Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Kaleidoscope

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Colour Inspiration Swatch – Kaleidoscope

I’m not a great user of my mobile phone. I can leave it lying about somewhere lonely and unloved, not take it out with me, and generally forget about it. That’s why I tend not to give my mobile number out – it’s not much use to people if I’m not stuck to it ;) However, this weekend, I noticed the hashtag #KaleidoSaturday on Twitter, and wanted to join in. I posted up one of my hand drawn mandalas, and then asked how people were creating the digital kaleidoscopes I was seeing. And I got a reply. And then I lost my weekend to making kaleidoscopes on my phone. The poor mobile has never been used so much. This is just one of the mandalas I made, I made hundreds. And then my boyfriend and I went out for a lovely meal at our friends’ house, and all four of us ended up making kaleidoscopes… The interesting thing was that we all had our own style, too, so we could tell who had made which kaleidoscope.

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If you have an Android phone, here’s the link to the app I was recommended: Picasso – Kaleidoscope Draw! – but be warned, it’s highly addictive!

As always, you can download the Adobe Exchange Swatch for this colourway here.

Have fun, and don’t say I didn’t warn you about the addiction ;)

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Blackpool Illuminations

Blackpool Illuminations Colour Inspiration Swatch
Blackpool Illuminations Colour Inspiration Swatch

As a Lancashire lass born and bred, I always enjoy a pilgrimage back over t’other side of t’Pennines, and this weekend I was back there to visit my parents. We took a trip to go and see the Blackpool Illuminations (properly known as T’Loominations) on Saturday night, with a stroll along the promenade to see the tableaus (most of which have been there since my childhood), wrapped up warm in our jackets and enjoying some hot doughnuts to keep us warm. Hardly anything has changed about the Illuminations since my childhood, all those 30-40 years ago. Kind of comforting to revisit it.

The picture is of one of the special Illuminations trams – I’ve never been on one of these yet – although I suspect the effect is much better from the outside than in ;)

As always, the colour swatch can be downloaded here to use in your own work. Enjoy!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Saltwell Park

Saltwell Park colour inspiration swatch

A reminder of a walk around the lovely Saltwell Park in Gateshead. This is a shot of Saltwell Towers, taken whilst we were having a cuppa outside and enjoying a spot of autumn sunshine. Here’s hoping there’s a bit more of this to come before winter sets in…

I’ve been a busy bee recently, creating a new website for a local business and plenty of leaflets for them too – check out my updated portfolio to see what I’ve been creating :) Today’s tasks are to continue work on another website for a local business and make a start on a logo design for an exciting new business down south. Lots of creative projects to get stuck into :)

As ever, you can download the Adobe Swatch Exchange file and use the swatch in your own artwork. Have fun!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Colour Your Life

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I am currently running art workshops for a local community group called “Colour Your Life” on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. I’m really enjoying teaching the classes and have met lots of lovely people through them. Last week I showed one of my groups my “watercolour batik” technique for making mini abstract landscapes, and the photo shows the landscapes one of the class attendees created. I love them, so bright and cheery! Everyone made beautiful pieces. This afternoon we’ll be marbling paper – can’t wait to get inky :)

If you’re in the Derwentside area there is more information on “Colour Your Life” and details of how to book on the Leisureworks website and on this pdf.

As usual, you can download the Adobe Swatch Exchange file for this week’s colours here. Nice and bright to cheer us up!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – lino printing at Beamish Museum

Tuesday Colour Inspiration - Lino Printing at Beamish Museum
Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Lino Printing at Beamish Museum

We have a fabulous living museum in the local area, Beamish Museum, where I often teach lino printing classes or demonstrate lino printing. It’s a fantastic place, and if you ever visit County Durham, be sure to take a day to go and visit it! This weekend I was demonstrating lino printing as part of their Hands on Heritage weekend, and had a great weekend. I demonstrated the cutting process, and then showed visitors how to print up their own print from a selection of lino prints that I have created using items from around Beamish Museum for inspiration (shown above). I’m happy to say there were lots of budding lino printers, both young and old!

This is me first thing on Sunday morning, ready to show plenty more people how to hand print!
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If you would like me to come along and provide a lino printing demonstration and printing activities for your event, just call me on 0191 645 9500 or drop me a line on hello@pressfordesign.co.uk to have a chat.

