Thursday, December 6, 2012
I designed these little Christmas gift tags to use in my gift wrapping this year, and thought I should make them available for you too. The pattern is taken from this card, one of my linocut designs. I used illustrator and photoshop to change the design around a bit. I would love to be able to have this printed on wrapping paper!
Download your free gift tags here (for personal use only please).
Make sure your print settings are set to 'high', and use thick paper or card with a textured finish for best results. Use a hole punch to cut out the hole at the top and you're done. Perfect for any last minute gift wrapping!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Today I have been counting all my prints, cards and tags in preparation for the Millthorpe Markets on Sunday. These tidy piles are the least of it, you should see the rest of the studio - so much mess involved getting everything organised.
Hoping for some good weather. If you are going, I would love for you to stop by and say hi!
Now that Harley has upgraded phones and given me his old iPhone (all my phones have been hand-me-downs), I have been able to join instagram. Now I have another thing to distract me from doing any real work. Pinterest is the worst when I am procrastinating. I scroll through all the pretty images, repinning to my boards when suddenly I wake up and realise hours have passed. I'm not even kidding. If you would like to follow me, my instagram user name is ameliaherbertson.
I know I haven't been posting much, things have really picked up and I have been super busy with markets and custom orders. Right now, it is 11pm and I haven't had dinner yet (or lunch). I am drawing like crazy and to get ready for the Millthorpe Markets on this Sunday. I'm so excited, they are always fun. Except for last time when our whole stall nearly blew away in the wind. This time we are taking weights and tent pegs!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Merry Christmas card
I know I am late to be releasing my Christmas cards, I can't believe it is (almost) that time of year already!
As usual, these cards are hand printed with my own carved lino blocks on thick textured paper.
Monday, November 5, 2012
I have been dreaming of a new and more spacious studio to draw and lino print in. Pinterest is the best place to scour for inspiration! My boards are slowly growing with beautiful images. These are my favourite art studio inspired pins.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I have been busy designing and carving new block prints for my Christmas card range. Here is a sneak peek at one of the designs..
This is how I start a new design. A rough sketch in pencil which I then transfer on to the lino by rubbing the back of the paper and leaving the pencil markings on the lino.
I was going to make it a cleaner image, and tidy up all the black marks around the letters but I have decided I like it that way. Now I have to get printing the design on cards!
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I am now back to work after a much needed break from designing, printing and drawing. I was feeling burnt out and I really needed a break from everything, mostly the computer and the internet, to recharge and find inspiration and the urge to create again.
I feel much more ready and excited to take on the Christmas rush and get to work.
Thank you to everybody who visited my stall at the Handmade Canberra markets last month! It was so nice to meet you all. Also a huge thanks to the hugely talented photographer Erin Dando who took these gorgeous photos of my stall! Check out her website, I just love every picture on there. xx
Friday, September 28, 2012
These past couple of weeks have been wonderfully busy for me. Wholesale orders, markets and orders from lovely etsy and MadeIt customers have taken over my life, but I love it!
I've been lino printing and drawing like mad in preparation for the Handmade Canberra markets on this weekend! I will be there Sunday only, and I can't wait. If you are in the area be sure to pop by and say hello, and check out all the other talented designers.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
A collection of seed pods Mum and I picked up on our walk today in the park. This tiny little spider came out of one of the cones when I was photographing them, he was so tiny I don't think he even realised I was there. These were collected for an artwork I am working on tonight.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
I am featured today on the Canberra Handmade Market blog with a designer interview! Click here to read it.
I will be at the next market (they are on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th Sept but I will be there Sunday only) selling original art, hand printed stationery and other goodies.
I was browsing the Handmade Canberra website and found these designers who will be showing their wares at the next market. The items are all handmade and all beautiful!
1. Ink & Weave tea towel
2. Temono bag
3. bilingual ring
4. Bumble Australia candles
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
Usually Friday is the most productive day of my week. I work in my studio all day, at least twelve hours but often more, and get a lot of drawing or printing done.
Today I accidentally took the day off. I went for a walk with Mum which turned into lunch with Mum, which turned into shopping.
After that I ended up at her house rifling through some of her childhood things while she sewed another pillow for her dogs after they chewed the last one to bits.
1. My mum's old salt and pepper shakers
2. Her and her brothers' childhood stamps, with beautiful little packages made from vellum paper. I love the classic design on the pastel book and letter card. There is also a receipt from Fosseys (department store) dated 1966!
3. Lovely little bundles of stamps. As I've said before, I am a total paper nerd, and these made me very happy!
I hope you have a good weekend! Hopefully you have a day off too.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
I tried my first Golden Kiwifruit recently. Being a huge fan of the green kind, I was a bit disappointed in the taste. It was too sweet, I love the tangy-ness of the green kiwifruit (I even eat the skin). Anyway, when the days get warmer I want to try this recipe for Kiwifruit pops. Have a great weekend!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I have been very busy over the last few days designing, carving and printing new greeting cards. This is the new "Congratulations" card in pink and blue to welcome new babies into the world! I will be printing these in more colours so they will be appropriate for any 'congrats' type situations but for now just pink and blue.
The letters are hand stamped because the letters I carefully carved into the design read back to front when printed (I overlooked the first lesson in lino printing, which is anything you carve in will print as a mirror image). I think it looks better now than it would have though, so happy mistake!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere (well for me at least), the winter months are dragging on and on. Harley brought up the idea of us heading on a road trip this summer, and since then I've been dreaming about sun, sand and the opportunity to wear less than three pairs of socks at one time. Until then I've been trawling pinterest for holiday inspiration.
1. Colourful popsicle
2. Ice Cream Truck - original source
3. Tide - original source
4. Umbrella by Vicki Dvorak
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Harley helped me bake these scones on the weekend, and we shared them with his parents. Believe me when I tell you they taste much better than they look! At first I thought the dough wasn't sweet enough, but when you find a chunk of half melted white chocolate the very slightly salty flavour is a perfect match. They are definitely best straight out of the oven.
2 Cups self-raising flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
60 g (2 oz) butter
2/3 - 34 cup buttermilk (as much as you need to make a fairly soft dough)
And we added:
200g frozen blueberries
200g white chocolate
Adapted from Margaret Fulton's Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery (Hardie Grant Books)