Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Printables Basics 1 – What are printables? 6 reasons to love them!

I design and sell printables and regularly talk about projects with them on my blog. Printables are incredibly popular now and have so many uses from wedding stationery to planning your weekly meals, but maybe you’ve never tried them before and don’t know where to start? If you aren’t confident in using printables or just want to learn some ways to get more out of them, my series of ‘Printables Basics’ blog posts is for you!

I’ll be covering a range of topics which I hope you will find useful – from downloading and printing to colouring digital stamps and other tips and techniques.

If you have any questions about using printables please leave a comment below!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Christmas Gingerbread and Candy on teal - my entry to Spoonflower's Challenge

My entry to Spoonflower's Gingerbread contest, gingerbread house and gingerbread men design by Hazel Fisher Creations
With such a fun theme I couldn't miss out on designing for Spoonflower's Gingerbread contest!  This colourful design is created from my pen, watercolour, coloured pencil and felt tip pen illustrations of gingerbread houses, gingerbread men, Christmas trees, candy canes and lollipops.  This was a really fun design to make and I loved working with these colours!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Inktober 2017 Roundup

A roundup of some of my favourite drawings from Inktober 2017 by Hazel Fisher Creations
I took part in Inktober again this year - a month long drawing challenge where thousands of artists (both amateur and professional) from around the world make a drawing in ink every day of October and post their pictures online.  Last year I joined in but didn't quite manage to do a drawing every day, so this year my aim was to just do something, even if it was small, every day - and I did it!
I kept my drawings small this year, so it was more realistic to be able to finish them. Mostly I was drawing in the evening and I have to admit there were a few nights when I was feeling tired and not particularly wanting to pick up my sketchbook, but I didn't want to miss a day.
I think it's a great challenge to take part in and I'm sure my drawing has benefited, it's also nice to draw just for fun on a variety of subjects.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you will have already seen my drawings, but I wanted to share just a few of my favourites here too.  Which ones are your favourites?

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

My entry to Spoonflower's Black and White Colouring Book Contest

My entry to Spoonflower's Coloring Book contest, dancing girl design by Hazel Fisher Creations
This week's Spoonflower contest is being held in conjunction with Lake, a colouring app, and we could create a design on any subject we liked, so long as it was in black and white.  Such open ended contests like this can be the hardest - how do you choose what theme to draw!? They also produce an amazing, diverse mix of entries, it's wonderful to see how creative everyone else has been!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Spoonflower's Annual Tea Towel Calendar Contest

My entry to Spoonflower's tea towel calendar contest, Feathers and Flowers design by Hazel Fisher Creations
It's time for Spoonflower's annual tea towel calendar contest again! It's hard to believe how quickly this time of year comes around and this is the 4th year I have taken part in the contest!  I sketched a few ideas out for the calendar and chose to work up this feathers and flowers design for my entry.  My feathers and arrows fabric design has been popular on Spoonflower, so I thought I would like to add some new feathers designs - starting with this calendar!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Printable Advent Calendar Town Tutorial (video!)

I am excited to introduce my latest design - a printable colour-in Advent calendar town!  You may already have seen (or even made up yourself) my Advent calendar village and the houses in the new town are larger than the village houses.  They are all designed to the same scale though, so you can mix and match small and large houses to create your own Advent calendar with space for different sized sweets and gifts!
You could also make up the houses to use as gift boxes, or decorations at Christmas.

I have created a video tutorial sharing tips and instructions on how to make up the town.  I hope that you enjoy it!

If you have questions or comments please leave them below! :)

Visit my Etsy shop to buy the printable kits and make up your own:
Colour-In Advent Calendar Town
Colour-In Advent Calendar Village

Thursday, 13 July 2017

More Circus Designs for Spoonflower

Continuing with the Circus theme, here is my entry to this week's Spoonflower design challenge; Circus Performers.  My design features girls (inspired by 1920s fashion) performing acrobatics,  gynastics (rhythmic ribbons!) and on the flying trapeze!  This week's theme was the one I was most looking forward to designing for and I enjoyed drawing the girls - first in pencil then pen line drawing, which I scanned then coloured digitally.  I added the stars, swirls and dots to give a sense of movement to the design.  As with all of this month's circus challenges, there was a limited colour palette to use.  The colours are probably not ones I would have chosen myself (yellow isn't a colour I usually use a lot of) but I actually like the yellow as a background for this and how the other colours work with it.

