Thursday, March 19, 2015

The World of Bumpkin Hill and how I created the Brand Design

It is Party time here at Bumpkin Hill as after many many months of design work I have launched my newly re-branded website.  I thought you would enjoy seeing a little glimpse into my design process.  

Creating Mood Boards with images that truly make my soul smile. This was a great tip from the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Course


Colour inspiration from my walks. I love colour and kept being drawn to emerald greens, mustard yellows and warm peach.  You can see how I incorporated that into my design on my site.

I always get a thrill when I see wildlife on my walks, spot the Rabbit!

I love my new Dip Pen and inks, they worked really well for the sweeping lines of of the Rabbit in my logo.

Wild flowers and even the beauty of intertwined branches always pull me and my camera towards them so this logo was a joy to design.  It also reminded me of the outlines of my Embroidery Patterns.

I'm so excited to start sending out my Business Cards with orders.  I designed them, then had printed by Moo.com. Quality is always vital to me so I am thrilled with the thickness and beautiful silky smooth card and the images printed superbly.

I wish for Bumpkin Hill to be a warm and care free Home in the Country for you. A world full of nostalgic designs in Wall Art, Craft Patterns & Bespoke Party Stationery.  Come along for a cup of Tea and sit under the shade of the old Oak Tree, you may even spot some of the animals from my illustrations!



Thank you for coming along on this journey with me, your support and encouragement really does mean the world.  
Hugs,
Catherine
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Inspiration behind the Spring Collection - Lambs at Play

As a child I spent every Easter holiday at my Granny's home in the English countryside.   Just along the country lane was a Sheep Farm and I helped with the lambing season.  I would help to herd the Ewes across the fields with a sheep dog called Queenie that had a mind of her own!  Which meant we had to do a lot of running to get the sheep where we wanted them to go!  I helped to deliver the spring lambs, which funnily enough for someone that is squeamish of blood, I did not mind at all. Bringing a new life into the world really was amazing.  Any orphan lambs were my responsibility, I hand raised them with milk bottles. I gave each one a name and I must say I was really in my element!

Then when the lambs were old enough they went out to the fields that wrapped around Granny's garden. We would sit together in the living room window seat and watch them hopping and skipping around in the early evening light.  Precious moments that stay with me to this day and now I have these funny sheep in the field behind my little garden and soon there will be lambs, I'll keep you posted!  They love to watch me washing up at the kitchen sink!


So now you can imagine the inspiration behind my new Spring Collection, Lambs at Play!  Hand painted with inks and watercolor complete with cheerful Buttercups.



I merged all the elements together into a nostalgic, delicate pattern that has leapt into a whole Collection that I must say has rather stolen my heart, I hope it will all bring you as much joy.


Bumpkin Hill - Art Print - Lambs at Play Collection - printed with Archival inks on beautiful lightly textured supreme quality Acid free Paper from a British Paper Mill and guaranteed to last 100+ years!  Giving it the feel of an original Watercolor, to be cherished by your family for a lifetime.



Bumpkin Hill Notecards - Lambs at Play Collection to brighten a friend's day.  I really do believe that handwritten notes are precious and a tradition that spreads smiles.


Bumpkin Hill Stickers - Lambs at Play Collection to add to your envelopes and Scrapbooking pages.

All these items available from www.bumpkinhill.etsy.com

Fancy bringing some Spring into your home and life?  I am so thrilled to be able to offer these Throw Pillows & Tote Bags (both double sided).  Three bag sizes available inc. 18" x 18".  These are created to the highest standards at Society 6 in America with worldwide shipping.


Today only there is 20% off all Tote Bags and Pillows, no code required


I am also busily creating a Baby Shower & Party Collection with these Lambs.


Happy Spring from my Garden!
Catherine
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