Monday, 21 August 2017

A week in Lagos...

We had a lovely week away recently in the very sunny and super hot Lagos, in Portugal.
It literally didn't budge below 31 degrees all week, hot hot!
Hungry for a week of rest and relaxation, we did just that.

Oh those blues...

(all photographs above © louise/ loveprintstudio)

x x x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Let's hear it for the girls!

A bit of a feel good Friday post for you today.
Let's just take a moment to appreciate us girls shall we?
Strong, funny, confident, kind, loving, courageous, beautiful...

Girls, we've totally got this!

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Colour crush...

A pretty, feminine colour crush post today featuring beautiful pinks and blush tones with fresh, crisp lime greens, and khakis...

(image credits clockwise from top left)

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Monday motivation...

Here's to the start of a new week...
You've got this!

(image above © Love Print Studio)

Available as desktop and iPhone wallpaper below.

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Ten children's picture books out this September!

Wow wow wow!
September's looking pretty hot for new children's picture book publications.
Here are ten that you'll no doubt want to have a place on your little ones bookshelves...

Franklin's Flying Bookshop - Jen Campbell & Katie Harnett - Thames & Hudson
September 7th

After seeing Katie's illustrations in 'Archie Snufflekins' and 'Ivy and the Lonely Raincloud', I'm excited to see her new book with author Jen Campbell.

"Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even talk to him. 
One day, he meets a girl named Luna who, rather than being afraid, is fascinated to meet Franklin, having recently read all about dragons in one of her books. 
They instantly become friends and talk nonstop about what they’ve read: books about roller-skating, King Arthur, spiders, and how to do kung fu. 
Together they hatch a plan to share their love of books with others by opening a bookshop—, a flying bookshop, that is— right on Franklin’s back!"

Apples for Little Fox - Ekaterina Trukhan - Random House
September 5th

I'm a huge fan of Ekaterina's bright and fresh illustrations, so this should be a goodie!

"As Fox investigates the mystery of the missing apples, kids can follow along and solve the mystery on their own! 
Fox loves to read mysteries; he wants to be a detective someday! 
He goes to the library every morning and collects delicious apples to eat on his way home. 
But one day, all the apples are missing! 
What could have happened to them? Fox is so excited to crack his first case. 
Follow along as he searches for clues and discovers a BIG surprise!"

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City Moon - Rachael Cole & Blanca Gomez - Random House
September 5th

Blanca's illustrations in the book 'Dear Bunny' were an absolute delight, so I've got high hopes for this!

"A little boy and his mother take a nighttime walk to search for the moon in this gentle, keenly observed bedtime book. 
Soothing text and hip, colourful collage style illustrations create a nighttime story that follows a little boy and his Mama as they walk around their neighborhood looking for the moon. 
As the elusive moon plays peek-a-boo behind buildings and clouds, the little boy asks simple questions about it, and his Mama patiently answers every one. 
When finally the moon appears; bright and white and round and glowing; the Mama and her boy stop and wait for it to disappear again. 
The moonlit walk continues until the boy yawns and Mama lifts him into her arms and whispers, "it is time for bed.""

Yak and Dove - Kyo Maclear & Esme Shapiro - Tundra
September 21st

Esme Shapiro's illustrations never disappoint, and I'm sure this latest addition alongside author Kyo Maclear will be wonderfully whimsical.

"Sometimes the unlikeliest friends form the greatest friendships. 
A funny, charming picture book from a dynamic duo.
Friends Yak and Dove are complete opposites. 
Yak is large and Dove is small. Yak has fur and Dove has feathers. Yak is polite. Dove is ill-mannered. Yak likes quiet. Dove likes noise. 
One day as Yak and Dove list their differences they come to the conclusion that maybe they aren't meant to be friends. 
In the hope of finding a new best friend, Yak holds auditions. But when a small feathered contestant sings Yak's favorite song, the two begin to think that maybe they are alike after all . . .
Yak and Dove whimsically captures the highs and lows of friendship through the three interconnected tales of two very different friends."

Little People, Big Dreams Audrey Hepburn - Amaia Arrazola & Isabel Sanchez Vegara - Frances Lincoln
September 7th

The whole series of these wonderful books are fantastic, so Audrey Hepburn will be a welcomed addition.

