surface print design Tag

I recently brought myself a small box of Winsor and Newton Designers Gouache as I have been itching to try out painting with these for a while. Acrylic and watercolour have never felt good to me. They make me feel uncomfortable and lacking in skill, so when I painted the Blue Vase, I was so happy with how it all felt. I like the feel of the paint on paper and how it reflects my digital work. How you can layer up colours and details on top of each other. There are so many possibilities to explore my illustration work through the medium of paint.

When I was studying at university I remember trying to use paint as a way to explore my artwork, but always ended up gravitating to the computer where I felt less pressure. Painting has so much history behind it, and sometimes it feels like all of my contemporaries can paint well. Instead, I’m going to give myself room to explore and play and learn and not to expect anything from painting with gouache.

Painting the blue vase with flowers was an experiment in imagination. I used no source material and just created shapes that felt right to fill the page. I think it could be nice to try painting flowers from source and this may be something I try in the future.


In this post you can see an A3 painting of some kitchen spices. I chose really vintage colours in pinks and greens, and added lines and details that reflected my sketchbook work. I enjoyed the layout of this piece and the possible applications of this artwork. You can see that if you click HERE.

It’s currently available in my art licensing portfolio. If you are interested in any of my art, please get in TOUCH.

Blue Vase, Gouache Painting, gouache illustration, painting, vase of flowers, blue

This March I have just completed Part B of the Lilla Rogers e-course. This was a follow on to Part A and sees a new market being introduced each week for 5 weeks. For me on a personal level, completing the assignments was strenuous. I lost my dad and my cat in March and was emotionally exhausted (I still am). Finding a little energy each day I managed to get though the assignments, completing artwork for the markets: stationery and card, kids clothing, scarpbooking, editorial and party paper.

You can see my final pieces below (minus 1).

I’m about to restart Bootcamp now, so will be posting monthly reviews of my work for the next 3 months.







A look at some of the development work and my final design for January’s Assignment Bootcamp.

I have just signed up to do Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Part B course which starts in March.

This course is different to Bootcamp. It is over 5 weeks and will cover various markets each week including paper goods, kids clothes and editorial.

I love the fast pace of this course and I learnt so much from Part A, that I am so buzzed to be taking the next one. I’ll keep you all updated here.