Monday, 14 January 2019

Paper & Cloth at Printsource...

Paper & Cloth will be setting up shop at Printsource today, all ready for the show opening tomorrow.
A brand shiny new portfolio of designs will be available for SS20!


(image above © Paper & Cloth)

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Friday, 11 January 2019

Friday Freebie

A little desktop wallpaper freebie for you all today, to see you nicely through January...

Happy Friday!




(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Colour Crush...

Bottle greens, claret reds with rich chocolate tones, and a touch of dusky pink.
A perfect palette for these cold and grey January days.


(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Monday, 7 January 2019

New children's books for 2019..

It's the first post of the new year so I thought it was a good opportunity to take a look at some new children's picture books that will be published over the next few months.

The wonderful partnership of Allison Colpoys and Davina Bell that bought us 'Under the Love Umbrella' and 'The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade' are back together for the publication of 'All the Ways to be Smart'. A book exploring all of the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are. It's sure to be another beaut of a book with a captivating colour palette throughout!

Some favourites are back too; Claudia Boldt with 'Lots of Frogs', Katie Harnett with 'Monty and the Poodles' and Richard Jones with 'How to Properly Meet a Hedgehog', and quite frankly, who wouldn't need this in their lives? Surely a must for every bookshelf.


Monty and the Poodles written and illustrated by Katie Harnett - published 1st March 
(Flying Eye Books)


All the ways to be Smart written by Davina Bell and illustrated by Allison Colpoys - published 14th January
(Scribe UK)


Another written and Christian Robinson - published 5th March
(Atheneum Books)


Lots of Frogs written by Howard Calvert and illustrated by Claudia Boldt - published 7th February (paperback)
(Hodder Childrens Books)


Little Fox and the Missing Moon written and illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan - published 19th March
(Random House)


Alba the Hundred Year Old Fish written and illustrated by Lara Hawthorne - published 21st February
(Big Picture Press)


All Kids are Good Kids written by Judy Carey Nevin and illustrated by Susie Hammer - published 1st April
(Little Simon)


From Tree to Sea written by Shelley Moore Thomas and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal - published 1st March
(Simon & Schuster)


The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog selected by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Richard Jones - published 4th April
(Candlewick Press)


Dust Bunny wants a Friend by Amy Hevron - published 22nd January
(Ballantine Books)


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Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas!

The last of the desktop wallpaper freebies for you today.
Download and adorn your computer screen of choice before you head off for a well earned Christmas break.

Merry Christmas lovely readers, I hope you have a wonderful time over the holidays.
See you in the new year!
2019...crikey, how did that happen?





(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Friday, 21 December 2018

Hygge Christmas...

Now this is my kinda Christmas...


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Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Christmas baking...

Why not get your bake on this weekend and give one of these a go?
Those pecan praline mini cheesecakes look like the best thing EVER!











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Monday, 17 December 2018

Christmas freebie

Get your hands on this weeks free desktop wallpaper!
Click the link below...




(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Creative Quarters...Carly Watts

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Carly Watts.


Carly is a self-taught illustrator based in sunny Sheffield, UK.
The city is home to a pretty big creative community as well as some wonderful galleries so there's always plenty of inspiration to be found or exhibitions to visit. 

Carly studied Drama at University but often found herself leaning more towards art and design, 
and enjoyed the set and stage design aspects a lot more than directing!
After University she worked in a range of different jobs and picked up illustration as a fun hobby, starting a blog soon after to showcase her fashion illustrations and designing website headers for other bloggers. 
This is when she began to learn how to draw digitally, which she found to be a big eye-opener and a steep learning curve, but ultimately extremely worthwhile! 
After running her blog for many years, Carly finally discovered surface pattern design and decided to give it a go, falling in love with the whole process. 
She now spends her days creating repeat patterns which she finds very calming and therapeutic,
and selling her designs in her online shops. 
In the future, she hopes to be able to see her patterns on children's clothing and homeware. 