As usual, the Adobe Swatch Exchange file with this week’s colour scheme is available to download here, have fun creating!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Tynemouth Railway Station

Tynemouth Railway Station colour inspiration swatch
Tynemouth Railway Station colour inspiration swatch

When I’m out and about, it’s always the details that I concentrate on. I tend to have to stop myself sometimes and look at a view and enjoy it, as I’m usually too busy looking on the ground for patterns in the mud or stone, or at little pieces of architectural detail on the walls, rather than the whole vista. Here’s one such occasion when I was busy looking at the details, leaning back in my chair whilst I was manning my stall at Tynemouth Market earlier in the year, and gazing up at those lovely girders. One day, I’ll get around to creating a lino print using them… I guess this habit is quite apt really, as I’m always concentrating on the details, whatever I do!

As ever, you can download the Adobe Swatch Exchange file here in order to use in your own artwork. Have fun!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Before the Dawn – Part 2

Colour Inspiration Swatch - Before the Dawn - Part 2
Colour Inspiration Swatch – Before the Dawn – Part 2

All the anticipation and the years of waiting were finally over last week – I saw Kate Bush in concert! I have been a huge fan of hers ever since I was very young, it was my dad who introduced me to her music, and so my dad and I finally got to see her live last week. The show was truly incredible, a theatrical performance rather than a traditional music gig, and we were immersed in Kate Bush’s world for three hours. I must admit to having tears in my eyes during some parts of the show, it was a very emotional experience for me. The photo is of the front of the Hammersmith Apollo announcing the show, which was called “Before the Dawn”. There are plenty of reviews of the show online, so I shall leave it to better writers than I if you would like to go searching for details!

As usual, you can download the Adobe Swatch Exchange file to use in your artwork here. Let me know with a link if you ever use these files in your artwork, I’d love to see it!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Flower of Life

Tuesday Colour Inspiration - Flower of Life
Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Flower of Life

At the moment I am working on a new series of mandala illustrations, based on the Flower of Life. These are all in preparation for next year’s calendar, which shall be full of them! I’ve hand drawn and hand painted 5 different ones in the past week, of which this is one. Here are a couple more that should be making it into the calendar:

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Working on my illustrations for my Flower of Life calendar.
I’m hoping to have the calendar finished and printed before the end of October, so if you think you would like one, why not sign up to the Dendryad Art newsletter and I will email you a code for 15% off, to be used in my e-shop until 31 October 2014 :) (Please give me a couple of hours to email the code through after you’ve signed up – ta!)

By the way, if you need a calendar for 2015 to promote your own business, then just get in touch, I can design one for you :)

I’m loving drawing and painting these, and I hope you caught the video explaining the first part of the process in my blog post last week. They are relaxing and rewarding to create.

Enjoy!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Celebration

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If you read my 3rd birthday blog post written yesterday, then this colour inspiration swatch will need no explanation ;) I didn’t mention yesterday though that as well as it being the 3rd birthday of my business, it was also the first day of my boyfriend’s business, so a double celebration :) He is an artist, who creates beautiful carved celtic plaques. I will be designing his website soon, so stay tuned for a link in the future ;)

As usual, you can download the Adobe Swatch Exchange file of the above colour inspiration swatch to use in your own artwork.

Have fun using the swatch!

It’s my 3rd birthday!

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Today, 1st September, marks the 3rd birthday of Press for Design. It’s been an amazing three years, and I’m really looking forward to the coming year ahead. I’d like to say a public thank you to all of my lovely clients who have supported me over these past three years by using me for their print and web design, and also to all my fab friends and family who have supported me too :) There is a wonderful community of sole traders and small businesses in the Consett, Stanley and Derwentside area, and I’ve really enjoyed becoming a part of that community and meeting so many fantastic people through my business.

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I’d also like to thank everyone who has taken one of my lino print workshops or has bought a piece of my art. To coincide with my 3rd birthday I’ve started up Dendryad Art to showcase my lino prints and illustrations. If you would like a 15% discount on art in my shop up until 31 October 2014, then please sign up to the Dendryad Art newsletter and I will email you a code for 15% off. (Please give me a couple of hours to email the code through after you’ve signed up – ta!)

Thank you again for your support over the last three years, it really means a lot to me.

