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Easter Craft Ideas

Happy Easter to you and all your loved ones.

I hope you’re well, and are managing to find comfort and joy at home.

Easter is lovely time to make colourful seasonal creations featuring bunnies, chicks and chocolate. Here are some of my favourite creative Easter craft ideas to inspire.

This is my virtual greeting card design for Easter 2020. The Easter bunnies are enjoying their chocolate egg dwelling which is blooming with tulips. The family have made a fun helter-skelter slide, and will be delivering brightly wrapped house shaped chocolate treats over the Easter weekend.

I’ve created a colouring sheet of this artwork, you can download this at the end of this post.

Painting eggs is a classic idea, but gives beautiful effect. Hard boil the eggs and then paint with acrylic paints, the ones pictured are metallic. The eggs make a lovely table decoration for your household Easter celebration. You could try painting with food colouring if you want to still eat the eggs afterwards.

This was the Easter greeting I created for Easter 2018 – tulips, chocolate, a chick and a bunny.

If you have a space hopper you could bounce around a set course or route and time the races. Great comical fun.

This was a nice family activity from a few Easters ago, to make egg shapes to hide around home or the garden, fried eggs for fun and they are more difficult to find as they camouflage on pale surfaces. You can re-use polystyrene and cardboard from packaging.

This fun Easter decoration was at head height in the cloakroom and transformed everyone to the Easter Bunny as they washed their hands.

This cute little guy was digitally imposed into this egg design as my Easter greeting for 2019. Cute as any bunny to me.

I created this illustration for the local tennis club last year. What would an Easter greeting based on your favourite sport look like? You might like to draw this.

You can download and print this colouring page at the link below. I’d recommend coloured pencils or fine felt tip pens, as there are a number of small areas and details. For best results you might wish to try using just three or four Easter colours.

I hope you enjoy this. If you’d like to share it please use the hashtag #inspirebykim

Enjoy your colouring, download the page at this link…

Here are my most recent posts…

Thanks for being here, have lovely Easter and see more at my social media channels…

Kim

Easter Egg Pattern Design

Best 9s of 2019

I’ve been reviewing the past 12 months and evaluating my favourite work.

Best 9s are a great way to do this. Here are my Best 9 of the year. Work that I feel pleased with as they broke new ground in terms of skills and technique progress.

It’s been great to apply art to commercial illustration briefs and to monetise my practice, as above.

Here are my painted Best 9. A real break through this year was the workshop that I did in Rotterdam with Helen Dardik. The techniques Helen shared, and the products she’s uses, are a real revelation. With practice and care my painting skills are building.

Fabric and Textiles Best 9 – I enjoy the colours and textures that I create on fabrics. Florals and birds were key themes of my work in these mediums this year.

Here’s to 2020. I’m excited to see what emerges this year. I hope your have a great year.

Please like my post, if you do. Thank you so much.

Here are related 2019 highlights…

Christmas Commercial Illustrations

Illustration Recommendations

Tennis Club Promotional Work Highlights

Bali Parasol – Instructional Illustration Work

Latest Illustrations

Brushed Blooms

I was delighted to see that @Helendardik was holding a workshop on this side of the Atlantic. So immediately booked on the course in Rotterdam.

Floral art workshop
Helen furnished the beautiful Rotterdam studio with boundless beautiful bouquets. Wonderful teaching with a lovely group of creative people.

I had seen and followed Helen’s work. Always wondering how she achieved the effects with paint, to create her stunning pieces. I was keen to learn from Helen.

Lovely to meet Helen. I felt like I’d stepped into Instagram. I learned so much and had a truly lovely day. .

I continue to explore the techniques, and materials, here are my favourite pieces so far….

Continuing my bird work. 😊

When I accidentally dropped a huge blog of opera pink on my brand new sheet of paper this snail character emerged.

Sweet flower in the garden

Tulips

Tulip repeat pattern assembled in #pixelmator

Love all life – response to the horrific mass shootings in the US that day.

Cornflower Blues

Flowers, butterflies and balloons
Flowers, butterflies and balloons

Self portrait following this style. Created in stitch and paint to represent my favourite mediums

Pinks and blues - begonia, cornflowers and roses.

Love how the pinks pop against the blues.

