July 2011

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I am thinking so much lately about Christmas, and what I want to have ready for the (fingers crossed) rush. Last year I had an amazing experience at Christmas, and this time around, I want to offer a range of textile products including cushion covers, tea towels  and bags all with my own patterns on. As well as this I plan on adding a range of wooden jewellery, and a calender for the new year. You will also find lots of new prints and cards. To start me off I wanted to try out making a notebook, with a cover of one of my new designs. Printed on acid free card, with plain sheets inside, it is A6, but I would like to do some A5 also. These are some of the proposed colour ways. It would be great to know what you all think of my plans for the rest of the year?! 


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Earlier this week I set myself a challenge to draw a large scale drawing. I had recently drawn some Russian palaces (thinking about Christmas) in my sketchbook (HERE)and thought it would be great to do a big one. I found the biggest sheet of paper I could find (approx 25″x21″) and stuck it up on the wall. This was on Monday, and with my little set of Poscas I set about drawing the lines. 3 days later and it was finished, having been filled in with pen, and blue acrylic ink. I also added in some little Russian folk. I think I am pleased with it, but think it needs a mount to hide the edges of the paper. If anyone wants to commission me to do one similar please get in touch. I hope to do some A3 ones that will go on the shop in the Autumn, leading up to the Christmas rush. 

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Today, I completed what has been about 8 weeks worth of work for my Illustrating Children’s Books course. Having already made a small book called ‘A History of Cats since 1985’, and a few character ideas for a bear called Spectacled Henry, I wanted to create a complete kid’s book with a story.
The finished book, called, ‘Hello! What’s This?’ is in fact a 16 page illustrated book about an Owl that discovers something unusual. Printed on to card, and folded to make a super long concertina, that folds into a cover, it’s a simple story aimed at the picture book market. I look forward to presenting it to my tutor at my last lesson tomorrow and I hope I can get a complete picture showing all the pages soon. 

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Well done to Harriet Gray, whose name was picked out at random this morning! Please send me your address to: alice_rebecca_potter(at)live.co.uk

Congratulations Harriet, and thank you to all the other entrants. I shall be sure to hold another giveaway in the future to give everyone another chance to win something!

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Well I did this design in 2007 as part of a collection for my textile degree, which was all space themed, and as Atlantis launches itself into space as the last Nasa shuttle mission, I thought it was a good opportunity to dig it out and share. It’s a bit discoloured now though.

Good luck Atlantis!!

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Spring Greeting Card
The Woodpecker Limited Edition Fine Art 8×11 Print in 
Turquoise and Orange. Number 1 of 10.
I am hosting my first ever giveaway which is exciting. You can win one of my new limited edition ‘The Woodpecker’ prints, a greeting card, a set of 4 badges, and one of the Etsy UK tote bags. All you have to do is follow the blog, and leave a comment below. The competition will end on the 10th July 2011.The competition is open to UK and non-UK residents! At the end of that time, I will pick a name at random to select a winner. If you don’t manage to win, and you are able to get along to one of the Etsy UK Summer events, you may be able to grab a bag from there too, although, I have been informed that they are very popular! 
Good luck!

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I have a new print available called ‘The Woodpecker’.
It comes in 3 colours and a limited number of 10 each.
I plan on adding postcards, A3 prints and a tea towel to the shop soon, all within the same theme as this print. You will find them in the Prints and Posters section HERE.

P.S. Tomorrow, I am going to set up a give-away on here to win one of the above limited edition prints, a card, some badges, and an Etsy UK bag with my illustration on. I shall be tweeting about it, but be sure to check back here to take part!