Monday, 15 March 2021

A new commission

I received a different type of commission recently. My daughter asked for my help in decorating a special album for a friend’s Baby Shower. It was especially important to be able to customise the book. There are a variety of memory books on sale, however the drawback with most of these is that the layout is quite prescriptive, set out according to someone else’s idea of what to remember. And what happens in real life with a new baby, the enthusiasm to record all this information tends to wane and the book is often abandoned incomplete. When you have a blank canvas you can add whatever you wish and aren’t faced with incomplete pages. 

The family of the mother-to be lives in South Africa and with the current state of the world, they were unable to travel for the big event. A way to include messages from people far away was the answer.
The plan included blank cards for guests, both here and abroad, that could have messages added, either handwritten or printed. These, together with photos, would be added to the album. Illustrations of animal mothers with their babies would be the finishing touch.

The planned nursery theme is African animals. On assessing the paper in the book - a crisp white, and quite different to most watercolour papers, the solution was to print the illustrations on the same card as the messages. This had the additional advantage of keeping the originals available to be framed and displayed in the nursery. 

I got busy finding suitable images for the watercolour illustrations. Now that the Baby Shower has been held I can reveal the paintings. This is the best photo for an artist to see - someone’s face when they see your work for the first time.























And you’ve guessed correctly - it’s a boy! 

Coming soon - Red Bubble products

A few of these images have been added to products on my Red Bubble page. You’ll be able to purchase a variety of products including cups, phone cases, kids clothing, tote bags and many others. 

Coming soon - Bespoke Baby Books

A new listing for your own bespoke Baby Book is coming soon to my Etsy Shop.




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