Thursday, 2 October 2014

Help with Markets and Fairs

Are you thinking about selling at markets and fairs?  Or maybe you already do, but need a bit of help?

I'm currently guest blogging over at The Little Fox Market blog and am sharing my tips and how to's based on my own experiences.  I've been selling at markets and fairs since I was at university, and am still learning myself, but I'm quickly seeing what is working and what is not.

If you'd like some further advice, please leave a note below or email me at

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Artfordable Fair @ 13 The Gallery

Cracking into the London Market and Art Fair scene is not easy at all.  Which is why I was quite excited to get accepted to this lovely monthly market at 13 The Gallery for August in North London.  I packed up a small table and a selection of my favourite prints and cards and set off to set up shop there for the weekend.

LEFT : Jonathan Ellis
RIGHT : Matt Gee

LEFT : Eni Jewellery
RIGHT : Cathy Simpson

LEFT : Emily Mould
RIGHT : Monika Dhamija Kalra

Isabel Farfan

Alejandro with my mini illustration of my Amsterdam print  (markers on canvas)

As with most events in August, it was a little quiet, but I was able to cover costs, spend time with some lovely people and explore another area of London I hadn't seen yet.  Success I say!

You can visit the gallery during the week, or for this art market once a month on Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

One year Wedding Anniversary

Did you know that paper symbolises the 1st year of marriage?  I've only had a few requests on this celebration, but they are always unique and wonderful.  You can see my first commission for one year anniversary here. And now, I can share the second with you as well!

I met Emma at the Little Fox Market in Rickmansworth last month, we had a quick chat on the day and she followed up with an email with some more details.  She had a tight deadline - anniversary coming up quickly! And through the details she shared with me I designed a floral wreath, featuring the flowers and plants from their wedding and honeymoon.  Emma let me know what text she wanted, and after a rough draft was agreed on I got painting and popped it in the post for a speedy delivery (thank you Mr Postman!).

Due to the tight deadline we kept it small, and it's really super sweet, perfect.  I can work to bigger sizes if small isn't your thing, and the text can be anything you'd like.  If you're interested in seeing these in my shop as a personalisable illustration, then leave a comment please.

Monday, 8 September 2014

The Coach and Horses Bank Holiday Weekend

Did you have a nice bank holiday?  Maybe you're not in the UK…sorry about that!  I had quite a relaxed one this time around!  After my sisters wedding the weekend before, I was still in recovery, so taking it easy was what I needed.

A few of us set up shop at this lovely pub, The Coach and Horses, in Bourton-on-the-Water for a lovely afternoon of bouncy castle and a relaxing pub garden.  The pub has recently been taken over by a couple of good friends of mine, and seeing first hand and hearing from the locals too, they're doing an excellent job!

We enjoyed a quiet afternoon, this being the first market of it's kind at the pub, but we're looking forward to the next and seeing this lovely idea grow into a 'must go' day out!

I shared my gazebo with the lovely Naida Crystal - handmade baby clothing and accessories.  You can find her @naidacrystal on Twitter and Instagram.  We were joined by local butchers and suppliers - delicious jams, marmalades, salami and choritzos!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

The Little Fox Market - August

It's always a pleasure doing this lovely local market -The Little Fox Market has friendly customers and the other stall holders are of brilliant standards and create a great atmosphere.  I've done a few of this monthly market over the last year, so it's nice to see familiar faces but also to meet new ones!

It's all the details that count - beautiful bunting and cute price stands!

I had Naida Crystal to the right of my stall...

...and Glow Beads was to the left of my stall.

 A happy customer at Naida Crystal's stall trying on her purchase!

As well as fabulous stalls full of art and crafty goodness this months market was packed with scrummy food as well!  We treated ourselves to some Ethiopian curry with couscous and flatbread - with a sprinkling of salad too!  There was also some delicious smelling chicken curry, and to top it off tea, coffee and an array of cakes (I went for the gluten free coconut sponge with vanilla frosting...highly recommended!)

To see more photos, have a look on The Little Fox Market's facebook page.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Artforable Fair

I'm part of this lovely art fair in North London this coming weekend.  If you come along, be sure to say hello - I'll have some bits to give out as well!

I'll be exhibiting some of my screen prints and my watercolour building illustrations, so if you'd like tto see them up close then now is your chance.

Thursday, 19 June 2014


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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Berkhamsted Arts and Crafts Market

Just look at my table!  I'm so pleased with it!

