Monday, 22 June 2015

Hand Painted Bespoke Cards

Mother's Day Cards

I've been painting and illustrating quite a few cards recently - which I love doing!  It adds such a personal touch to something that I love to do - send post!  Sometimes theres just not the right card for the occasion (or for the person) in the shop, so I have to get creative :)

A Card for a Travel Themed Wedding
New Home Card

Birthday wishes for a cocktail loving man.
A lovely friend of mine had BACK SURGERY!  Not many cards for that I can tell you.

Happy Grandpa's day to my Grandpa!  And Happy Fathers' Day to the best Dad!


Have you made any cards recently?  I'd love to see them!  If you'd like to commission me to paint you a bespoke card, just get in touch - prices are very reasonable.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Crafty Fox Market



I'd been hoping to participate in this market for ages!  It's so popular with stall holders and buyers a like that in the past I've not been accepted to sell.  But this time, I was successful and very happy to join the other sellers at the Dogstar in Brixton.  It was quite a quiet market - the weather got a bit chilly outside, but the cafe serving tea and coffee and lovely food, along with the bar, kept up a great atmosphere inside.




I love it when a market really makes me get my thinking cap on - this time it was signage for my products.  As my favourite pieces I've created are my building watercolours, I decided to focus my signage around this and created little folded cards with 'road sign' style signs to display prices of each product.  Really happy with the overall look that these give my table at a market now.

Have you been to the Crafty Fox Market?  Who is your favourite seller?  I had such a fab view of the other sellers work from my stall, however didn't get such a big opportunity to take a proper look around.

You can find out about the next Crafty Fox Market on their website or by signing up to their news letter : www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk


Sunday, 14 June 2015

BUST Craftacular, Bethnal Green


What a market!

My first time with BUST Craftacular and while I started out a little nervous, it was fab!  It helped having some friendly and familiar faces - Claireabellemakes, Ladybird Likes, Ceridwyn Hazelchild - around to have a quick chat and natter with.  I also had my awesome sister and her husband helping me out and keeping me company, which I wouldn't of liked to be without!

 My 'Bookshops of London' and 'Amsterdam' ranges got lots of lovely attention.

 New and old products alike were out for all to see.


There was so much going on at this market, I'm sure people made a day of it and enjoyed everything that there was on offer - market stalls, workshops and a cafe for refreshments.  Well I hope people made a day of it!

There was a £3 entrance charge - if you were in the first 100 in, then you got a free goodie bag! - I was unsure what to make of this charge, as I've not done a market with one before, but it didn't seem to hinder people, and the market seemed busy nearly all day - winner.

Contact me at charlotte_vallance@hotmail.com for more details.

For me this market was a success, and, it even got me into gear to produce some much needed flyers for my bespoke watercolour house illustrations.


The above cheesy photo is a still from a video that the lovely Claire from Claireabellemakes put together!  You can watch the whole thing on her YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com


Did you see me at the market, or were you selling?  Share your thoughts and links below if you were!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Wild Strawberry Cafe events Posters



After having done some lovely postcard flyers for the Wild Strawberry Cafe @ Peterley Manor Farm, I've also been creating some sweet events posters for them too.  More to follow soon but for now, here are the posters I've done so far.


We kicked off this project with a Mother's Day Floristry Workshop, which challenged my flower illustrating skills but ultimately produced something really lovely to help advertise a great event.


The success of this workshop quickly spurred on the second - with an updated poster.  'Teacup' Floristry Workshops are good on any day of the year!


And coming up soon we have Father's Day!  Hopefully we have some nice weather to celebrate our Dads in style, with a hog roast and a nice cold cider.


You can find all the information on the Peterley Manor Farm website - and doesn't it look good?!


You can follow them online on Twitter @peterleyfarm and the cafe has it's own Instagram to @wildstrawb_cafe


If you're interested in your own poster for an event, please get in touch in the comments section or email me directly at charlotte_vallance@hotmail.com - the above posters are not available as they are bespoke to Peterley Manor Farm, but I'm able to create something just as lovely for your event.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Siblings Home

16 Hemdean Road, Caversham, RG4 7SX


This sweet shop - come - cafe opened earlier this year and I happily illustrated the new shop front for it's lovely owners.  Gavin approached me at Renegade Craft Fair back in November 2014 with lovely kind words about my watercolour illustrations and soon got in touch about creating a bespoke piece of their 'soon to be' open shop.

You can find them on Instagram at @siblings_home where you can see glimpses inside the lovely shop and peaks at what the cafe has to offer.  It's a bit far for me to go on a regular basis but I'm looking forward to being in the area so I can pop in for a coffee!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Wild Strawberry Cafe


What a lovely bespoke commission this was, and for such a unique venue!  Katy, who is the lady behind this fabulous cafe, got in touch for my to design a logo and postcard to advertise her cafe, in a yurt!