Cheers!
Carrie

Working on some new lino prints

These aren’t finished yet, but here’s an in progress picture:

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These are as a result of a fun lino printing workshop I taught yesterday to 30 Norwegian women at Beamish Museum. Although I can’t speak Norwegian I can speak basic Swedish and pretty fluent German, and as Swedish, Norwegian and German come from the same routes I managed to get by! Everyone produced beautiful work, working on a design taken from a tile in the museum.
This is the beautiful setting that I taught in yesterday:

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Not a bad day at the office ;-)

I’m continuing working on a series of lino prints featuring designs within the museum, more to come!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Old Railway Carriage

Tuesday Colour Inspiration - Old Railway Carriage
Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Old Railway Carriage

On Sunday we took a trip to Tanfield Railway, a wonderful steam railway not too far from my house. The railway are very happy for visitors to go exploring around the old sheds and see all the locomotives and old carriages. There were lots of interesting old bits and pieces lying around, a railway enthusiast and engineer’s dream! I have a huge love for trains, old and new, so I thoroughly enjoyed the day and took plenty of photographs. This week’s colour swatch is of one of the old abandoned railway carriages that we discovered on our walk, a little burst of colour amongst the dilapidation.

As usual, feel free to download the Adobe Swatch Exchange file and use it in your own artwork.

New artwork, new project and a sale!

I’ve been playing with paint and pattern recently, and am currently working on a series of mandalas based on the Flower of Life. I am really enjoying working on these, and am getting lost in the shapes and patterns as I draw and paint. I find it as soothing as when I carve lino – it’s a very meditative process. These are the ones I have been working on so far…

Flower of Life mandalas
Flower of Life mandalas

As I’ve been working on quite a few of these I’m feeling confident enough to do a how-to video on them, so stay tuned for that in the next week or two!

In other news I’m going to be selling my artwork under the name of Dendryad Art from now on, as Press for Design is going to concentrate purely on my freelance print and web design work. I’ll be keeping the blog here, as it’s a collection of various creative goings on, but the shop has moved over to the new website www.dendryad.co.uk. In order to clear the decks a bit (and let’s be honest, to generate a bit of income to produce new posters for the above mandalas!) I’m having an up-to-half price studio sale on my lino prints and illustrations over at Dendryad Art over the Bank Holiday weekend. Please feel free to spread the word about the sale ;)

Stay tuned for a mandala video soon!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Fossils

Tuesday Colour Inspiration - Fossils
Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Fossils

This weekend we went fossil hunting at Seaton Sluice and had a great time discovering plant life imprints. This week’s colour inspiration swatch shows one of the best finds we made. These plants fell into the mud around 300 million years ago. If only there was such a thing as time travel, I would love to have had a glimpse of what the area looked like then.

I’m enjoying the colour inspiration swatch experimentation as it allows me to focus on colours other than my usual bright colour palette. This palette is definitely out of my comfort zone! I hope you are enjoying the different palettes too.

As usual, you can download the Adobe Swatch Exchange file to use this palette in your own projects.

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Before the Dawn

Before the Dawn - Tuesday Colour Inspiration Swatch
Before the Dawn – Tuesday Colour Inspiration Swatch

The title of this post might be a bit misleading, as this week’s photo is not of the moments before sunrise. Instead this week’s colour inspiration swatch is taken from the most exciting piece of post I’ve had in a while – four tickets to see Kate Bush in concert! The show is called “Before the Dawn” and I really can’t wait. Kate Bush has been one of my musical heroes since I was very young, and to have the opportunity to see her live is just incredible! Just a few weeks to go…

The swatch is quite dark and moody, it fits in with the stormy weather we have been having here recently. Feel free to
download the colour inspiration swatch and use it in your own artwork :)

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Pot of Geraniums

Pot of Geraniums Colour Inspiration Swatch
Pot of Geraniums Colour Inspiration Swatch

We have been blessed with some beautiful days this summer. Which means restful weekends spent with wonderful people, sitting outside in gardens and enjoying nature. This pot of geraniums is a lovely feature in one of those gardens, and I just love the colours, mixed in with the outdoor lamps. Let’s hope for continued good weather over the coming month!

As ever, the Adobe Swatch Exchange file is available to download here for free, and feel free to use it in your own artwork.

Cheers!

