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    • Artist & Illustrator Kim Anderson

      Kim Anderson Artist & Illustrator

      We are working at home today and I came into the office after dropping our kids off to school, unsure what to do. I logged onto facebook and went through the news feed and, found something very unique and breathtaking that i just had to share. I will admit this, I have fallen in love! with this artist & illustrator.


      Kim Anderson creates spontaneous designs using paint, pen, ink (Dr.Ph Martin Radiant Inks) and paper collage work to create her Family Trees and collages - where she uses various patterned and textured papers. Her artwork is designed and used for greeting cards, publishers and wrapping paper, and also for wall art in the UK, Europe and the USA.

      Kim is recognised for her excellent use of paint, pen, ink and paper collage work contributing to many of her beautiful ranges including, Crème & Noir, Papillon and Mimi.

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      Kims success commercially has naturally followed on from her inspirational artwork and led to several collaborations with high profile companies as well as running her successful online Etsy shop. The artist lives and works from home in Kent and has her own beautiful studio where she creates her beautiful designs.

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      Kim Anderson is in high demand for her family trees and is always being commissioned for these (above is just one example of many).

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      Not only does the artist & illustrator create stunning trees but she paints hearts as well which prove to be a hit with newlyweds. How gorgeous a gift that would be to receive as a wedding gift, framed too!

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      Examples of Kim Andersons greeting cards as shown above. These cards are just beautiful and you would certainly know cards if you walked stumbled upon them, as Kim has her very own signature and it is noticable straight away.

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      Kim has had some of her designs created into cross stitch patterns as well as her greeting cards and collage work. Now that I have seen this I would love to purchase one of her cross stitch designs and create, could see this being made into a cushion with very pretty floral fabric on the other side.

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      Above just shows an example of Kims' collage work, I can just see this in a box frame hung on a wall.

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      I simply love this teacup with little butterflies fluttering out the teacup and lots of pretty tiny flowers adorning the teacup also. This is called "Flower Burst". Absolutely delightful and the colours are gorgeous. This would be perfect for on the walls of a bakery or cafe.

      Below is just showing you an example of Kim Anderson's collage work where she uses an array of pretty patterned papers creating her illustrations. I think these owls are just really twoo twoo cute!

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      Her inspiration is found from all around her in daily life but is also inspired by magazines and well known artists Elizabeth Blackadder, Picasso and the Bloomsbury Group. You can see more of her designs and creations on either her facebook pageor her website. Amazing artist & illustrator.

    • Wonderful Rainbow Artwork

      I have been researching the last few days for business, looking for new ways to help with our business and, all the while doing so I have had the joy finding many talented designers, artists, textile designers and more. I find this part of business to be exciting and fun,  as it really helps to see what other artists are up to out there around the world, and seeing their unique way of creating.

      Having been to art college and studying textiles I am like a sponge soaking up all the beautiful, colourful and unique works of like minded people. I look at someones work and think, "I could do that". It really urges me to want to go create but, in reality I just do not have the time to create (well I do to be quite truthful but, having two kids, a house to tend to and business to attend to every day I am far too tired to even think of creating. I get as far as "ohhh I really like that crafty make or painting and, just have to go create myself" but, never do it. Time is precious and I am now beginning to realsie that any little time to create will be all the worthwhile.

      Anyway, as I was looking through the newsfeed of facebook I found the wonderful rainbow artwork of the artist Jane Donaldson Art.

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      Janes art is somewhat different in style as has a beautiful whimsical feel to it and her chosen subject is natural with lots of pattern and rainbows of vivid and intense colour. The artist works with ink & watercolours mainly but, also uses acrylics and, creates gorgeous paintings on canvas of more abstract work. You can view her amazing brightly coloured paintings on her website Some of her work is just below though to give you an insight into her artworld. Quirky, fun and truly amazing paintings. Her art portrays whimsical observations of human behaviour, relationships with one self and others and, the place we call home. Many of Janes’ paintings draw inspiration from life events or musings about her very own life and, somewhat become all about her life, like an autobiography but just through paint and expression. Her work is characterized by tales enriched through the artists imagination and dreams. Her main focus is on colour and does so through her fascination with the human face.



