Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Something New

I'm working on a new lovely product, perfect for the Spring. Watch this space!

Flora x

Thursday, 6 February 2014

NEW Greeting Cards

All new Greeting Cards have arrived from the printers, and I couldn't be happier with how they've turned out. I put a lot of time into each illustration, making sure they would fit any occasion, and I think they do?

I had them printed with Printed.com , definitely the best printers I've come across; simple website, with easy navigation and they always respond quickly to any problems. They also have a great range of products. My cards are printed on 125gsm Gesso paper. A very soft high quality paper that gives the effect of watercolour paper, it looks as though I've hand paint each card! 

My cards are available to buy from my ETSY Shop!

I hope you like them! Which is your favourite?

Flora x

Monday, 3 February 2014

Badges Badges Badges

Busy making more badges! Bear badges, butterfly badges, bicycle badges, and my latest edition are the birthday Badges! Let me know if you're interested in buying some :)

Flora x

Friday, 31 January 2014

My Watercolour Diary

On 1st February 2013, I started a Watercolour Diary. I was inspired my an artist called Trisha Thompson Adams, who had completed a 366 page sketchbook the previous year. It was a truly lovely idea, and all her paintings were just amazing! However, I didn't realise until I started this project, just how much determination it would take. At the beginning, I was feeling quite uninspired, probably to do with it being January, the most depressing month of the year. I needed something that would pick me up, and keep me creative. And, so my watercolour adventure began…

Every night for 366 days, I painted a watercolour that summarised my day. Whether, it be something I did, ate, drank, saw, wore, bought, felt, heard, or even, dreamt. Every one of those watercolours is a personal symbol to me. It's so nice, because I can look at almost any of the paintings, and they will prompt the memory that came when painting it.  I can go back to that very day. It’s such a great way of remembering my year...

On completing every painting, I photographed it and uploaded it to my Instagram (@Florafricker). Next, I scanned it to my computer, and, uploaded it to my Watercolour Diary tumblr. And, finally, I stuck each one to my bedroom wall. I must have gone through at least 6 packets of blue tac.. But, my room is now like a “Gallery Of My Year”. I'm surrounded by my memories. And, wowee, it’s all so, colourful.

This was such a challenge. There were many, many times, when I felt like giving it all up, and sometimes I forgot what the whole point was. But, I continued to remind myself that, at the end I will have this amazing array of paintings, and a huge image bank of my own inspirations. And, I started it because I wanted to keep being creative, and to prove that I am a very self- motivated  and determined person, and this has proved to me that if you want something, then you have to work at it, and eventually…. it will come.

So what now? I will be keeping the paintings on my wall for a while. And, I plan to make a book of all my watercolours. Something, to show the grandchildren. I, also have a huge image bank, so I can go back to my watercolours and develop them further. I also want to thank my Mum and Dad for their patience, as we spent many evenings wondering what I was going to paint. So, thank you!

I couldn't have achieved this without my Winsor & Newton watercolour paints, they've lasted so well. And, my Fabriano paper. I definitely recommend them!

I hope you enjoy looking through my WatercolourDiary. But most of all, I hope that I have inspired you in some way.

Flora x

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Gathered by Mollie Makes

My Pocket Mirrors have been featured in this week's issue of Gathered by MollieMakes!!! So exciting  as this is my first ever feature in a magazine... You can download it here  http://bit.ly/19RXgNc and my pocket mirrors are available to buy from me here

Flora x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Escape Ticket

Everybody needs an escape. So I redesigned a little ticket that i created a couple of months ago. (See the original here) I love hand written typography, although its not easy to archive... It took me many drafts and scribbles and opinions from a few people to get to this. Although now I look at it, it seems so simple. This is an illustration that I will be putting on a card, for my new range of greeting cards! I hope you like it. And I wish i could make this ticket a reality... Where is your place of escape? Or where is it, that you wish to escape to?

I've also just been featured on Ohh Deer's blog, which i am so happy about! You can read about it here!!

Flora x

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Society 6 // New Designs

Herewith some new products in my Society6 shop... From mugs to cushions. Theres lot's of useful products with my artwork on, so please have a look!

Flora x
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