Bright Vintage Card with Inktense Blocks

14 October 2014

Today I'm sharing a Bright Vintage card using Inktense Blocks. I've had this set of stamps for a long time and had a very specific project in mind when I bought them, since I made that however they've just sat there not being used. I thought it might be fun to put a bright and modern twist on the vintage look of these stamps. 

Bright Vintage Card with Inktense Blocks

For this project I have used - Derwent Inktense Blocks, Tim Holtz Papillion Stamps, Ranger Perfect Medium Pad, Glossy Accents & Heat Tool, Staz On Ink Pad in Black, WOW Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder, Sarah Hurley Acrylic Stamping Block (Extra Large), Heat Resistant Acetate and Gold Glitter Tape.

I started by stamping the background stamp with a black Staz On inkpad (this is a permanent solvent based ink pad so won't run when I add water later with the blocks).

Bright Vintage Card with Inktense Blocks

I heat set that with the heat tool to ensure it was dry. Then I used a perfect medium pad to stamp the row of butterflies over the top, embossing them with WOW embossing ultra fine clear embossing powder. This creates a resist for when I add the colour using the Inktense blocks! 

Bright Vintage Card with Inktense Blocks

Now is the fun part! I sprayed the card with water and started adding some random blobs of colour using Inktense blocks. I then smudged the pigment slightly with my finger to combine the colours and dried with a heat tool, while also spraying with more water to make sure the colours blended well. Before the colours were completely dry I took an old cloth and rubbed any colour off of the embossed butterflies so they showed through. 

Bright Vintage Card with Inktense Blocks

Leaving that to one side to dry completely, I then stamped the butterflies again onto acetate using the Staz on inkpad (it stamps onto any surface!) and cut each one out individually. I used glossy accents in the centre of each one to attach them to the card, leaving the wings to fly free (I bent them slightly so they look as if they are flying off the card!) 

Bright Vintage Card with Inktense Blocks

As a finishing touch I added a bit of extra stamping to the bottom corner - again using the Staz on ink pad and one of the other text stamps in the set and a strip of gold glitter tape to highlight the bright colours. I hope you like the finished creation! 

Have a go at making your own colourful backgrounds with Inktense Blocks! If you'd like to share your projects over on the Derwent Facebook page we'd love to see them. I’ll be back soon with another project.


Sarah x

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10:02 by Sarah Hurley Sarah Hurley

Interview: Niki Pilkington

9 October 2014

Interview: Niki Pilkington

Who’s your favourite artist / illustrator or designer?

I've always admired David Downton for the sheer class and beauty of his work, similarly Stina Persson, although what we do is worlds apart. I think this is a really exciting (and competitive) time to be an illustrator – there are so many creative’s out there doing such wonderful things, it really helps to keep me on my toes and pushes me to try new things. 

What do you listen to when drawing?

To be honest, I almost never draw to music, I’m not sure why but I find it much harder to get the work done. Instead I like to have films, TV shows, documentaries etc playing in the background. I find that having something on whilst I’m drawing means I can just get on with my work without really realising I’m ‘working’ it’s like company in what can be a very isolated career. 

Interview: Niki Pilkington

How do you get your head in a creative space?

I start by reaching for my journal (that I never leave the house without!), which is full of ideas that I’ve scribbled down – a collection of images, words, themes, colours and notes that I simply couldn’t live without. From there I will draw a rough sketch, adding lots of text and usually lots of changes once I see the layout. I then get to work on the final piece (on a fresh piece of paper - I don't like working over roughs because they're always so messy!)

What’s your background in art and design?

After following all the usual routes for an art student, GCSE’s, A-Level, and art foundation (all in North Wales), I went to Ravensbourne college of design & communication in London, where I was awarded a 1st Class BA Hons degree. My chosen degree was in 'Fashion illustration & promotion', but strongly favoured towards the promotions side, so it's fair to say that in terms of my style and technique, I'm a self-taught illustrator.