      Jane started painting in 2008 but was exposed to art through her family having been to many exhibitions and seeing art of true artists. Her family encouraged expressive art and, this we can see in her paintings. her work has flourished from being a stay at home mum to exhibiting in private collections and commissioned throughout eastern states of Austrailia.

    • Art by Mel Graham

      Melanie Graham

      I discovered this talented artist a little while back and found myself falling in love with her intense and vibrant paintings. Mel uses oils and acrylics to produce her paintings of free-forming dramatic seascapes and landscapes, through to emotional skies and vibrant abstracts, focusing on the raw and sheer beauty of space and nature. She producces her paintings in her attic where she paints her emotions and nothing else, she creates the emotions she feels there and then and what gives her joy is when people can connect with her paintings.

      I simply LOVE her work and love her use of rich colour as well as her individual style and use of paint.

      You can find Melanie's work on her Facebook page

      Below are just a couple of her wonderful vibrant paintings.

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    • What is Anime/Manga and Why should you Create it in Vector? | Vectortuts+

      Sometimes the words can be confusing, but the term anime refers to Japanese animation, such as the cartoons on television, and the term manga refers to comic strips. Often times, Japanese people will use manga to refer to both. The vector media works well with anime because of the clean crisp lines and the ability to create nice, smooth gradients.

      Read the full article here:
      What is Anime/Manga and Why should you Create it in Vector? | Vectortuts+

    • Kath's Blog......diary of the everyday life of a crafter: The Fiskars Fuse...

      If you are a papeterie fan and the Fiskars Fuse rings a bell, you are advised to read this fun and easy to follow blog written by Kath Stewart. If you are her follower you are already familiar wit her excitement and great explanations on how to do stuff in this secret little word of magical crafts. So, start reading and make sure you have fun.

      Read the full article here:
      Kath's Blog......diary of the everyday life of a crafter: The Fiskars Fuse...

    • How to Create a Set of Rubber Band Corner Banner Treatments in Illustrator | Vectortuts+

      If you are an Illustrator user and you would like to include rubber band corner banner into your work this is a nice step by step guide that will help you understand the whole process and come up with a nice result at the end. You don't need to be an Illustrator expert to understand this process because this guide helps with clear and simple instructions.

      Read the full article here:
      How to Create a Set of Rubber Band Corner Banner Treatments in Illustrator | Vectortuts+

    • The Coffee House by Alson Skinner Clark « Shellie Lewis' Blog

      Painter Alson Skinner Clark immortalized the city of Chicago in a number of her beautiful paintings. This blog explained how to search for details to capture and understand the secret world of the past and understand the true beauty of this beautiful American art. In just one painting it is possible to understand the daily gloom that surrounded cold Chicago long time ago.

      Read the full article here:
      The Coffee House by Alson Skinner Clark « Shellie Lewis' Blog

    • From the Studio of… Jennifer Gabbay | Saatchi Online Magazine : News and Updates for Art Lovers

      Jennifer Gabbay is an Australian artist. If you are familiar with her work, make sure you read this interesting interview where she shares thoughts about her paintings, her life as a pain and her interaction with the Australian environment. Interestingly, among other details, she likes to work by listening contemporary music and the Blue Mountains in Sydney make her happy.

      Read the full article here:
      From the Studio of… Jennifer Gabbay | Saatchi Online Magazine : News and Updates for Art Lovers

    • MAKING A MARK: What it's like for an Artist's Trustee

      Art can be eternal, if the artist or art collector's estate is properly planned. Acting as a trustee for fine art can be a complex endeavor, but by being knowledgeable and having an interest in the artist?s work the trustee can ease the process. Other trustees have done this before and new trustees can look to their predecessors for guidance.

      Read the full article here:
      MAKING A MARK: What it's like for an Artist's Trustee

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