Colour is one of the most important sources of inspiration for Carly, and she loves to collect all sorts of colour palettes for future reference. 
She also finds a lot of inspiration in nature and space, and adores painting flowers because of their endless varieties. 
She also loves folk art and particularly enjoys illustrations with a magical theme. 

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I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about Carly,
and seeing a selection of her work.

If you're interested in working with Carly, or want to get in touch, 
please visit her website via the link above.
She can also be found on Instagram and Twitter as @CarlyWattsArt

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Lisa Koesterke, you can read it here.


And don't forget, if you'd like to be featured, please send examples of your work 
with links to website portfolios, and some info about you and your background, etc..
to Louise at loveprintstudio@live.com

Look forward to hearing from you!

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Monday, 10 December 2018

Christmas freebie

Another festive desktop wallpaper for you!
Click the link below to download.









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Friday, 7 December 2018

Bauble-tastic!

I thought I'd share a few of the beautiful hand painted Christmas decorations and baubles that I've been seeing on my internet travels.
I'm loving the pet portrait baubles by Peggy & Kate below, and how beautiful are the ornaments by Katie Wilson, just gorgeous.











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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Colour crush...

Something bold, bright and blue in todays colour crush post.
A great combo with the coral and orange tones and that little pop of forest green.


(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Three Lovely Christmas Things...

Time for some festive themed lovely things!

Fa La La banner by Tracy Reinard (1)
Christmas figgy pudding shoes from Damask Love (2)
Grinch ice-cream from Pizzazzerie (3)


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Monday, 3 December 2018

Christmas freebie!

It's Deceeeeeeember!!!
Let the Christmassy themed posts commence. 
In the lead up to the big 'C' I'll be sharing free festive desktop wallpapers.
Be sure to check back here every Monday to download yours,
and lets get those workspaces feeling festive!




(image above © Louise | Love Print Studio)

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Friday, 30 November 2018

Little People Big Dreams New Additions...

Check out these amazing new additions to the Little People, Big Dreams series, being published throughout next year!
Previously a female led collection of books with the likes of Ada Lovelace, Amelia Earhart and Emmeline Pankhurst, we can soon see the boys getting in on the action with David Bowie, Stephen Hawking and Muhammed Ali, aswell as new famous female titles, Dolly Parton, Vivienne Westwood and Maria Montessori. 
Written by Isabel Sanchez Vegara and each illustrated by a different super talented artist; Raquel Martin, Matt Hunt, Eleanora Arosio to name a few.
These mini biographies celebrate the life and work of each person. Their contribution to music, science, sport, religion and many more.
Its great to see these new titles and I look forward to plenty more being added soon.












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Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Etsy shop finds...a chat with Meenal Patel

This months etsy shop interview is with Meenal Patel.
An illustrator, childrens book author, designer and ceramic artist based in San Fransisco.
Making art is Meenal's happy place and it most definitely shows in her playful, modern artwork.
Inspired by nature, everyday life and her Indian-American heritage, Meenal loves to create patterns and draw people in her illustrations. 
Meenal also has a published childrens book 'Neela Goes to San Fransisco' inspired be her niece, available in her etsy shop, along with prints, cards and ceramic pieces.

So let's get to know a bit about the artists behind the shop...


 1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background?

 Hi there! I’m an illustrator and artist living in San Francisco with my husband and pup. I’ve loved making art in various forms since I was a kid. 
I went to college for graphic design in Minnesota (where I grew up) and then worked as a designer at a design and branding agency for 10 years where I worked on a wide range of projects from brand design to illustration to surface design. 
I went out on my own last year and have been focusing more on my illustration practice along with working on my next children’s book.