"New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the colourful life of iconic actress Audrey Hepburn, from her early life during World War Two, to ballet school, her acting career and UNICEF work. With stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts  at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world. From designers and artists to scientists, all of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream."

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In the Darkness of the Night - Emily Rand - Tate Publishing
September 7th

I loved Emilys other book, 'A Dog Day' , so looking forward to this offering.

"In the Darkness of the Night takes the reader through the sounds that a young child hears whilst curled up in bed waiting to fall asleep. 
From the familiar, reassuring noises of the family and the home including muffled voices and humming pipes. 
Next we move out into the garden, with the snuffling and screeching of foxes. 
And then suddenly what's that? Zoom! A car speeds by and a distant siren sounds. 
Then the illustrations expand to the city beyond, as we see those who work throughout the night, such as cleaners or nurses. And finally, as the sun rises, the early morning sounds begin with the birdsong, clatter of dustbins and letterboxes as the city wakes up again. 
Emily Rand takes us on a gentle journey through the night, looking at all the sounds and activity that happen whilst you're tucked up warm in your bed!"

The Snow Lion - Jim Helmore & Richard Jones - Simon & Schuster
September 21st

Well, after falling head over heels for Richard Jones' beautiful illustrations after seeing them in 'Town Mouse Country Mouse' and 'Feelings', I literally cannot wait for this next month. 
It's set to be something beautiful!

"From the fabulous partnership of award-winning author Jim Helmore and the brilliant Richard Jones comes a stunning book about friendship. 
When Caro and her mum move to a new house, Caro becomes lonely. 
There's only so much exploring she can do by herself! It's not long though before she makes a new friend - The Snow Lion. He's as white as snow, and together they have fun playing hide and seek, chasing and sliding. 
However, it's soon time for Caro to venture out on her own ...
With a slighty magical, classic feel and a lovely message, The Snow Lion is a story which will appeal to children and parents alike, and the beautiful illustrations make this a book to treasure."

How to Make Friends with a Ghost - Rebecca Green - Tundra
September 7th

The first book from the super talented illustrator Rebecca Green...oooh should be good.

"What do you do when you meet a ghost? One: Provide the ghost with some of its favourite snacks, like mud tarts and earwax truffles. 
Two: Tell your ghost bedtime stories (ghosts love to be read to). 
Three: Make sure no one mistakes your ghost for whipped cream or a marshmallow when you aren't looking! 
If you follow these few simple steps and the rest of the essential tips in How to Make Friends with a Ghost, you'll see how a ghost friend will lovingly grow up and grow old with you. 
A whimsical story about ghost care, Rebecca Green's debut picture book is a perfect combination of offbeat humor, quirky and sweet illustrations, and the timeless theme of friendship."

Big Words for Little Geniuses - Susan & James Patterson & Hsinping Pan - Arrow
September 7th

You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but if this one's anything to go by, it looks brilliant, and sounds a lot of fun too!

"There's no gobbledygook in this book! Just fun big words for your Lilliputian genius to learn! 
Why should your little genius's first word be cat when it can be catawampus? Start your child off with an early love of reading with these big words that are wonderfully fun to say!"
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Florence Frizzball - Claire Freedman & Jane Massey - Simon & Schuster
September 7th

Beautiful illustrations from Jane Massey...bound to be a hit with the smalls!

"A funny, heart-warming sibling story from Claire Freedman, author of the bestselling Aliens Love Underpants series and picture books Oliver and Patch and The Great Snortle Hunt. Florence's curly-whirly, wild and crazy hair couldn't be more different from her brother Ben's sleek and shiny do. She begs her mum to let a hairdresser try and tame it, but when she gets the restyle she's after, will Florence be happy with the outcome? Claire Freedman's rhyming text and Jane Massey's gorgeous illustrations perfectly combine to create laugh-out-loud moments and deliver an important message about being comfortable in your own skin."

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Mid week giggles...

How many 'plot twists' have you had recently?

(image above © Love Print Studio)

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Creative Quarters...Ellie Green

The next designer to be featured in Creative Quarters is Ellie Green.