What do you find inspiring for your work?

It’s definitely not the work of other illustrators that inspires me, instead I look to graphic design, fashion, textiles, typography and nature, because I feel I gleam much more original ideas when I look away from illustration. I think this is what keeps my work looking original (I hope!!)

Interview: Niki Pilkington

What kind of materials do you use in your work?

I've always lived by 'if you have colour then you should use it', so there's always a strong colour identity in what I do, which is why I was so excited when I heard about these new Derwent Graphik pens! I have a penchant for neons too, or any type of pen that hurts your eyes if you use it for long enough. I almost always stick with pencil for the faces and detailed sections of the illustration – a mixture of Derwent graphic pencils, then express the rest though colour, patterns and textures. I like to include 3D elements in my work, because I feel that the added dimension gives my pieces an extra something that you don't come across very often in fashion illustration. I really enjoy the hands on, crafty part of putting the objects together and coming up with new ideas (I'm a sucker for different papers, glues, tapes and all things crafty!!) it's always a nice relief from my detailed slow pace style of drawing.

How long to you spend working on one piece or commission?

It really depends on what the piece is, and how detailed it needs to be – it can be anything from two days to a week and a half. If I’m working on a new collection, then I like to work on all the pieces simultaneously – this way, as they develop I can make sure that they look like a set. I also have a tendency to get bored if I’m working on a piece for too long – moving between a few illustrations means that they still start relatively fresh to me. 

Interview: Niki Pilkington

Top tips for students looking for a career as an illustrator / artist

I'd say just try your hardest, always, and don't take criticism to heart - try and use it to your advantage and learn from the feedback you get. Don't be afraid of negative comments when you're starting out - not everyone will like what you do and to be honest, it would be a boring world if we did! Listen to feedback you get, and build from that...and remember, no one likes a show off! 

What’s the one tool you can’t do without?

Most definitely a sharpener!! I can’t do anything without a ridiculously sharp pencil.

Interview: Niki Pilkington

Tell us about you! What, aside from drawing takes up your time?

I’ve just moved my life over to New York, so at the moment all my spare time is spent either turning our apartment into a home (I love being crafty and making new things for our space!) or exploring this amazing city. Because my job means I spend a lot of time alone, drawing, I like to socialise whenever I can and I’m a big fan of travelling and seeing new places. I love the fact that I can draw from anywhere, so whenever the opportunity arises, I jump at it.

Where can we see more of your work and what’s up and coming for you this year?

Since moving to New York, lots of exciting new opportunities have been popping up. As well as working on lots of exhibition work (for galleries over here and back in the UK), I’m also working closely on lots of exciting new things for a new store in LA which means I’ll be dividing my time between New York and LA over the next few months (lucky me!!). It’s all very top secret at the moment, but there will be lots of updates on nikipilkington.com very soon, as well as updates on all my other projects and commissions. Look out for lots of new additions to my Etsy store too – I’m bringing out lots of new products very soon.

Interview: Niki Pilkington

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https://www.facebook.com/nikipilkingtonillustration

https://www.etsy.com/shop/nikipilkington

https://twitter.com/NikiPilkington

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09:48 by Kirsty Vickers Kirsty Vickers

Derwent Testing Lab

2 October 2014

Derwent Testing Lab

Our technical team have put the Line Painter pens to the test on different surfaces. They tested coverage, adhesion, line definition, resistance to water once dry and how to further protect surfaces with spray varnish or heat.

Here’s a long list of surfaces the Line Painter pens were tested on and how they performed:

Derwent Testing Lab

Here are some examples of objects you could decorate using Line Painter pens:

Derwent Testing Lab

Derwent Testing Lab

Derwent Testing Lab

Derwent Testing Lab

Derwent Testing Lab

Derwent Testing Lab

If you’ve drawn on any unusual surfaces using our pens please share them and tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit our website for more information about Graphik Line Painters.

