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I had some little visitors in my booth yesterday, a bit bedraggled from exploring New York in the rain. Proud they saw my work on display at Surtex and NSS. Last day today! It's been so good, and so quick! @surtexshow @fourcornersartcollective @stationeryshow #emmajmcgowan #surtex2017 #surfacepattern #illustration #illustratorsoninstagram

Back in my studio after an epic US road trip, which started at Surtex in NYC. We had a fantastic show at the Four Corners booth, meeting tons of buyers and art directors, and making new artist friends. I'm busy following up with everyone who was interested in my work. If you want to see my portfolio, follow the link in my profile. See you again next time? #neversaynever @surtexshow @fourcornersartcollective #emmajmcgowan #artlicensing #illustration #surfacepattern

Prototypes popping out of the digital printer. This new card by #emmajmcgowan will have gold foil lettering on super lux stock. All @bigwheelpress cards are printed on the finest stocks by the best makers. #letterpress #indigoprint #gmund #neenahpaper

Tweaking colors on our new series of cards from new our friend and amazing artist #emmajmcgowan Doing it on the screen just doesn't work. You have to get out the #pantone book and do a few press runs. And even then with the translucent nature of the inks you just have to punt. As Henry James said...we work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art. And sometimes you keep mixing ink until you have driven the pressman mad!

Another great night at Art Club - oil painting, collaging, and discovering the patterns inside official envelopes with @nicola_eslick and @artrix_2 #emmajmcgowan #artclubbrighton #oilpainting #artclub

As promised, my Christmas jumper selfie! Time to sign off social media until the new year. Happy holidays everyone #peace #christmasjumper #happyholidays #emmajmcgowan

Today I have mostly been doing this. Photographing cards with @nicola_eslick - thank you for lending me your lovely light and your styling skills @bigwheelpress #emmajmcgowan #greetingscards #stationerydesign #nss2017

Foil Thursday! And my "millennial" boomeranged these videos to show off the shimmer. She might have gotten over excited 🤓! Our new Emma McGowan cards are all getting a shot of shine! #letterpress #stationery #greetingcards #emmajmcgowan #bigwheelpress

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Just as I'm submitting my favourite motivational quotes for @workmanpub Today Is Going To Be A Great Day 2019 calendar, look what arrived in the post! The 2018 version that I contributed to. Just the inspiration I needed. So pleased to have been asked to contribute again. Bring it on! #emmajmcgowan #todayisgoingtobeagreatday #workman #handlettering #illustration #calendarart #bringiton #motivationalquotes #stationerydesigner #paperproducts #surfacedesign

Hits from our 2017 catalog. And now we are starting on the 2018 catalog, but first the fall supplement...oh my! 2018 is the year of gift wrap and the year of the dog. #letterpress #bigwheelpress #greetingcards #2018 #etsy #etsygirl #bestseller #yearofthedog #mollyhatch #susatalan #tuccicursive #foil #emmajmcgowan

Squeezed in a little colour card cutting this afternoon to continue the #seriesofnine cut flowers theme, poppies this time #emmajmcgowan #poppies #illustration #surfacedesign #red #floralpattern #illustratorsoninstagram #cutflowers #collage

Little trip to the DIY store to choose a new colour for our front door and also to stock up on colours for more cut flowers #emmajmcgowan #colourcrush #green #pantonegreenery #surfacedesign #creativeinspiration #greendoor

So I redrew one of the paper cut flowers I did the other day. Liking how these are turning out! What flowers other than roses, tulips and peonies could I do in this style? #emmajmcgowan #seriesofnine #rosebuds #pink #floralpattern #printpattern #surfacepattern #illustration #greetingcards #stationerydesigner

Put some of those cut paper flowers into a rough repeat for the fifth image in this #seriesofnine - this would make nice gift wrap I think #emmajmcgowan #giftwrap #stationerydesigner #papergoods #illustration #surfacepattern #printpattern #floralpattern

More floral inspiration. My plan is to draw tons more flowers over the next few days and do some arrangements for different seasons. Plus my mind is turning towards the theme for my next series of nine #seriesofnine #emmajmcgowan #illustration #cutflowers #foliage #flowers