Circus Performers 1920s Acrobatic Girls fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations, Spoonflower weekly design challenge entry, surface pattern design

Thank you if you voted for my Circus Performers design - it came 32nd (with 86 votes) out of 135 entries!
You can see all the winners on Spoonflower here.

This design is now available to buy from Spoonflower - you can find it in my shop here.

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Below is my entry to last week's challenge; Animal Alphabet Limited Colour Palette.  It features some of the animals I used in my first circus design, plus some new ones; a zebra, giraffe and bear on a unicycle!!  The colour palette for this one was probably the most challenging for me - most of the animals were fine but I struggled to like any of the colours for the elephant.  I'm looking forward to playing around with these a bit more after the challenges with some different colour combinations.

Circus, Animal Alphabet fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations, Spoonflower weekly design challenge entry, surface pattern design
Thank you if you voted for my design in the contest! The results are now in and my Animal Alphabet design came 65th out of 146 entries.  I definitely recommend you visit Spoonflower's blog to see the other entries, there were lots of great designs and Elena Naylor's winning Cat Circus Alphabet is a particularly fun and creative design! :)

Friday, 30 June 2017

My Entry to Spoonflower's 'Retro Circus' Design Contest

Roll up, roll up! The Circus is in town!
For the next 4 weeks Spoonflower's design challenges each have a theme based around the circus; Retro Circus, Animal Alphabet, Circus Performers, and Big Top Treats.

I'm having lots of fun working on these designs, although they are challenging too.  All the contests are limited colour palette and the colours aren't necessarily ones I would have chosen myself. However, the restricted choice of colours has forced me to think carefully about my designs and I actually really like the colours in this one now!

Retro Circus fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations, Spoonflower, surface pattern design
I gave myself plenty of time to start work on my circus designs and I've enjoyed having more time and less pressure to complete the first one (which amazingly I entered into the contest early, not on the last day like usual!).

Monday, 19 June 2017

Spoonflower Fabric Makes

I love to see my fabric designs come to life, being made up into something, and it is especially thrilling to hear from customers who have purchased my designs from Spoonflower and see what they have made! Here are a few...

The talented Rebecca from Elizabeth's Closet has made these gorgeous dresses, they would be so lovely for little girls to play in! She makes them in a range of sizes, from newborn to 7. You can find Elizabet's Closet on Etsy or follow on Instagram or Facebook. (Rebecca also has another shop on Etsy  where she sells adorable hair accessories: Elizabeth's Bow Shop)

Find the Hot Air Balloon dress here and my fabric on Spoonflower here.

Elizabeth's Closet girl twirl dress made with Hot Air Balloon fabric design by Hazel Fisher Creations
This cute pink donuts dress can be purchased from Elizabeth's Closet here and you can find the fabric on Spoonflower here.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

My Design for Spoonflower's 'Whimsical Watercolour Insects' Challenge

This week's Spoonflower challenge theme is 'Whimsical Watercolour Insects'.  I remembered that I had drawn some pen and watercolour beetles in my sketchbook a while ago so decided it was a good opportunity to return to that theme and create a finished design!  Also, I'm not that keen on real creepy crawlies but I thought beetles would be something I could make into a fun and colourful pattern.

My Entry to Spoonflowers Whimsical Watercolour Insects Challenge by Hazel Fisher Creations. Watercolour and pen illustrations. Sketchbook page work in progress.

Monday, 13 February 2017

My Design for Spoonflower's 'Rainforest Animals' Challenge

My Entry to Spoonflowers Rainforest Animals Challenge by Hazel Fisher Creations. Watercolour and pen illustrations. Surface Pattern Design.
This week's Spoonflower challenge theme was 'Rainforest Animals' so I got out my watercolour paints, pencils and pens to create a tropical rainforest inspired design! I knew I wanted my design to be quite a busy pattern, filled with leaves and initially I researched lots of different animals to include too. For the final design though I decided to narrow it down to just toucans, macaws and blue butterflies.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Quick and Easy Watercolour Valentine's Day Card

I couldn't let Valentine's Day pass without sharing a card with you.  This one's really quick and easy to make - it's also a good excuse just to play with some watercolours!

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Quick and Easy Watercolour Valentine Card by hazel fisher creations