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Sometimes, when you are struggling for creative ideas, it takes a mindless session, messing around in Photoshop, to help oil the brain cells. I have spent today doing just that. Using just my wacom tablet, and lots of layers and textures, I came up with three little narrative and decorative images. Top to bottom: Autumn Leaves, Blizzard, and Navigator. 
It’s been an incredibly useful exercise, as I now have an idea for my 2012 calendar, which I had been struggling with. It would be great to know your thoughts.
Hope you have all had a great Bank Holiday weekend!
*UPDATE*
I had no internet most of Bank Holiday Monday evening, so I did another digital painting. This one is called Formation Fishing. 
I also got excited today with the launch of a new digital pen by Wacom, called the Inkling. It could really shake up the way illustrators and designers work. It’s definitely on my shopping list!

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Yesterday, I managed to upload the first set of A6 notebooks. 
They are printed on to acid free white card stock, with stapled plain pain paper. The A6 ones are a really neat little size, perfect for your notes and scribbles. I will also be adding A5 versions of the same designs, so if you are wanting a bigger size, hold out for those. 
You can see them in the shop HERE.
Also, for those that don’t know, I do now have a newsletter. The first one went out on Tuesday, but you can still sign up, and you will receive a discount voucher in the next newsletter. 
Sign up HERE.

These just arrived in the post! 30 wonderfully screen printed tote bags, on 100% cotton bags, printed by the team at Get a Grip. It’s up in the shop now, for £8. Click HERE to shop.



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Well, I can happily announce that my fabric has arrived from Spoonflower, ready and waiting to be made into pretty fantastic cushion covers! It is a linen-cotton canvas and the colours are really vivid. I hope to make up a couple over the next week, ready for Crafty Fox at the Dogstar, on the 1st. I will be taking pre-orders there too 😀 Otherwise please be patient, because there will be lots of new things on the shop very shortly. 
You can see from the other pictures above, all of my 8×11 prints ready for the upcoming craft fairs, and my collection of new postcards, which compliment the fabric nicely! 
Have a lovely weekend, and if you live anywhere near Hammersmith, London, come and see me at Hammersmith Library between 11-4!

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S, I thought I would give you all an update on what i have been working on lately. I have a summer fair coming up at my local library (Hammersmith Library, London, 11-4) on the 21st August, and will also be at the Crafty Fox Night Market on the 1st September, 6-10. It was important to me that I had some new items on show, and have been busy beavering away ordering this and that, and making things. To give you a treat the images above are some things for you to look forward to. Clockwise from top left: New floral fabric for my first cushion cover, detail of new illustration to be available as a print and postcard, detail of design for my new screen printed tote bag, and lastly, a pile of my new notebooks all printed with my patterns on! Also, I am currently working on christmas cards, and my very first 2012 calender, which will be in the form of a poster. 
If you can make it to any of my upcoming events, it would be great to see you there. Have a great rest of the week!

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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!!