New Workshops | Pet Portrait Painting, Bookmark Making and Dinosaur Drawing!

Come join me on one of my painting workshops at The Sorting Office Studios in Eastleigh!

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The Launch of my New Wedding Stationery Range!

I’m so excited to launch my first range of wedding stationery! From customisable templates to a bespoke design service, I offer all sorts of fun and illustrated designs for your big day!

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Taking a Fresh Look at Myself and My Business

After a sluggish January, I’m starting a journey to further understand my business, identify my goals and plan to reach them. I’ve written a mini manifesto to supercharge my motivation and inspiration!

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My 2017 | A Review of my Work

Another year has gone by already! I’ve reviewed the highlights of my work this year and what I’ve learned along the way!

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Wedding Stationery Design - Greg & Harriett

I had so much fun working on this bespoke wedding invitation suite for a couple who contacted  me about designing their stationery. Wedding stationery is a business that I've always wanted to delve into, so with a resounding yes and a few conversations about what they were looking for, I created the following design:

The brief was to illustrate the date of the wedding in a heart shape for one invite, and then two invitations for the guest's info within an illustrated border. The watercolour painting was done by hand with a lovely spring time colour palette, and hand brush-lettering for the date. Scanned into Photoshop, I adjusted the levels to make the colours extra vibrant and clear, and I artworked the guest info on the bordered invitations.

I used Printed.com (as I do with my greeting cards) to print the invitations on their gorgeous nettuno stock. The paper is textured so it's lovely to touch without interfering with the finish of the illustrations. I also ordered the A5 envelopes to match.

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this commission, not only because creating the artwork and designs is so much fun, but to contribute to a couple's special day is really cool! I hope to design a range of customisable designs for my online shop, as well as working on more bespoke, one-of-a-kind commissioned suites. 

If you're getting hitched or planning an event and would like to have a chat about a bespoke stationery design, say hello at amyharwoodillustration@gmail.com

* New in! * Bespoke Hand-drawn Greeting Cards

Today I spent the morning playing with my new camera re-shooting my stationery stock. My Etsy shop needed a bit of a makeover and I've FINALLY got round to building a store front in my website!   

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As well as shooting the cards and notebooks I already have in stock, I've been ticking off my to do list of creating templates for all the bespoke prints and gifts I'd like to launch before Christmas time starts to kick in - the first of which is my bespoke hand-drawn greetings card! I've been asked by friends before to make hand painted cards for their loved ones from which I've received great feedback, and it also feels wonderful providing this personalised and unique service!

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They are hand drawn opposed to digital templates because the market is saturated with beautifully designed customisable digital prints and cards, and although I love working digitally, I want to get back in touch with my roots, before the world of Wacom tablets took me in! Back in college and uni I experimented with all sorts of materials and make making, and secretly I miss getting messy! Also, a hand made one of a kind print or card makes the gift even more special, don'tcha think.

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These cards are available to order from my website here and my etsy shop - the turn around is quick and personable and I also have great fun making them!

-  Amy