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

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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

Bloglovin'

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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 charlotte_vallance@hotmail.com, 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 Printed.com.  Follow this link to have a read : www.printed.com/blog

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Shop in the sale section!



I am a massive fan of a good old sale, isn't everyone?  So that said I've set up a super easy way to get a bargain.  I hate to waste, and often when I'm printing I end up with a few spare - and the same goes for when I have pieces digitally printed.  Or perhaps I want to make way for new designs?  The sale section is a mix of 'only one left', 'misprinted', 'originals' and 'in need of a new home'.


I'd love to hold on to all my illustrations but I just don't have the wall space to appreciate them!  So help me keep on top of my 'Spring cleaning' and see if there's anything you'd like :)



You can find these and more in the **SALE** album on my Facebook page here:


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Inspired by Mum


Knitting themed card

It's true, my Mum very much so inspired my little Mother's Day card range - Thank you Mum!  The great thing with these cards is that I am able to change the text so they are suitable for any occasion.  All are hand painted and made to order for £3.50 + p&p.

Tea and cake card

A new Mum!

For the Mum that likes a bit of embroidery!

The kind of flowers that won't die on you!

For the Mum with green thumbs!


I'd love to hear what you think of this little range, or if there's a design you'd like to see me do.  Which is your favourite?

Friday, 4 April 2014

A gorgeous Mother's Day gift



I had the loveliest request the other week.  To illustrate a family home for a present for Mother's Day!  This is one of my favourite parts of what I do, illustrating peoples homes, favourite cafes or shops(for example).  This particular house is so adorable and has some lovely little features that I hope I was able to catch!  I've added personal touches such as their dog, Frasier, in the downstairs window as well as their daughters tap shoes in her bedroom window at the top of the house.

If this is something you'd like me to do for you, then please get in touch!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A Football Lover's Piece

Another lovely commission to share with you all!  A birthday present for a football loving Dad from my client, the daughter.  I love it when the brief has been thought out and there is room to use a bit of creative licence.


This isn't quite how the actual building looks, more like, all of it's best bits combined for this sweet little memento!  I also included the number gates that the Dad always goes through for an extra personalisation.