Summer Party painting

Summer Party themed painting

Blue flower painting

Even being blue can be beautiful

Helen has a workshop planned in Canada in September. I highly recommend her workshops, more info at her website

Thanks for reading my news..

Here are related posts to this work:

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

Workshop – Final Places Available

Reflecting on 4 Colour Full Years

Fabric Design Project – Window Box Tulips

I hope you’ve enjoyed this time here, I really appreciate you taking the time to spend from your busy day here. Have a lovely day. Enjoy. 😊

Instagram Highlights

Delighted with my latest furniture restoration. This mid-century G Plan Astro table designed by Victor Bramwell Wilkins. I love how the teak sings when it has been cleaned and oiled. Turning back time for this stunning table.

The table changed somewhat from the original prototype drawings, scroll to see.

Wanted one of these since seeing the table in Wendy’s office in the TV programme Billions.

#teak #gplan #furniturerestoration #wendyrhoades #billions #table #victorwilkins

Teak table in home settingDesign prototype sheet with details and drawings for the the teak table

Design prototype sheet

See additional images at the Instagram post.

Poppy stages embroidery inspired by our morning walk.

Saw this pretty poppy on our walk yesterday morning so I decided that it would be my subject for an appliqué embroidery. It’s not quite finished, a little hand sewing to follow, please pop back to see the completed work.

Created at @dawnirelandtextileartist workshop at #stitchedupandfleeced

#poppy #remembrance #applique #sew #freemotionsewing #embroideryart #berninauk #fabric #craft #make #red

Appliqué and embroidery poppy textile art

Sew in the sunshine. Completing the poppy embroidery. Now what to make with it☺️? #poppy #embroidery #textileart

#applique #appliqueart #garden #sewalfresco

Hydrangea embroidery. Added these beautiful hydrangeas to our garden a few days ago. Decided to embroider a flower, then created a design in @pixelmator.

#embroidery #pixelmator #surfacepatterndesigner #sew #hydrangea #handsew #alfrescosewing

After providing the tools and ingredients I was delighted when my niece used them to make beautiful cupcakes. Pretty and delicious.

#sweetmoments #cupcake #buns #baking #homebaking #stawberries #icing #inspirebykim

My appliqué embroidery poppy made into a design.

#poppy #pixelmator #flowers #patternPoppy pattern

I was support baker this evening for cheesecake. Never knew all what goes into a cheesecake until this evening.

#baking #cheesecake #homebaked

Playing with a forecast image to promote the tennis club event.

🎾Tennis forecast for Sunday when the gates will open to the community for Mini Tennis, Adult Coaching and Free Play.

10:30-12:30 Sunday 30th June

More info and to register

http://bit.ly/2WvdPg5

#bigtennisweekend #sheffield #tennis #sport #familyfun #ridgeway

You’ll discover my Instagram feed at this link and here are related posts:

Tennis Club Promotion Part Two

Fabric Design Highlights

Thanks for being here and to my wonderful subscribers.

Creative Apps, Tools and Tips

I thought it may be helpful to share some creative apps, favourite tools and tips for use in visual arts and design.

CamScanner App

A great convenient, ‘on the go’ tool for scanning using your phone and the CamScanner app. You can either take a scan/picture using the app or can import an image to convert that into a scan. The app locates the boundaries of your image and adjusts the light so you can even scan in low light. It’s a huge time saver and has a good memory capacity before it requires any payment. You don’t get bugged by ads. CamScanner is 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 in my opinion.

CamScanner App screen grab
Screen grab of my CamScanner latest work

iPhone XS

My phone is a key tool in my work, for photographing, drawing, editing. The camera on this phone model takes beautiful images and the ‘portrait’ mode is a useful feature for product shots and photographing work. I like the ‘pano’ feature for creative shots. Couldn’t function without this. Great size, weight and stable when used with a tripod. iPhone XS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Screen grab of my photo album.
I take a LOT of photos and create new designs on my iPhone

Pixelmator App

How I love Pixelmator. I can’t say how much I use it as it’s seamless in my work. I’m probably across in the app 5 times a day. Layering images, drawing, adding text, creating social media ads, resizing, mocking up ideas, creating repeat patterns. The app is intuitive, making it easy to learn and to use. This is a corker of a creative tool 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Pixelmator App Screen Grab Showing Layers of a Design.
Pixelmator App Screen Grab Showing Layers of a Design.