I had fun doing some 'virtual' flower arranging with this one, placing different flowers and foliage in the vase, tilting them this way and that, tucking things in behind, twitching and tweaking, adding a bit more greenery here and there. Just like you do with real flowers! #emmajmcgowan #seriesofnine #illustration #illustratorsoninstagram #surfacepattern #flowerart #floristry #floralpattern #stationerydesigner

Weekend playing, cutting up paint cards to make more cut flowers, all part of this first #seriesofnine #emmajmcgowan #cutpaper #colourchips #surfacepattern #flowerillustration #collageart #roses #tulips #greetingscards

Should really have posted this earlier in the week when we were sweltering in record high temperatures, but still, summer has most definitely arrived in the UK and the long school summer holidays are hoving into view, with all their childcare challenges! Anyway, this illustration will appear in the 2019 edition of the popular @workmanpub page-a-day calendar. Swipe to see the cover. There's an illustrated saying for every day of the year, so you can stick up or frame your favourites. I didn't do all 365, I'm one of 30 illustrators involved. Fun project! #emmajmcgowan #todayisgoingtobeagreatday #pageadaycalendar #calendars #stationerydesigner #artlicensing #illustration #handlettering #motivationalquotes

Part of my process takes place in PhotoShop and often it's where the magic happens. I'm still in the foothills of PS knowledge but even so, it's amazing what a difference it can make. Here's that earlier piece with a dark background. Swipe to see a tweaked layout with a subtle screen print effect misregistration and speckle. Swipe again for the original with plain white ground. Which do you prefer? #emmajmcgowan #ipadart #illustration #surfacepattern #darkbackground #screenprinting #botanicals #illustratorsoninstagram

A shot of the booth table at Surtex showing my four favourite notebooks that I made with @bigwheelpress - pocket sized and with gold foil lettering. Just can't quite bring myself to write in them they're so lovely #emmajmcgowan #bigwheelpress #notebooks #journal #stationery #stationerydesign #stationeryaddict #surfacepattern #illustratorsoninstagram #papergoods #goldfoil #handlettering

Roses today. Probably my all time favourite cut flower, big blowsy roses with an intense sugary scent #seriesofnine #emmajmcgowan #illustration #surfacepattern #ipadart #greetingscards #stationerydesign #artchallenge

Glad my #seriesofnine plan is so relaxed as so far I've only managed one! The first of many! #emmajmcgowan #illustration #procreate #ipadart #illustratorsoninstagram #greetingscards #stationerydesign

Drawing tulips in Procreate on my iPad Pro with the Apple pencil. Still so much to learn about what it can do and I still do a lot of the work in PhotoShop afterwards. Any recommendations for iPad classes online? #emmajmcgowan #seriesofnine #cutflowers #tulips #timelapseart #illustration #surfacepattern #illustratorsoninstagram #artprocess #dailydrawing #ipadart #procreate

Our wall of cards is up at our studio showroom. We are open 10-4 weekdays and 24/7 online. #greetingcards #letterpress #bigwheelpress #wallofcards #mollyhatch #emmajmcgowan #glutenfree

On my home from Edinburgh and passed these beauties in the station. Felt like an apt capture given my #seriesofnine theme! Back to drawing flowers when I'm home again #emmajmcgowan #cutflowers #flowers #pink #roses

So today I'm starting a fun little project which I hope will prompt lots of new work without the commitment of a 100 days-type project, which is just too much for me! Here are my self imposed rules... over the next 2 or 3 weeks I will post 9 new illustrations on the subject of cut flowers to make a series of 9. Then I'll move on to another theme, and so on. There'll be other posts in between and it won't be 9 in 9 days. You can see them all here and I'll be using the hashtag #seriesofnine which already has some posts under it but never mind! Feel free to join in if you fancy, either the same themes as me or any you like, or just put your feet up and enjoy mine. Starting tomorrow! #emmajmcgowan #seriesofnine #cutflowers #illustration #surfacepattern #florals #illustratorsoninstagram #stationerydesigner

Thank you for following my IG feed, for coming and seeing me at Surtex, for collaborating with me on brilliant creative projects, and for all the supportive comments and feedback. And for staying around even though I haven't posted any new art for what feels like weeks! Now Surtex is done and I have a lovely clean and tidy studio again I'm all set to start creating lots of new work. Here's a new cactus! Any requests for favourite cacti, succulents or house plant? #emmajmcgowan #illustration #cactus #cacti #houseplants #surfacepattern #illustration #green

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