Ellie is due to graduate from Leeds College of Art this year with a First Class Honours degree in Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design. 
She has a passion for all things colour, 
print and pattern, and this is showcased through her bright and playful designs.

Ellie’s design practice revolves around exploring colour relationships through painting, drawing and digital design. 
She explores many different themes and styles 
which inspires her to create unique and joyful surface pattern designs. 
Ellie works intuitively with colour and paint, 
creating vibrant and captivating colour palettes. 
There is a rhythmic nature to her designs, and she often designs whilst listening to music. 

Inspired by nature, and having grown up in the countryside, Ellie draws from observation and gathers inspiration from everything around her. 
Research trips involve visiting botanical gardens and wildlife parks, as well as simply observing nature and flowers whilst walking through the park. 
She also seeks inspiration from photography, art, fashion, blogs and exhibitions.

Whilst Ellie likes to keep up to date with print and colour trends, she likes to create her own trends and work to her own briefs. 
The colour story is integral to Ellie’s design identity, and this is the most important part of her design process. 
Commercial awareness and attention to detail are key to Ellie’s design practice, however, her playful and light-hearted approach to design form her distinctive handwriting. 
Her work is mainly digital, however she always begins with painting, drawing and other processes.

Ellie exhibited at New Designers this year with Leeds College of Art, and
her work was also on display at Leeds College of Art Degree show in June. 

Ellie is currently interning for Oliver Bonas as a home and gift designer.

Facebook: Elliegreendesign

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I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about Ellie,
and seeing a selection of her work.

To get in touch with her, please visit her website for details.

If you missed the last Creative Quarters post featuring Brittany Bucknall, you can read it here.

And don't forget, if you'd like to be featured, 
please send examples of your work with links to website portfolios, 
and some info about you and your background, etc... 
to Louise at 
Look forward to hearing from you!

x x x

Monday, 7 August 2017

Paper & Cloth at Printsource!

It's showtime again for Paper & Cloth!
The new Autumn/ Winter collections will be available at the Pop Up Printsource show in New York, opening tomorrow.
Head over to the blog post here to find out more.

(image above © Paper & Cloth Design Studio)

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Typography Friday...

And what better place to be planning them...

(image above © Love Print Studio)

Available as desktop and iPhone wallpaper below.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Take me to the Ocean...

You may have noticed I've been a little absent from the blog over the past week or so.
Well that's because we jetted off for a little getaway in Portugal for some much needed rest and relaxation. And we did just that...beaches, poolside sunbathing, boat trips, grotto hopping, cocktails and lots of food, ooohhh so much food!
The 'I'll worry about it when I get home' diet awaits...

This board pretty much sums up my current mood at the moment.
Oh take me back...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Etsy shop find...a chat with Shannon Kirsten

I'm super happy to be able to share the beautiful designs of Shannon Kirsten with you in todays etsy interview.
I discovered Shannons signature style on instagram a while ago, but saw it in all its glory at The National Stationery Show in New York.
A talented gal in the surface pattern world, Shannon is an artist who creates the prettiest of stationery, adorned with colourful florals, hand lettering and whimsical illustrations.

Obviously she has her etsy shop full of greeting cards, enamel pins, phone cases and prints, but Shannon also has her own product line of stationery for retail and wholesale, and has done work for clients such as Hallmark, Urban Outfitters and Nordstroms.
She's also available for custom wedding invitations.

Shannon is one busy lady!

So, let's get to know a little about this creative gal shall we...

1. Can you tell us a bit about you and your background... 

I have always been interested in art and making things. 
My mom is an artist so we were always doing crafts and projects growing up. 
I went to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (Florida) and majored in fashion design. 
It was there that I fell in love with illustrating and became intrigued by surface design as I learned how to make repeat patterns and such. 
In 2009 when I graduated, I opened up my Etsy shop just for fun. 
I took a freelance job with a large department store doing surface design (making repeat patterns for textiles / clothing). 
On the side, I was adding to my shop and starting to do a bit of custom wedding work. 
I took a full time job as a design director for an athletic apparel company. 
It wasn't fulfilling my creative needs, so shortly after I embarked on my own freelance adventure and never looked back. 
I began adding more work to etsy, participating in styled shoots with other creatives, 
and working for friends in order to add examples to my portfolio. 
A styled wedding shoot I had created invitations for got picked up by a notable wedding blog and I began seeing more traffic to my shop. 
Things just grew from there!

