November 16, 2017
I've always loved the wonderful effects of watercolour painting. Every time I work on a painting, there will be moments where I just stop and watch one colour blend into another. It's magical.One day I was trying to capture the Northern Lights with a blend of blues, greens and violet. With big brush marks I made some abstract landscapes, and spinkled on some salt to create separations in the paint. I had an urge to go bigger, and with the upcoming Christmas season, thought that a big abstract painting would make very unique wrapping paper.After a trip to Shepherd's in London I was equipped with a supply of handmade, printing and watercolour papers, to experiment and play with. With big brushes and a sponge I worked in watercolour then switched to inks, which held the layers of colour in place after the painting was dry. It felt like a very colourful laundry room with all the sheets drying out on a line!The pinks are called Pink Celestial, to evoke big atmospheric skies with starlight sprinkles painted in shimmering paint. The blues are called Blue Lagoon, inspired by a wonderful time there in Iceland, where Richard and I became engaged! I'll never forget that day, so full of love and joy. We floated away on one of those steam clouds, our little happy faces covered in white lagoon mud.In our house we like to reuse lovely wrapping paper. 4 years ago my mother in law gave me Christmas gift, wrapped up in gorgeous paper. Which I used to wrap a couple of gifts a year later. On my birthday this year, I received a gift wrapped in the same paper - reused 3 times (and a little bit smaller) and now kept in a keepsake box. It has a little story all of its own.
A limited edition of the painted wrapping paper is now available in the shop. Ideal for Christmas, birthdays and keepsake boxes.
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