For ages I've wanted something to build up my stalls with so that my work is more at eye level for passers-by.  It makes it more appealing if you don't have to bend over to look at everything.  These crates are nice and large, as you can see I've managed to even fit my A3 prints inside them.  I also added a few cute little plants, I wanted to create the feel of where you might display my work if you take home a print, and as I can't display on a wall...this is my next best thing!

Berkhamsted has a lovely market twice a month - on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of every month - and it is full of amazing sellers, with a great range of handmade and locally sourced goods.  I picked up a birthday present for a friend, enjoyed some cake from the cafe and got a free sample of soap, lovely.

Unfortunately, this was an extremely quiet day.  I've never had this before, I normally cover the cost of my stall + expenses, and have a nice chat with other stall holders and meet some new people.  This time I just had the nice chat and met some lovely people.  Sometimes markets are just like this!  You can't control how the day will pan out, what the weather will be like or how much people will buy.  It was too sunny outside I think, it wasn't just that people weren't spending, it was that there weren't enough people!  

I still took away positives from this market, you can't dwell on the money side of things.  For one, my table did look awesome!  Huzzah!  Secondly, the one postcard I did sell, I sold of the Town Hall that the market is held in, and that customer was really happy!  And thirdly, I met other local traders and saw what is being produced and happening in the area, which really is lovely.

If you're in Berkhamsted and would like to see me at this market, do get in touch!

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Floral Alphabet

Being creative in nature means I'm constantly thinking up fun/amazing/beautiful/inspiring new projects to do, either by myself or as little collaborations with fellow creatives.  This particular one was dreamt up between myself and Kate Bufton of Book Transformations.  The idea was to send each other postcards, each time with the next letter of the alphabet on with illustrations on a set theme.

As with most projects we got distracted with real work and got bogged down with the details - it took us a good few months to decide on a theme and even then if didn't get started so we (I) scratched that theme.  I send quite a few letters to my Gran and knowing she likes flowers I got her input and help with finding different flowers/plants for each letter of the alphabet.

These three floral alphabet cards will be going out to Kate, my Gran, and my friend Lou (who wanted to send more post this year).  But then this little project is going to finish here.  I might take up a different approach to the illustrations that makes it less demanding, and probably start again with that idea!  But not for a little while.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Summer Garden Party Themed Wedding Invitations

Please note addresses have been removed for privacy

I'm at that age now where my friends and family are getting married, having babies and buying houses. It seemed to happen all of a sudden, but I've grabbed the opportunities that have come my way to help them enjoy these special times as much as they can.

Designing wedding invitations is an absolute pleasure!  I take on the colour scheme and the feel that the future Mr & Mrs are after and set off with ideas and sketches.  Over a few meetings these develop into final illustrations, screen prints, digital mock-ups, and finally the finished product.

Every couple is different, and therefore want different things out of their invitations.  Sometimes they're after just an invitation, or they could want the whole shebang with invitations, evening invitations, RSVPs, information card + map and more!  I'm here to accommodate the lot and help you get what you want within budget.

Theme : Summer Garden Wedding
Colours : Purples and greys
Pieces needed : Save the date, invitation, evening invitation, wedding list card, thank you cards

The largest request I've had so far has been for Lydia & Alex.  They required; save the date's, invitations, evening invitations, information card + map, RSVPs and a Sunday Lunch invitation too!  Their colour scheme is purple and grey, and after the ceremony in a sweet church, the reception will be held in a garden with a garden party style feel.

Lydia's inspiration

Knowing these points is a key starting point to my designs.  I went down the floral route after Lydia showed me a photo of a floral wall she'd seen and loved at a Bridal show she'd been to, and it was a major hit!  A key photo like this, a clip out of a magazine, or even showing me your wedding inspiration board on Pinterest is a great insight to give me.

I'm really pleased with how every aspect of these invitations link together.  I've been consistent with text, colour and images, bringing it together as a set as well as each piece working by itself.

If you'd like me to design your wedding invitations then please get in touch and we can talk inspiration and colours!  You can find me on Twitter @charlsvallance, Facebook: Charlotte Vallance Illustration & Design, Instagram @charlsvallance, email me at, or just leave your details in a comment on here and I'll get in touch with you.

I have also written a guest post on these invitations, looking at colour and theme, over on  Follow this link to have a read :