My Top Tips for Freelancing

With more and more people dipping their toes into the freelance market, I see an increasing number of posts asking questions about what to do when for example, your customer refuses to pay, your customer changes the scope, you’re asked to work for exposure rather than money, or you’re asked for a contract.

Preparing Book Covers for Print

Are you about to take your first steps into creating and printing a book cover? Or perhaps you’ve already created covers for ebooks and want to transition to printed media? I’ve put together some practical advice to help you get the best results from your printed designs. This article assumes you are using Photoshop for your cover creation, but the basic concepts will hold true for whatever software you decide to use.

Making a Moroccan Pouffe

I’ve been working on a Moroccan-themed conservatory over the last 6 months or so, and while it’s still a work in progress, I think it’s already looking pretty good. As my other half pointed out after I’d raided the Range, ‘Morocco has vomited in our conservatory’ – but I think there’s room for improvement. I…

New Range of Crystal Kits

When inspiration strikes at 5am, sometimes you just have to go with it… Introducing my new range of Crystal Kits.ย ย I got myself certified as a Crystal Master and have been busily making kits for a number of different purposes. They all include a number of specially-selected crystals in embroidered bags with complementary designs. I’m launching…

UnCon 3.0, Broadstairs 21-22 April 2018

I shall be at UnCon 3.0 (an Unconventional Convention) in Broadstairs on April 21-22ndย  2018 with a selection of prints and no doubt whatever other geeky crafty stuff I’ve managed to make by that time (probably embroidered leather sporrans, the way things are going…).   UNCON is a tabletop gaming convention full of events, guests…

Looking Backwards and Forwards

Well, it’s been a bit of an odd year for me, art-wise. I’ve seen the digital art I’ve been doing almost daily for the last 10+ years fade, to be replaced by a weird desire to make bags… I started making dice bags with embroidered designs on them early this year, for no other reason…

Unique Christmas Gifts

It’s that time of year again. If you’re anything like me, you haven’t even started your shopping yet – or maybe you’re uber-organised and you finished all your shopping in October. Either way, if you’re still looking for an unusual, unique gift for a friend or relative, how about giving these a try: My Zazzle…