Saturday, 10 August 2013

Doodles in an old jotter...

It's funny how things come about.  I was looking for a specific type of card recently and I couldn't find just the right one so I decided to create my own. I came across a quote that I really liked and decided to illustrate it and turn it into a card. I used an old lined jotter to sketch my ideas onto before drawing them out on watercolour paper. However, after I'd drawn the final sketch on good paper, I realised I preferred the one on the jotter paper. The problem was that paper was lined and had holes punched for putting into a file. Then I had an idea. What if I used that jotter doodle anyway and made the lined jotter paper a feature of the card? So I scanned it, cropped it and then added the paint spatters before scanning it again, adding the quote text and printing it out on blank white card stock. And do you know what? I kinda like it!

'Heart Song' - Jotter Doodles Greeting Cards - in my Etsy shop now!

The card went off to it's intended recipient and a new series of 'Jotter Doodle' greeting card ideas was born!

In other arty news this week, I've got a couple of things that I'd like to share with you. The first is a give away that Poppylocke is having (a scrummy new illustration website that I discovered for the first time this week). I've really got my eye on that blue footed booby illustration and so I figured if I mention it here I'll get an extra shot at my name being picked out of the hat! Of course, once you see her lovely work, you'll all want to enter the give away too which will in turn lessen my chances of getting picked! Hey Ho!

The other thing you might like to know about is a thing called #twitterartexhibit that my friend Angela told me about. It's in its third year now and it's getting bigger and bigger each year. Basically artists submit a postcard sized piece of original artwork which gets exhibited at the City Arts Factory, Magic Gallery in Orlando. Each piece is sold for $35 dollars with the beneficiary being the Centre for Contemporary Dance, Special Needs Students. The exhibition runs from 20 March 2014 to 11 April 2014 so you've still got time to get your work sent in with the deadline being 21 February 2014. You need to be on Twitter and you can follow them on @twitterartexhibit or on their Facebook page. 

I'm not sure what I'm going to do for it yet but I'll have a think and get started on it next week - no doubt an animal of one kind or another! In the meantime, we're driving to Inverness Airport tomorrow to collect my parents and I'm looking forward to having them visit for a week - their first visit to our new Scottish home (and quite possibly their last when they see how far away it actually is - about 3 hours drive from Inverness Airport!) 

I'll be linking up with Sunday Sketches this weekend (if it's on as Alexandra is on holiday with her family and her new fiancé at the moment - congratulations Alexandra!!


  1. I love that card - simple and whimsical with a great pop of color.

  2. Hope you have a safe journey - love the jotter idea, It works!

  3. loving your simple card Nic, Annette x

  4. Ooooooh !!! Cozzzzmic card Nic - I just LUV that little fellow :-)
    I popped over to poppylocke - great stuff there :-) If I win I'll send it to you OK :-D
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  5. I love your jotter note card! Just beautiful + I can't wait to see where this new idea leads you! I have so enjoyed your new styles x

  6. Fantastic card. I love the colorful splatters coming out of the birds mouth. Great quote too. Yay for happy accidents.

  7. I love your jotter doodle Nic! It's often the way that the sketch is better than the second attempt. I find that too! What a great idea for a series.
    Hope you have a fab time with your parents :0)

  8. i love your card. that happens to me a sketch turns out better than my final drawing :)

  9. I love that card just the way it is too... I am popping out to buy a frame for it so i can add a bit of Nic to my wall here in the studio... thank you sweet one...xx

  10. Nic, I love the way you share your creative process with us. Your card is wonderful and the message is definitely one to remember. I can't wait to see where you take this idea.

    I hope you had a wonderful visit with your parents.

  11. What a beautiful little card design!

  12. Love how these have turned out. Always the way though, an idea springs from nowhere sometimes and it is great. Run with it Nic, these are going to be very popular.

  13. It's been so long since I visited and looky what I almost missed-I LOVE your jotter cards!!! Just darling Nic.


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