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I don’t think I have known a year to fly by as quickly as this one. I think grief can warp time an incredible amount. You can loose days, weeks and months so easily without a though. Finding happy moments from this year is undoubtably hard, but when I really think about it I have seen and done a lot of amazing things that my Dad would have loved.

1. Moving To Paris – At the end of January I packed up my belongings and moved to Paris with my boyfriend. I was homesick for weeks (which really hurts btw), but I did eventually find my feet and I fell in love with the city. My Mum even visited with me in May which was really great for her.

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2. Vintage Party Games Book – I saw the publication of my second book with Cico, where I had illustrated super cute spot illustrations for this unique activity book. It can be brought HERE.

Vintage Party Games Book

Alice Potter Vintage Party Games for Cico Books

3. Travelling – As well as mastering the art of travelling between London and Paris on a regular basis, I have also been to Marseille and returned to London on the Eurostar from there too. I then spent 2 weeks carpooling around Spain, a country I had never been to. It was one of the best trips I have ever been on.

Spanish Road Trip

4. KUTE – I recently launched my first home decor collection with my boyfriend, which is both a challenge and an experience in itself. The collection was inspired by out trips around Spain.

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5. Turing 30 – enough said.

6. Lonely Planet – Another of my top projects from the end of 2014 finally got published as a travel journal. I still get so excited when I see my work printed in books.  It can be brought HERE.

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7. Print & Pattern – As well as getting KUTE published onto my favourite design blog, I also managed to get some of my designs picked for the new Print & Pattern book which is to be published in 2016.

Print & Pattern Nature Book

If you didn’t know already, you can download a free Christmas Colouring Poster which I designed recently. It’s a great activity to do with young children or just for yourself. I coloured my own A3 poster using brush pens and copics, and felt so focused and relaxed during the 2 mornings it took me to complete.

I took some photos during my poster and you can see the results above. Hopefully it will inspire you to print out and try your own.

 

Animated Peace and Joy Colouring Poster by Alice Potter Illustration

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Have a wonderful, restful Christmas everyone!

I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but as an illustrator, I rarely sit down and draw. I have got away with it for so long now, working immediately in Illustrator, and never touching a pencil, that it had become normal. It’s a terrible admission, I know, but I am honestly beginning to rectify it.

Last week, I brought myself some new materials which are listed below and switched on the Creativebug video by Lisa Congdon on drawing. Her approach to drawing inspired me to commit to the sketchbook again.

Here is a list of the materials I brought:

  1. Graphgear 1000 technical pencil by Pentel in size 7
  2. Graphik black line drawing pen by Derwent in sizes 0.5 and 0.8
  3. Tombow ABT brush pen in a variety of colours

My ultimate aim is to enjoy drawing again rather than seeing it as somewhat of a chore.

This is one of my first spreads after watching the Creativebug class:

Alice Potter Illustration Flower Drawing in sketchbook

Alice Potter Illustration Flower Drawing in sketchbook

I will keep you updated here as I progress with my challenge and re-learning.

And why don’t you give the gift of creativity with this link and get 12 months free for yourself too over on Creativebug

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Today is Small Business Saturday so why not get out there and support your local small business on the hightsreet or shop small online.

There really is no excuse for not going out and doing a bit of Christmas shopping this weekend.

To help, I have a sale on in my shop with big discounts on art prints, and I thought I would also share some other things that are happening all weekend to celebrate.

1. Emmeline Pidgen is illustrating small businesses all weekend.

Emmeline Pigeon Illustration Small Business Saturday

2. Support card shops by supporting the ‘Just A Card’ campaign.

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3. Etsy has put on Etsy Made Local markets all over the UK. If you are near Soho pop along this weekend to support London based designer/makers.

Etsy MAde Local Small Business Saturday

4. Not On The Highstreet are celebrating with Colour Saturday.

Not On The Highstreet Colour Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. The London Illustration Fair is on until Sunday where you can discover some of the UKs top graphic artists and illustrators.

London Illustration Fair

Happy shopping.

1.Statement Tassel Rope Necklace by BeataTe £64.20

It’s getting ever closer to Christmas day, so I thought I would put together a list of some of my favourite finds on Etsy.

 

2. Abstract Art – Dark Circles 2 by Ammiki £9.92

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3.Santa Monica Round Cushion 47cm by Bubbles at the Head

Santa Monica Cushion

4. Rustic Floor Cushion by Gras Shanghai from £13.51

Gras Shangai Floor Cushion

5.Khaki and Orange Cotton Sash Cord Basket by Citizen London £55

Citizen London Basket

 

First up, a little announcement that my ETSY shop is having a SALE. I’m trying to clear the decks here to start afresh, which I will talk about a little below.

If you are interested in seeing what’s available in the SALE, click HERE.

To continue, I wanted to share my first new design for my soon to be revamped shop. It’s not available to buy yet, but I wanted to give you a flavour of what was to come. I’m offering 3 colour-ways for each print to suit different decors and personalties.

Meet Betty!

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I have been a bit of a roaming illustrator this summer, first visiting Marseille for a few days in July, and then spending two weeks travelling in cars around Spain in August. We used BlaBlaCar for most of our trip with a few trains and coaches thrown in.

Our itinerary was: Paris, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Madrid, Seville, Cadiz, Malaga, Granada, Valencia, Barcelona, Perpignan, Paris.

Well over 2000 miles in Spain alone!

Here are some of my favourite pictures from my journey.

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There have been a real lack of updates on my time in Paris lately. After a  few weeks in London I went back out in mid July and stayed another 3 weeks with my boyfriend. We went to Versailles, and suffered a 40 degree heat wave and by the end of it decided on a mini  holiday to Marseille which was so lovely! My French is really not progressing as much as I would like, but I am enjoying my time out there,but having the flexibility f coming here too. I would like to recommend the new Eurostar service to and from the South of France. I did the return journey from Marseille to London St Pancras and it was really quite fun. I’ll pop pictures of Marseilles in my next post.

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I thought I should update you all on the last 3 weeks I have spent in Paris. I came out in early May with my mum. It was an opportunity for her to relax and take her mind off of things since my dad’s passing. We spent 3 full days travelling all around Paris and seeing things she hadn’t seen before. She was definitely exhausted by the end, but I am so happy she got to see my little flat and the area of Saint Cloud in which I stay.

After she returned to London, I spent some time re-adjusting to being here as it had been 2 months almost since I had left previously. I started working on projects, going to the gym regularly and have enjoyed many fun weekends enjoying what Paris has to offer. I am now back in London for 3 weeks, where I will be attending my nieces baptism and catching up with friends.

Here are a few pictures of my time here in May:

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