Sunday, 17 May 2015

Wabi-sabi Print And Forest Fabric


Hi folks, another wordy week for me... let me know what you think of these!


Wabi-sabi Japanese Translation Print

I decided to change things up a little this week and pick some treasures from the wealth of non-English words out there.

I'm fascinated by the Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi - such a different aesthetic from the perfection and symmetry we in the west are used to aspiring to in all things.



Of course that's not the whole truth, in the property market for example 'character' features which indicate the history of a building are much sought after and then there's the rise of the vintage and handmade movement... hooray for that!

I drew some irregular handmade pottery as the background image, its one of those things that i think illustrates the loveliness of Wabi-sabi beautifully, the texture alone is so delightful - in the Japanese tea ceremony, the handmade ceramic pots and cups are highly regarded for this reason.


I hope the Wabi-sabi philosophy of imperfect beauty continues to be more widely adopted in western society, perhaps it will help us all to stop groaning when we see ourselves in the mirror first thing in the morning! :)

This print is available to download now from my Print and Paper shop on Etsy priced £4 in choice of twenty colours and sizes from 5x7 inches to A3.



Gazelligheid Dutch Translation


The other word i've picked to translate this week is the Dutch word Gazelligheid.



The Dutch are rightly proud of this charming term and i thought it would make a nice, homely addition to any social area like a kitchen or dining room or even a public space like a bar or cafe.


As with all my digital prints is is priced £4 and available in a wide choice of colours and sizes from from Etsy.


'Into The Woods' Forest Fabric


Do you remember last week's definition with a woodland theme? I decided to take the design further this week and created a fabric design which i've called 'Into The Woods'



Its available now from my Spoonflower shop.

And last but not least, for those of you who enjoyed last week's wild garlic photograph, here's another :)


What have you been up to this week? I look forward to finding out over at Handmade Harbour - see you there! x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Forest Lover Definition Print And Earth Friendly Fabric Design


It was lovely to get such a positive response to my idea of doing word definition prints - thank you very much to all who left comments last week, its good to know there are lots of fellow language lovers out there!


Nemophilist Definition Print


This week's definition is inspired by the loveliness of walking through our local woodland which is currently carpeted in wild garlic flowers, along with many other beautiful spring blooms.


 Nemophilist. I am definitely one :)


It comes in a choice of rustic colours (although i'd be happy to create the print in other colours if someone wished it). 



As with all my printable posters there are also a selection of sizes to choose from. Its available now from my Print and Paper shop on Etsy, priced £4.



Holding Hands Around The Earth Fabric


Remember the 'holding hands around the earth' symbol i created as a background for last week's definition? It occurred to me that it could work as part of a fabric design so i coloured it in,



and created a pattern - now available as fabric, gift wrap or even wallpaper from my Spoonflower shop.


I thought it might work nicely for eco-friendly makes like re-useable shopping bags or storage baskets for recycling - in fact i might get around to using it to make some myself one of these days.

What have you been up to this week? I'm looking forward to my weekly trip over to Handmade Harbour to find out :) see you there! x

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Dictionary Style Definition Prints


I love discovering new words and i feel sad that some of the most exquisite are little used in modern parlance. Its just so easy in these days of frequent communication to use words that are the most widely understood and provide the most efficient and direct way to get a message across, whilst sacrificing the delight of taking the time to be creative with language.

I've had in mind for a while that it would be fun to create prints that celebrate some unusual words that although little known, have relevance to the modern world. I don't think i'm alone in the wish to express myself in a more thoughtful and colourful way once in a while so i'm hoping people will enjoy these little wordy celebrations. Searching them out has already taken me on a most enjoyable journey of discovery and this week i've listed the first of what may turn out to be quite a large collection of printable definitions... as always i look forward to hearing what you think!


Meliorism Definition Print


All of the definitions will be in my own words and i'm also accompanying them with my original art work. Here is a closer look at the drawing of people linking hands around the world that i've created to go with the meliorism definition.




Its just visible behind the words with the intention of subtly adding another dimension to the print. I'm aware that some people might not like the effect and find it distracting though... what do you think?



As with all my prints there are twenty colours to choose from. I've slightly updated the selection since i last posted it - the 'baby blue' and 'baby pink' have been replaced with 'forest green' and 'dusty rose', although i might revert to the baby colours for prints aimed at little people :)


As with all my digital typography prints, its priced £4 and available in a choice of sizes from my Print and Paper shop on Etsy.


This Is Where The Magic Happens Print


I've also listed another print for sale this week, quite a different style to the quotes and definitions and intended as something fun to display in an active environment - workplace/craft room/music studio/kitchen etc.






Its available for instant download in from Etsy, priced £4. I hope it makes you smile :)

That's all from me for this week. As always i look forward to finding out what's been getting your creative juices flowing over at Handmade Monday, see you there! x

Friday, 24 April 2015

Printable Initials


Another week of beautiful spring weather has made it very tempting to spend as much time outside as possible... gathering inspiration you understand :)

I have managed to list one new product though - the first of my new range of printable initials - i look forward to hearing your thoughts!


Printable Initials


I wanted to start with something simple but fun, suitable for a child's room or perhaps a craft room or other light hearted, colourful space. Spots seemed the obvious choice - they always make me smile :)


The spots are in a range of pinks and purples, with a choice of four different background colours.