Bernina Sewing Machine

I would never have thought that I could love a sewing machine as much as I do my Bernina. It’s reliable, compact, and with the digital display I know what the machine settings are at a glance. I want to make the marks myself so I’m not interested in sewing machines that take over and do the sewing themselves. Swiss engineering is renowned and my Bernina is a fabulous example of this that runs like clockwork. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Bernina B215 Sewing Machine sewing an ice cream themed fabric that I designed

Bernina B215 Sewing Machine sewing an ice cream themed fabric that I designed.

YouTube

A learning gateway for everything you might ever want to learn about, where someone always seems to have the answer for using a new product, or technique. I’m going to give YouTube 🌟🌟🌟🌟 as the ads can be annoying, but then again it’s ‘free’. YouTube is about the people who take the time to share their experiences and knowledge. Of course it’s best to watch a few videos for any given subject to be able to gather a few perspectives/ methods.

I’ve always enjoyed making films so I love that I can share my movies and reach people through YouTube. Here’s a link to go to my channel.

Inspire by Kim YouTube Channel screen grab
Inspire by Kim YouTube Channel screen grab

50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life

This book is like a hug of a drawing course. The creators of Flow magazine have done something magical by bringing together exercises from their illustrators to make this big beautiful collection of inspiring, drawing skills inducing delight. Love it with some good TV and a pencil or fine liner. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Flow Magazine.

Collage of the cover and pages of my drawings in the book.
Collage of the cover and pages of my drawings in the book.

Instagram

The place to see image based posts, as opposed to more wordy content. A window on creative studios, processes and what everyone is working on, it’s such a creative time that we live in. Instagram makes the world shrink to the size of the app and I love how we can connect with kindred creatives and find people with shared interests. And there’s always someone somewhere on Instagram, even in the middle of my night – when the darkness becomes a blank creative canvas for new idea seeds to germinate in my mind. Hoping the ads, which have increased in frequency, don’t takeover, like they appear to have on sister site Facebook 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Inspire by Kim Instagram Screen GrabInspire by Kim Instagram Screen Grab

Also I have to mention PicCollage, which now allows a mix of still images and videos in collages, and WordPress for my blog.

I hope this proves helpful. Wanted to share these findings and also this is a way of expressing gratitude for this tremendous tech and fabulous phone based functions which are my fundamental tools.

Please stay and see some more posts here.

If you’d like a street these are my favourite ones.

Fabric Design Doll

Fabric Birds

Workshop – Testimonials

Reflecting on 4 Colour Full Years

Reflecting on 4 Colour Full Years

It is four years since I decide to push visual arts to the top of my priority list.

Major knee injury meant I had to pass on the opportunity that I’d been hankering for years, to manage the PR for Meadowhall. Facing months on crutches and unable to drive, life was taken up by the countless rehab exercises and everything normal took three times as long. With a recovery period quoted in years rather than weeks time began to feel different. I had so little time spare that I had to get to the nub of spending time how my soul needed and what emerged from valuable sessions with my wonderful life coach Heidi-Mai, was art… making… creating, colour, I felt like there was a whole lot of colour and creations inside me that needed to be let out into the world. And so my visual art journey changed up a gear and I began to prioritise this work, moving it from the ‘indulgent, blissful hobby’ to the ‘if I don’t have much time available I’m going to spend it on what feels great’. And with a feeling of naughty delight I signed up for an Art Foundation course.

What an exploration it has been, and continues to be. I’ve  always enjoyed a steep learning curve and staying on such a curve keeps me interested and motivated.

In the first four years I’ve had a solo exhibition, had work in four public exhibitions, have begun teaching fabric design techniques, have shared art skills in school, created commissioned artworks, designs, infographics, videos, animations and have made products from miniature pot plants to fabric birds.

I don’t know where the work is leading and when I’m in the creative moment I don’t think it really matters where or whether it leads. For me creating and making is calming, rejuvenating and present. It’s my antidote to the harrowing stories that the media try to intrude into my calm.

Here are my favourite pieces from the past four years. I look forward to seeing what will emerge from my work in the future.

I’m not stopping here. I’m busy preparing for my next workshop on Sunday 2nd June at Stitched Up and Fleeced, Sheffield.