2. Tell us about a typical day for you...

I really have no typical days, ha. 
I do like to head to my studio early in the morning and start with e-mails. 
I try to blog a few times a week so some mornings I work on my posts and I like to read other blogs while I finish my coffee to get inspired. 
Some days I paint all day...sometimes for myself which ends up being new cards and prints for my stationery line and sometimes I'm painting client projects like wedding invitations. I wear many hats so somedays I have to keep up on the business stuff like accounting, managing wholesale orders, etc. 
I love that everyday is a little different due to the large amount and variety of projects I have.

3. Can you give us an insight into your creative process?

I keep a notebook of ideas, it's a variety of wording I want to use for greeting cards and little sketches of things I've seen and loved. 
I take lots of photos on my phone when I'm out and about as well. 
If I'm working on a client project we start with a moodboard to determine the vibe and colours. 
Everything I do starts as a hand painting and I use only my hand writing for wording! 
After I paint, I scan and clean up my designs a bit on photoshop before printing. 

4. How would you describe your work?

Whimsical, colorful, happy and quirky.

5. What’s the most popular item for sale in your etsy shop? And your personal favourite?

My current best selling greeting card is the 'You're the foxiest' 

My newest favourite item is this boho floral notepad planner
I find these to be so useful for jotting down notes. 
I use mine as a mouse pad and am always writing stuff on it.

6. What’s the most rewarding thing about being a designer/illustrator?

Being able to do what I love everyday is my biggest blessing. 
I have always loved cards since I was little...
I like knowing that my cards are floating around out there, being sent amongst friends and family to make each other smile. 
Working on weddings is also rewarding because my typical client is a fun, creative gal who loves design, they are so excited about the designing process so that makes it really fun for me being able to bring their visions to life. 

7. What are you currently passionate about or fascinated by 
and how is it inspiring your work?

I'm passionate about seeing the world. 
That has always been a constant source of inspiration for me. 
My sister is the ultimate travel buddy and we've been to some exciting places together. 
I take tons of photos when I go anywhere and love drawing from the colors, architecture, and cultural of new places. 
I am fascinated by the large amount of amazing, talented female entrepreneurs who are making their own way...between gals I've come across on social media and my own group of friends with businesses, it keeps me super motivated and inspired.

8. What books/ magazines are currently on your coffee table?

I read Vogue, Elle, Frankie, and Flow every month!

9. Where do you work? Describe your studio/work area...

My studio is in the downtown area of our small-ish town. 
It's in an old building with an adorable courtyard in the middle of several offices. Everything is all white with the exception of my colorful illustrations on the wall, above the table where I paint. 
I have two adjoining offices; one side I work on my computer and painting and the other side is mostly my storage and inventory with an area for packaging orders that are ready to ship. 

10. What art do you have on your wall?

In my studio, I have a random assortment of my past work and projects that are in progress with pages from magazines and little things I've collected that I enjoy looking at. At home, I have a lot of photography from my travels, a couple animal prints of Becca Stradlander that are just the cutest, and a big print of one of Emily Jeffords paintings – her work is so soft and calming, those are among my favorites.

11. What makes you laugh?

My friends make me laugh the hardest. 
I love my band of weirdos and fellow creatives, most of whom I've been friends with since elementary school (going on 20 years with some of them). 
When we can all get together it's constant story telling and loud laughter. 
I also have three goofy pets that entertain me on a daily basis.

12. What are you working on currently? 
And any big plans for the remainder of 2017?

I always have wedding clients that I'm working with. 
I just finished a project with Shutterfly that was fun and different for me. 
I designed a collection for Hallmark last year that got released this month so I've been having fun styling some photos of them for a social media (and also seeing them pop up in my grocery store!). 
I have a big collaboration for the end of the year, it's still a secret so I can't disclose much but this will be very big and exciting for me! 

(all images above © Shannon Kirsten Studio)

A huge thank you to Shannon for giving us an insight into her world.
If you'd like to follow her on social media, click below...

instagram | website | etsy | pinterest | twitter

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