Friday, 23 December 2011
Back in the summer I spent an afternoon picking billberries. I ate a lot of them and made cakes with some but the most exciting thing I did with them was to make some billberry gin! I just filled empty bottles with the berries, poured over caster sugar then topped up with gin. You have to give it a shake now and then but it turns a nice purpley-red almost straight away.
It makes an excellent cocktail when mixed with Champagne. This is how I intend to drink it!
I wanted to make the bottle look nice, so I created these labels. The "Festive Cheer/Dear, Oh Dear" idea came from Merrydown Cider (and others). One of my favourite illustrations for Merrydown is by Jonny Hannah.
Hopefully it will go down a treat.
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Thursday, 7 July 2011
Popset Paper Co. launched a competition to create 3D paper characters based on a pattern by Shin Tanaka. By the time I heard about it the deadline for entries had already passed but I decided to make one anyway.
I then got rather carried away and made a rabbit and a stage for the magician!
It is all just hand drawn in black ink.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Visiting Amsterdam last year, I got really excited about all the clogs hanging in the shops and markets. I bought a pair to paint myself but when I got them home I couldn't decide what to put on them so they have been painted and repainted a couple of times.
After finishing my PGCE I finally have some spare time so I pulled out the clogs! I decided to draw the houses and canals but I wanted another link to Holland. So, the design is inspired by dutch lace. It is so beautiful and intricate, I want the drawings to have the same quality.
I sanded and painted the clogs with white acrylic to give a smooth, blank surface. I am using a .25 Rotring Isograph pen filled with black ink to draw the design onto the clogs. It's slow but cathartic work!
I have been listening to the audio book of 'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' by David Mitchell whilst drawing on the clogs too - it's very fitting! My partner's Mum lent it to me and I didn't know that it was about the Dutch in Japan. Really enjoying the story and the drawing.