Like lots of the artful things I am featuring in this year's #12DaysOfBlogmas, I love Sandra Dieckmann's work all year round. In fact, I think I would go as far as to say she is my favourite illustrator. I have included Sandra's amazing work in many blog posts but (for reasons that are beyond me) I have never designated an entire post to it. As her portfolio is filled with magical woodland scenes, Christmas seems the perfect time for feature on her work and so today I thought I would round-up a few of my favourites pieces.
Stationery connoisseurs and kings of all things quirky Ohh Deer are one of my favourite brands no matter what time of year it is. When Christmas comes around however, they really come into their own! Ohh Deer's site is filled with gorgeous illustrated gifts to suit any style but today I want to focus on the extra (but just as important) Christmassy bits they sell. Wrapping paper, Christmas cards and ornaments aren't necessarily essentials but they are my favourite things to buy.
Last year, I also did #12DaysOfBlogmas too and on the 8th day I posted a round-up of 8 Illustrated Reindeer from some of my favourite illustrators. As I am now studying illustration myself and trying to get better at sharing more of my own creations, I thought for this year's 8th day I would share 8 reindeer I had illustrated myself!
As you might have guessed from the fact that I run a blog all about it, I am a big fan of illustration. And as you might have guessed from the fact that I am doing 12 days worth of blogging about it, I am pretty keen on Christmas too. So when Christmas and illustration come together it is pretty much my favourite thing ever. One artist who combines the two beautifully illustrator is Sophie Gilmore.
It is easy to get distracted by the big brands' huge, glitzy campaigns at Christmas, making it all the more important shout about your favourite smaller businesses! Like most people, I could definitely do better at supporting smaller brands when Christmas shopping. As an artist myself, I know how important it is to support individual creatives and am going to make a real effort to do just that this Christmas.
It's day 5 of #12DaysOfBlogmas and time for an old class - a Papergang unboxing! Anyone who has been keeping up with the series may have noticed that I missed the last Papergang unboxing. This was because I was so crazy busy with art school and writing for Inkygoodness but rest assured it was as good as ever. Moving on, it's time to unbox the subscription services 21st edition!
For Day 4 of #12DaysOfBlogmas, I want to share one of my favourite Wintery illustrators - Liekeland! It might sound odd to describe someone as a "Wintery" illustrator but I think it fits with the Liekeland aesthetic. Characters - who come in all shapes, sizes and breeds - are all dressed in thick wooly jumpers, hats and scarves (even the animals), giving Liekeland's world a warm and cosy feel.
For today's edition of #12DaysOfBlogmas, we are taking a break from the shopping spree the first 2 posts were and thinking about one of my other favourite parts of Christmas - decorating your home. I was looking at Ikea's festive lifestyle images recently (trying to plan the ridiculous amount of Christmas content I have decided to do) and they are all crazy inspiring so I thought I would share some of my favourites. Even if you don't borrow any idea from them, these images are stylish and festive enough to get even the grinchiest of human in the mood for Christmas!
Today I am kicking off another year of 12 Days of Blogmas! I was super busy with university deadlines and blogging for Inkygoodness in November so Headless Greg got a little neglected. To make up for it, I will be sharing a new festive blog post every day for the first 12 days in December.
Is it just me or has October been the fastest month in history? In my last monthly favourites, I promised there would be lots more blogging from me in October. Then about a day later it was Halloween and I had uploaded even less than in September. Oh well, I will try and do better in November! First though, let's squeeze one more post into this month in the form of my October favourites...
In the blink of an eye, almost all of October has flown by without a single blog post from me. To be fair though, I have been pretty busy! I will be blogging about all the things that have kept me too busy blog very soon but today I want to talk about Ohh Deer's new cushion competition.
Happy October everyone! To kick off a month which I want to be filled with lots more blogging than September I have a brand new Papergang unboxing to share. I do a Papergang unboxing every month but often forget to explain what it actually is so to recap - the Papergang is a stationery subscription service from Ohh Deer and I love it a lot!
September has been a pretty busy month for me. In the last couple of weeks, I have moved from Glasgow to Dundee to start studying Illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and also rejoined the Inkygoodness blogging team at Assistant Editor. I will be sharing lots more about both very soon but first it's time for another monthly favourites...
Do you ever look at your wardrobe and not see a single thing you like? This seems to happen to me on a regular basis and so I am constantly looking for fresh ways to update it. In the past I have gone for mostly plain, nicely-coloured clothes but recently I have been on the hunt for items with a bit more to them and that I hopefully won't get bored of quite so quickly. My aim is to inject more illustration and typography into my wardrobe with some new tees, totes, pins and patches. Here are a few which have caught my eye recently...
Today’s blog post is a very exciting one for me as it includes to of my favourite things - illustration and being given gifts! A few weeks ago, it was my 22nd Birthday and I was very lucky to receive a heap of beautiful gifts including a gorgeous box of illustrated goods from Ohh Deer which I will be unboxing today...
August has always been one of my favourite months as it’s birthday month. I know you are probably supposed to grow out of it but I don’t think I will ever get tired of a day devoted to people showering you wish gifts, singing you songs and feeding you cake all because you managed to survive another year.
I've been back from my week away in Spain for 2 days now and the holiday blues have definitely set in. Everyone knows though that the best cure for holiday blues is a fresh box of stationery and, as luck would have it, the latest edition of Ohh Deer's stationery subscription service was waiting for me upon my return. August's Papergang box was created in collaboration with Ohh Deer favourite Gemma Correll and was just as funny and pug-filled as I hoped it would be!
The Riso Club is a print subscription service where each month members are sent out 4 A5 prints introducing them to 4 new artists. Signing up also entitles you to access to the member’s lounge (which is filled with useful resources like tutorials and downloads), fast-track printing, first dibs on workshops and the chance to get your work featured. £6 a month just for the prints is good but with this heap of extra benefits the Riso Club is an undeniable bargain!
Last year wrote a (some would say wildly over ambitious) list of 21 goals which I wanted to achieve in the following year. Some of the goals I did actually achieve, some (for example, "exercise more") I changed my mind about and some I just plain forgot about. I have decided not to do the same this year for a few reasons. Firstly, “50 Things Whilst I’m 50” would just be ridiculous so I may as well stop it before it goes that far. Secondly, the year before I turned 21 wasn’t my best (hence the many, many goals) but this year has been a pretty good one to be honest so I don't really have an overwhelming amount I feel I need to change and don’t want to write a long list just for the #content.