I drew inspiration from visiting the farm and shop that the cafe is part of, pick your own fruit, crates and flowers everywhere.  2015 will see workshops, events and much more come to this picturesque cafe and the farm it's on. 



We decided to stick to the recycled feel that Katy already had in practise with her menus, and had the postcards printed on lovely kraft paper.  It really compliments the design, and we're super happy how they turned out.

Find them on the Peterley Manor Farm website:



If you'd like a bespoke illustration and design service for your own cafe, shop, bar, please get in touch!




Monday, 23 March 2015

Sticking Together


 Bespoke tea towel design and personalised options.


A lot of couples are now asking for money rather than gifts at their weddings.  Living together before you're married is common practise these days and therefore couples already have everything they need!  But you don't always want to just hand them a cheque do you?  I've been having a few requests recently for tea towels for new couples, and it's also popular for the 2 year 'cotton' anniversary.

This design offers the buyer a personalised design, with the name of the new couple and the date they get married.  If you'd like this design for an unmarried couple, or perhaps the Bride didn't take the Grooms last name?  Then I can put first names instead of 'Mr & Mrs'.


Here is a selection of my tea towels on the front of my market table.

Inspired by the plant seen growing on the sides of footpaths and roads - Stickyweed!  It was always fun at school to stick it to each others backs without the other realising, and I've been reminded of those care free days on my walks into work, seeing all the stickyweed growing taller and taller.

I've printed this tea towel design in a lovely sage green, but other colours are always possible, specially if you'd like something more neutral, a light greet is nice too.

Unfortunately I'm currently not able to take any tea towel requests, but I am in search of a new print studio so do get in touch if you are interested via email at  charlotte_vallance@hotmail.com or comment below.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Autumnal Themed Wedding Invitations




Theme : Autumnal
Colours : Oranges, reds, browns
Pieces needed : Save the dates, invitation, evening invitation, wedding list card, thank you cards

A lovely bespoke set of invitations to work on!  A great way to emphasise the time of year they are getting married, the future Mr & Mrs were after rustic and autumnal feel, with rich colours to reflect this.  The Bride-to-be gave me a few photos of maple leaves to work from and use as inspiration, which I took and worked away on sketches and colours.

Between us we chatted and ironed out technicalities like quantity and budget, and were happily on the same page when it came to the illustrations.  I really threw a spanner in the works when I had a brain wave (as it were) and came up with some last minute new designs.  Luckily the Bride-to-be loved them, so much so that she added 'thank you cards' onto her order so she could use both designs and not have to choose!

Stationary and place names

Feedback like that is priceless, and it's helped me to be bolder with my choices and to really think outside the box with my illustrations.

As with my 'Summer Garden Party Wedding' invitations, I kept consistent with text, typography, images and colour.  And again, it's really paid off!  Everything works well together as a set, or can stand alone by itself.  The theme of the leaves will be continuing on the day itself too.  I've been asked to illustrate 12 British leaves which will be used on table plans, place settings, and note cards for guests to write on, lovely.

Added extra : Stickers - to seal up all those envelopes!

It was so lovely, on the day of the wedding to see my illustrations on everything, pulling it all together and keeping the theme strong throughout all elements of the wedding.  I had lots of lovely compliments, and even got a mention in the speeches!  But I'm just so happy I was able to help them create their special day how they had pictured it.








If you like my style and are looking for some bespoke wedding invitations, or perhaps it's just a special party, get in touch with your ideas.  I'd love to create you something special!

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Elephant Fabric Company



I had a delightful request from Emily to design a logo for her new business 'The Elephant Fabric Company' last summer.  She was after a 'stamped effect' logo for use on her website and online shop.  Taking the name on board, it was obvious where to go for my imagery ideas, and the silhouette style links back to being similar to a stamp, and will be easy to transfer to other mediums as it's needed.


Here is is on the website, which you can find at:

www.theelephantfabriccompany.com



Emily has a blog going as well with ideas on what you can make with the material she sells - great ideas for some unique presents or treats for yourself!

Monday, 2 March 2015

La Maison Blanche - Limoux


It's been a long time coming to share this finished postcard!  You can see some of my work in progress in this post here.  There were lots of elements to take into account and include on the front, as well as keeping the reverse informative.  I was happy with how the design came out, but only working from photos this time, I want to visit and illustrate one while I'm there!


Here they are in a local shop in Limoux, advertising the lovely 'La Maison Blanche' to locals and tourists alike.  Maybe 2015 will be the year for a weekend in the South of France!


Would you like a bespoke postcard illustrated for your business?  Then please get in touch and share your ideas!  Prices are bespoke to the request but start at around £100.