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Art and Illustrations To Inspire And Uplift

It’s been a tumultuous and busy past couple of weeks for most of the planet. I’m determined to keep sharing uplifting work, both new illustrations and ones from my back catalogue when I they are relevant.

The situation has moved fast and already has provided reflections on gratitude, for what may have previously have been undervalued, and the situation its is a reset of perspective of who is, and what is important.

Sending heaps of kindness and wellness to all those who are unwell or suffering.

I’ve been busy adapting our home for lockdown, had to make heart wrenching strategic business decisions, as well as finding tech solutions to replace face to face demonstrations. I’ve managed so squeeze some time in for illustration, which is therapeutic and can hopefully brighten someone’s day. This art from my heart follows…

I’ve been finding the terms used such as self-isolating and social distancing as having very negative connotations, and wondered whether putting a more positive slant on staying at home might make this feel more enjoyable and therefore sustainable. Here’s an example of this work, I’ll be developing these ideas and responding the World Health Organisation (@who) Creative Brief to communicate the key messages.

It’s snowing here. But it’s cosy, safe and warm here at home. Enjoy the home comforts. #stayhomesavelives

Home and family are everything. Despite the restrictions we must nurture our minds, bodies and relationships all from within our home. Thankfully technology can bridge between those we love but do not live with. Our families have come together for some great multi-generation live video calls which have been a great distraction and really made us laugh.

Here are a round up of the posts from my Instagram, to uplift and reassure.

This is for all those suffering with fear and anxiety. You are not alone. These feelings are understandable in this situation, so try to go easy on yourself. Comfort yourself with reassurance that you are safe and you are loved.

If there is someone that you feel would also like to see this please share. Spread the love. 💕 #stayhomestaysafe

There can be great joy in nature and this lovely season. Flashback to this watercolour painting from last year created as a book cover design.

The bright flowers are blooming to herald Spring, the birds are singing, daffodils shine bright. The sun radiates low into the rooms to warm away winter. Beautiful weather last week made the first days of lockdown easier as the garden is springing to life and the birds are full of energy and song.

Stunning spectrums that I spotted in our kitchen, cast by a refractive book cover being hit by the sun’s rays.

The March brief for #makeartthatsells was abstract wall art with a limited colour palette. This brief was a challenge when I’m so keen to communicate concepts through my art. I enjoyed the process once I got into it, and now seem to see tennis references in there. Maybe this was due to us building up to the new tennis season. I enjoyed layering of the paint, overlapping and becoming lost in the process.

Have Courage, Hold On. We are stronger than this thing. #alonetogether

I sprayed this positive quote from Audrey Hepburn in our garden, as a reminder, and for a little spray painting therapy.

Relaxing retreating in reading at the end of the day.

Watercolour and digital. You might recognise this scene from my chalet picture. Worked with a work in progress scan digitally to create this piece with a work in progress scan digitally to create this piece. #stayhomesavelives

Backlit beauty. The low setting sun lighting up this stunning tulip. When this tulip got snapped whilst moving pots I brought it indoors and popped it in water in a perfume bottle. First of my tulip bulbs to bloom, love it. If we can find joy in nature, whether it is growing or on TV there is a wealth of good to enjoy in the natural world.

Enjoy the Great Indoors. Whether you choose to scale your stairs for a work out, adventure to far flung places on Netflix or enjoy some Eastern philosophy on your yoga mat, wishing you a lovely day. #stayhomestaysafe

Created this house in watercolours on wet then developed this further to create the composition at the top of this post…

And finally: Only Tweet the good. Trying to only share positive and factual content. The birds are so active around our home, their beautiful song so clear in the stillness.

Thanks for being here. Stay safe, stay home and if there’s somebody who you feel would like to see my work please share the blog with them.

Here are my my most recent posts…

Thanks so much for being here. See my Facebook Page and Instagram for more frequent updates and work.

#staysafestayhome

Kim

#washyourhands

September Reflection and October Direction

As September becomes October I’ve been reflecting on the past month and setting intentions for the remainder of the year.

I’ve been gradually working more to illustration briefs and am increasingly align my visual creative activities with my communications, marketing and public relations work. It’s an exciting time as these two fundamentals of my work come together.

Striking visual content that catches attention by standing out, as people scroll for meaning and satisfaction on social media, is key to reaching the right people with messages that will make a difference to their lives,

Watch this space.

So here’s my reflection on my favourite illustrations and artworks from September.

From left to right top row:

Stitched greeting card design, new drink concept bottle design, folk costume design for if Inspire by Kim were a country – we have to love nature, our survival depends on it.

