Sunday, 6 July 2014

Tour de France comes to Yorkshire

The spirit of le Tour de France was alive yesterday as we joined the roaring crowd cheering for 198 of the world’s greatest cycling stars. We took our position at the last major climb of the first stage at Grinton and watched in awe as the riders battled through a sun-bathed Yorkshire. It was a colourful atmosphere full of sights, sounds and smiling faces and a truly unique experience.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Busy Bee Digi Stamp: Coloured Pencil

You will need:
Coloured Pencils

Busy Little Bee Card
1. Print a Little Ladies paper onto card and create a 10cm x 10cm square card blank.
2. Matt your coloured digi stamp (see steps below) onto black card and attach to your card using foam pads to add dimension.
Busy Little Bee Digi Stamp - Coloured Pencils
1. Print the Little Ladies Digi stamp sheet onto A4 card.
2. Start by layering up the yellow and add the orange softly over the top. Finish by adding the black, don’t colour the black too heavily as it will wash out the other colours.
Our Tip: Use coloured pencils that blend well. Colour softly to layer colours easily.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Dayler Rowney Feature Artist

Meet Captain Natterjack, An original watercolour and pencil illustration depicting a Pirate Captain. As you can see in previous posts I have talked about using Dayler Rowney Watercolours since I was young, and so you can imagine my delight to be chosen as a feature Artist for Dayler Rowneys Website! Click here to take a look at my profile

Monday, 28 April 2014

Daler Rowney Watercolour

Daler Rowney Watercolour
 I’m often asked what watercolour paints I use when I illustrate. The answer is an old Daler Rowney watercolour set that was passed down to me by my Nan when I was young. I’ve replaced the majority of the pans (the individual colours) since then. The Rowney range offers a wide variety of quality pigments that are vibrant and easy to blend.
Our Tip: Watercolour paints are usually sold as both sets and individually as tubes or pans. Visit your local art store and see what’s best for you and your budget. You can often buy some great starter kits.

There are many different types of watercolour paints for you to use and discover. To see more of the Daler Rowney range visit:

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Special Little Lady Digi Stamp: Watercolour

You will need: 
Watercolour Paints 
A Fine Watercolour Brush
Pink Card

Special Little Lady Digi Stamp Card
1. Create a 10cm x 15cm rectangle card blank using a sheet of pink card.  
2. Matt a coordinating Little Ladies paper onto the card blank. 
3. Lay your coloured digi stamp (see steps below) on top of the card and if necessary trim the image. When your happy attach to your card with double sided tape.
4. Matt a sentiment onto some of the left over pink card and attach to your project as shown using foam pads.
Optional Extra: For added decoration cut out a small Little Ladies Paper Flower and sew a coordinating button in the centre. Attach the flower to your card using strong craft glue and leave to dry laid flat.
Little Lady Watercolour Digi Stamp
1. Print the Little Ladies Digi stamp sheet onto A4 card.
Our Tip: Before you begin always decide on a colour palette that will coordinate with the project you will be using the digi stamp for!
2. Using your watercolours, start by painting the skin tones and blue wings. Then add the dress and hair colour over the top. Use darker tones of each colour to create shadows.
3. Once dry cut out the coloured digi stamp into a rectangle.
Our tip: leave a reasonable space around the digi stamp when cutting it out so the image can stand out on the white card. This also leaves you the option to trim it further to fit to your card project.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Pro Arte: Watercolour beginners brush guide

Pro Arte
 Here’s one for the watercolour painters out there. Take a look at our guide to create a basic set of brushes for beginners.

1: Flat brush. A great brush for blocking in small areas of colours and creating different marks.
2: Round Brush. Use smaller versions of this brush for detail and larger versions to block in colour.
3: Rigger. Great for detail, I use small versions of this brush that only have a few hairs to paint super-fine details.
4: Long Flat or Wash Brush. Use this brush to create washes and cover large areas. This brush can hold a lot of water and is ideal for  blocking in large areas of vivid colour.

Our Tip: Visit your local art shop and see what brushes and starter sets they have to offer!

There are many different types of brushes you can use to create various effects. To find out more information please visit: