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Monday, 19 February 2018

Society Sunday

OK, so I know that it's Monday, but I was away over the weekend and wasn't organised enough to schedule a post.  So without further ado, here are my Society6 picks of the week and this time it's all about the abstracts:

Silver Rain Art Print by Tatiana Shatseva.  It was the colours that drew me to this piece.  It reminds me of a weathered, wooden door.  The sort that would open onto a magical landscape.
Silver Rain Art Print by Tania Shatseva

Abstract Marble 01 by Aloke Design.  This is like a magic eye picture or one of those psychological Rorschach tests.  I've seen a leaping fish, a lady's face, an imp's face, a child, a horse's head and even a stern-looking owl!  What can you see?
Abstract Marble 01 Metal Print by Aloke Design

Colorful Painted Stripes Art Print by Klara Acel.  This is a really interesting piece to look at  because the paint texture suggests and underlying sketch but when you look closer you can see that it's just an illusion.
Colorful Painted Stripes Art Print by Klara Acel

In The First Place Canvas Print by David Mark.  These colours are very me. I really like all the layers and the way the colours interact.
In The First Place Canvas Print by David Mark

La Tierra Dorada by Ada Diaz.  A bit of a departure from my usual colour palette - this pieces oozes warmth. The flashes of blue echo sky and sea with patches of green oases.
La Tierra Dorada Art Print by Ada Diaz

Friday, 16 February 2018

Cocktails by Moonlight

When the Tattered Lace Art Deco Classics range came out I fell in love with the ladies in the Art Deco Cocktail Hour set.  I really like the seated lady and I had recently downloaded a set of space watercolour backgrounds from Creative Market (free download of the week at the time, currently 50% off) which made me think of having her sitting in the moon sipping her cocktail. A few gems and some small fabric stars completed the overall effect.  

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Redbubble Round-up

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I joined Redbubble about two years ago because I really wanted to create art and share it.  As my house is slowly being overrun with craft and art supplies, creating art digitally was a great way to express my creativity without needing lots of space and bulky supplies to do it.

I tend to be quite reticent when it comes to my art (which isn't a great strategy), so I've decided to produce a weekly Redbubble Round-Up where I'll be sharing what's new in the world of Merry Makewell as well as highlighting other works that have caught my eye.

As I just uploaded a new sticker design to my shop, this week I'm looking at STICKERS.  Stickers come in up to four sizes ranging from around 100mm (about A7 size) up to around 30mm (about A4 size) depending on the design.  Buy any 4 and get 25% off or any 10 for 50% off.

First up is my new design "Choose Love Floral Heart".  This would be great on the cover of  a journal.

Choose Love Floral Heart

I love this "Autumnal Floral Book Stack" by Emma Mildred Riggle.  It would work for a scrapbook page or in a bullet journal or planner.

Autumnal Floral Book Stack

Another good scrapbook or planner option is this cute combination of vintage camera and old maps - "Travel".


You get four stickers in one with this cute set of flower doodles.  I  like that they're black and white so could be coloured if you wanted.


And finally, "Lotus Birds".  It features two of my favourite things - flowers and birds - and the colours are perfect.

Lotus Birds

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Choose Love - Free Printable

Happy Valentine's Day!  In honour of all things love and romance I created this poster as a reminder to always choose love.  Download the A4 poster here.

If you'd like to create your own projects you can get free downloads of the floral digital elements from here and this and 99 other wood backgrounds from here.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Society Sunday

Time for another round-up of work that has caught my eye on the Society 6 website*.  First up "Midsummer Fires"by Shorsh.  I immediately fell for the glorious colour combination of pink and aqua and as I'm also a sucker for a beautiful sky, this one was a must.

Midsummer Fires - Shorsh

"Gold Geometric Pattern III" by Avalon and Aiden.  This has an Art Deco feel - a style that I've recently discovered.  The combination of gold and white along with the diamond geometric pattern is simple and elegant.  I think it looks great on curtains.

Gold Geometric Pattern III - avalonandaiden

As I mentioned last week, I'm loving seahorses at the moment and with the end of winter just about in sight I'm thinking ahead to my summer holidays and the beach.  I can see myself stretching out on this beach towel by Juliana RW.

Sea & Ocean #5 - Juliana RW

Until I found one of these seeds on a walk through the park last year, I had no idea that they could be so beautiful.  "Maple" by Claudia Drossert captures the delicacy and gentle beauty of a maple seed.  I can see this print in a minimalist setting surrounded by cool tones.  I would have it in a space that I would be in when I wanted to feel peaceful and calm.

Maple - Claudia Drossert

And finally, "Wild Bouquet" by Rachel Cave.  This just makes me happy.  The folk style works beautifully with the fresh colours and captures the essence of Spring.

Wild Bouquet - Rachel Cave

Head over to Society 6 to take a closer look at these pieces or to find a treasured artwork of your own.

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Friday, 9 February 2018

Patchwork Butterfly Birthday Card

My friend asked me to make her mum a 60th birthday card. I make a lot of cards.  I even send some of them to friends and family for various occasions, but I have never made a card for someone to give to someone else.  It was different, trying to make for someone whose tastes I didn't know that much about.  It didn't help that the only direction that I received from my friend was to "make it nice"! 😒
I ended up making a variation on a card that I'd made before that I thought was really pretty,

I made a patchwork base using 4 blocks consisting of 4 strips of patterned paper.  Each block was rotated through 90°.  I cut the Tattered Lace Red Admiral Butterfly from gold mirror card (incidentally, I used Create and Craft's gold mirror card and I LOVE it!) and then cut another from which I separated the butterfly and flowers.  I placed those elements on top of the first die cut, lifting the wings of the butterfly and using foam tape behind the flowers to add dimension.  I also used the mirror card to cut the sentiment (by Xcut).  The card was finished with gold flatback gems in each corner and a couple of pearls for the flower centres. 

I really love how it turned out, and it went down very well with my friend's mum too 😊

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Society Sunday

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I joined Society 6 almost a year ago.  I thought that it would be nice to share some of my favourite finds, so every Sunday I'll be doing a round-up of 6 pieces that have caught my eye - hence "Society Sunday".

First up - "Rainbow Geometric Pattern #4" by Juliana RW.  I love the geometric pattern, the gold lines and the mix of warm and cool in the colour palette.  It also lends itself well to a number of different products.

I love the whimsical artwork of Terry Fan.  "Whale Rider" is just one of many magical works.  I can imagine it in a nursery or a kid's bedroom.

Sticking with the nautical theme, I'm really loving seahorses at the moment.  Maybe they'll take the place of the flamingo or unicorn as the animal of 2018.  What better product to showcase them on, than a set of bath and hand towels.

Patterns and Textures shop is full of... you guessed, patterns and textures.  "Onyx - blue and orange" caught my eye. There's something mesmerising about the combination of the various shades of blue and the textured surface.

I was drawn to the softness and simplicity in "My Summer" by Claudia Drossert.  Much of her work features a similar muted palette with simple composition and a strong focal point.

From a muted colour palette, to a neon riot! The aptly named "Neon" by Cosmic Medium is bold, punchy and full of attitude.