I’m working on personal projects and strategic commercial communications. I’ve a plan for a book, watch this space, and have some exciting collaborations ahead.

Here are my favourite posts from the past four years:

Fabric Design Doll

Satin Cheese Plant…

Drawing With Silks – Cute Dog

Animating paper pictures

Here are anniversary stories from the years you may have missed. I’ve always worked on the proviso that my work will improve, although I’ve a good way to go to be at the level I aspire to, when I reflect I can see the progression. Practice makes better…

First Birthday and Art Exhibition

3 Years and Beyond

Heat Press Inspiration

With just a week until my fabric design workshop here’s some inspiration of the lovely things that I’ve created using the techniques I’ll be sharing on Saturday 9th March.

Oo and I have a new recipe (description ) for what I do:

Main ingredient of sunshine, dose of nature’s wonder, spoonful of heartwarming colour, a delight of details and sprinkle of nostalgia – art to uplift.

☺️

The sublimation printing techniques for transferring colour into fabrics have been used in the following projects, you can click on them to learn about them…

Miniature Cheese Plant
Miniature Cheese Plant Made of Satin

Designer Doggy Coat
Cute Designer Dog Coat

Bird and Flower Cushion
Bespoke Bird and Flower Cushion

Passiflora in textiles

Passionflower in Textiles

For even more inspiration take a look at

Sublimation Samples

Sublimation Samples

For all the details of the workshop click here.

To read testimonials from my workshop ‘trial run’ click here.

To book visit the Stitched Up and Fleeced textile studio venue website.

This art workshop is supported by the wonderful, colourful, Sheffield company Colourcraft Ltd.

Have a wonderful week. I’m so looking forward to the workshop, to sharing the lovely techniques and seeing the magic appear on the fabric, and the joy that brings.

Happy Days

Kim

3 Years and Beyond

Celebrating 3 years: It’s now three years since I began focussing on art and making. After injuring my knee I decided to follow my heart and felt a need to let out the colour and creative potential that I instinctively knew was within me.

Switching to a less commercial line of work has not been easy and has taken courage and conviction, but as I continue to explore and my work evolves I’m keen to see what I’ll be creating next.

The highlights of the past three years have been two Art and Design year long course Distinctions, a solo art exhibition, and being commissioned by customers to create bespoke artworks and gifts.

Collage of my favourite 9 from the past 3 years…

 

Latest work: My latest creation is an embroidered work for a dear friend, inspired by an image. I felt real flow in this work and felt guided in creating it by some artistic wisdom that joined me while I hand and machine appliquéd and stitched.

Image of Pippin and image of the work.

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The picture that the textile portrait is based on. 

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The colourful textile portrait on repurposed cross stitch fabric that I have dyed created using appliqué including felt I have made with iridescent fabric that was formerly a curtain in my Sheffield studio, machine embroidery, free motion embroidery and hand stitching.

This work grew out of the paintings and embroideries of dogs over the past few years.

Workshop Development: Exciting news is that I’m developing a heat press workshop. This will given people the opportunities to develop a design and print it onto fabric in just 2 hours. Watch this space for news and dates. if you’re not signed up to receive Inspire  news then you can do so by typing your email address into the box above.

My favourite pieces created in fabrics dyes using the Heat Press

Work in progress: Miniature plants need a miniature place to grow so I’ve been building a greenhouse in Fab lolly sticks with a Magnum stick for decoration. I’ve also tried a more rustic ones from twigs pruned from my Japanese Acer. Need to eat a fab lolly or two more to be able to complete the roof structure. I’m considering whether to plant miniature climbing plants with the rustic greenhouse to encourage them to grown up and within it.

Greenhouse picture 1 &2 

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Ceramics: I’m exploring ceramics, its not an area I’ve studied before so I’m learning hand building techniques. More on that when the pieces have been fired.

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Sneak peek at two of my biscuit fired pieces

Commission Time: Christmas is coming and its traditionally a time for commissioned artworks for loved ones, providing a bespoke gift made for them. My deadline this year for commission requests, to be ready in time for Christmas is 31st October. Please email me and I’ll help determine all that’s needed to begin the creation of your unique artwork.

Thanks for the support in the past three years and here’s to the future. To creativity, and beyond!

