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Illustrated envelopes - FREE PRINTABLE

These printable posts are seriously my favourite to put together. I love coming up with simple but striking things that are easy for you to print and use at home. This month's is a favourite because I love sending snail mail especially when the envelopes are a bit out of the ordinary, so make receiving post even more exciting. 

There are 3 different envelope designs in this printable and you can download them HERE

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All you need to do is cut the envelopes along the edges. Fold the bottom up (the line it should be folded on is in line with the bottom of the flaps). Then fold the flaps over. Try and make sure your folds are straight so the envelope looks like it is rectangular. Stick down the folds using glue or double sided sticky tape and then you are good to go! Pop your letter in, use some washi tape or sellotape to stick it down and send away! 

There is no way that receiving one of these in the post would not put a smile on someone's face. I am using them to send little encouraging notes to my sister who is in her final year of university and working hard to finish her course!

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Linocut experiments

For my birthday this year NM bought me a linocutting starter kit from Linocut boy on etsy. It was such a great gift and I love how it was all packaged and presented. Sadly it sat on my shelf for a few months before I found time to have a play around, but last week I finally got the chance. 

I have done screen printing before at art college and couple of years ago I did a letterpress course which I loved so I was really excited about learning a new printing technique. 

The box included everything I needed to get started. A roller, a beautiful set of carving tools, some small pieces of lino (which are easy to buy more of when you run out) black ink (am excited to experiment with other colour later on but black was all i needed to get started).

If you decide to give lino printing a go, my top tip to you would be make sure you have some plasters handy. Haha. It wasn't too bad but i did cut myself once - am hoping as my technique improves that will happen less often. 

So I started off pretty simple and inspired by autumn drew some simple leaf shapes. The smaller one on the left above worked much better for printing than the one on the right. I also had an old stamp handle so I stuck it onto that since it was so small and I found it easier to stamp it rather than lay the paper on top of it (which is what you do for larger prints). I really like how the pattern came out below. I actually used an ink stamp I had in a green colour rather than the black ink. It is pretty rough and basic but it was an encouraging start. I would really like to make some more patterns like this incorporating different shapes and colours. 

I then experimented with the black ink on different scraps of coloured paper I had lying around. For some reason the black ink didn't seem to stamp as well for me, but I think I just need to keep experimenting to see what works best and also making sure that I roll the ink on smoothly. I think often I want to see amazing and perfect results straight away and forget that I actually need to practise and take time to learn a new skill. Patience does not come naturally to me! Ha.

I started sketching out and carving a new design for a greeting card (below). I am not sure how it will turn out but I will keep experimenting and let you know how I get on. 

I don't think linocut boy is selling these started kits at the moment but if he ever does again I can't recommend them highly enough - such a good place to start. (Check out his shop anyway though because he obviously has skills when it comes to linocutting and it gives me inspiration for something to work towards).

You can buy linocutting kits all over the place so if you are keen to have a go just google and see what you can find. 

Esme Winter

So you know good stationery makes me drool. I love it. A beautiful notebook are what my dreams are made of - combine that with beautiful patterns - DREAM TEAM. So I was pretty ecstatic when I discovered the work of Esme Winter. She works alongside Richard Sanderson to 'produce items that reflect the innate worth of the hand-binding, weaving and finishing practiced by their trusted, generations-old makers.' I love the simplicity of the photography she uses on her site and the intricate geometric patterns. To see more visit her beautiful shop and find out more about the process. Oh and also if you are into instagram follow here. Even more stationery goodness to feast your little eyes on.

2014
new year
new year

Happy New Year!

WOW what a year 2013 was. I do love the new year because I usually feel lots of hope and excitement about the year ahead. It feels so full of opportunity. I haven't really set any new years resolutions this year. I decided to give myself a break and just see what happens. One thing that is on my mind and I want to be a little bit of a motto for this year is to think about consuming less and creating more. We live in a society that is all about consumption these days. I had a really great first few days of 2014 creating things. On new years day NM made an amazing loaf of wholemeal bread and I designed and made some birthday cards to use this year. I finally found some time to start the coding course I have been wanting to tackle for ages. When having a bit of a clear up of the house I found some bright red wool and decided to knit myself a new scarf. I have been loving having something to do with my hands while watching tv. I found an amazing cookie recipe and made a batch to take over to a friends for dinner, and I started a new notebook (bottom right with alphabet on it) that my lovely friend Emily gave me and am already filling it with ideas and things I want to do...exciting! So yeah...the first 6 days of 2014 have been pretty creative and I have been loving it.

I have also set myself a little photography challenge. To try and get me to be a bit more observant and creative about what is going on around me I am going to try and take a photo everyday and post it to instagram  for the whole year. I am also going to to them all black and white. You can follow along at #mosley365 if you fancy it and follow me here. Above are the first 6 days.

That is all for now...am hoping to get back into more regular posting soon.