feathered friends

As well as working on a new chapter book series I am thinking a lot about patterns at the moment as I am taking of one of Rachael Taylor‘s rather excellent Make It In Design courses! It’s such fun making patterns and really lovely to be spurred on by my teachers and classmates. Here are some of my newest patterns that focus on characters.

ML-owls-and-flowers

ML-cats-and-birds

ML-tree-birds

inky individuals

Here are some slightly odd characters I have created with my favourite old knackered paintbrush and some acrylic ink. I’ve been experimenting with using a dry brush to put down simple shapes and then picking out the character with a chunky ink line. I like the way the drybrush marks create a soft, feathery effect – of course I had to make them into birds…

 

girl-and-bird

long-necked-bird

Mari-Christmas patterns

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… This week, in between scoffing mince pies, I’ve been having fun working on some festive patterns. Happy Christmas everyone!

mari-christmas-hearts

mari-christmas-birds

snowman-

back to school

For me and studio pal Nicola Killen much of this summer has been spent preparing for Art Club and figuring out the exercises we wanted the children to do. This meant a lot of playing with materials and mark-making, I felt like I’d gone back to my student days where experimentation was the norm. It was great! Here are some of the results of using tissue and coloured pencil for collage week and monoprint for printing week.

flower-collage

birds-monoprint

monster

Watercolour and FW ink love

I have been away from my studio recently and travelling light with just my tiny water colour set to keep me company. I had forgotten how lovely water colour is and how different it is to acrylic ink, which is what I use most of the time for illustrations. I love both mediums in different ways; FW inks are incredibly vivid and very versatile, but water colour has a beautiful quality to it. The colours are subtle and each one seems to settle on the page in a slightly different way. I am by no means an expert but I do like to play – here are some patterns I’ve been working on, the first three were painted with water colour and the ones beneath that are FW ink.

House and Bat pattern

P-P repeat

pets

jellyfish and seaweed

Fishies

Grubbies scarves at Open Studios

22 Derby Road is a hive of activity at the moment as myself and my studiomates Nicola, Ian and Neil prepare to open our studio to the world this weekend. Pictures are being framed ready to go up on the walls and books are still arriving – it’s all everso exciting and we are really hoping people will come along and have a look! We will be open from 11am – 6pm the 19th & 20th, and the 26th & 27th July, our address is: 22 Derby Road, Cambridge, CB1 7BU.

My brand new Grubbies scarves have just arrived and look gorgeous! Have a sneak peek below at the new scarves and head on over to Grubbies website to take advantage of the last couple of days of their summer sale.

box

birdie

flying-children-scarf

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