Thursday, 14 September 2017

Final Board

Mystic Circle by Alison Day

Selecting one product from each week, here's my final collection. The styles of my products from the five weeks were quite eclectic, but I think I've managed to put a cohesive board together.

What do you think?

Now on to the next illustrative project, which is under wraps for now - more on that later.


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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Wild Wood

Week 5, using substrate wood and the final board is complete. This one has a hint of the orienent and incorporates carving and inlaying for decoration.

If you've been following my progress, l'd love to know what you think.



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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Foxy Baroque

 

Foxy Baroque and Home Decor week 4, is all about ceramics and incorporating text, along with various finishing techniques and decoration.

With a love of all things Gaudiesque, I found myself adding glass mosaic decoration to an already opulent, hand painted plate. A glass glaze on a fern coaster, which could also be used to create a mosaic wall pattern, shows how lucrative designing products for oneself could be for a broader audience.

Finally, porcelain potpourri holders, a personified vase with a foxglove skirt in relief and a unicorn tree decoration and we enter the realms of the mystical and magical world.

 

 

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Monday, 28 August 2017

Glass Garden

 

In week three, we designed home decor products for the substrate: glass. Combining both my bird and flower icons, an overall garden theme emerged. The pieces are a mix of translucent and opaque glass and are decorated with decals, hand painted or have fused elements.

Can you see any of these home decor products in your home ?

 


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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Decade Delivered


Today a box of: The Roaring 20s - Colouring Book was delivered. This is my third book, publishing under the name of Alison Day Designs. Having worked on it for several months, alongside numerous other projects and courses I've been taking, it's a pleasure to see it completed.

For the colourers amongst you and maybe even someone you know would like to be surprised with a copy, they can be purchased via my website:

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Monday, 21 August 2017

Languid Florals

 

 

Well, week two of the Home Decor course is complete and uploaded. Substrate: fabric, with a theme of florals. I've always wanted a chaise longue and covered with my own fabric design would be fabulous... Oh and that Ottoman will go nicely with it too.

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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Magic Wings

Having completed a five month creative bootcamp late July, I found myself in quandry—what to do next? I wasn't planning on going away, the weeds in the garden could continue their rampage (at least for a few more weeks) and the Summer holidays were still in full swing. I missed the early Monday morning assignments and the camaraderie of my fellow students...

Yesterday, ahead of deadline, I uploaded my completed Home Decor assignment for week one of a five week course. Designed for the substrate: metal, with a theme of birds.

A serial student I am, but this means yet another piece for the portfolio and I'm in creative heaven!


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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Colouring Clarissa

 

At last it's finished! —My 1920s bootcamp, cover assignment has become a colouring book, filled with 34 original illustrations and has been sent to the printers. It will be available for purchase from my website

 

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Said It

 

 

So... the cat is out of the bag, I've gone and said it—so it must be true. It's the thin edge of the wedge, but at least I know it's real. I can almost touch it, see it, feel it, smell it—or is that weird?

Want to find out what an earth I'm talking about? Follow this link—I SAID IT!

Don't worry it isn't anything nasty and won't bite. Let me know what you think.

 

 

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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Digital Waves


I can't believe it, a year has flown by already and in a few days, digital wave, No. 14 will be sent out.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Bootcamp Five


The round up of five months of creative, bootcamp assignments. What do think?


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Monday, 24 July 2017

Global Goodies

 

'Holly, can you do that later? I need some help with the deliveries!' said Botticelli.

 

 

Holly wasn't listening, she wanted to fly too—if only...

 

 

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Currant Fare

I wan't planning on gardening today, but you know how it goes? Pick up a leaf and throw a twig in a bucket and before you know it, you have a pair of secateurs in hand, a mission and everything gets pruned!

The blackcurrants certainly did need picking, but it doesn't end at that. The plant then has to be cut back right back, leaving the new branches for the next season. In the moment, I thought why not—take the time? Repetitive, mantra-like, as I plucked the tiny, purple, vitamin C bombs from the branches, I found myself thinking about how, I inevitably was destroying the habitat of some bug or other. I could feel the reproach, from an enormous grey spider, swinging from the remmnants of her web and of the bright green grasshoppers, pinging all over the place. A plastic-looking earwig looked quite pissed off, or maybe it's just their demeanor. All had to relocate, with one consolation, I left the berries that fell for any passing takers. Immediately, a big fat slug, smelling the berries, advanced (with amazing speed for slug) out of the poppies, to claim and gorge itself on a berry bigger than its head.

My prize, the berries you see in the photo above, weighing in at a grand 340g. As I sit on the garden bench relaxing, I wonder what will be next on the harvest agenda, before the leaves start to fall: tomatoes, grapes, blackberries...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Summer Giveaway

 

 

UPDATE: prize draw closed - a winner has been drawn !


SUMMER GIVEAWAY!


My Gertrude Jekyll quote notebooks arrived today from my Society6 shop. I think they've turned out beautifully. So, in honour of that and because it's Summer, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway.

Want to win ONE? - Hop over to my Instagram and find the giveaway post and follow what it says to be added to the draw.

You have until - Friday 21 July - I will draw ONE lucky winner (at random) and send ONE notebook off to that lucky person anywhere in the world!



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Friday, 14 July 2017

Floral Unity

 

A floral Mandala created using botanical finds from my garden: Wild Strawberries, Poppy seed pods, Hydrangea, Lemon Verbena and the grass is Red Baron (love the name— reminds me of the cartoon, Snoopy). I don't know what the yellow flower is.

