I have a new collection of 12 designs available in Continental Europe with Groupe Editor. Just like my signature collection with them (Jardin Anglaise) , they have done a beautiful job printing them with gorgeous gold embossed details. Inspired by European Winter traditions and Christmas markets and towns, I loved designing them and it reminds me how lucky I am to live here, especially at this time of year!
I was so happy to receive samples of my latest licensed greetings cards - this one is available in Trader Joe's in the USA. I wanted to share some of the process and sketches that took the design from the initial idea to the finished product.
I always start with initial pencil sketches - using lots of images from pinterest and various books for inspiration. I wanted to do a birthday cake decorated with lots of fresh flowers, and bunting and make it really summery and fresh. One of the parts that takes the longest for me is choosing the colour scheme - I always want to ensure it is perfect before starting and I am not the most decisive ! Pinterest is great for this too.
I like to prepare all the elements - flowers, leaves, decorations, and then place them on the cake just as if I am decorating it in real life. I do this with my flower bouquet designs too.
The same goes for the text - I tried a couple of options for this one and finally opted for the simpler version. I always draw it by hand in pencil, then black ink before scanning it in.
I was really happy with how this one turned out - and I hope you will look out for it if you live in the USA !
Happy New Year ! I am thrilled to announce that I now have an agent - Brenda Manley. I am looking forward to a great new year and new opportunities.
She will be at Printsource in New York City in just a few days time representing me and the other great artists in her agency.
Drop by and see her if you are there - I wish I could be there too !