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10:22 by Kirsty Vickers Kirsty Vickers

Interview: Fionn Jordan

23 September 2014

Interview: Fionn Jordan

Who’s your favourite artist / illustrator or designer?

John Bauer is hands down my favourite, since I was a kid. Though it's Sergio Toppi who has probably influenced my style the most, mainly his black and white stuff.

What do you listen to when drawing?

Quite a variety really, mostly folk music (mainly Scandinavian), but when I'm doing my comic it's hip hop, usually instrumental. Things like Rascalz and Shurik'n.

How do you get your head in a creative space?

Haha, I don't really have a method for this. Walking or biking helps, juggling or playing instruments too - I think of my best things when I'm doing something else.

Interview: Fionn Jordan

What’s your background in art and design?

Well, it's only beginning really. Finished education, so what I'm doing now is what will become my background I suppose!

What do you find inspiring for your work?

Mythology and folk lore is a big one, old stories like The Mabinogion and the Táin Bó Cúailnge. Celtic stuff, but also oriental things - especially the architecture and gardens. And the clothes too.

What kind of source materials do you use in your work?

I rarely do, to be honest. I love drawing things purely from my imagination. Of course, that's got to come from somewhere, too, but I don't usually know where.

Interview: Fionn Jordan

How long to you spend working on one piece or commission?

Too long. I love detail, and when your eyes are six inches from a page for a few hours, you forget to actually step back and finish.

Top tips for students looking for a career as an illustrator / artist

Yeah, I'd appreciate some of those! The best advice I can give is do what you want and take the hard route if you need to. Don't rush it. It may take years to get paid for stuff, so spend those years seeing more things and making the stuff you want to - because that will be the best stuff you produce.

Tell us about you! What, aside from drawing takes up your time?

Probably a bit too much - I get quite easily distracted. I play a bunch of instruments (drums, guitar, low whistle, hurdy gurdy, clarinet). Climbing and biking, too. And juggling and unicycling mainly. I just love learning new things.

Interview: Fionn Jordan

Tell us something about the Line Maker pens and what you can do with them.

These pens are great. Good ink flow, so you can get more natural lines - nicer on the hands and nicer on the eyes when you’re done. The nibs feel durable, so unless you’ve got ogre fists the nibs should outlast the ink - a feature to be treasured in fine liners!

Find out more about Fionn on his website, blog, Facebook and Twitter. To find out more about Graphik Line Makers visit our website.

Website - fionnjordan.co.uk

Blog - fatporpoise.tumblr.com

Twitter - @fionnjordan

Facebook - /fionnjordan

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09:25 by Kirsty Vickers Kirsty Vickers

Derwent Art Prize 2014 - the winners

16 September 2014

The winners of the Art Prize 2014 were announced last night at the Private View in the Mall Galleries, London. 

Brian Fay has been awarded First Prize of £6,000 for his pencil drawing entitled ‘Looted salt mine 1945 Manet in the Winter Garden’. Dublin based, Brian Fay is an artist and lecturer in Fine Art at the Dublin Institute of Technology and is currently completing a PhD at Northumbria University. Brian has two works selected for exhibition.

Derwent Art Prize 2014 - the winners

Brian Fay, ‘Looted salt mine 1945 Manet in the Winter Garden’ First Prize

“My two drawings are taken from the Monuments Men archive, based on photographs taken in 1945 of stolen artworks that were hidden during the Second World War. The drawings attempt to emphasise the vulnerability of the paintings as objects when sited outside their normal museum context, and to depict the form of documentation that was used to record these discoveries. Both works are representative of my drawing practice that looks at the conservation and restoration of artworks as a reflection on the complex plurality of time in an art object.”

The Second Prize of £3,500 is awarded to Australian born Brian Morris, who now lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. The prize is awarded for his coloured pencil drawing ‘Hörnan’, meaning ‘the corner’ in Swedish. Morris explains, “It is a self-portrait which describes my feelings of living in the modern world.”

