Friday, 18 January 2019

Pottery Painting at Blue Owl

Last summer my sister and I visited Blue Owl, a pottery painting studio, cafe and gift shop, in Great Horkesley, (just outside Colchester) Essex. We really enjoyed our visit and would definitely recommend taking a trip there yourself if you are in the area!
The building itself is a converted country pub - a beautiful old building, full of character (including wood beams). Everyone at Blue Owl is very friendly and the place has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere. We enjoyed sampling the cakes on offer and browsing the gifts before choosing some pottery to paint. There is a very wide range of pottery items to choose from: coasters, mugs, plates, figurines, tea pots, vases and much more! With so much choice it was hard to pick what to paint, but after a lot of pondering we each decided to paint a plate.

My friend, the talented illustrator Helen Smith, works in the kiln room and is Blue Owl's resident artist so she was able to give us a tour of the kiln room and show us how the pottery painting process works which was very interesting! I had never done pottery painting before, only having worked a little with ceramics back at school and in art college, so I really enjoyed learning something new.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Colour Palette #31 - Sea Holly

I thought that it would be fun to start up sharing my colour palettes again and to try out the palettes with my own designs. This palette was inspired by my photo of sea holly, which not only has interesting colours but striking textures and shapes too. I enjoyed taking lots of photos of plants in the garden centre during last summer so be prepared for more plant inspired palettes coming soon!

Monday, 29 October 2018

Inktober 2018 Round-up - Days 1-10

I began Inktober with the best of intentions to draw everyday, however, as it often does things got busy and I've fallen behind. I will still complete my list of 31 prompts, it will just end up being 'Inkvember' instead of 'Inktober'!!!
Here's a round-up of my drawings for days 1-10...

Monday, 22 October 2018

Rabbit Cut and Sew Doll Design

Creating a cut and sew fat quarter design was the challenge for this week's Spoonflower contest. I have been wanting to design more cut and sew projects for a while, so the contest was a perfect prompt for me to work on this!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Printables Basics 5 – Printing and Resizing Scrapbooking Papers

This is part 5 of a series on learning the basics of using printables and how to get more out of them. In this post I will be focusing on how you can print and resize digital scrapbooking papers.

The scrapbooking papers in my shop are all sized 12 x 12 inches. This means they are great for using in 12 inch albums - to print them 12 x 12 inch size:
   - You can take the files to your local professional printers to be printed 12 x 12 inch size
   - They can be printed on A3+ size printers (check your model will take 12 inch wide paper)
However, if you don’t have access to a large format printer you can still use these files with your A4 / Letter size home printer.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Floral Butterflies Surface Pattern Design

This week's Spoonflower design challenge has a limited colour palette theme - the brief allowed us to create a design on any theme we liked so long as we used at least 3 of the colours specified by Spoonflower (black or white accents were also allowed).
I decided to create a floral and butterfly themed design...

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Printables Basics 4 - Printing Tips

Continuing my Printables Basics series, sharing advice and tutorials on using printables; in this post I will be sharing a few tips on printing.

Your printable designs can be printed at home or if you don't have your own printer you can take files to a professional printers. Having designs professionally printed is also ideal if your printer can’t handle the type of print you would like to make, such as large poster prints or printing on very thick card.
Home printers can produce very good results and are very affordable option – you don’t need a top of the range model for great prints! I have used an HP PSC2355 and Epson Stylus SX425W, both producing excellent prints. As general advice for best results from any printer, I recommend using your printer’s highest quality setting and a good quality paper or card. Printing at home also allows you more freedom for experimentation - you can try using different papers to see what you like best from your own printer.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Printables Basics 3 – File Types and Software to use with Printables

This post is part of my Printables Basics series, where I share tips, advice and tutorials on how to get started with using printables.
In this post I will be covering the file types which I use for my printables and some of the software you can use with them.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Inktober 2018 Prompt List

October means that it is time for the annual drawing challenge of Inktober again! Thousands of artists take part each year, making 1 ink drawing a day for the month of October, to practice their drawing skills.
You can find out more about the challenge, including rules and the official prompt list, over on the Inktober website.

I decided that this year I would set myself my own Animals theme and came up with a list of 31 different animals to draw throughout the month. Some are ones I have drawn before and some will be completely new for me - I'm looking forward to drawing them all! I will share a weekly round up of my drawings here, on my blog, or you can follow along on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

Will you be taking part in Inktober this year? Feel free to use my prompt list - if you do I would love to see your drawings! You can use #hfc_artchallenge or tag me @hazelfishercreations on Facebook or Instagram.
Lots of other people have been sharing their own prompt lists too, so if animals don't spark your imagination there's sure to be something that will! You can find more lists on the InktoberPrompts page.

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Printables Basics 2 - Downloading Digital Items and Extracting ZIP Files

In part 1 of my Printables Basics series I shared a brief introduction to printables and some of the reasons why I love them. If you’re new to printables and ready to give them a go the first thing you need to know is how to download them…

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!