As with all of my prints i'm currently selling these in digital form from my Print and Paper shop on Etsy for £4. All you need to do is select your chosen letter and colour from the drop down menus and it will be sent straight to your email address, ready for printing and framing, either online, or in a hightstreet printers.

I have lots more ideas in the works for custom names and initials so watch this space!


Spring Babies

One of my favourite things about spring time is all the lovely babies! I was lucky enough to have my camera with me when i spotted this cheeky little gang of lambs,




and an adorable litter of waggy tailed piglets!


What's been making you smile this week? I look forward to taking a trip over to Happy Friday and Handmade Monday to find out :) x

Friday, 17 April 2015

Printable Quotes


Hi all :) Another lovely sunny week in these parts, i hope its been shining on you too.

I had a bit of a break my crafty adventures over Easter but this week i've been back on track working on some new printable typography art designs.

I haven't been as productive as i would have liked as i got a little tangled up trying to get to grips with some now computer software :/ After much head scratching it seems i'm starting to get the hang of it at last though - hurrah for life's small victories!


Beautiful Thoughts

This quotation is another of my own. I actually have an artwork i created years ago with it on hanging up in my house.



I'd love to know what you think of how i've set it out... i was umming and ahhhing about it for ages!


Another thing that took some time was deciding on the colour options i want to offer for my typography art. Here are the 20 i came up with. Do you think there are any glaring omissions or ones you particularly like?


I'm also happy to create custom versions for people who have a particular colour in mind that's not on the list.

Similarly, i offer a choice of eight sizes but if someone wants the artwork in a custom size i'm more than happy to accommodate their requirements.

You'll find all the details on the listings page over in my Print and Paper shop on Etsy.


Times Change

The other design i managed to complete is this one featuring a Latin saying, in both the original Latin, and the English translation.


The triangle is the Greek letter Delta - a symbol for change.


I quite like this idea of bringing ancient philosophies up to date, so many of them still apply - i guess some things never change!


As with the Beautiful Thoughts quote there is a choice of twenty colours for this design,


and eight sizes ranging from 7x5 inches to A2. If you want something a bit different though, just let me know!

It is priced £4 (as is the Beautiful Thoughts design) and is available now from my Etsy shop.

What crafty delights have you been working on this week? I'm looking forward to paying a visit to Happy Friday and Handmade Monday to find out! See you there x

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Printable Digital Typography Art


Hi all :) Its been a couple of weeks since i've written a post, the reason being that i've been busy working on a new Free Spirit Designs product range... Perhaps you have already guessed from the photo above that i'm branching out into printable art!

I'm having huge fun with it and i'm excited to hear what you think of the first few i've created :)

Digital Art - Instant Download

I've been itching to have a go at typography prints for a while - this is my first but i have so many ideas for more!


The quote and design are my own, the fonts are ones i've downloaded that are available for commercial use.

The photographs are to suggest how the art could look one its printed out and framed, it is just the digital images that are for sale.

Here's another using my own words.




And another, this time with a little boat illustration too.



Finally, my own take on a popular quote (Be the change you want to see in the world). In this case all elements are created from my own illustrations.



All of the artworks are priced £4 and available for instant download from my Print and Paper shop.

Customers will receive six digital copies of the artwork, each cropped and scaled to different sizes, so that they can print them at the desired size with ease - either at a local printers or one online like snapfish or photobox.


And that's all from me for now, as always, i look forward to finding out what's going on in the crafty worlds of my fellow Handmade Monday and Happy Friday bloggers, i hope i haven't missed to much in my week away from blogland! :)

Friday, 13 March 2015

New Cards, New Shop Name


Seeing as spring is upon us i decided this week that it was high time i gave Free Spirit Designs a bit of a spring clean.

At the time when i opened my first Etsy shop, the name Free Spirit Designs was already taken as a shop name, so i made the decision (looking back i can't imagine why!!) to call my shop FreeSpiritDesigns2. Needless to say, the disastrous lack of imagination behind this decision has annoyed me ever since! :/

Later on, when i opened my second Etsy shop i called it FSD Print And Paper - spelling the whole this out was too many characters but i'm reasonably happy with the compromise. So, this week i decide to follow suit with shop number one, which is now called FSD Love And Living.

I feel sooo much better that i've done something about it after having it niggling at the back of my mind for so long... I've even made them matching banners.



Keeping them simple suited my spring cleaning mood! :)

All existing links to the shop will still function which i'm happy about. Etsy only allow you to change your shop name once though so i hope i've made the right decision this time! I look forward to hearing your thoughts.


New Cards

On the making front, i have listed some more new cards - including the 'You're An Angel' one at the top of the post.

I've also had more fun 'colouring with photographs' in this floral union flag card,


and these two watering can cards, both featuring a rainbow of close up floral images.



Even the blue of the watering can in the first one is coloured from a photograph of blue sky, i rather like the feel the natural tones give even though you can't necessarily make out what the original photographs were of.

Last but not least are a couple of designs regular readers may be familiar with - especially the birds on the wire as its my blog background too!



They are all available from my Print and Paper shop on Etsy priced £2.20.

What have you been up to this week? As always, i look forward to visiting Happy Friday and Handmade Monday to find out! x