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.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

An Amsterdam Home

Many of you are familiar with my Amsterdam screen prints, lets be honest, they are one of my favourite pieces and I do tend to use the illustration on quite a few bits...screen prints, cushions, greeting cards, pocket mirrors...the list goes on!


This request, was for a thank you present.  I'm a huge fan of a bit of travelling, the odd holiday etc (well who isn't?), and this client had stayed with a friends parents whilst in Amsterdam and commissioned me to illustrate their home as a thank you for having her and a few friends stay.  Such a lovely, thoughtful idea for a gift!

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Rest - Restore - Rejuvenate



La Maison Blanche, The House for Knackered Women

The House for Knackered Woman has been a dream of Julie's for years, I can't think of a time when she hasn't been dreaming about this.  And now all that dreaming has finally paid off!

Carcassonne Castle

Here are some of my works in progress, the final cards have just returned from the printers so I'm looking forward to seeing how they look in print!  Julie wanted a layout similar to my 'London Town' postcard I did for a 'They Draw and Travel' competition, so it's DL in size and shows Carcassonne Castle as well as Limoux town - where the house is located.

Limoux Town

You can find details of 'La Maison Blanche - The house for Knackered Women' via the following links:

Twitter : @THFKW1


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Floral Design




I've dabbled a bit in illustrating flowers, somehow they are a subject that often comes up.  And thank goodness I have!  From the days of working at Seasons in Old Amersham, I worked with Annie Rose and she has since gone off and qualified as a florist!  I've seen the beautiful creations she's been making over her course and training at a florist and have been so proud and pleased for her.




It was my absolute delight to be able to illustrate a logo for her.  I've been working more and more with typography and it was nice to put it to good use.  Alongside the illustrated rose the text works really well.  Annie requested we keep it simple in black and white so she can use it across all mediums without having to worry, which is a brilliant idea!  Colours can often come across as too harsh or muted, so her grayscale colour palette will hopefully stay classy where ever it is.



If you're interested in having me illustrate and design a logo for you, please send an email to me at charlotte_vallance@hotmail.com and we can talk business!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

The Wonderful World of Tulipop!



I had the absolute pleasure of being at the London launch of 'Tulipop', an Icelandic illustrated childrens brand dreamt up by friends Signy and Helga.  It was lovely speaking to the ladies about their brand and hearing about the characters, and of course to see all of the lovely merchandise.

Helga, (Miss Maddy), and Signy

Signy is the designer and illustrator and Helga in charge of marketing.  What a good team, they really spoke well of the brand and their journey with it.  I'm excited to see what comes next - hopefully some stories for the lovely characters!




Theres a nice range of characters and I was instantly drawn to Bubble, the 'gentle boy' of the group.  Mr Tree is available as a lamp, and they have an adorable ceramic money box which would look awesome out on display in any home.


Here's little Romilly enjoying the 'Bubble' tableware set

I love the alphabet poster!  I have a black version up in my flat :)

If you're familiar with 'Top Drawer' the biannual merchandise event in London, you may of seen Tulipop on your way round.  With their B1 alphabet posters and giant cardboard cutouts of their characters they would of been hard to miss!


Amazing cakes by The Tattooed Bakers!  Tasted as delicious as they look, and the Mr Tree cake must of had at least 5 layers in it separated by jam and cream...oh my!


Character spoons - also available in a sterling silver engraved range.

Bubble stationary range and Mr Tree lamp.


The cutest money box i ever did see!


Dinner sets available in all character ranges.

You can find more out about Tulipop on their website : www.tulipop.com  Where they also have some printable sheets for you to colour in!...or you know, for the kids to colour in.

This event was held at the Icelandic Embassy, which was very fitting, and a nice comfortable space for everyone to look around and chat to the ladies!

Thank you for having me Tulipop!


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Do as I say, not as I do.



A quote that has been springing to mind recently.  I had fun experimenting with printing in two colours at one time...expect more of this this year!  These aren't colours I would normally opt for but I'm enjoying them a lot, they have nice soft tones to them.

This lovely screen print has been printed on both a lovely handmade paper that I still had from last Christmas (can you believe it?!) as well as my favourite watercolour paper.  It will be in my Etsy shop soon if you'd like one for yourself.

Sunday, 26 January 2014

She believed she could...




...so she tried her damn best!

My first print of 2014 and I'm really proud of it.  Last year myself and my friend Alex over at youdeer.blogspot.com embarked on what we planned to be a 12 month project, but which unfortunately lasted about 3 months - oh the optimism of the new year!  I've started off this year in the same frame of mind, and last January our theme was 'positive quotes', so here I am starting off 2014 with a positive quote.  Quite a fitting quote I feel no?



It was massively inspired by Nicola Rowlands' 'She believed she could so she did' illustration, so thank you Nicola!  This lovely print is going off to all my girlfriends :)  And I couldn't decide on a colour scheme so I printed two, ten of each in a limited edition of 20.