Wow, it really is hard to keep up with work, emails, etsy, emails, new projects, EMAILS! no wonder blogging falls by the wayside for so many of us.

So here’s a short roundup of what I’ve been up to.

Well, firstly we got a new housemate back in October:

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Her name was Katie, but we welcomed her as Marshmallow.

I had a wonderful day at The Higgins Bedford running a Turner-inspired watercolour workshop during the Big Draw:

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We’ve been busy tarting up our house:

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I was invited to contribute to the Bedford Songbook:

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I also made loads of new products for some local festive markets:

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And finally have organised some fun stuff with The Circus of Illustration and Pavilion at the Park, Bedford:

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With so many other things in-between. In 2016 I need to buckle down and work smarter (not harder!) and actually make more images. Simple right?

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I was recently asked by sweet friends of mine (T&K) to create a special print for their friends’ upcoming wedding. They had the perfect phrase in mind, a little reminicent of one of my favourite songs “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” byThe Shirelles. They wanted something a little swirly, a little girly, and it had to be TIFFANY BLUE! A delicious choice of colour.

I usually do some sketches, get down the right track, and make a few edits when doing these type of commissions. I can personalise every stage of the process, even include framing, but T&K requested an A4 print and they framed it at home. My prints are all on smooth, matte white 230GSM archival paper.

This was my first sketch, which I then coloured. I suggested perhaps adding the special date and the newlywed names.

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T&K couldnt decide on how traditional the design should be, so I mocked up a super swirly option, which divided opinion!

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I found a compromise with some printed type instead- a perfect mix of traditional and modern. Here’s the final product.

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Luckily I was told the print ‘went down an absolute treat’ with the newlyweds (hooray!) I’m chuffed they’ll have a special image to always remind them of their big day.

Drop me an email if you are interested in commissioning a special and unique image at katieallenillustrator@gmail.com!

Just a few things I’ve been up to this summer.  

  
I’ve loved having a garden for the first time this year. I’ve harvested the lavender and am planning on making some lovely gifts with my spoils. 

  I’ve finally finished my dining chairs. They are a hand-me-down from my auntie. The chairs have seen many layers of paint in the past! I used colours inspired by our -eclectic- dining room. A red sofa, yellow accessories and purple table mats to name a few….

I gave the chairs a good rub down with sandpaper and slapped on a few coats. I used discounted odd pots of paint from Homebase, including Matt emulsion. Yes, it will probably chip. I sprayed the chairs with a few coats of clear laquer to protect them 😉  
Lastly, a super quick collaged birthday card made using metallic scraps of paper. 

 

 the simplest summer dish for dining al fresco, inspired by Jamie Oliver’s stuffed focaccia.

Recipe: 

Focaccia bread (my alternative was a floury loaf with olive oil, garlic and rosemary)

Jar of roasted peppers

Jar of sundried tomatoes

Olives

Fresh mint and basil 

Mix the ingredients in a bowl while the bread warms up in the oven. Ta-da!

I served with mozerella pearls & tomatoes covered in pesto, and a salad with cured ham. 

I was lucky enough to exhibit with some great artists at The Quarry at St Luke’s, in celebration of Bedfringe. The Circus of Illustration and Animal Studio joined forces to put on an exhibition entitled Stages. 

I envisioned getting messy with some lino and printing ink for these designs, but with time against me (what’s new?) I did some faux-printing with photoshop, using a selection of handmade textures. I kept it simple, working as I would using printmaking tools. 

Stages is being transferred to Animal Studio and Gallery and will be there until late August. 

  

  
    
    
 

A little roundup of things I’ve been up to. (Lots of Pom Pom making! )    

Homestuff: IKEA jungle print curtains (made by muma Allen) and a bank holiday spent pressure washing the patio. 

   

Experimenting with net lighting on the patio, and little IKEA shelves above the bed (Leirvik frame)

    

Little sewing jobs like making a giant outdoor cushion!