Painting blown easter eggs has become something of a yearly tradition for me. I have produced a little step by step guide to painting eggs, just in case you want to have a go!First you need to blow your egg, that way you can keep your creation forever without it going off. Use a metal skewer to make a small hole at the top of the egg and slighter large hole at the bottom. Use the skewer to break the yolk, then blow the contents out into a bowl. Rinse the egg throughly then leave it to dry. I like to paint my eggs with a base coat of regular house paint first (not gloss). A good tip is to make a little donut of blutack to rest your egg on, so it doesn’t roll around. Use a wide flat brush to apply one or two even layers of base coat. When the base coat is dry I lightly sketch on a design in pencil, then use acrylic paint and ink to finish it off. Simple designs and repeat patterns work best. Alternatively you could just draw on the painted egg with a sharpie. Painting on a round surface is tricky, so embrace imperfections! Display your egg with pride and impress all your friends. I went a bit pun mad this year, so I ended up with a duck egg and an eggs-presso.
I was delighted to recently be asked to work with sisterMAG again. I created these black and white line illustrations for their Spring issue, and it was lovely to work in a slightly different way to usual. They’re part of a feature on Oona bags, and have been used both in the magazine and on t-shirt. You can actually download the patterns to make the clothes seen in the shoot, how amazing is that? You can read the new issue here!
Illustrating is my full time day job, which is obviously completely wonderful, but sometimes it’s nice to do something a bit different, which is why I enjoy writing. I generally write about illustration, but it isn’t really too much of a stretch of the imagination, so it’s nice to use a different part of the brain. I recently wrote an article about university portfolio interviews for IdeasTap, trying to demystify the process a little bit. If you’re a 6th form student thinking of applying to an art course do have a read! There are lots of tips for preparing your portfolio and tips to prepare you for interview itself.
Whilst I was in the process of writing the article Grammarly contacted me and asked if I would like a one month free trial of their service. Grammarly is much more in depth than your standard spellchecker, it’s like a second set of eyes looking over your work, checking for spelling mistakes, repeated words and all manner of grammatical issues. I’m the kind of person who knows what I want to say but has trouble putting it down on paper. When I read my own writing my brain fills in the all blanks and I don’t realise I’ve missed out words, spelt things wrong, and basically written some total gibberish. I once emailed a client and used the word ‘cake’ instead of ‘face’. Fortunately she found it quite funny, but it’s worrying to say the least. Anyway using Grammarly helped me fix silly errors, and made me look a little bit less like an idiot, so thank you Grammarly!