Derwent Art Prize 2014 - the winners

Brian Morris, ‘Hörnan’ Second Prize

Patsy Whiting from Loughborough, UK wins the £1,000 Third Prize and UK Coloured Pencil Society Award for Excellence of £250 for her coloured pencil drawing ‘Garden garage marriage’. She comments: “Recent work depicts moody, dark, still life, in a realistic style. The work is created using soft coloured pencil on black pastel paper and though technically a drawing, looks like a painting. Roses are a favourite subject at the moment, for the sculptural quality of the form. I like to contrast them with battered, mechanical or man-made forms.”

Derwent Art Prize 2014 - the winners

Patsy Whiting, ‘Garden garage marriage’ Third Prize

A Special Commendation is awarded to Katarzyna Wiesiolek from Rewal, Poland for her charcoal drawing entitled ‘Immanence V’.

Derwent Art Prize 2014 - the winners

Katarzyna Wiesiolek, ‘Immanence V’ Special Commendation

Natasha-Anne Aplin wins the Young Artist Award – For artists under 25 years of £500 with her work ‘Devolution Series’.

Derwent Art Prize 2014 - the winners

Natasha-Anne Aplin, ‘Devolution Series’ Young Artist Award winner

This year we have two People’s Choice Awards, one for the selected works in the exhibition and one for all of the entries. Day-z wins the People's Choice Award – Exhibition of £700 for ‘London Riots’. János Hegyes ‘Portrait’ wins the People's Choice Award – All entries of £700.

Derwent Art Prize 2014 - the winners

Day-z, 'London Riots' People's Choice Award - The Exhibition

Derwent Art Prize 2014 - the winners

János Hegyes, ‘Portrait’ People's Choice Award - all entries

Congratulations to all the winners!

All of the shortlisted works will be on display at the Mall Galleries in London from 15 - 20 September 2014. The London show will be followed by a tour to Trowbridge Arts, Wiltshire from 29 October – 22 November 2014, and The Pencil Museum in Cumbria from 1 December 2014 – 9 January 2015.

www.derwent-artprize.com

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09:17 by Kirsty Vickers Kirsty Vickers

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

28 August 2014

In June this year we were at Grizedale Forest, Cumbria with international artist Carne Griffiths. We spent 3 days in the Yan, working with local students to create a collaborative piece to hang in the trees of Grizedale. Carne and his team were testing the new range of drawing pens. These innovative liquid pigment pens, Derwent Graphik - Line Painters, were put through their paces and allowed the students to unleash their artistic side with splashes, splatters, washes, sprays and fine lines.

Amazing what you can do with a set of pens!

Here are some photos from the 3 days:

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

The finished piece Comfort 2 by Carne Griffiths, in collaboration with art students from Keswick School, and Carrhill High school near Preston.

 

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

The Yan, Grizedale

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

Creating the final piece - a lot of cutting action and PVA glue was needed for this part!

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

Carne added his final touches.

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

Then it was ready to hang in the trees!

Beehive 2014 – the first Derwent/Grizedale art collaboration project.

A lot of fun was had over the three days! Thanks to Carne and the students. Also a big thank you to St Cuthberts Mill for kindly supplying us with paper.

www.derwentgraphik.co.uk

www.carnegriffiths.com

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15:03 by Kirsty Vickers Kirsty Vickers

Interview: Carne Griffiths

21 August 2014

Interview: Carne Griffiths

Who’s your favourite artist, illustrator or designer?

I am a huge fan of the surrealist automatic period of work, and also of outsider art, but there are so many contemporary artists pushing boundaries that fascinate me, especially people who can move paint in an incredible way – at the moment, it would be Conor Harrington.

How do you get your head in a creative space?

Normally a combination of coffee and good music / atmosphere. I brew up herbal teas and light josticks in the studio – as much sensory input as possible but nothing too overpowering that it distracts from the work.