From left to right second row:

Floral watercolour painted on location at Renishaw Hall, ‘Summer Reading’ spot illustration for magazine editorial, and finally fabric folk costume design using free machine embroidery, fabric paints and sparkly embellishments.

To see these pieces in more detail please click on these links.

#PortfolioClub September -Folk Costume

Latest Illustrations

Bottle Brand Design

Looking forward to October it’s a busy time for me with annual property management tasks, business strategy work and putting creative communications agreements in place for the new year.

As well as this I’ll be using #inktober (the ink drawing a day for October) prompts as briefs to visually communicate fundamental messages that I passionately believe in. Pop back through the month to see those or see the daily posts at Inspire by Kim Instagram.

Here’s my first day illustration to kick off the month…

It’s also the time for stocking my shop ready for the Christmas shopping 🛍 spree. Pop in and take a look.

Thanks for being here. Get in touch if you’ve a positive project that you want help communicating.

Have fun

Kim

#PortfolioClub September -Folk Costume

I cringed when I read the brief for September’s #portfolioclub “Folk Costume”, but illustration briefs aren’t always going to be something I’m jumping up and down to illustrate, so I ploughed on, trying to keep an open mind.

However I have enjoyed the exercise; probably because I decided to illustrate a costume based on my favourite things, the sun, nature and rainbows. If Inspire by Kim was a country this would be the costume, echoing the beauty of life.

This was an early drawing where I was developing the idea of the costume mirroring the environment.

I developed the idea whilst travelling so in black pen and then added colour digitally.

the Inktense version was less effective.

This concept then started to feel a little fluffy and idealistic and wasn’t saying enough about my causes. So I had a think about what the costume would be for this theme…

I might revisit this alternative concept but the first concept felt incomplete. I came to the conclusion that either way a folk costume should be illustrated using fabric.

So I free machine embroidered the design onto a shiny fabric from @sunnybankmills.

I then painted the design with fabric paints from @colourcraft.

Next stage was to hand sew and embellish the dress.

Here’s the completed work with embroidery silks, thread, metallic thread, glass beads and crystal organza.

I’m pleased with the final outcome and now wondering what next month’s #portfolioclub will be. See all the illustrations at the #portfolioclub hashtag on Instagram.

Here are related posts:

Portfolio Club – Circus Illustration

Textile Art – Appliqué Embroidered Illustrations

Bell Pepper Allergy Campaign Part Two

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

3 Years and Beyond

Thanks so much for being here. If you need an illustration get in touch. If you’d like to own a piece of my work you can buy at my Folksy shop.

Have a wonderful time, try to be in your joy.

😊

Kim x

Reflecting on a creative August

I’ve really enjoyed creating in August. The month started off with the Helen Dardik workshop in Rotterdam which was beautiful and inspiring. The month and art has flourished from there.

I created an illustrated map, an instructional illustration for #PortfolioClub, an illustrated Recipe prompted by Flow Magazine’s book 50 Ways To Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life. I also created a party invitation book cover and stitched/painted self portrait.

I added new items to my Folksy shop as we start to get ready for the busy festive period.

To learn more about this latest work follow these links❤️

Illustrated Recipe – Buns

Brushed Blooms

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

How to plant a tree – Instructional Illustration

Visit my Folksy shop here to own and enjoy an original inspiring piece of art.

Thanks

Kim

Holiday Enhancement

Sometimes small things can make a delightful difference to your holiday. Here are a few suggestions from our recent beach holiday that I’d recommend.

If you’re using hotel beach towels it can be nice to take a small towel for your face/head at the top of your sunbed.

I chose this beautiful Collier Campbell towel. The bright design was stunning in the sun, the fabric soft and easy to spot when returning from a swim in the sea.

It’s important to stay hydrated and it’s possible to stop using trillions of plastic cups on holiday by using a flask. This one is by Life’s a Beach. It kept my water cold all day, saved single use plastic and looks fabulous. Good for the environment and good to use.

Tidy towel – when the sea breeze is buffeting your beach towel these clips keep your towel secure whatever the sunbed design. They can also be used to hang clothes and, as I was here, to secure fabric around Balinese beds.

I love to carry watercolours when on holiday. Painting a scene is an opportunity to really observe and take in the detail, which is great for recalling the holiday feel-good factor when you’re back home. There’s also something magical about the feeling of painting with salt water.

More sunny holiday related posts are at these links:

Blackpool Icons Design

Poolside Painting

Beach Art

Painting fish

Paperart Originals

Thanks. Bon Voyage, happy travels.

Paperart Originals – Ready for a new home

Years in the making, and hundreds of tiny details in paper, but I’m pleased to have completed my Brighton inspired Seaside Arches.