Highlight creations of the past three years.

My Life In Paper

The Inspire Bear

Cheese Plant in Satin

October is #Inktober: I’m taking the #Inktober challenge again this year. My intention is to try to illustrate the prompt words simply and clearly. You can see my ink creations in my Instagram ‘stories’.

Inktober Week 3 – Past The Mid Point! 

I feel like week three has been a turning point and I can start to see dividend in the daily practice of creating an ink drawing a day for 31 days. 

Here are my #inktober drawings from the third week of the challenge, they are to fit the #Inktober2017 prompt words but also are created to fit the briefs of the eshortcourse in Illustration I am studying with Bill Wright, tutor at Central St Martins. 

#inktober2017 #illustration #inktober2017 #ink #mystery #mask #masquerade #disguise #mystery #candle #masqueradeball #chalice #serpent #bicbiro  #sheffieldartist #mysterious
‘Mysterious’ in Bic biro. ‘Mysterious’ #Inktober Day 15. I tried to capture elements that connote mystery and bring them together in a composition.
I really wrestled with how to illustrate #fat for #inktober2017. With Sweet fatty foods coming at her our girl is running away from fat by working out at the gym, as fat chases on.
#inktober2017 #lovedance #graceful #dance #joy #inspirebykim #kim #ink #map #Scotland #ballet #enpointe #isleofmull
Graceful #Inktober Day 17. I love the feeling of dance, the physical celebration of being. Ink and brush on an old roadmap of Scotland.
Wear Your Wings
Have a fabulous day! So nice to be using the ink bottle again. Here’s one of my #inktober responses to ‘graceful’.
  #inktober2017 #pixelmator #Mexico #inflightphoto #beach #holiday #vacation #sun #sunset #sea #ocean #girl #wings #Woman #illustration #illustrator #sheffieldartist #cancun #turquoise #travel #beyoutothefull
Have a be you to the full day! Played with my Mexico photos to add colour to my ink line work in my favourite app Pixelmator
  #inktober #illustration #illustrator #ink #dog #dogsofinstagram #lhasaapsosofinstagram #eshortcourses #sheffieldartist #kim #dogwalking
A Good Walk – #inktober2017 – Day 18’s prompt word is ‘Filthy’ so I chose to create a series of illustrations as a reportage. The drawings follow…

Clouds Ink Drawing
‘Cloud’ – Keeping it simple for Day 19. I love clouds, do t always want to see them but they can be canvases for the most beautiful colours at this time of year.
‘Deep’ made me think of navel gazing introspection.
‘Furious’ was my hurry to collect my train tickets for London, with two minutes to spare.
Bell Pepper Allergy Illustration to show to restaurant staff when ordering.
Ashalak boots made in Ibiza, from Las Dalias market
Day 21 was ‘Trail’, which made me think of exploting the streets of London with my family. I love these Ashalak boots, they were made in Ibiza. I found them at Las Dalias market.

Into the home straight now – here are the prompt words to come. 

Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words
Inktober 2017 Official Prompt Words

You can look out for next week’s instalment or see updates at my Facebook page and Instagram feed. 

If you’ve not seen them here are the Week One and Week Two drawings. 

Thanks for being here, keep drawing. 😊

Instagram Round Up

Here’s the latest of my colourful creations from my inspiring Instagram feed. 

Sewing my football fan zipper bag
Assembling the panels of the bag, with shoelace as piping.
Pink Lady – inspired by a sculpture seen on a visit to Durham.
Ibiza Beach Watercolour – One Year Ago
Holiday sunbed painting in the Greek Islands

Beach Watercolour Time-Lapse. I love the colours on the beach, the bright lilos, fun inflatables, pretty patterned swimwear all against the beautiful turquoise of the sea and the colours vibrant sun lit. I captured the action in the scene that played out before me.
Silk Painting – Loving the colours. Copyright Kim
Fabric dyeing fun with my favourite colours.
Remembering one year ago working on my ice-cream themed paper picture whilst watching the Grand Prix.
Shine! – first screen prints, 1 year ago. Have a great day all😊!
Nature inspired felt. Not my normal colours but love the teal hues.
Here are related posts😊

Football Fan Bag

First Time Feltmaking

Ice-Cream Picture