Interview: Carne GriffithsThe Oracle, Derwent Graphik Line Painters.

What’s your background in art and design?

I missed out on GCSE's started 'studying' at A- level and then took a foundation course at Oriel Road, Bootle. This lead to 3 years at art school in Maidstone – great time both socially and creatively, I got asked back for a year to do a little teaching, and spent more time in the studio. Big influences during college were the discovery of outsider art, automatic processes, and the wonderful animation of the brothers quay – that in particular lent a sophistication to the work and was an escape from the obvious gothic leanings that my work had at the time.

What kind of source materials do you use in your work?

I try as much as possible to use reference indirectly, I will study an object, learn it, understand it and then put it away before drawing it. I find this breaks down the literal connection between the object and the drawing, things like residual memory are powerful and it's an artists role to give their own interpretation of the world, their understanding of how things work and not necessarily what we record with our eyes. Touch smell and sound are just as important when recording this information.

Interview: Carne GriffithsSummons, Derwent Graphik Line Painters.

How long to you spend working on one piece or commission?

A successful piece can be finished in as little as 4-5 hours, spontaneity is the key. Some works are more involved and will take days, and others will remain on the backburner until the time is right to complete them. So in effect years!!

Top tips for students looking for a career as an illustrator / artist

Bring all your experiences and passion to your work, even if it is something that doesn't seem relevant, it can give the work an individuality that will make you stand out from the crowd. Don't be afraid to absorb influences but combine the things you like rather than copying a style. Finding a style is quite often at the forefront of an artists or illustrators mind, but your style really comes about when you learn to experiment and forget about creating pictures. Have fun with drawing – that's the most important thing... and throw away the rule book.

Interview: Carne Griffiths

Describe your studio or workspace for us

I have a spacious very well lit studio that stays cold even on a hot day! It's a great solace and a place where I can really let go when working, I have divisions of areas so that I can paint without distraction and also crack on with the social media side of things, promoting / marketing etc

What’s the one tool you can’t do without?

My new Derwent Graphik Pens!!! Working on black with these pens has brought a whole new direction to the work – as has the new vibrant addition of colour to my otherwise earthy palette, it is the contrast with other inks that I like the most, hard flat colour from the pens gives the translucent layers in the work a completely different feel.

Tell us about you! What, aside from drawing takes up your time?

I have wonderful twin 19 month old children... I really don't need to explain more about time ;)

Interview: Carne GriffithsCrystalline, Derwent Graphik Line Painters.

Find out more about Carne on his website, Facebook and Twitter. Read our previous blog post to find out more about the new Derwent Graphik Line Painters and Line Makers!

http://www.carnegriffiths.com

https://www.facebook.com/CarneGriffiths

https://twitter.com/carnegriffiths

http://lovepencils.co.uk/post/2014/08/12/Introducing-Derwent-Graphik!.aspx

 

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11:11 by Kirsty Vickers Kirsty Vickers

NEW Derwent Graphik!

12 August 2014

NEW Derwent Graphik!

We’re very excited to introduce you to our new range – Derwent Graphik pens!

There are two fabulous pens in the range; Line Makers and Line Painters.

The Line Maker is a waterbased pigment pen available in 3 different colours and 6 nib sizes: Black 0.05 / 0.1 / 0.2 / 0.3 / 0.5/ 0.8, Sepia 0.1 / 0.3 / 0.5 and Graphite 0.1 / 0.3 / 0.5. Available individually and in sets of 6 Black, 3 Sepia, 3 Graphite and 3 Black.

NEW Derwent Graphik!

LOVE: Smooth free flowing lines, perfect for illustration

COLOUR: Build up tone with pure inky colour in Sepia and Graphite Grey.

STRONG: Rich pure black pigment

Quality: Super Japan nib, lightfast pigment ink.

NEW Derwent Graphik!

