Christmas is so close! Gift-making tutorial – not!

Christmas is so close! Gift-making tutorial – not!

Fig 1. Paisleys underway. Click to enlarge. I don’t know where the time has gone, but Christmas is just around the corner. And funnily enough, just as I did throughout last year’s Christmas gift-making process, I am once again learning a language with Pimsleur as I work. Or should that be play. Because it’s not…

Do you love colour?

Do you love colour?

Delicate Locomotive – imagine this as wall paper.   Do you love colour?  If so there is a website for you.  It is Colour Lovers! I have discovered an amazing artist at colourlovers.com who creates patterns: the sort that I love, like this gorgeous, swirly, almost paisley like pattern and the sort that would look adorable…

The lost art of letter writing

The lost art of letter writing

a hand-painted card (paisley of course) from me to the beloved. We have been receiving handwritten letters in the post lately, and we like it a lot! So one of my A5 paisleys has developed itself into a gift card. We lightly taped it onto some paper which we had written our letters on. It…

Paradise in a paisley project

Paradise in a paisley project

Unfinished paisley paintings, next step: details with my black Pitt pens. Meanwhile, in the real world, our roses are out. These are my first three from my highly scented rose bush, Aotearoa – beautiful. Which always makes me feel very summery and optimistic. And so does painting paisley, which I have been working on every…

I’m giving birth*, and you’re invited to attend!

I’m giving birth*, and you’re invited to attend!

One of many paisley patterns I designed during our recent stay in Wellington I am having a baby. I promise that my birthing experience will be a little more gentle and fun though. So why would you do it? Some people actually like giving birth, and why not? * So the baby that I am…

My new font, jules-te-reo

My new font, jules-te-reo

I am working on my new julesart font with macrons which can be used for Maori (jules-te-reo) and am toying with the idea of offering them for sale. Watch this space.  (Oh, and Felicity is designing fonts too).  

An inspiration…

I was lucky enough to get to go to a day listening to Australian political cartoonist (Melbourne Age) and illustrator Michael Leunig. Wow, what an amazing person, and I just love his philosophies about life, and what is important etc etc. I think besides traveling and working for The Age, and illustrating his books, he…