10 December 2018

CHRISTMAS 2018 - sainsbury's

It's a Christmas theme again today on P&P with a selection of cards and crackers from Sainsbury's. My favourite design was this gorgeous painterly deer with floral antlers, but there are also geometric designs, cute llamas, monochrome folk designs and glittered fairy lights.

CHRISTMAS - explore courses 2019 with victoria johnson

Designer Victoria Johnson is running two great online design courses for January 2019 and today she shares some of her previous students festive course work. Below are some details about the two courses available and anyone signing up before December 14th gets an earlybird discount.


Did you know that Christmas and floral images are incredibly important in the commercial art world? They are sought after all year round, year after year - yet many artists and designers struggle with these key themes, not knowing how to incorporate them into their portfolio, or how to make their Christmas and floral art stand out in an enormous crowd.

Create Explore courses are structured to help you make discoveries about yourself as an artist and expand your repertoire, while learning more about how this industry works and how you fit into it. They encourage you to delve deep into new ways of working that spark your curiosity and result in unique pieces that reflect your taste. Style is everything in this industry, the difference between a client choosing your work or someone else's.The trick is understanding how your style can be developed and applied within a commercial context.

You can use the courses as a professional artist, building your portfolio, or as a curious creative, looking for inspiration and artistic development (or both!). Many past students have kindly shared their experiences. Have a read of ‘What Students Think' here to find out whether you’d like to join future courses!


REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT - $60 (per class) instead of $75.

Create Christmas 3a currently running) and Explore Florals 2a (just ran in Sept) are both running again in Jan 2019 (as Create Christmas 3b and Explore Florals 2b).

Create Christmas 3b starts Mon, Jan 7th 2019 - discount code TISTHESEASON
Explore Florals 2b starts Mon, Jan 28th 2019 - discount code PANSY

Visit the new Create Explore website here for more info about the classes
Sign up to Victoria's Newsletter for announcements about future courses
Check out the Create Explore Instagram Account to see amazing work created on the courses.

Sign up for Create Christmas here.
Sign up for Explore Florals here.

Here are some of the artworks produced by previous Create Christmas students.
Above Jo Bartel / Below : Cassandra Urquhart.

Above : Kate Merritt / Below : Anita Ashfield-Salter

Above : Jo Podmore / Below : Kate McFarlane

Above :  Lori Wilson / Below : Michelle Norris

07 December 2018

CHRISTMAS 2018 - tk maxx

For today's Friday eye candy we return to a Christmas theme with a selection of cards and crackers spotted in designer discounter TK Maxx. I found a lovely typographic Fa la la bag, folk style gift boxes, Town house and Nutcracker wrapping paper by The Art File and cute animals making snow angels amongst all the festive bits and pieces.