The days are still cold and wintry so here’s a little something to brighten your day. If you have been reading my recent posts you will know that I opened an online store in the New Year – doricdragons.com
If you use the code EarlGreyandABiscuit, when ordering from my shop (orders over £40) you will get 10% off your whole order. Hurry up though, it only lasts until the end of this month (February 2020)!
I am adding to the store every week, so keep checking back for new items.
I have recently been designing planner inserts. I started out making some for myself. It occurred to me that it might be something that other people could use too, so I created a few Weekly Planner inserts in different sizes.
I use a Personal sized planner but there are so many different sizes available. What size do you prefer? Many people that I have spoken to seem to like the A5 size but I suppose that it depends on how much information you need to put into it and also whether or not you will be carrying it around with you.
There is a lot of opportunity for customisation too. I love owls, foxes, etc. The whole furry friends from the forest thing! So I put some on to my inserts.
I have ideas for all sorts of other inserts too, from shopping lists to sewing project sheets and all sorts of other things in between! I also have lots of ideas for different designs.
I would love to hear your thoughts on planners. Do you use one? What Size? Fancy or Plain? Are there any inserts that you would love to have but cannot find in the shops?
I decided to make my inserts into digital downloads. That way anyone who buys them can make themselves some new inserts without having to go out to the shops. I live out in the sticks so the ability to easily print off things and use them straight away is important to me.
The inserts that I have made so far are available here
I found out on Monday that I am a finalist in a competition. The competition is being run by the nice people at Printed.com.
The “Square Flair-Off design competition” brief competition was to design a 150mm square leaflet. I used a pen and ink drawing that I had done as the basis for the design.
Sadly for me, I didn’t read through the rules properly (let that be a lesson) and notice the fact that the final leg of the competition is being held on Facebook. Now I don’t do Facebook – just because I am contrary – so this gives me a bit of a problem.
As I am not on Facebook, I don’t have any Facebook friends and because of the vagaries of Facebook, it is unlikely that I will get enough people voting for my design. It wasn’t that good anyway…
Still if you do feel like helping out here’s the link to my entry:
I have been busy doing some more prints of my paintings, including the ones that other people are determined to sell without informing me!
I have also had some fun making some digital art and have listed them on my Folksy shop, which I am sad to say I have neglected for the past year or so! Still never too late…
I love animals and thought that it would be fun to create some cheerful stuff using them as the subject matter. I am using pigment inks and heavy, archival quality paper, so they should stay nice and bright for a good while!
Here are a selection:
I am now working on some prints that will be a combination of hand and digital work. I am starting off with a hand painted piece, photographing it, printing it and then adding further embellishment to each print, so that every print will be unique.
I have been playing around with one of my drawings today. I had scanned it on to the computer and decided to add a few digital effects. It was fun to play around. It needs more work but the technique has some potential I think.