Here's A Little Fishy...

Ok so now I've got that tune on slow repeat in my head, although I only remember the first two lines! Anyway, I'm joining in with the Folio Focus Summer Reboot over at Rise Design and Shine.  It's giving me a chance to revisit some old work which was previously quite rushed and unfinished.  This project is based around nautical theme and needs to end up as a journal cover design.  I've reworked the mermaid completely and found the time to paint some of the hand drawn motifs I'd previously created.  Taking my time really with this one as it's giving me the opportunity to really think about building layers and texture when I collage the hand rendered pieces together in photoshop.  There'll be more to come, but this is where I've got to so far!

Mermaid Underwater Scene Watercolour Painting by Susie Batsford
Tropical Fish Coral and Seaweed Watercolour Painting by Susie Batsford

Repeat Pattern in Blue & White

It's been 3 days since the snow came to Devon, the first snow in 5 whole years and our first ever 'Red' weather warning. Everything really came to a standstill, the UK isn't equipped to deal with these weather conditions. All the local schools closed, much to the children's delight and we now have igloos and snowmen scattered around the garden. In the meantime, I have taken the opportunity to stay warm and concentrate on learning about seamless repeat patterns in photoshop. I've taken some of the icons from my vase of flowers to make this repeat pattern to be used as wrapping paper with my Mothers Day card for Folio Focus. It's taken forever to learn, but I have finally achieved what a year ago, seemed like the impossible!


Dreams of the Ocean

My big goal for this year is to really work hard on developing a strong portfolio. When the opportunity to sign up for the highly regarded Folio Focus class presented itself to me, I naturally decided to jump in. The first assignment was to design a notebook cover around the theme 'Nautical'. Honestly, this is such a great theme, once you start thinking about it, there is so much potential and I really could just keep on going. But, time is not on my side right now as I have other work to be getting on with too. So here is my mermaid and her fishy friends!