The Gift of Creativity this Christmas

Creativity and Christmas: they are perfect partners. They walk together, merrily and bright, hand in hand. Stopping for a moment to catch a kiss under the mistletoe. December marks the time of the year when imperfect bakers (like me) create wonky mince pies and overly alcoholic chutneys. Or occasional crafters return to their childhood and make Christmas cards worthy of a Blue …

Illustration Life | Learning to Say No | Georgie St Clair

Illustration Life #33: Learning to Say No [weekly roundup]

The past week I’ve been lounging around in my comfy cool PJ’s, drinking copious amounts of water, gently perspiring and resting most of the day. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been due to me flying to warmer climates to enjoy a much-deserved Summer holiday. Nope. No plane catching for me. Instead, I’ve caught a nasty summer cold and chest infection. I’ve coughed …

Shop Independent | 5 reasons not to buy from independent makers, designers and artists | Supporting Just A Card Campaign

5 Reasons NOT to Shop Independent [A Fresh Perspective]

Regularly, we read the reasons why we should shop independent. There are even campaigns to promote buying from independent makers, designers, artists, galleries and shops, such as the  ‘Just A Card’ campaign. In the name of impartial blogging, I’ve decided to jump off the bandwagon and look at reasons you SHOULDN’T buy from us. Reasons NOT to Shop Independent   1. …

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Illustration Life #30: Artful Balls of Steel 

Art & Illustration life. It’s a funny old world. Up and down like a yo-yo. If you read last week’s Illustration Life #29 post, you’ll see it wasn’t so great. However, this week was on the up. My advice to anyone starting the game of making a creative living, is to develop artful balls of steel. Pretty pictures sometimes mask …

Featured Image for Frida Kahlo Illustration with Botanical Beard Body Hair | New Instagram Challenge

Botanical Body Hair [Visual Inspiration]

Botanical Body Hair, a new Instagram hashtag challenge is a humorous yet thought-provoking look at our attitudes towards femininity. It’s quite rare these days that something I see on the internet makes me squeal with delight. But boy, squeal I did, when I first came across a new tag on Instagram called #botanicalbodyhair. The Botanical Body Hair Instagram Challenge After …