2. Tell us about a typical day for you…

 I start my day with breakfast and a cup of homemade chai. 
Play with my puppy, Dosa, for a bit before settling into my home studio. 
I fire up the music or podcast and spend a quick bit of time organizing my day and giving email a once over.
I do my best work in the morning so I try to start with something that needs a solid chunk of time. I’m trying to get in the habit of starting with the thing that scares me most like a brand new project that has a big blank page. 
That way I feel like I’ve accomplished something by lunch and don’t have that looming feeling that comes with pushing the hard stuff to the end of the day. 
I usually have an early lunch at home and then take Dosa for a long walk in the park. Everyday is a little different and filled with some combination of illustrating and designing for clients and my own products, prepping orders, handling nitty gritty business needs, meetings, sketching, writing. 
In the evening I like to cook dinner, go for a walk with my husband and Dosa. 
Recently I’ve been sitting back down for some work on some evenings but the necessity for that ebbs and flows.


3. What's your favourite item listed for sale in your shop? And the most popular item? 
Right now my favorite item is the Hold Hands Together print. The most popular is my children’s book, “Neela Goes to San Francisco.”

4. How would you describe your style/ work? 
My style is playful, modern and graphic. I think my background in design instilled an appreciation of quiet space and bold graphics. By contrast, I love patterns and intricate details. I like to merge these two things together – moments of graphic simplicity layer with textural patterning. I also love playing with color. In terms of subject, I love to draw strong women, kids, little joys in life and most of my pieces have a nature element to it. 
 5. Can you give us an insight into your creative process? 
I almost always start with a small pencil sketch. I have a bunch of sketchbooks in different sizes floating around so there’s always one close by that I can grab to make a quick sketch when I have an idea. Sketching has been an important part of my process for a long time and it never fails me even when I get stuck. It’s the best way for me to get my ideas out of my head quickly. From there I either move to the computer and use Illustrator and Photoshop. I also like to use ink, pencil and have started playing more with gouache and watercolour.


6. Where do you work? Describe your studio/ work area… 
I have a small room tucked in the very back of our home that I use as my studio. It’s a little space but has a bunch of windows, which makes me so happy! I love being able to see the fog roll in and to look out at trees.

7. Who are your design heroes and what inspires you? 
I’ve always loved Mary Blair for her sweet illustrations that are full of so many happy details. 
Another favorite is Sanna Annukka - love her artwork and how she creates worlds in her art that weave in her family’s heritage. I love Julie Morstad’s work too – she’s such an incredibly talented illustrator! Her work blows me away.

I’m also inspired by kids (most especially my nieces!), nature, strong women and my Indian-American heritage. And ice cream. Always ice cream.


8. Tell us ten random facts about yourself… 
1. I love uncoated, toothy paper
2. I love bunnies
3. Frogs make me nervous because they are too easily squishable
4. I can speak Gujarati (my grammar is pretty poor but I can get by)
5. I love reading and love my bookclub
6. I am shy and sometimes have a hard time in large groups
7. I love hiking and camping but hadn’t done either until I was an adult
8. I’m from Minnesota but can’t ice skate
9. I love vintage cookware
10. I love animals and nature – can never get enough of the Planet Earth series!


9. What are you currently passionate about or fascinated by and how is it inspiring your work? 
I have been down-the-rabbit-hole thinking about family, heritage and the ways we keep our family cultural traditions alive. My next children’s book carries themes around those things and it has made me think really deeply about my family and our culture. It has also made me even more curious about other people’s experiences. All of this is inspiring my new children’s book that will be out in 2019!

I also love nature and have always been fascinated by the magic of the natural world. That one is a forever passion that continually inspires my art.


10. What's the most rewarding thing about being a designer/ illustrator? 
When someone smiles, feels joy or connection to something I’ve made. When someone has the opportunity to see a part of themselves represented in my art. Love connecting with people like that. And generally, making art is my happy place and I love the act of doing it.

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A huge thanks to Meenal for taking the time to be part of the etsy interview feature.
If you'd like to see more of her work, be sure to follow Meenal over on instagram.

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