Hand Illustrated Father’s Day Cards

Father’s Day is only two weeks away now so I thought I would do a little online hunting for some unique and beautifully illustrated Father’s Day greetings cards from some UK based designers. There seem to be an awful lot of corny joke based cards out there when looking for cards for dads but I personally prefer to give a card with a little more sentiment and creativity about it… so here a few favourites that I found.

Felicity French

Traditional but very cute, this patterned socks card by Felicity French makes a playful dad joke without words. Love how all the socks are raised giving the card a 3D look. – £2.00

Alice Palace

This quirky illustration of a daddy badger with his young one by Alice Palace is incredibly sweet. I love the scribbly style it’s drawn in… Perfect for any nature loving dads! – £2.25
Katie Leamon

Something a little more sophisticated and classical, this car design is hand stamped using an original design by Katie Leamon onto textured linen card. – £3.75
Ailbhe Creative

My dad is an avid photographer and I’m sure there are plenty of other dads out there into their photography too. This lino printed camera design from Ailbhe Creative would be ideal for snap happy dads. – £2.50

Jo Clark Design

For nature loving dads, a simple blank card with his favourite animal on it could work perfectly. My dad loves spotting the birds feeding in his garden so I’ve picked out this lovely illustrated magpie card by Jo Clark Design on Etsy. – £2.50

Sky SioukiLast but not least is my own vintage inspired Happy Father’s Day card available in my online shop with free UK delivery. Particularly well suited to any garden or dog loving dads. – £2.95

In love with… Shilo Engelbrecht Textiles

Since I’ve been researching abstract painting and ideas for a new collection of painterly designs, the work of a favourite textile designer of mine recurrently comes to mind… Shilo Engelbrecht. Shilo’s collection is branded Älv Textiles featuring a stunning range of digitally printed table linen, cushions, bags and scarves as well as fabric by the metre for furnishings. The designs are taken from Shilo’s vibrant, expressive oil paintings and printed onto linen and silk. The fabric accentuates every bold brushstroke and colour contrast fantastically showing off the beautiful texture within her work in an explosion of colour.

Alv Textiles by Shilo EngelbrechtShilo Engelbrecht Table Linen

Expressive painterly textile prints seem to be hugely popular at the moment and looking at Shilo’s work it’s easy to see why. I find looking at her textiles so invigorating and inspirational – each piece just injects so much energy into a space, they really are a must have. To see more of my favourite textiles designs you can follow my Patterned Wares Pinterest board and if you’re also an Älv Textiles fan I’d definitely recommend following Shilo’s Instagram too.

Shilo Engelbrecht Paintings

Inspiration from Abstract Painting

With plans of designing a new cushion collection ahead of me I’ve been getting really into my research lately. I’m hoping to produce some designs with a slightly darker edge than the original Sky Siouki collection using abstract painted textures as a predominant design element. So recently I’ve been totally engrossed in Pinterest looking at beautiful abstract paintings full of thick expressive brushstrokes and exciting bursts of colour. Below are a few of my new favourite artists and their work…

Heather Day

Heather Day – I love the simplicity and boldness of Day’s paintings. Using just a few high contrasting colours she creates an expressive statement that really grabs you.

Sam Lock

Sam Lock – There is a wonderful level of depth within Lock’s work, creating an aged and decayed feel to his paintings. I find the rough uneven textures and subtle variety of tones in his work incredibly absorbing.

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly – Not quite as recent but a long time favourite of mine is Cy Twombly. I prefer some of his pieces a lot more than others but the Quattro Stagioni series and this particular painting from the Hero and Leandro series have always moved me since seeing them exhibited at Tate Modern.

Lola Donoghue

Lola Donoghue – Donoghue’s paintings are somewhat prettier than the other artists I have featured here due to her use of feminine pastel shades. I love the tonal blends of colour within her work creating very soft transitions between hues.

Patricia Sadler

Patricia Sadler – Sadler’s work is derived from more literal sources than the other artists in this post but I think she abstracts her subject wonderfully creating intense dark and moody scenes that move way beyond figurative depictions of landscapes.

Can’t wait to get painting more myself! Watch this space! But in the meantime, see more of my artistic inspiration on my ART Pinterest board here.