Friday, 12 May 2017

A second Golden...

Following on from the success of Golden,
I was asked by the very lovely Watermark Gallery to create another print on the same theme.

So this is the printing evolution of Golden 2! 
Inspired by the gorgeous miniature spring daffodils ( I love a daffy ) that were around in March and April...

First colour down,

second colour,

third shadowy colour,

fourth colour drying,

fifth colour, my favourite!

taking shape now, sixth colour, little trumpets,

A limey seventh colour,

eighth, yellow high lights,

ninth, is the bronze overlay, then tenth black details,

and fineally, the last colour, no 11, white detail.

Ta daaaa!
daffodils drying in the print room sunshine!

I love screen printing, and seeing the print grow!

This print is available in my Etsy and Folksy shops
and also at Watermark Gallery.

Looking forward to finding some time to do more floral and vintage tin inspired prints!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

My Sister is Bigger Than Me!!

Two years ago I started work on this lovely project, 'My Sister Is Bigger Than Me', 
a text written by Kate Maryon, and today is publication day!!

This is a little visual history of how this project evolved.....

Sketches using my girls, Lil and Sky as inspiration,

Story boarding,

more drawing and lots of workings out,

and drawing, and working out, drawing, drawing, swearing, drawing...

making colour separations and mixing colours,

screen printing all the colours and layers,

and finally finished screen printed art ready to send off to the magic book making fairy 
( Penguin Random House really )

to receiving a finished copy in the post!

It's soooo exciting to see your work as a finished book, 
I always can't quite believe it! and all the hard work and planning and preparing disappears in a big cloud of proudness, loveliness.

My Sister is Bigger than me is available at your local lovely book shop,
and on Amazon.
lucky me.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

5 Fab things so far...

Sooooo much to celebrate this year so far and it's only the beginning of March!

this is my first year with a clean bill of health, which is blooming marvellous!

It seems a lifetime ago I was writing posts like this and this.

It feels like the end of a long journey and the start of adventures new,
never ever take your health for granted, and grab life by the goolies is my advice!

this happened!

being able to put 'Lily and Bear' in the Albert Hall search engine!

yes, I know! how fantastic is that!

Lily and Bear was made into a children's theatre production by Boxer Books and Lily and Bear Productions Ltd. ...

nip me, did that actually happen?

yes it did!

The wonderful AndrĂ© Refig as Bear and gorgeous Emily Yarrow as Lily!

Puppets and narration by the very lovely Katy Bingham-Best.
Just fab!

It was an amazing experience,
I couldn't believe how wonderful the show was and the feedback was so positive.

I feel incredibly grateful to all involved for making the Lily and Bear production so brilliant and all the hard work Paula Chitty and David Bennett put in, and there's more to come!

a well deserved Big family holiday courtesy of my gorgeous
Mum and Dad!

We have a lot to celebrate as a family this year,
Dad turns 70, my brother turns 40, my Lily turns 18 and I've finished my remission,
Life's good in the Stubbs family!

Sunshine, family and quality time,
it cures all!


Lily and Bear has been Long listed for The Book Trust, time to read campaign,
so very happy and grateful to be chosen as a possible candidate!

and finally,
I'm so lucky to be represented by the wonderful Watermark Gallery
They stock some of my Lily and Bear screen prints,

... and they are responsible for selling all of my 'Golden' prints!...
(need to do another edition!)

... and have encouraged me to develop and experiment with my work which I love doing, 
and it's taken my illustration and printing down another creative path.

So all in all not bad year! 

...and this is just the start!

After one of the Lily and Bear performances a lady came up to me to sign a book for her children, 
she congratulated me on the book and the show and then said,

" and well done you, for doing this whilst bringing up three children"

There was real admiration in her voice when she said it, 
not for the book and the show but for me being able to manage being a  Mum and have a career. 
It was the nicest compliment I had, because I knew she knew how hard it is to juggle life, and manage the balls you drop from time to time!

So here's to all the working Mums, and Dads! who manage to... 
wash, iron, cook 'healthy' meals, taxi around, volunteer, do the supermarket dash, study, work, clean, vac, feed the cat, fund raise, have uniform ready for Monday, read, encourage, pick up random items around the house constantly, pull Nerf bullets out of the washing machine, support, buy emergency birthday presents, Oh lets face it, I could go on forever! and
manage to look effortlessly gorgeous and 

You're amazing xx

Hope you're having a wonderful start to the year too,

Happy Days :)