 5 of you) will win a signed Limited Edition print of the seagull shown above.  He is the initial sketch for the main character.
So, before you start to leave your comments, here are a couple of clues.

The seagull is a boy

His name starts with S

To enter, leave your name suggestion as a comment.  The closest ones (spelling differences will be allowed) will be put into a hat and I'll draw out 5 winners.
Simples!

Rachelle x

I'll announce the 5 winners along with the name at midnight Friday 28th March (GMT)

Monday, 10 March 2014

Paper Love...


 Joining the Paper Love Blog Hop seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to join like-minded paper loving creative souls, thank you for following along and letting me share a little of my paper love with you.

To say I have a love of paper is probably true.  It's one of those funny things that you maybe don't want everyone to know about, but it's also something you cannot deny when you walk into any store filled with stationary.  I get more excitement these days at the prospect of buying beautiful paper than beautiful shoes - and that's the truth. Of course there are different 'types' of paper...

There's the real fancy stuff - the kind you keep carefully stashed away and get out every now and then to just look at, or maybe run your fingers over it.  You always intend to use it, but it's just too nice and so you save it until the time is right.  

Then there's the old stuff, the kind of paper you might pick up from a thrift store or car boot sale.  It has that certain musty smell, and sometimes if it's old enough, it crumbles in your hands.  I really like using pieces of old papers in my collage work, I think it adds a little touch of history.



I adore handmade papers, in fact my love of mulberry paper has even led to me having art projects published.  I love how the fibres in the paper make the paint bleed to produce the most amazing magical effects, totally out of control, but magical all the same.


Then, you have the cartridge paper that you get in sketchbooks.  I don't know what it is, but when I'm faced with a blank one of these I'm sometimes thrown into a state of sudden fear.  Who would have thought that paper could hold such power against a grown woman?


But I think some of the best papers are the scraps.  The bits you think you'll never use, the bit's covered in doodles or splashes of ink. 


 I love these neglected little scraps because when you put them all together, 
add a little paint and maybe some pen, 
you can get something 
quite 
lovely.


Rachelle x

If you want to follow along with the Paper Love blog hop,can click through the names below.

 
The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. 
Find out more HERE



Monday, 3 March 2014

Undersea Adventures... Cultivate Art Collective Blog Hop


Hello and welcome to the Cultivate Art Collective’s Sea Art Blog Hop!  Our Blog Hop is a collaboration of 10 diverse artists from the collective who will be exhibiting together at Surtex May 18- 20, 2014.  For our very first Blog Hop we chose a “Sea” theme to be interpreted, re-imagined and beautifully designed by each artist to showcase their unique vision and creative talents.

After you have checked out my Sea Themed Art please keep the Blog Hop Hopping and scroll down to the bottom of the post to find links to the other 9 fabulous artists!


I decided to work in my usual style to create the little 'icons' or images.
  



Once finished, I used a fineliner to ink in the outlines and details.  I worked with exactly the same method for the rest of my images too.


Be sure to go visit the rest of the group by clicking their names below. (you'll be taken to each members blog or website).
Be sure to say Hi.

Stunningly Strange
Rizty Design
Diane Hunt Studio
Margaret Applin Designs
Just Mary Designs
Tatyana Starikova
Jami Darwin
Robo Roku
Aileen Tu

If you want to keep up to date with our news at Cultivate Art Collective,
you can sign up for the newsletter HERE (at the bottom of the page)



Rachelle x

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Exciting news...


I love it when the things that you dream of begin to start to happen.  Of course it doesn't just happen, it takes lot's of hard work and self belief along motivation to make it work, but when it all comes together it's just great.
One of the things that I've been working on is getting prepared for going to Surtex this year as part of Cultivate Art Collective . Venturing out into the Art Licensing world is a huge step for me and one I'm taking along with studying for a Masters Degree - probably not the best idea I had for doing these both at the same time but I figured that there's no reason why I can't do both.  Nothing ventured right?  Art Licensing is a whole new and huge market with endless possibilities for all kinds of art adventures.  The kind of art I'm making for Surtex is a little different from the mixed-media stuff you'll be used to seeing here, and different from my illustration work (which I'm going to start sharing more of). But it's lot's of fun to do, as well as trying to keep in mind who might be my client.  It's a whole new learning curve for me, but you know how I love to set new challenges and learn new things.


This chick is a close up from my promo flyer for Surtex, you can see the complete image below.


It was fun to make this, and also filled me with fear too.  When you consider this has the potential to be seen by 7,000+ visitors to the show you can imagine how it felt to make.
Technique wise, I used watercolor to paint the flowers in the border, then everything else was painted again using watercolor but then cut out and stuck down.

The next step is to create designs and collections of designs to go in my portfolio, here's a little sneaky peek for some initial ideas that I have been playing around with in my journal.


Cultivate Art Collective also have a promo video out featuring some of my art that you can watch HERE

In other news, I'll be taking part in the PaperLove blog hop on March 10, you can find out more HERE



Rachelle x

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