Fionn Jordan, Graphik Line Maker

 

The star of the show is the Line Painter; a waterbased pigment painter! There are 20 colours available, all with a 0.5mm nib, dilute with water and permanent once dry. Available individually and in 4 sets of 5 complimentary colours.

NEW Derwent Graphik!

NEW Derwent Graphik!

LOVE: Fluid opaque paint from a fine 0.5mm nib.

COLOUR: Immense depth of colour, even on a dark background

STRONG: Create layers, dribbles and washes with a specially developed colour range.

QUALITY: Super Japan nib, permanent waterbased paint.

NEW Derwent Graphik!

Carne Griffiths, Graphik Line Painter

NEW Derwent Graphik!

Also available in the range is the Derwent Graphik H2O brush. A paintbrush with a reservoir which adds a new dimension to working with Line Painters. And we also have the Inspire Me Books. 80 perforated pages of bleed proof marker paper, featuring printed patterns to inspire your illustrations, drawings and doodles. Available in 2 sizes 20cm square and 14cm square.

www.derwentgraphik.com

www.derwentshop.co.uk

www.carnegriffiths.com

www.fionnjordan.co.uk

 

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10:16 by Kirsty Vickers Kirsty Vickers

Interview: Claudine O’Sullivan

17 July 2014

Interview: Claudine O’Sullivan

Who’s your favourite artist/ illustrator or designer?
It’s so hard to pick even a handful! My artist inspirations have always been Francis Bacon, Henry Matisse and Lucian Freud. Nowadays, more of my inspiration has come from fellow illustrators. Many of my close friends are illustrators, designers and photographers, all of whom I admire, not only for their beautiful and individualistic work but for their hard working ethic. I’m really lucky to have a close circle of like-minded and extremely hard working friends, which makes the hard days (and months) much easier. Many of us struggle to fund our practice, with almost everyone working full or part time ‘jobs on the side’. Why do we keep going? Because we love what we do so we just have to do it!!!  That’s what I respect most about the industry – the hard work and unwavering passion.

Interview: Claudine O’Sullivan

What do you listen to when drawing? Anything and everything – depending on my mood! Drawing is quite a natural state for me – no matter what my mood! Sometimes its very minimal chill out music, sometimes its folk music from my childhood, harder beats from my youth, cheesy 90s RNB or a Game of Thrones audio book! Sometimes it’s absolutely nothing at all, usually when I’m back in Ireland - just that rare sound of peace and quiet.

How do you get your head in a creative space?
It can be difficult! I weirdly enough find it easier the busier I am, as I have less time to procrastinate!! I work full time in London, so illustrating is crammed into evenings and weekends. I’ve just moved into a really lovely flat in South London with my boyfriend. We have a cosy little collaborative desk space, which makes it easy to bounce around ideas and encourage each other. I think time away from what you do and space to think is really important too. I carry a notebook and sketchbook everywhere as I usually have the best ideas and reach conclusions at random points of the day – be it in the supermarket or on the bus home after a night out.

Interview: Claudine O’Sullivan

What’s your background in art and design? I’ve always studied art and art history in school and it was definitely my main hobby as a child – I was (and still am) awful at sports. I come from quite a creative family, my Mum was very musical and theatrical so I grew up with a lot of singing, dancing and creativity – drawing was always the way I best expressed myself. I was a horrifically shy child and awkward teenager, but drawing and art always came quite naturally. Two years after finishing school in Ireland I finally had the confidence to apply for an Art based university course in London and the rest is history!

What kind of source materials do you use in your work?
I tend to draw a lot from my own travel photos and travel sketchbooks. I also have a nice collection of old photo books and encyclopaedias. The Natural History museum is also brilliant – I recently visited the Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford which was beautiful! So much to draw!! During university I used to spend my free afternoons sketching in little museums around London – the Huntarian Museum in Holborn was a favourite – full of gruesome pickled organs in jars! I also love life drawings classes, such a relaxing way to unwind and practice! – I’d recommend it to anyone and everyone.

