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 …

On Turning 40 Years Old

On Turning 40 & My Black Dog

I’M 40? WTF?! But I’m still figuring out what I want to do, when I grow up! My Birthday It’s May 6th and it’s my birthday. I’ve squeezed every drip out of my 30s and it’s time to move on. I’ve been rather vocal about not looking forward to this birthday. People are very sweetly, and correctly, pointing out that 40 …

Sassy Du Fleur in Pink Ruffle Dress - The Importance of Creative Playtime by Georgie St Clair

The Power of Play

Earlier this month I sponsored the Creatively Squared challenge on Instagram ‘cs_flowersandfoliage’. The lovely Creatively Squared team also published my guest post on their website about The Importance of Play. I just wanted to expand upon that post over here because, frankly I’m passionate about the power of play. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old …