The name Mandala comes from the Sanscrit meaning 'circle'. Easy to make and a mediative action. The balance of elements within the circle are a symbol of harmony and unity. Mandalas are used by many cultures the world over, for pre-medatative, intention setting. It is also seen as a tool for the psychic journey and represents cosmic as well as psychic order.

What do you think of my creation?

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Eternal Flame


Revealing the Inner Artist through Creativity, Knowledge & Personal Development

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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Ellis Island


Incorporating some of the reasons why the immigrants, who came through Ellis Island (1892-1934) relocated to the USA. Plus the fact that they carried the contents of their lives in little more than a carry on bag, or if they were really lucky, a trunk.



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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Dreaming Spires

I've been wanting to create an illustrative map of my hometown, Oxford, for quite a while now. After a little research I came across plenty of interesting things to draw. With a total of 38 colleges on offer (13 appear on my selected slice of Oxford's city centre), Oxford is filled with an varied richness of: restaurants, shops and enough pubs for a jolly good pub crawl.


That was a few months ago and then other projects took precedence and I lost my momentum. Fast forward to two weeks ago and what should come across my path, but a map making course given by Nate Padavick (They Draw and Travel) on Sketchbook Skool. Perfect, it was a no brainer. A week long course, with the potential of a completed map (for me, of Oxford) at the end of it. So, I dove in (add to a the other three courses I'm was already doing—I'll never learn!)

The course was inspiring and the instruction from concept to finished map, clear and easy to follow. I've uploaded my map to TDAT's website, with a feeling of achievement. If you'd like to see the whole map, you can HERE



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In it, the problem is addressed through hands on creativity, along with sources, resources and an informed environmental awareness.

It's an E-Course for adults wishing to take time for themselves creatively as well as meet others of a like mind. Regardless of artistic experience or creative level—so that includes you!

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Ocean's Bane


Is it me, or has the ocean of plastic we use in our daily lives increased exponentially over the last few years?

A regular shop at the supermarket and the scenario when I get home is always the same. Remove the plastic wrapping or container and throw it away. What could I do with it anyway? Even stranger and I am ashamed to say, some of the aforementioned items, before being put into the refrigerator, are then transferred into a box from the plastic box drawer—yes, we all have one!

Above are some examples of plastic wrapping from food stuffs I bought recently. It's hard to find anything in a supermarket without a plastic covering these days. Even a cucumber has a plastic wrapping—can someone tell me what that's all about?

Eventually, the empty packets, yes you guessed it, get thrown away in black plastic bags and buried in dumps for all eternity. Or their contents find their way out into the oceans, to float around like macabre algae, until they end up inside and killing marine life and birds.
Did you know most plastics will take anywhere from 450 to 1000 years to biodegrade? There are even some that won't biodegrade ever
—so, what are we thinking?


Mild attempts to reduce the plastic bag flow are made by some supermarkets, with a money back incentive, to encourage you to reuse the bag on your next visit. Methinks this is merely lip service and a ploy to make you revisit their shop.

As remarkable as I think human achievements are and continue to be, when it comes to destroying the planet we seem to be experts in it and turn a blind eye to its ever increasing plight.

So, from now on, I've decided to change my shopping habits. I'm going to use the little shops and markets more often and go in search of food that isn't wrapped in plastic—Who's with me?



You may also be interested to hear, as an artist, and in the light of environmental challenges, I'm currently writing a creative E-Course. Due to appear later in the year or early 2018. In it, the problem is addressed through hands on creativity, along with sources, resources and an informed environmental awareness.

It's an E-Course for adults wishing to take time for themselves creatively as well as meet others of a like mind. Regardless of artistic experience or creative level—so that includes you!

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Jardin d'amour


Roses journal cover and quote by Gertrude Jekyll: garden designer, artist and writer.


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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Organic Comfort

Harvest Bee

 

Exciting to see three of my flowers & plants series on cushions on Wraptious.

These three designs available for purchase until 10 June: here.

Rainbow Corn


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Sunday, 7 May 2017

People we meet


Tabitha: Artist, tea lover and gnome mother.


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Thursday, 27 April 2017

Art of Courage


Life takes Courage by Alison Day



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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The Lemon Tree


Taking part in #the100dayproject - for the series so far take a look my on Instagram. I'm using #100pubsigns_alisonday




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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Lady Vivienne


Lady Vivienne: Socialite, size 0, snob.



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Monday, 20 March 2017

Honey Babe


Honey: Leggy #showgirl, feather headdresses, saving for a rainy day.


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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Reginald Buttercup

Reginald Buttercup: Actor, pompous, Marshmallow the pug's dad.


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Monday, 20 February 2017

People we Meet

Arial: Water nymph, loves to water ski and eat fish finger sandwiches.


Mr Hedge: Retired horticulturist, confirmed bachelor and avid chess player.


Waaaa! Baby: Just arrived, noisy, needs changing.


Mrs Crumpet: Spinster, sour puss, bee keeper


Isn't it interesting the diversity of the people we meet during our lives and their impact. Some we feel we've met before and others may just have arrived. There are those who enter and exit as though through a revolving door, whilst others, like scenery, populate the backdrop of our lives. Eventually, purpose fulfilled all move on to another place.


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Print Workshop

 

Still some places on the pilot workshop - 15 March - details above.

 

 

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