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – The Illustrator’s Hand

Tuesday Colour Inspiration Swatch - The Illustrator's Hand
Tuesday Colour Inspiration Swatch – The Illustrator’s Hand

If you saw my doodling post last week, then this is what happened when I started adding watercolour to the sketch – colourful hands! I was using the Caran D’Ache Neocolor II Water Colour Crayons, which I love, but because I hold them in my hand and brush the paint directly off the crayon, I tend to get very colourful palms when I work with them. The Staedtler Triplus Fineliners that I used to draw the sketch didn’t bleed too badly – the red and black were the worst out of all the colours I used, but even so, they didn’t bleed too much. I would suggest if you’re going to use them with watercolour to test out each pen colour you are using before getting stuck in, just to see how they work.

I’ve finished the illustration in the meantime and have popped it up on my Society6 page, where you can buy it in so many different formats it is quite bewildering. Duvet cover or shower curtain, anyone?!

Sun and Moon Mosaic
Sun and Moon Mosaic

As always, you can download the Adobe Swatch Exchange file for this week’s colour inspiration swatch here, and feel free to use it in your own artwork.

Enjoy!

Tynemouth Classic VW Rally

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Those of you who know me personally know that I love VW vehicles. My first car was a Mk 3 Golf – oh, wish I still had him! – and one day, honestly, one day, I *will* have a VW bus. I have drawn a few stylised VW buses and after our trip out to Tynemouth to see the Tynemouth Classic VW Rally yesterday, there may well be a few stylised bugs added to that list too. We thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the different VWs on display, admiring all the love and work that has gone into looking after these wonderful vehicles, and enjoying the friendly atmosphere. It was such a gorgeous day that after visiting the show we decided to have a walk along Longsands beach, plodging in the sea. A blissful way to cool off and revitalise aching feet. Afterwards we sat down to watch the rally drive out with plenty of buses and bugs driving along the prom. It was all topped off with a good view of the Red Arrows air display team, who were wowing the crowds further down the coast at the Sunderland Air Show. I found a video on YouTube of the display we saw yesterday – it was amazing from a couple of miles away – much, much better close up!

Here are a few pictures of the day, and keep an eye out for new VeeDub based artwork soon ;)

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Letter to Australia

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Letter to Australia – colour inspiration swatch

I’ve never really been a big fan of Facebook, I only joined two years ago in order to set up a business page. I have been growing more disillusioned with the site recently, and after the recent revelations, I decided to delete my account completely last week. It feels good! I haven’t missed it one bit. And instead of writing an electronic missive to a friend in Australia, I took up pen and paper, and wrote her a proper letter instead. I wrote about the things I’d been up to recently, thoughts and feelings, a few thoughts on the way the world is going. And of course I asked questions, in the hope of a handwritten reply to hear more about her deeper thoughts. It was a piece of meditation. In my teenage years I had about twenty penpals from all around the world, and learnt so much about their lives and cultures. I’m going to bring letter writing back into my life again – I’d forgotten how much I’d enjoyed it.

As ever, if you would like to download the Adobe Swatch Exchange file for this colour inspiration swatch, feel free to do so by clicking here.

Here’s to more handwritten letters!

more lino printing experiments at Jula Crafts

I love my monthly lino printing class at Jula Crafts! The ladies love to experiment and get inky and are always enthusiastic about playing and trying something new. This month we were initially playing with two colour prints, which everyone carved out last month. Then we all started playing with textures as part of the prints too, and there were some beautiful results. Have a peruse amongst the photos here to see what everyone came up with. You’ll also see I have some wonderful colour mixers in my class too :)

If you would like to join us for some lino printing and the chance to get inky once a month, all the details are on my workshops page. Hopefully see you at a class soon :)

Tuesday Colour Inspiration – Sketchbook Calligraphy

Sketchbook Calligraphy colour inspiration swatch
Sketchbook Calligraphy colour inspiration swatch

This week’s swatch comes from an old sketchbook that I found whilst conducting my studio tidy up this week. As far as I can remember, I had the radio on and was just practising my calligraphy by writing down random words that I heard. There’s also a collage of the Muppets and a slice of vampire pizza (which you can see a shadow of) on the opposite page. Don’t you just love what you create in your sketchbooks?!

As usual, the Adobe Swatch Exchange file for these colours can be downloaded here. Have fun!

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