In a big move forward for me I am, for the first time, offering three paperart originals for sale in my Folksy shop. (Act quick before I change my mind).

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The British seaside inspired this piece. I tried to keep to a limited colour palette, which is tricky as I love colour so much. The steam train is arriving at the seaside where the arches are a tea and ice-cream cafe, a beach paraphernalia shop and a boutique with pretty dresses, hats and handbags. The picture captures a warm sunny day with brightly coloured bunting being tousled by the warm, salty sea breeze.

This time the small white dog Sam is joined by my new little four legged friend, thanks to www.BorrowMyDoggy.com, with both wearing neckerchiefs.

There’s a deckchair and beach towel available for anyone wanting to imagine themself into the pretty seaside scene. Hmmm memories of happy days by the sea.

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This winter scene is influenced by gingerbread houses, ski trips to the Alps and Russia, my love of ice skating and a chocolatier selling from a street booth I spotted in Lisbon. There’s a shift in the scene from Autumn trees into winter and the cosyness of festive lights.

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Going to the seaside is all about breaking away from the norms and city to race eagerly towards the seaside, the East coast of England in this picture, the shores of Lincolnshire and Norfolk. A pretty cottage awaits the family’s arrival with a fun big wheel and ice cream van to cool down after some sunny time on the beach.

People always ask how long the pictures take to make but I’m never counting the hours as I find a happy space in cutting and placing each piece of paper to build the picture. It can be almost meditative. I most like to do this work at the table in our garden but it’s rare for sunny days still enough to work with such tiny pieces of paper; they can so easily be carried by the wind, but those rare days are magical.

More images and detail about these artworks at my Folksy shop.

I’m going to be bringing my paper art skills together with the fabric design techniques I’ve been exploring to create some cut paper fabric designs. There, now I’ve said it here I’ll make it happen. Watch this space and see more at my Instagram feed.

Here’s more about the paper part of my story.

Related posts:

Paper Art Pictures

Animating Paper Pictures

My Life in Paper

Paper Art Time-Lapses

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.

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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

Bird and Flowers Cushion Design

I was asked to make a colourful cushion featuring a bird and flowers with this drawing from a lovely customer:

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I thought about whether I might seek such a fabric design, but I didn’t have the desire to go hunting for a fabric, so I designed my own.

Having found painted designs that the dye colours can mush together I decided to try a collage technique, as developed in some of my favourite work, my paper cut pictures.

I firstly prepared papers by  carefully painting them with transfer dyes then cut and assembled pieces to build a design. I liked the composition on a cute practice design (above), but felt that the colours lacked texture and depth. So I tried wax relief frottage techniques learned at UAL Chelsea and also hand-painted my favourite flowers inspired by our own garden and a visit to the wonderful tulip gardens of Keukenhof and the Botanical Garden in Leiden earlier this year. I challenged myself to limit colours to the wine red, golden yellow and turquoise Colourcraft Transfer Dyes.

I cut shapes and enjoyed assembling these to form the design for the main panel of the cushion.

See the design process in this one minute video…

Earlier posts that relate to this:

Paper-cut Pictures

Inspired Bags

Blackpool Icons Cushion

Life in Paper

I’m creating new things all the time, which I post on my Facebook Page and Instagram. Hope to see you there.

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Exhibition time

Delighted to be able to show my work after so many hours of intricate work and digging deep creatively. 

Proud to be exhibiting in Sheffield City Centre at The Workstation until 8pm tomorrow as part of Sheffield College’s Design and Visual Art’s end of year show. 

My Ice-cream themed products – beauty bag, shower cap, light-catcher, buttons and hairbands
My product’s displayed as they might be in a retailer

My dress and hand painted scarf
My product range catalogue
The Sheffield newspaper photographer
My project has been to design and create a range of products to inspire and uplift people. I’ll then speak to retailers about stocking my products and will offer bespoke items as unique gift ideas. 

My mascot – the Inspire by Kim bear

See the recent blog posts for related stories and my Folksy shop

Thanks for being here. 

My Artwork Products

New products featuring my most popular artworks are now on sale in my Zazzle shop.

The items are printed on demand which allows for more choice of your order from wherever you are in the world.

To view my shop click here 

Here are just a selection of the products available, designed to brighten days.

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There is a sale on at the moment so although I don’t discount artworks there are discounts on products.

Posts relating to the artworks featured on the products are:

Paper-cut Pictures

Animating Paper-cut Pictures

Part Two – Paper Cut Pictures

Art Challenge 21 – Custom Charger Bag

New Arty Products At My Shop

Emerging From Injury To Produce Art Exhibition

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