 

Interview: Claudine O’Sullivan

Top tips for students looking for a career as an illustrator / artist
If you love it, stick with it. It’s an extremely difficult industry to stay afloat in, and can be quite lonely. Weirdly enough I would say try to not be too influenced by other artists and illustrators; particularly in terms of style.

Other than that, be yourself and be nice to people. Oh and always sharpen your pencils and clean your brushes, there’s nothing worse than blunt pencils and grubby brushes.

What tools can you not do without?
Space to think, a notebook and (sharp) pencils.

Describe your studio or workspace for us.
A desk, a window, a drawing board, stacks of paper and lots of pencils. Although my desk sits at one side my living room it’s quite chaotic – but I think that important, it’s a creative space. For bigger pieces I roll back the rug and work on the floor – the height of humble London living! A huge bonus of the set up is the neighbouring desk space – my boyfriend who is a software engineer, video game enthusiast and part time illustration critic!

Interview: Claudine O’Sullivan

Tell us about you! What, aside from drawing takes up your time?

I’m originally from Dublin and I’ve been in London for 5 years. I go home a lot as it’s really nice to get out of this massive city, to see my family, friends and the sea!! I love to travel and dream of being able to see more of the world…. next on my list is Dubrovnik in 2015. My last excursions included craft making in rural Slovakia and travelling around North India. I’m a vegetarian and since moving to London and travelling, I’ve massively broadened my culinary palette. I’ve quite recently started to recreate flavours at home, I’m in no way a pro, but I do find it really relaxing and fulfilling to cook for people. I’m currently getting to grips with the delicate flavours of Korean cuisine, which I have yet to perfect, but I’m getting there!

Where can we see more of your work and what’s up and coming for you this year?

Keep an eye on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as I post everything there! I have a few collective art events coming up, one at the start of August in Shoreditch. I’ve also been doing quite a few collaborations with a number of musicians and also a Fashion label – it’s all really exciting! After that…I’m not really sure, fingers crossed its onwards and upward!

www.claudineosullivan.com

www.facebook.com/claudineosullivanillustration

https://twitter.com/claudine_os

http://instagram.com/claudine_os

 

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12:09 by Kirsty Vickers Kirsty Vickers

Make your own Ink Sprays with Inktense Blocks

10 July 2014

Today I'm sharing how to make your own Ink Sprays using Inktense Blocks and an art journal page I made using my own homemade sprays!

To start, you will need: Inktense Blocks, Grate 'n' Shake, water and some Spritzer Bottles 

Make your own Ink Sprays with Inktense Blocks

Start by grating an Inktense Block into the Grate 'n' Shake, the amount will depend on the intensity of colour that you want for your spray (you can always add more colour to it later if the colour isn't strong enough).

Make your own Ink Sprays with Inktense Blocks

Roll a scrap of paper into a cone and use it to funnel the powder into the Spritzer bottle, add some water to the bottle (put the lid on!) and shake to mix.  

Make your own Ink Sprays with Inktense Blocks

You can also grate two blocks into a Spritzer bottle to mix different colours! 

Make your own Ink Sprays with Inktense Blocks

You can then use your custom Ink Sprays on all of your craft projects (even fabric, as I accidently found out by not checking which way round the nozzle was and spraying my top!) I used mine to create this Art Journaling page... 

Make your own Ink Sprays with Inktense Blocks

I used a Doodle Doll stamp, a chipboard heart, a stencil with opaque white spray and added some doodling and Dymo label text. Here are a couple of close ups... 

Make your own Ink Sprays with Inktense Blocks

I hope you'll have a go at making your own ink sprays with Inktense Blocks. If you'd like to share your projects over on the Derwent Facebook page we'd love to see them! I’ll be back soon with another project.


Sarah x

www.sarahhurley.com

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11:11 by Sarah Hurley Sarah Hurley